Mar 14, 2024

Developer Relations Advocate

$174,000 - $205,000 yearly
  • RISC Zero
Full time Engineering Marketing

Job Description

About the Role

Join RISC Zero as one of our first Developer Relations Advocates! Your mission is to cultivate genuine one-on-one connections and scale our presence in developer communities by showcasing the possibilities of our RISC Zero's innovative technology, thereby inspiring and guiding developers to envision and build within this new architectural paradigm. This role focuses on energizing our developer community, celebrating the achievements of our builders, and collaborating with marketing to spotlight and amplify their success stories across various channels.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic Vision & Execution: Drive our developer relations strategy by proactively assessing and enhancing the quality and quantity of projects building RISC Zero.

  • Developer Support: Provide developers with the necessary tools and resources, including education materials, and contribute to the documentation, ensuring our technology is accessible and easy to implement.

  • Content Creation: Spearhead content creation targeted at engaging the web3 developer community, especially focused on ZK and Rust developers.

  • Technical Expertise: Leverage your strong technical background to engage with developers, articulate practical applications, create demos/examples, and explain the benefits of our offerings.

  • Community Engagement: Establish and nurture a vibrant, supportive developer community around our technology, fostering collaboration, innovation, and knowledge sharing.

  • Product Advocacy: Represent the voice of the developer community internally, providing feedback and insights to inform product development and marketing strategies.

  • Participation in Global Events: Attend developer-focused hackathons and conferences worldwide, promoting our technology and engaging with the developer community. Travel is a critical part of this role.

Top Initiatives You’ll Own  (over the first 3-6 months)

  • Developer Mindshare and Insights:

    • Capture significant mindshare amongst developers and gain deep insights into the broader web3 community, focusing especially on ZK and Rust developers.

    • Success Metrics:

      • Strong engagement metrics on tweets and tutorials.

      • Quality and impact of hackathon recaps and builder features.

      • Development and growth of personal and RISC Zero’s brand within the web3 developer community.

      • Increase in projects utilizing RISC Zero’s zkVM, Bonsai.

  • Developer Success and Support:

    • Prioritize and support projects in their early stages, especially those with a track record of working with other ZK technologies.

    • Success Metrics:

      • Establish and maintain efficient communication channels and feedback loops for developer support.

      • Streamline and track our support effectiveness for developers building on RISC Zero.

      • Track the number of active developers building on RISC Zero over time.

      • Monitor how many companies or crypto projects have completed or reached significant milestones when building on RISC Zero.

  • Assessment of Projects Building on RISC Zero:

    • Continuously monitor and evaluate the quantity and quality of projects developed on RISC Zero.

    • Success Metrics:

      • Monitor the growth and churn rates of new projects building on RISC Zero.

      • Assess the growth of the broader ecosystem, including third-party tools, libraries, and services that support development on RISC Zero.

  • Long-Term Goal (Within 1 Year):

    • By one year, we should have established the foundation for our ecosystem and be viewed as a top developer product in the ZK Space.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience in the Web3 domain, especially within ZK.

  • Minimum of 3 years in programming, with a preference for experience in Rust.

  • Experience in providing technical support through community channels.

  • Expertise in at least one of the following social media channels: Twitter, YouTube, or Substack.

  • Demonstrated ability to create engaging content that reaches and resonates with developers beyond traditional documentation.

  • Ability to effectively distill technical and product feedback between the community and the internal engineering team, acting as a bridge for communication and understanding.

  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills, with the ability to articulate complex technical concepts clearly and engagingly.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and ownership of tasks and projects, driving them to completion with a high degree of autonomy and accountability.

  • Comfort with navigating ambiguity and uncertainty, possessing the flexibility to adapt strategies and approaches in a dynamic and evolving environment.

Ideal Qualities:

  • 🔒 Authenticity: Demonstrates ethical leadership, honesty, and transparency in all interactions.

  • 💖 Empathy: Shows understanding and concern for the well-being of team members, demonstrating a humane orientation to leadership.

  • 🌟 Resilience: Demonstrates positivity and resilience in the face of challenges, providing inspiration and motivation to the team.

  • 🌱 Growth Mindset: Encourages continuous learning and personal development within the team, focusing on the human dynamic and the unique needs and strengths of all stakeholders.

  • 🎯 Strategic Thinking: Exhibits the ability to think strategically and act decisively, balancing immediate needs with long-term goals.

  • 🌍 Inclusive Leadership: Champions diversity and inclusion, promoting equitable opportunities and treatment for all team members.

  • 🤝 Collaborative: Excels at breaking down silos and creating a "one team, one roadmap" culture. Has a strong ability to facilitate productive relationships across teams.

  • 👷🏾‍♀️ Builder: You’re a Creator and a Doer, you get the vision, create the strategy, and take ownership of building it

What We Offer

  • Salary: Competitive range of $174,000 - 205,000

  • Professional Development: Access to leadership coaching and numerous learning opportunities.

  • Work Flexibility: Remote work with up to 20% travel for team meetings and events, plus a Seattle co-working space.

  • Health Insurance: Comprehensive coverage with United Health Care Choice Plus (US employees), including significant premium contributions. Gold-level insurance for international employees via Deel.

  • Retirement Plan: 401k to support your future (US employees) or other plans in your given country, depending on your location.

  • Equity: Generous company equity through Profit Incentive units (PIUs), vesting monthly.

  • Vacation: Unlimited PTO, with 3-5 weeks standard.

  • Holidays: 11 paid holidays for rest and rejuvenation.

  • Culture: A supportive, collaborative, and inclusive work environment.

About Us

We're on a mission to transform the internet for the better. Our team of innovative hackers, visionary futurists, and passionate nerds is devoted to creating a digital space that's safe, inclusive, and empowers everyone. By developing the world's first zero-knowledge virtual machine, we've laid the groundwork for running arbitrary code as a zero-knowledge proof. Utilizing a ZK Coprocessor to assist or enhance the compute of an on-chain application, we have created a unique package - the RISC Zero ZK Coprocessor, comprised of the zkVM, Bonsai, and ETH Relay. Now, we're ambitiously constructing an entire ecosystem around this groundbreaking technology.

To ensure effective collaboration and seamless communication across our global team, all candidates must be available to overlap with the Pacific Standard Time (PST) zone for at least 3 hours during regular business hours. This requirement is essential for maintaining efficient workflow, participating in team meetings, and facilitating timely responses to customer inquiries and internal requests.


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