Developer Engagement Lead

What we’re building, and how you can help

At Tidelift, our mission is making open source software work better—for everyone. We see a world where open source developers can build a sustainable business around their projects, and software development teams get software they can depend on. To find out more about us, check out our introductory blog post or visit

We're still small, but we’re also well-funded and experienced. After a few years with us, you'd be able to say you were one of the first members of the team, built our relationship with the open source developer community, and played a key role in product development and external communication.

The role

We’re looking for a developer engagement lead. You’ll own design and creation of the developer engagement lifecycle, including outreach, recruitment, and relationship management. You’ll also play a key role in shaping the product and our public voice as we grow.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Building relationships with open source developers, recruiting them to join (and get paid by!) Tidelift’s platform, and continuing to work closely with them once they’ve joined
  • Acting as a key voice for developers within our product team, so that what we build reflects and meets their needs
  • Writing about what we’re doing, in partnership with our marketing team
  • Traveling and speaking about us at developer conferences

We’d love to hear from you if...

This is a new and different role, so your experience might be in any of variety of previous roles, including developer relations, community management, platform evangelism, or sales. The common thread — regardless of role — will be excitement about developers and open source, and the ability to create that excitement in others.

Skills that you could bring to the table, or should be excited to learn, would include: persuasive blog writing and public speaking, use of sales and marketing tools (like CRM systems), community management techniques, or experience growing open source beyond ‘the usual suspects’. 

With our small team we’ll need you to be self-directed, but we also expect that you’ll grow into — and help define — this new role.

Our team and our values

We want a team where everyone cares about  cares about users, design, building a business, and one another. This team assessment spoke to our developers, and we want the whole company to score highly on similar measures of engagement and work quality as our culture grows. 

We’re also aiming for work-life harmony: we believe in doing good work, with urgency and pragmatism, but at a sustainable pace. We value big impact over long hours.

Finally and critically, we value and celebrate diversity. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. So we're committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. In keeping with that commitment, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or any other legally-protected status (including marital, veteran, or disability status).


In this role, you would have the option to work remotely from the US and UK, or from our office in Boston. Hours can be flexible within reason if necessary to meet family or similar needs. (We are not looking to hire contractors or outsourced development teams).

Compensation is competitive with other Boston-area startups, including key benefits like health insurance, flexible vacation, and equity.

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