Vice President of Engineering


Who We Are

Think of Us (TOU) operates as an R+D lab for child welfare. We take on strategic projects with the goal of causing “good trouble” and, ultimately, driving concrete, structural changes in policy, practice, resource flows, power dynamics, relationships and mental models. Our ultimate goal is to integrate Lived Experience at every level, ensuring everyone touched by the system has the conditions they need to Heal, Develop and Thrive.

We work across the ecosystem of current and former foster youth, child welfare workers, philanthropists and policymakers to Spark, Support and Drive to systematically center lived experience touched by the system.

Examples of what this looks like include:

Note: Most of our roles are fully remote. A select few are based in DC or LA, which will be specified in the job description if applicable.

The Role

Think of Us is at an incredible moment in our journey to transform child welfare - and is looking for a VP of Engineering to bring their deep expertise and vision to our work, designing and delivering solutions across software engineering, data science and cloud technologies.

The VP of Engineering will lead TOU's engineering, data and product teams, charged with harnessing the power of technology to move our mission of a new child welfare system forward effectively.

We are looking for someone who loves working cross-functionally to solve problems, brings deep technical expertise into the room to build brilliant solutions, and manages a team to execute those solutions. This person should love being a part of the “building stage” of organizations, and get excited by the idea of creating structure and results from a myriad of ideas and opportunities.

Examples of what you and the team will accomplish could include:

  • Managing a team (currently a combination of in-house and external developers) to design a unique digital wraparound model that gives kinship caregivers, adoptive families and young people direct access to traditional and non-traditional resources, creating a clearer pathway to support for those who need it.
  • Leading the partnerships with tech companies to co-develop a new youth portal to be deployed in state and local agencies nationally.
  • Key advocate providing critical, real-time quantitative and qualitative data on needs of current + former foster youth to better inform practice and policy.


Strategy and Design

  • Partner with our Leadership Team to formulate a vision for how tech will be best leveraged across TOU; develop and own the strategy with responsibility for executing against the vision.
  • Drive ideation, evolve the roadmap, and lead org-wide adoption of new technologies inside of an ambiguous or developing context.
  • Identify opportunities for both customer-facing and internal tooling solutions.


  • Maintain a lived experience/customer-focused outlook to deliver tech and data projects to market.
  • Own our tech stack: evaluate new technologies and make decisions on their adoption with an eye towards our end users (e.g. government, non-profits, rural users, etc.) while verifying that all technological practices adhere to regulatory standards, compliance and best practices.
  • Identify and implement innovative technologies that yield competitive advantage.
  • Monitor KPIs and budgets to assess technological performance.
  • Effectively communicate our software goals, planning process, project initiatives, team innovation, and results to various audiences and stakeholders.


  • Make decisions, in collaboration with the Executive Team, on behalf of the company’s technological requirements.
  • Manage tech budget, including determining the most effective staffing model (best allocation between the internal and offsite team) to maximize ROI.
  • Manage technology + data teams to successfully execute our goals, creating a forward thinking technical vision for your team, while also moving day to day implementation forward.
  • Build quality assurance and data protection processes.
  • Supervise system infrastructure, including internal tooling, to ensure functionality and efficiency.


  • 3+ years of leadership experience including strategy and setting technical direction and leading engineering, product and/or tech teams,
  • Direct experience in the following:
  • 5+ years developing scalable systems. Current stack includes C#/.NET with an openness for other languages
  • Leading a team on a redesign or creation of new major products and features at scale including offsite developer teams
  • Building and running scalable and reliable systems including deploying production software on common cloud infrastructure (e.g. AWS & GCP)
  • Optimizing and managing data, including understanding of security and compliance
  • Product Minded: You can turn complex business requirements into working software that our customers love to use.
  • A positive and collaborative demeanor, combined with the ability to coach, mentor, and delegate; passionate about coaching team members and helping them grow
  • Strong problem solving, advanced design, and development skills
  • Life-Long Learner: you stay up to date with technology trends, spend time learning new technologies, and share your learnings with your team.
  • Deep commitment to our mission and nuanced understanding of systemic, structural racism and inequity
  • Lived experience and/or proximity to Child Welfare, whether as former foster youth, kinship family or other, is a plus

Perks / Timings / Salary

  • We provide generous health, dental, & vision coverage for you and dependents as well as a 401k plan for your pre-tax retirement contributions
  • We're a remote team with schedule flexibility
  • We have a flexible vacation policy
  • We hold monthly organization-wide learning sessions to deepen our understanding of the Lived Experience of foster youth and also on topics outside of CW to build culture of curiosity and growth
  • We put you at the cutting edge of change in the child welfare system
  • We provide the opportunity for you to interact with leading voices in government, foundations, the nonprofit world, and entertainment working to reform child welfare


This role has a salary range of $150,000 - $160,000. We are looking to fill this position immediately - applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.