Staff Software Engineer, Developer Platform



Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023

Reddit is a platform that both celebrates and benefits from our user's creativity. Tens of thousands of developers are already building against our API, but we can do so much more.

The Developer Platform team's goal is to allow communities to find and install Apps that completely customize & transform members' experiences and interactions. Everything is on the table - custom post types, dynamic content, even immersive and game-like experiences.

There are many low-hanging fruit: r/photoshopbattles should have an image gallery, so you don't have to click your way down the comments. r/nba should have live-updating scores. Meme generators should be everywhere. r/wallstreetbets should have stock tickers. Moderators should be enabled to customize their subreddit to maintain a positive and engaging community.

But there are also opportunities for exploration and weirdness. What does reddit-style fantasy football look like? Did you lose The Game?

This vision takes everyone on Reddit working together. The Developer Platform team will be building core platform capabilities that will allow us to reach for this vision.

What You’ll Be Working On

  • Building an environment for executing dangerous 3rd-party developed code safely on multiple platforms.
  • Building multi-tenant APIs for storage, pubsub, schedulers, and orchestration.
  • Evolving Reddit's public API and capabilities towards a cleaner, elegant Developer Experience.
  • Building the technical foundation for future features and experiences.
  • Building a platform that is highly available, low on latency, and at internet scale.
  • Creating a collaborative and supportive team with a strong sense of ownership.

Who You Might Be

  • Likely 7+ years of industry experience in backend, infrastructure, developer tools, or app platforms.
  • Technical leader in the execution of large scale projects from 0 to 1.
  • Go, Typescript, Kubernetes experience.
  • Mentoring and coaching other engineers as well as leading by example strong software engineering best practices.
  • Passion for developing scalable, well-designed software that people love.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit. On our team, everyone needs to act like a startup CEO. You must be self-directed, innovative, and biased towards action in fast-paced environments. You live to build new things and thrive in ambiguity and even failure.
  • Excellent communication skills. You must be able to collaborate effectively with teams in a fully-remote environment, and discuss complex topics with technical and non-technical audiences.


  • Build and maintain the backend services powering the developer platform.
  • Build new, standard APIs to empower the Reddit community.
  • Contribute to the entire development cycle: technical design, development, test, experimentation, analysis, and launch. You’ll be reviewing code and design docs, giving feedback on product specs and mocks.
  • Contribute meaningfully to team strategy. We give everyone a seat at the table and encourage active participation in planning for the future.

Bonus Points:

  • OSS contributions


  • Comprehensive Health benefits
  • 401k Matching
  • Workspace benefits for your home office
  • Personal & Professional development funds
  • Family Planning Support
  • Flexible Vacation & Reddit Global Days Off
  • 4+ months paid Parental Leave
  • Paid Volunteer time off

Pay Transparency:

This job posting may span more than one career level.

In addition to base salary, this job is eligible to receive equity in the form of restricted stock units, and depending on the position offered, it may also be eligible to receive a commission. Additionally, Reddit offers a wide range of benefits to U.S.-based employees, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) program with employer match, generous time off for vacation, and parental leave. To learn more, please visit https://www.redditinc.com/careers/.

To provide greater transparency to candidates, we share base pay ranges for all US-based job postings regardless of state. We set standard base pay ranges for all roles based on function, level, and country location, benchmarked against similar stage growth companies. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors including, skills, depth of work experience and relevant licenses/credentials, and may vary from the amounts listed below.

The base pay range for this position is:
$198,200$297,300 USD