Engineering Director, YouTube Community

YouTube - Los Angeles, CA

Posted a month ago

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, related technical field or equivalent practical experience.
  • 15 years of experience in engineering.
  • Experience in leading engineering teams.
  • Experience in leading app development, full stack engineering, and distributed systems teams.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working with client and consumer-facing product organizations.
  • Track record of successfully establishing “big picture” strategy and providing detailed technical guidance to your team, and a sense of urgency in driving execution.
  • Passion for technology and technical depth to uncover root causes of complex technical problems and provide guidance on solving them.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate the engineering team to work together as a cohesive and highly productive unit.
  • Ability to successfully drive cross-functional initiatives from strategy to execution.
  • Ability to deliver sustained development velocity, system reliability, and metric transparency while demonstrating a commitment to engineering excellence.

About the job

YouTube is a large video consumption platform with more users coming online for the very first time every year. Our rapidly growing user base provides unique challenges and new opportunities. The YouTube Community team’s mission is to grow YouTube by connecting people around video, providing communication, sharing, lightweight content features. Every day, YouTube viewers use community features, including channel subscriptions, comments, notifications, posts, and stories.

As the Engineering Director, you will report to the VP of Engineering for YouTube Community. You will be responsible for the end-to-end execution of a team based in Los Angeles that is developing notifications, channel subscriptions, and social distribution. Along with Product Managers, UX, and other cross-functional peers, you will set the strategic direction for how we build the best community for YouTube viewers. You and your team will find ways to leverage the strengths of Google/YouTube (e.g., an extensive infrastructure, ads expertise, advanced AI, passionate community of viewers), as well as our talented team, to build the most engaging experiences for our users.

At YouTube, we believe that everyone deserves to have a voice, and that the world is a better place when we listen, share, and build community through our stories. We work together to give everyone the power to share their story, explore what they love, and connect with one another in the process. Working at the intersection of cutting-edge technology and boundless creativity, we move at the speed of culture with a shared goal to show people the world. We explore new ideas, solve real problems, and have fun — and we do it all together.


  • Partner closely with Product Management Leadership to define the vision and opportunities for YouTube Community offerings. Identify gaps and develop solutions to address them.
  • Manage and grow a team of 50+ software engineers, based in Los Angeles, across varying levels.
  • Develop and grow leadership talent through effective mentoring, coaching, succession planning, and retention strategies for key talent in a fast growth, highly competitive environment.
  • Contribute to YouTube Engineering Leadership on YouTube-wide initiatives.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with internal stakeholders and across different teams within YouTube (i.e., Main App, Search and Discovery, Video Infrastructure, etc.).
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