Head of Open Source Programs, TBD



San Francisco, CA
Full Time
3y ago

Company Description

Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, and grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult and expensive (or just plain impossible) for some businesses to take credit cards. Square made credit card payments possible for all by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. Since then Square has been building an entire business toolkit of both hardware and software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, and more. We’re working to find new and better ways to help businesses succeed on their own terms—and we’re looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square.

Founded in July 2021, TBD is Square's newest business unit. Our team is building an open developer platform and primitives to help unlock the next wave of innovation in financial services — which we believe will be decentralized, permissionless, and non-custodial. As such, we will eschew custodial and traditional centralized approaches — and instead, shape Square's strategy in building for a non-custodial world, embracing the decentralized and democratized nature of crypto. The offerings we build will provide developers, institutions, and individuals with the capabilities needed to access this decentralized future. Our vision is to leverage bitcoin and other blockchain technologies to reinvent the global financial system in an open and permissionless way to further Square's mission of economic empowerment and financial inclusion for all, with a global focus.

Job Description

As Head of Open Source Programs, you and the team that you build will be the face of TBD with the crypto developer community. You will lead TBD's efforts to build an open source developer strategy, playbook, and team from the ground up. Your work will foster a community inspired by TBD's approach and drive developer love and engagement with the platform primitives, products, and services that TBD builds for the world.

Your team will help the community — from individual developers to startups and established financial institutions — understand and relate to the open source solutions that TBD offers. You'll lead the conversation and inspire individuals and institutions to build meaningful solutions with TBD’s protocols and services that further our mission of economic empowerment globally.

You are a proven leader who is comfortable with ambiguity, excited to learn about new domains and rapidly evolving technologies, has a track record of building a diverse and inclusive team, and thrives in a culture of principled risk taking. You will report directly to the General Manager of TBD.


You Will:

  • Build TBD’s developer community team

  • Define and execute the strategy for TBD's open source / developer community programs

  • Present a vision and represent TBD with external stakeholders, while collaboratively addressing complex and sensitive community issues with strong judgment and foresight

  • Educate the developer community on TBD's solutions, engage in technical discussions and feedback, and ultimately, convince developers to adopt TBD's solutions

  • Communicate, influence, and engage across a variety of audiences, through multiple mediums: conferences, speaking engagements, and various media

  • Stay up to date with the latest developments in crypto and decentralized financial services, engage with promising teams and projects, and share insights with the broader TBD team

  • Quickly scale the learning curve on new subject areas across domains and technologies

  • Manage ambiguity with comfort in a shifting and evolving environment


You Have:

  • 10-15+ years of relevant professional experience

  • Open source background and experience developing / executing an open source playbook

  • Deep technical experience and the ability to relate to developers on technical terms

  • Executive-level presentation skills and public speaking experience

  • Experience building and managing an inclusive team of community / developer evangelists

  • Active interest in blockchain, crypto or decentralized finance to support economic empowerment for everyone

Additional Information

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Square is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class. 

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, and always assess candidates on an individualized basis.


We want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:

  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources

Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) builds tools to empower businesses and individuals to participate in the economy. Sellers use Square to reach buyers online and in person, manage their business, and access financing. Individuals use Cash App to spend, send, store, and invest money. And TIDAL is a global music and entertainment platform that expands Square's purpose of economic empowerment to artists. Square, Inc. has offices in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Norway, and the UK.

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