Open Source Programs Engineer

  • Full-time

Company Description

TBD is Block's newest, emerging business unit- focused on building a future where every individual can access and participate in the global economy. The TBD team is on a mission to lead by example, inspiring the world to invest in & collaborate on open source standards and permissionless technologies for the public good. Join us as we build a financial system accessible for anyone who wants to participate.

Job Description

We’re building the next generation of the decentralized web – returning data back to users. Open Source Programs Engineers apply their technical prowess to grow our global community. You’ll be encouraging an environment of collaboration through the tools you build. We want you to bring your experience, expertise, and creativity to bear: welcoming people into an easy-to-use internet economy, giving them control over their data, and bringing a necessary decentralized identity layer to the web. You will work on TBD’s Open Source Programs, and report to TBD’s Head of Open Source.

This is a full-stack generalist role which reflects the fluid nature of our work. You’ll be part of the technical backbone supporting our open source strategy. Open Source Program Engineers create and advance the systems which connect community members to one another and our team. Our developer website, forums, chat server, and documentation initiatives are some of the tools we leverage to execute our open source strategy. We are building the model for joyful, inclusive, and innovative programs throughout the industry.

There are wonderful advancements in decentralized and blockchain technologies right now - and we bring these together to work to solve real pain points for everyday people. If you’re an excellent candidate for this role, you love a grand challenge. You:

  • Are eager to see your work bring excitement to our growing community.

  • Seize the opportunity to solve varied problems with your broad technical skills.

  • Think about how we make great experiences before digging into the tech.

  • Bring a “yes, and!” mentality to new projects.

  • Dig in to learn something new when appropriate.

  • Thrive in ambiguity and enjoy self-directed problem solving.

  • Often find yourself suggesting ways to do things better, and want a team encouraging you to do that.

  • Direct your work around a mission we believe will usher a new wave of privacy and data self-ownership for the web.

  • Foster collaborative environments, with a track record of diving into others’ work or prototyping new things on your own to Get Stuff Done around a shared vision.

  • Care about testing and have earned your opinions about when to use unit, integration, and system tests.

Examples of Things You May Be Doing

  • Creating a testable examples and tutorials system

  • Building new sections and features for our Developer Site

  • Evaluating and implementing moderation tools for our Discord chat

  • Defining an evaluation process for external projects to join the TBD ecosystem in our “Incubation” program

  • Identifying community need and proposing things we can build to address it

  • Stand up and maintain a Community Wiki

  • Helping team efficiency by automating our processes

  • Standing up a Replit (or similar) environment for people to try our projects without any installation requirements.

  • Using our open source projects and prototyping better ways for people to get involved.



  • Have delivered front-end projects using some of: TypeScript, JavaScript, React, Docusaurus, NextJS, Tailwind.

  • Excel at identifying manual processes that can be automated - and figure out how to.

  • Have experience developing, deploying, and maintaining infrastructure on providers like Netlify, GitHub Actions, Vercel, or similar.

  • Have either done work in public, open source, or chat systems like Discord – or want to!

  • Geek out on awesome robust integration testing systems, and can piece together integrations across disparate hardware and operating system requirements.

  • Are documentation-minded

  • Are rearing to bring your engineering experience and rigor to a nascent organization.

Additional Information

Block takes a market-based approach to pay, and pay may vary depending on your location. U.S. locations are categorized into one of four zones based on a cost of labor index for that geographic area. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future.

Zone A: USD $152,100 - USD $185,900
Zone B: USD $144,500 - USD $176,700
Zone C: USD $136,900 - USD $167,300
Zone D: USD $129,300 - USD $158,100

To find a location’s zone designation, please refer to this resource. If a location of interest is not listed, please speak with a recruiter for additional information. 

Benefits include the following:

  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans including company match 
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness programs, including access to mental health, 1:1 financial planners, and a monthly wellness allowance 
  • Paid parental and caregiving leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources
  • Paid Life insurance, AD&D. and disability benefits 
  • Perks such as WFH reimbursements and free access to caregiving, legal, and discounted resources 

This role is also eligible to participate in Block's equity plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies, and may be eligible for a sign-on bonus. Sales roles may be eligible to participate in a commission plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies. Pay and benefits are subject to change at any time, consistent with the terms of any applicable compensation or benefit plans.

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. Block 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.

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

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