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Software Development Manager

Marmoset LLC, Portland, OR

Job - Corporate/Business

Close Date: 06/01/2020

Marmoset is seeking a Software Development Manager.

Marmoset is an open, inclusive company committed to fostering a diverse, equitable workplace where everyone is safe and welcome. Marmoset is seeking a Software Development Manager with a passion for managing people and nurturing growth as well as technical experience and skills in Ruby on Rails and Javascript. The ideal candidate has a team-first and people-oriented mindset. They are driven to lead, mentor and encourage the Tech Team towards professional and interpersonal growth, ultimately making sure each contributor’s experience is happy, full of challenges and fulfilling. Additionally, team management for this role includes regular performance reviews and check ins with the team and a high level of involvement with the recruiting and hiring process for open roles on the Tech Team.

This role will also be a member of Marmoset’s Executive Leadership Team, working with stakeholders across the company to maintain our established structures and processes, participate in company-wide planning and communication, and lead and maintain a vision for the broader, long-term goals of the application and the team. The Software Development Manager will oversee process and protocol development, ensuring a culture of continuous improvement.

This role will work on site with the team at Marmoset HQ in inner SE Portland, Oregon (relocation support can be provided).

What you should know: Our Tech Team consists of three developers and a Product Owner, with occasional support from outside contractors and technology advisors as bigger projects come our way. We have adopted scrum and agile methodology. As part of a small team, our developers are responsible for building and maintaining our end-to-end software lifecycle.

Our application supports critical business functions for both our internal staff and our clients, including:
Ecommerce platform
Music catalog storage and curation
Organizing music projects and delivery
Accounting system integration
Sales order process
New product + service innovations
...and much more.

Our developers work both independently and collaboratively. We’re a self-organizing team that moves quickly together and contributes across the stack as needed regardless of specialized knowledge or experience. Marmoset’s culture is one in which developers must be open and motivated to learn and grow outside of specific specialties. Sharing knowledge and asking for help is important around here! We have the freedom to be truly self-organizing and creative, with guidance and support from leadership, as we move into the future of new tech opportunities for Marmoset.

Our main focus for the next 12 months is to identify and develop ways to support high-value business growth with our software, while continuing to build a more modern stack and flexible architecture to support sustained growth.

We are currently on Rails (5.2+) and Ruby (2.6.1) and continuously monitoring and updating our dependencies. We’re migrating from Backbone/jQuery to React (16.8+), and developing an API using GraphQL.

This opportunity includes the following technical requirements:

Ability to work fluently in Ruby on (and off) Rails (or applicable experience with other common backend languages)
A sound understanding of business logic as it applies to development and architecture
Possess a solid methodology for developing and managing clean, readable, maintainable code and writing unit, integration, and E2E tests (we use Rspec and Cypress)
Working knowledge of open­-source database server technology (PostgreSQL, MySQL)
Proficient in version control (we use git)

Nice to have:

Ability to work fluently in JavaScript (ES5/ES6)
Experience with GraphQL/Apollo
Experience with React or any modern frameworks/libraries (Vue, Angular, etc.)
Experience with ActiveAdmin
Experience with data modeling and model optimization

Third-party services we use:

Stripe (for payments)
Semaphore (for CI)
AWS S3 (for asset storage)
New Relic (for app monitoring)
Jira (for project management)

Basics: You love the elements of software development AND are looking to step away from full-time developing to focus on more of a mentorship approach in your work. You want to work at a company that prioritizes making a positive impact in our community.

Personality: You’re curious, kind, inclusive, open-minded, and self-driven. You want to grow as a leader. You seek out critical feedback, glean helpful insight and grow from it. Calm and cool under pressure and rarely ruffled by stress. You prefer working with a diverse and close knit team. You enjoy scrum and agile methodology.

Abilities: You’re proactive, resourceful and can dig in to figure things out. You can keep the team focused on the task at hand, while keeping the big picture in view.

