Lead Full Stack Engineer

Posted on Jan 27, 2023

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Job Details

Full Time
🌎 Worldwide

About Forem

Forem is a company committed to empowering community. We operate DEV, CodeNewbie, and our underlying platform, Forem.

Why Join us:

  • Massive Market: Social networking and online community continues to be one of the biggest possible markets. Forem has the potential to be an Internet scale business.
  • Demonstrated Traction: The Forem community, DEV, has over 800,000 registered members and reaches more developers each month than Hacker News.
  • Platform Business Model: Forem allows anyone to stand up their own independent social network. We align our business aspirations with the success of our community leaders.
  • Creator Driven: Forem allows creators to build more deep and meaningful connections to their audience, a trend that is booming with Substack, Patreon, TikTok/Instagram influencers, and beyond.
  • Enterprise Interest and Access: Over 3,000 organizations like Stripe, Shopify, Twilio, Heroku, Google Cloud, etc. have organically joined DEV. Though the company is early in its Go-to-Market motion, we have direct access to our target customers via DEV, and have already signed deals with New Relic, Snyk, and the Interledger Foundation.
  • Compelling Open-Source Platform Model: A strong contributing community of ~600 developers and 17k+ GitHub stars.
  • Strong Company Mission: To create inclusive communities and empower an independent, human-centered web.

We are a remote-first team and have no physical office. We have team members all across the world, in a wide span of time zones. We prioritize asynchronous productivity and have just one full-team required meeting per week. Our work culture relies on trust and the ability to work independently, though we also collaborate in real-time when a situation calls for that level of coordination. We value emotional intelligence, learning, and growth, and are excited to identify diverse and well-rounded candidates who share our passion and priorities.

We understand that many companies have an uncommunicative and time intensive application processes. At Forem, we strive for transparency. Our hiring process starts with a questionnaire and is followed by 1-3 rounds of panel interviews. We strive to get back to candidates within 2 weeks of each step of the process.

The Position

We are looking for a Lead Full Stack Engineer with strong front-end experience. This role will be highly impactful across the stack and be a great opportunity to be innovative and collaborative with Product, Design, and other engineers on the team. This candidate will need to take into consideration user experience, performance, and accessibility, and to ensure that we are providing a cutting-edge community building experience for creators and users alike. The starting salary range for this role is $180,000 - $194,000 plus equity and is not location-based.

In this role, you'll be accountable for:

  • Work collaboratively with Product, Design, Engineering, as well as other stakeholders to ship key aspects of our product
  • Be an integral collaborator on our engineering and product roadmaps, often guiding on design and implementation conversations
  • Proactively pick up new high impact, complex and largely unscoped work, identifying solutions and tradeoffs, and working in an iterative manner in an asynchronous, distributed culture
  • Write, test, document, and maintain code that takes performance, security risks, monitoring, accessibility, and other industry best practices into account
  • Triage, debug, and fix bugs reported by users
  • Participate in code reviews, technical discussions, and post-incident reviews


  • Strong expertise in both the FE and BE, specifically, in JavaScript including vanilla JavaScript and Preact (or React), and Ruby on Rails
  • Experience and passion for working across the stack (BE/FE) to address the problem at hand
  • Experience writing high-quality, maintainable, readable code, with a focus on performance and accessibility
  • Experience with a range of frontend testing tools, ideally including component-level, End to End, and accessibility testing
  • Experience working in an asynchronous, distributed team and embraces that collaboration is a super power
  • Experience focusing on the big picture while shipping iteratively towards that goal
  • Thrives in a start-up environment
  • Experience working proactively and as part of a collaborative team
  • Strong communication and critical thinking techniques and experience to interact with all levels in the organization
  • Interest or experience in open source software and/or the open source community
  • Experience building, or working with, a design system is a plus

Our Hiring Process

We want our candidates to have the best possible interview experience because this is as much about you finding the right fit as it is us finding a great new addition to the team. We value candidates from all backgrounds and experiences and want our interview process to be representative of that. Here is what you can expect:

  1. Application review
  2. Round 1: Hiring manager interview (60 mins)
  3. Round 2: A short take-home exercise that is meant to mimic real-life work (90 mins, self-timed)
  4. Round 3: Team interview covering your technical experience and your soft skills in technical leadership (90 mins)
  5. Round 4: Co-founder interview intended to cover your skills in collaboration and communication, as well as to provide a final opportunity for you to ask any lingering questions about the company strategy and progress (45 mins)


Work/life balance and ensuring that folks have what they need for working and for life is incredibly important to us. Below are some of the benefits we offer:

  • Unlimited PTO with a minimum requirement
  • Generous employee equity
  • A remote-first, fully-distributed team that encourages schedule flexibility
  • A monthly wellness stipend to keep you at your peak
  • Free mental health services
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage (U.S. only)
  • An annual professional development budget to keep you learning and growing
  • Office setup budget to make sure you have everything you need to work effectively wherever you are
  • 401K (U.S. Only)
Lead Full Stack Engineerat Forem