Technical Director

Technical Director

We will bring life and depth to our companions, including #SelfCare and our secret projects. You will join TRU LUV to establish and refine the technical direction as we scale our organization.
  • Level: Senior
  • Based in Toronto, Canada
  • Open to applicants in ET time zone only, with intention to relocate once travel is permitted
  • Full Time

IMPACT OF A TECHNICAL DIRECTOR AT TRU LUV:

At TRU LUV, we work together to bring life and depth to our companions, including #SelfCare and our secret projects. As Technical Director, you will join TRU LUV to establish and refine the technical direction as we scale our organization. With a solid foundation of system architecture, algorithms, and data analytics, you will guide and mentor teams exploring the possibilities of our companions. You will work closely with the leadership team to actively solve problems related to the day to day management of TRU LUV’s technical operations.

This role is an opportunity to become a subject matter expert in a new paradigm of emotionally conscious AI.

YOUR WORK DAY MIGHT LOOK LIKE:

  • Leading day-to-day technical direction and management
  • Leading weekly sprints by planning and collaborating to maximize your team’s creativity and productivity
  • Setting a vision for how technology will be used in the company
  • Working closely with the CEO to plan, implement, or iterate on our technical architecture and policies and development processes to meet our product, business, and team goals
  • Ensuring that technological resources can scale with TRU LUV’s short- and long-term needs
  • Creating timelines for the development and deployment of all technological services
  • Researching and exploring technology and trends that can elevate our user experiences and the lives of our development teams
  • Working closely with the rest of the leadership team to establish ethical KPIs and manage the tracking and reporting of our progress
  • Collaborating with external technical advisors
  • Negotiating with other leads and directors to plan what is possible with existing or planned tech and to iterate with them on their plans and your team’s plans
  • Establishing and communicating coding pipelines, processes and style guidelines
  • Establishing and communicating documentation and other technical communication guidelines
  • Managing and mentoring the development team and helping them develop their self-leadership and technical skills
  • Managing recruiting and onboarding of new team members
  • Creating and maintaining an inclusive and conscious team culture that fosters individual development and co-creative flow

WHAT YOU BRING TO TRU LUV:

  • A love for user-centred, mindful AI, and its creation and integration into our lives
  • At least 5 years of experience in a technical leadership role
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with systems architecture
  • Proficiency in C++ and/or C#
  • Experience with Unity, Visual Studio, Git, Xcode, iOS, Android
  • A degree in computer science, computer engineering, or equivalent
  • Ability to work at a strategic and planning level while supporting day-to-day details and operations
  • Exceptional organization and communication skills 
  • Experience leading in a fast-changing and growing environment
  • Experience identifying and creating new technical processes and balancing workflow needs of multiple stakeholders

WHAT WE’LL EXPLORE TOGETHER:

  • Experience with conscious leadership practices and deliberately developmental (DDO) practices
  • A knowledge of self-care practices including those inspired by contemporary witchcraft
  • A knowledge of tend-and-befriend and other psychological frameworks for companion design
  • Ambition and track record to aim for a future CTO role

YOU MAY BE THE RIGHT FIT FOR OUR TEAM IF YOU ARE:

  • Curious, self-motivated, and can help mentor a distributed team under minimal supervision
  • Interested in seeking out new techniques and ideas related to tend-and-befriend, psychological development, and pro-social interactions in the games and app industries
  • A proactive, caring and compassionate communicator
  • Solution-oriented, flexible, and comfortable making mistakes, asking questions, giving feedback, and helping others as needed
  • Enthusiastic about creating and maintaining a mutually-supportive environment that values diversity
  • Comfortable in a startup environment where plans and priorities can change quickly

SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT LOVE ABOUT WORKING WITH US:

  • We’re not only building category-creating technology, but we’re also building a new kind of tech company together
  • Our internal culture of conscious self-leadership and team development and our AI model are interwoven into one unified framework which we co-create together
  • We support all current and future team members with peer mentoring and ongoing developmental opportunities
  • Our team works with subject matter experts including our CEO, emotionally conscious AI expert, Brie Code; our design advisor, interaction design expert Jane McGonigal; and our AI advisor, humanistic AI thought leader and co-creator of Siri, Tom Gruber
  • You can become a subject matter expert and receive training for speaking and community engagement opportunities
  • We offer stock options to all team members
  • We offer extended medical insurance and in-house wellness tools
  • We’ll continue with flexible working arrangements once we return to our office post-COVID
  • We offer relocation support to applicants who qualify


Our team is built on a foundation of diversity and equity.

TRU LUV is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and equity as the underlying foundation of our success. We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

DO I NEED TO MEET ALL CRITERIA TO APPLY?

Definitely not! If you share our goal of more nourishing technology and our values of celebration, curiosity, love, intention and care we’d love to meet you and see what is possible!

 


 

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We love our AI companions.

Our companions are not personal assistants, therapists, apps, nor games, but a revolutionary new category of human-computer interaction built with and for love and co-creation. 

Bringing together art, spirituality, social neuroscience, adult developmental psychology, game design, and AI, we design for feelings of refuge, resilience, and lasting transformation. 

Our model is a fresh alternative to the gamification model and has deep implications. 

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