Director of Frontend Engineering


Redwood City, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Web/Graphic Design/Internet
  • Post Date: 04/05/2021
  • Website:
  • Company Address: 702 Marshall Street Suite 280, Redwood City, CA, 94063

About Epic

Epic! opens the doors to a new world of reading for kids 12 and under by providing an unlimited selection of eBooks that can be instantly discovered, read and shared with friends. Personalized for each individual reader, Epic! is the only place to access thousands of high quality, curated children's books without the need to purchase or download them one by one.

Job Description

About us

Designed for unlimited discovery and unmatched safety, Epic is the leading digital library for kids. With tens of thousands of high-quality books, audiobooks, and videos from the world’s best publishers, every year millions of kids read, learn and explore on Epic.

To learn more about our vision to unlock the potential of every child, visit us at

About the job

Epic is seeking a Director of Frontend Engineering who is passionate about technology, consumer web, and children’s literacy. Our frontend development team has grown to 11 engineers and we are looking for an analytical and people-first manager to be our leader. 

What you will be doing

  • Recruit, hire, mentor and manage our frontend team, and the individuals on the team while balancing execution speed, quality, architecture, technical debt, and culture.   
  • Directly manage and coach two technical frontend leads that each have a team of their own direct reports, from code reviews and architecture to people management and everything in between.
  • Develop a full knowledge of our code base and our cross-team pod structure and the key players.  
  • Build strong relationships with our other technical and non-technical leaders within the company.
  • Work closely with Product Management and advocate for the engineering voice in the product development world.

What you should have

  • 5+ years of experience as an Engineering Manager or Director for the frontend team at a consumer-facing, growth-oriented startup company.  Experience managing over 8 engineers at the same time and managing leads or managers.  This role is 100% management.  
  • Strong experience working in an Agile environment both as an engineer and as a leader.
  • Familiarity with multiple web frameworks and technologies.  
  • Strong bias toward action.  Experience optimizing for speed over perfection.  
  • Experience investing in training others to become effective managers, including code reviews and architecture and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong experience recruiting engineers to join your team and building a successful and positive team from the ground up.
  • Strong collaboration skills - sought out for advice on how to work with other groups.
  • Bachelor’s degree in CS, EE or a related technical field.
  • Experience with cost estimation on the team level.
  • Lifelong learner.  Passionate and motivated.
  • Strong attention to detail orientation.
  • A love for reading and a strong sense of humor.


  • Full medical, dental and vision coverage
  • 401(k) plan
  • Take as you need vacation 
  • Home office stipend
  • Lifestyle allowance 
  • In office perks (virtual for now)
  • Unlimited access to our product!

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