Role Description

Free & Fair (F&F) seeks an experienced systems engineering development leader—an executive who can step in and build a dynamic, distributed engineering team, deliver solutions to the market, and execute challenging development activities focused on national critical infrastructure.

The VP of Engineering at F&F will be responsible for executing on the Company’s overall technology vision and driving its development execution. This person will recruit world-class talent, manage and evolve development processes and methodologies, and foster an organizational structure to help our high-performing development team deliver applications to the market.  This person will keep abreast of and influence research and technology trends, standards, and stakeholders.  This person will have the ability to bridge technology with business acumen, will bring experience in developing state-of-the-art customer-facing applications, and will develop and sustain a culture of passion, hard work, and innovation.

Free & Fair Technology

The technology that Free & Fair creates, and the research and development that we do, is rigorous, leverages applied formal methods, uses informal and formal system specifications, and realizes a design-by-contract-via-refinement implementation methodology.  Our focus in 2019 through 2021 is on a cryptography SDK for Microsoft (ElectionGuard) and a fully-featured open source and open hardware voting system demonstrator for DARPA-funded secure hardware.  

This latter system, called the BESSPIN Voting System, will be debuted at DEF CON 2020. An early version was demonstrated at DEF CON 2019.  Releases leading up to DEF CON 2020 will include additional components of a full-blown traditional and End-to-End Verifiable (E2E-V) supervised voting system, including a public bulletin board, controller, electronic pollbook, and an optical scan system capable of interpreting hand-marked paper ballots.

We regularly work with federal and state authorities, jurisdictions across the USA, and other governments to help everyone wisely use technology to make elections more trustworthy. Consequently, you won’t find us developing an Internet or mobile voting system, you won’t find us developing proprietary systems or using closed data formats, and you certainly won’t find us using or promulgating blockchain.

Responsibilities

This role has a core responsibility for the overall engineering effort within F&F—building an open source high-assurance voting system running on novel hardware.  Key responsibilities include:

  • Strategic planning for all engineering efforts
  • Overseeing all activities of the engineering team
  • Supporting the development of the product roadmap
  • Leading and defining our engineering methodology for the design, development, validation, verification, and release of our products and features
  • Establishing goals, objectives, and operating procedures for the engineering team
  • Defining and communicating plans, policies, and standards for the engineering organization
  • Recruiting, managing, and continuously developing a world-class team of technology professionals viewed as the global R&D leader in the secure voting system space.
  • Participating in the strategic business and product planning process
  • Being actively engaged in technology standards boards and organizations that may impact F&F and its offerings
  • Being an active spokesperson and evangelist both internally and externally by communicating and promoting F&F’s technology vision and solutions
  • Evaluating new technologies and solutions in the market and being responsible for keeping abreast of trends that may impact F&F
  • Developing engineering best practices and monitoring technical standards to ensure adherence to them
  • Being directly responsible for establishing and managing the operating development budget
  • Moderate travel (circa 20 nights per year) is expected for participating in occasional elections conferences, visits to collaborators or clients, and trips to Washington D.C. to interact with federal authorities

Qualifications

  • Previous senior leadership roles in product or application development and rigorous engineering for high-growth companies
  • Proven leadership of distributed software teams that have delivered great products on deadline
  • Proven ability to recruit the best and brightest developers in the world and provide them with a vision and working environment to develop world-class applications, while instituting compelling performance measurements that continually drive transparency and improved performance
  • Excellent communication skills, strong team player, and the ability to work cross-functionally in a fast-paced, high-productivity startup environment
  • Experience with globally distributed teams and business partners
  • Experience in managing both mainstream development and R&D activities
  • Experience in development with open source technologies
  • M.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related engineering field
  • 10+ years of product engineering experience

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience in formal methods and software assurance
  • Experience with rigorous engineering methodologies, especially those based upon applied formal methods such as formal specification and verification, design-by-contract, and refinement-based design methods
  • Familiarity with cryptographic protocols, especially end-to-end verifiable (E2E-V) protocols
  • Deep understanding of voting system requirements and E2E-V architecture
  • A love of democracy and a concern with the world’s elections infrastructure

About Free and Fair

Free & Fair is a Public Benefit (Class B) corporation whose focus is research and development of technologies that help foster and realize trustworthy elections.  We provide elections services and systems meeting the same reliability and security standards as the US federal government demands for national security. Our system designs and architectures are reviewed by the world’s foremost experts in academia and industry.  Our products are open source, provably correct, and secure, and we provide independently verifiable evidence of their correctness and security. Our mission is to help election officials and the voting public take back control of their elections technologies, and our goal is to usher in a new era of provably secure elections.

Our full-time development team is located in downtown Portland, Oregon.  We also have a number of remote performers with specialized roles, in the USA and the EU.

Free & Fair is an equal opportunity employer.  We very much welcome all candidates. We have competitive salaries, excellent benefits including radical maternity/paternity leave, and especially welcome working parents who value flexible schedules.

Contact us with your resume at jobs@freeandfair.us.

Free & Fair is a spin out of Galois.