Sr. Software Engineer - "Open Source Program Office"

San Francisco, CA

Location - any Twitter office location is fine with us - Boulder, Seattle, NY, Seattle but San Francisco preferred.

Who We Are:

Open Source has been baked into Twitter’s DNA since the very beginning. Our microservices, developer tooling, QA, machine learning, design systems – even our twemoji – are built on, with, or released open source. Our Open Source Program Office (OSPO) partners with stakeholders inside and outside of the company to help them work together to solve real world problems. Twitter doesn’t just release and maintain dozens of open source projects, we sponsor Free/Open Source foundations and nonprofits, host and organize meetups and conferences, and directly support open source organizations and contributors.

What You’ll Do:

You will lead our technical efforts aimed at making it simple to trust, ship, and grow Open Source at Twitter. You will partner directly with the OSS Program Manager to architect and maintain the technical infrastructure Twitter OSS depends on. Workstreams include but are not limited to: open-source code management and automation, community health metrics and analytics, M&A diligence, business intelligence and research, license and security compliance engineering, integration with 3rd-party services, and Engineering training and advocacy.

  • You’ll work with our Eng, Legal, Security, Comms, and Recruiting teams to architect and implement infrastructure for the OSPO that is both empowering and lasting.
  • You’ll automate infrastructure and processes that ensure we inbound and outbound open source software that grows healthy communities, unblocks engineers, aligns with our business goals, protects our intellectual property, and manages our compliance.
  • You’ll guide and up-level our engineering teams on their OSS initiatives.
  • You’ll represent Twitter Engineering with open source organizations, standards bodies, conferences and meetups, and beyond.
  • You’ll directly impact the culture of open source at Twitter

Who You Are:

  • You have the passion for open source, you get why it exists, why it works, and where it makes the most sense.
  • You are a curious and brave generalist, comfortable diving into varying codebases, getting productively lost, finding your way back out, and leaving the place better than you found it.
  • You dig creating sustainable systems and communities that continue to exist long after you are gone.
  • You are pragmatic, iterative, and customer-driven. You focus on where you can add the most value and automate/delegate the rest.
  • You’re organized, self-starting, and resourceful. You know how & when to ask for help.
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • You are no stranger to the infrastructure around open source projects - both the technical aspects like repository management, and the human aspects like community relations and governance.
  • You understand the differences between the most common open source licenses, and basics around IP/Trademarks in the context of open source.
  • You are comfortable within distributed work environments, collaborating across time zones and cultures.
  • You have experience with software supply-chain assurance, dependency management, and/or risk analysis.
  • You truly enjoy deduplicating work, automating processes, and improving the bus-factor whenever possible.


  • BA/BS in Computer Science or a related technical field (MS is a plus) or equivalent work experience
  • At least 3 years of intermediate/advanced experience in programming languages like Java, Scala, Python, Go, or Ruby and with 3rd party tools and services such as revision control (Git), source code repository administration (GitHub), continuous integration and deployment (Travis-CI, Jenkins), Ticketing and Issue Tracking (JIRA, Kanban), and testing harnesses and frameworks.
  • The following are not absolutely required, but strongly desired:
    • Distributed Systems/DevOps experience
    • Track record of contributing to open source
    • Experience managing/supporting open source projects and communities
    • Experience working with[in] an Enterprise OSPO is a BIG plus
    • Experience maintaining GNU/Linux development environments
    • Public speaking experience (e.g. meetups or conferences)

We are committed to an inclusive and diverse Twitter. Twitter is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.

San Francisco applicants: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Engineering Hiring Process

Step 1

Once your application is received, a recruiter will reach out pending your qualifications are a match for the role.

Step 2

If your background is a match, you may have 1-2 technical phone interviews or be given the chance to provide a work sample depending on the role.

Step 3

If the phone interviews go well or your work sample is strong, the final step includes interviews with 5-6 people held onsite in our office.


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