Senior Developer Advocate

Alcion (View all Jobs)


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Interview Process

1. 60-minute intro and technical screen Zoom call with an engineering leader. 2. Assuming there's a mutual fit, we run through an interview loop with 3-4 team members (45-60 minutes each).

Alcion is a well-funded startup working on deep technical problems in data management, software infrastructure, and SaaS. We are building beautiful products that have been designed to be very easy to use and deliver an “aha” moment to new users quickly but also have meaningful depth in their functionality.

Even though we are currently in stealth, developer and community relationships are critical to everything we are doing and we want to invest in it early. We’re looking for someone amazing to come join us and build out our strategy, community, and set the foundation for all-things-dev. This is a multi-disciplinary role, reporting to the CEO, that involves working closely with engineering and product management and having a voice in their decisions.
About the Role
  • This role's primary responsibilities are content-based and it is not a high-travel job. You will report directly to the CEO and Founder to:
  • Develop and execute our developer advocacy strategy
  • Focus on content (written, audio, video) that covers both our product and wider topics of interest to our community
  • Plan, create, and publish product-related content (blog posts, examples, quick starts, tutorials)
  • To a secondary degree, work with our community to increase engagement and bring their feedback back into the company
  • As the first hire in this role, you will determine when to turn some of this content into conference or meetup material, when travel will deliver a high return on the large time investment it entails, what our future budgets in the area will look like, and how to grow the team. If you like experimentation and thinking out of the box, this job might be really up your alley.
  • This Role Requires You To...
  • Be independent and autonomous with demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Be biased toward action
  • Have at least 2+ years of experience in a hands-on developer advocacy, developer relations, or community role (even if your title didn’t formally reflect this)
  • Have a large-enough content portfolio (blogs, talks, videos, podcasts, etc.) that demonstrates clear communication across different media formats
  • Be very comfortable with infrastructure software including the ability to build demos for new features and script integrations to highlight ecosystem partnerships

  • It would be really nice if you have:
  • Existing recognition of your developer advocacy work (e.g., Microsoft MVP, Hashicorp Ambassador, or similar Ambassador or Champion status)
  • A background in software engineering
  • Active social media followings that demonstrate community engagement
  • Previous open-source experience that shows contribution (docs, community, evangelism, code, etc.) and impact
  • Previous customer-facing experience (e.g., SE, Customer Success, Documentation)
  • Benefits
  • Company Benefits: While we have great (US) health, dental, vision insurance, unlimited PTO, 401(K) plans, hardware, home office, and internet allowances, stock option grants for everyone with early-exercise features, regular company offsites, and more, the best part of the job will involve the following.
  • Growth: We want you to only be limited by your skills and ambition. Alcion has the ability to accelerate your career, unlike anything you might have previously experienced. We are committed to your success!
  • Ownership and Impact: We give you independence and autonomy to figure out how to best meet your goals. We do not believe in micromanagement but do pay careful attention to results. We are a small company and you have the opportunity to make a big and externally visible impact with your work.
  • The Team: We are not only building a great product and company but also an amazing team. We care a lot about finding an amazing group of people for you to work with and giving them a great environment to get their best work done without distractions. There is a reason a number of us have been working together across multiple jobs. If you haven’t looked at them already, check out our culture slides on our website to get a sense of what to expect.
  • The Interview Process

    We discuss real-world problems and experience in our interviews and generally, most candidates do not require preparation. During the entire interview process, we save time for you to ask questions including all the hard ones lurking at the back of your mind.

    We start with a 45-minute Zoom call with one of the founders. Assuming there’s a mutual fit, we run through an interview loop with 3-4 team members (45-60 minutes each). We will ask you to give a short overview about yourself and your previous work to the entire company for folks not on the interview loop and so that interviews can concentrate on richer and deeper conversations and not repeat time doing resume reviews. If you are senior, there might be a short take-home assignment that revolves around coming up with a strategic plan on how you would start a Developer Advocacy effort from scratch

    Once you are done talking to everyone on your loop, we will reach back out within a week with a decision. The offer process is straightforward and can be completed quickly (within a day or two if needed).

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not tolerate discrimination in any form on the basis on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

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