Who are we?

The Interchain Foundation (ICF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing new technologies and applications in the fields of new open and decentralized software architectures. We believe that open-source, cryptographic, consensus-driven, economic networks hold the key to an anti-fragile global economic system and equal opportunity for all.

ICF is not a traditional non-profit. We are part of a large ecosystem of organizations and companies working to bring the Internet of Blockchains to life through the Cosmos Network. Our role is to resource, support, and promote core product engineering teams to deliver critical high value projects that delight users and transform what is possible with blockchains, and to communicate to the world about the incredible developments happening in Cosmos and the emerging Internet of Blockchains.

Position: The Interchain Foundation (ICF) is looking for a Technical Director to Join the Board of Management

Location: Switzerland

Position summary:

As the ICF Technical Director you will serve the product engineering teams that are responsible for building key Cosmos projects. You will support them in developing roadmaps and coordinating with each other to make the Cosmos ecosystem a beacon of decentralized organization. You already have leadership experience and you understand that a leadership position is about listening, serving, and enabling - not prescribing, demanding, or imposing. You take responsibility for, and derive pride from, the success of those you support. You are able to support teams having the right interactions with each other to get the job done. You will help create the necessary processes for a transparent and accountable collaboration but also the right mindset and culture around decentralization. You enjoy working with teams around the world and have a strong interest in all technological developments in Cosmos.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the teams implementing processes and structure to help define vision, goals, & roadmaps for the different projects
  • Support identifying the the key metrics to measure projects’ results
  • Plan, assign, and manage resources in an effective manner to meet projects’ objectives and timeline
  • Help identify and fulfill project’s and team’s needs
  • Address and resolve gaps and redundancies among the work teams are entrusted to do
  • Facilitate meetings and workshops to help develop teams’ communication and coordination skills
  • Enable the right processes and nurture a collaboration culture among the different teams so they can deliver quality work
  • Be a thoughtful technical voice and support teams in making diligent technical decisions
  • Ensure that teams are engaged, consistently improving, and stress-free
  • Maintain a high level of transparency with thorough communication
  • Provide project updates to various stakeholders about roadmap,strategy, adjustments, and progress
  • Help identifying projects’ risk and ensure involvement of all relevant stakeholders to define mitigation action to minimize the impact on project deliverables
  • Work on security considerations, ensuring that contributions (internal or external) receive adequate review, and coordinate with ecosystem stakeholders to handle security incidents when they occur

Required skills and experience:

  • Experience growing and managing deeply technical teams of engineers
  • Technical knowledge to discuss issues, approaches, and solutions in depth
  • Knowledge and passion for software engineering best practices
  • Interest in crypto and basic blockchain exposure
  • Hands on experience with production software development (ideally familiarity with Go and/or Rust)
  • Working familiarity with domains related to blockchains, eg. consensus algorithms, distributed systems, p2p networking, cryptography, game theory, etc.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to independently navigate a distributed organization
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Leadership experience
  • Great communication skills. You speak and write with clarity, and have a high degree of empathy

Nice to have:

  • Full-time experience in the Web3/crypto space
  • Understanding of blockchain architecture, Proof of Stake, and blockchain interoperability
  • Previous experience with common dev tools in the space

Not sure if you're a fit? Please feel free to apply anyways, and we'll take it from there.

Interchain GmbH believes that great people come from a broad range of backgrounds, and that the diversity of our team is one of our strengths. Discrimination has no place at Interchain GmbH and we do not discriminate on the bases of race, color, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. We are committed to fighting bias and discrimination in our workplace and in our communities.