Experience: Minimum of 5 years total of software development experience. Demonstrated experience with Ruby on Rails. 1-2 years experience in management, mentorship or leadership.

Passion: You enjoy teaching code to other developers and embrace mentoring others. You have a heart for innovation, quality, and taking things to the next level. You love collaboration, teamwork, and thrive in a casual, friendly, creative environment. Passion for music, arts, and the creative world always helps, too.

Pay: This is a leadership development role with compensation DOE.


Launched in 2010 and steadily growing, Marmoset is a Portland, Oregon creative music licensing agency with BIG dreams.

But beyond a creative agency, Marmoset’s core purpose is Be Community: caring for our people, staff, clients, artists and community partners. In 2019 we became certified as the first music licensing B Corporation — together we strive toward the greater good.

A diverse and inclusive work environment that’s fun, offers flexibility and cares deeply about what we do.

Marmoset has ranked #6 “Fastest Growing Companies in Oregon,” “100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon,” and INC Magazine’s 2017 Best Places to Work.

Benefits: Generous paid time off, flexible work environment, one month paid sabbatical after 4 years (and more at 7 and 10 years!), medical, vision, dental, complementary care, matching 401K. HRA for alternative care and orthodontics. Up to three months of paid parental leave. Paid volunteer days and creative days. Donation matching. Gym & Fitness benefit OR employer-funded FSA, mass transit benefit, bike benefit, technology allowance, live music benefit, cell phone stipend, continuing education assistance. Ample profit sharing plan.

Culture: Marmoset fosters a progressive culture and work environment with a high degree of trust, collaboration and level of care that’s hard to find.

Learn more about our values by watching a TED Talk by our Founder Ryan Wines:

Marmoset is a proud Equal Opportunity employer, celebrating a diverse, inclusive community of people, cultures and stories.

Because we’re a growing company, this opportunity has the potential to evolve in a variety of ways and will at times require a high degree of flexibility and juggling, depending on what needs to be done.

Worth knowing: At Marmoset, being aligned on core values is more important than credentials, accolades or experience. People, quality of life and relationships matter most. Period. We’re a close-knit group of people and we work hard to maintain a positive, healthy, rewarding and even fun culture. Here’s Marmoset’s purpose and core values, as defined by our staff:

Purpose: Be community

Core Values:

We are team players.
We are buoyant and committed.
We respect and embrace our differences.
We listen, learn and grow.
We have fire in the belly.

We work to keep these core values and purpose ever-present in all that we do and we let them be a filter we use to make decisions and help us do better work.

Marmoset provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), age, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, and marital or family status, political affiliation or activities, military service, domestic violence victim status, equal pay, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state and local laws. Marmoset’s commitment to providing equal employment opportunities extends to all aspects of employment, including job assignment, compensation, discipline and access to benefits and training.

And we’re serious about it. We walk what we talk. We’re committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace.


Submit a one page resume, a one-to-two page letter of interest and at least three references - all in PDF format.

In your letter of interest, we want you to elaborate on your experience and your story so we can get to know you better.
What are your superpowers? What is your kryptonite?
Why do you consider yourself a leader? Tell us about a time that you impacted another’s professional growth.
Tell us about how you connect with Marmoset’s core values and purpose. (And make it count! Our CEO reads most cover letters)
How do you see yourself making an impact at Marmoset?

Plus, be sure to include any references and web links you believe would be helpful.

Additionally, in your letter of interest, please be sure to include a short statement of purpose (100 words maximum).

We will review candidates on a rolling basis as applications are received. Please apply as soon as you can and carefully follow the application guidelines. Applications that don’t strictly follow the above guidelines may not be considered. Please make sure all the following are included in your application submission:
One page resumé
One-to-two page letter of interest, including your statement of purpose and answers to the listed questions
At least three professional references

Please submit your full application to
We will respond to all applicants and inquiries via email; please do not call.

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