Senior Director, Software Engineering

Location: Syracuse, NY 13202
Department: Client/Partnership Services

Compensation: $ - $

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid PTO
  • Flexible Work Schedule

About SIDEARM Sports

The team at SIDEARM provides the technology platform that powers the official websites, mobile apps, statistical integration, live audio and video streaming, and e-commerce platforms of more than 1,600 collegiate athletic partners across the nation. 

We’re a passionate mix of technologists, creatives, and strategists that care deeply about the products we create, and the people we create them for.  We stand at the intersection of sports and technology and are constantly innovating and evolving our products to deeply integrate the industries and provide exceptional products for our partners and their fans.   Our team embraces a casual and collaborative work environment that moves at a rapid pace, where all team members are deeply involved in the success of our products and services. 

We're fortunate enough to be trusted by some of the biggest brands in the industry, including 300 NCAA Division I programs, and over 55 of the 65 Power 5 athletic departments.  We are proud that the work we do is experienced by millions of sports fans each year.  

We are looking for an experienced Senior Director, Software Engineering to lead our engineering teams and help drive product innovation and development. This is a hands-on leadership role where you will oversee all aspects of software engineering, including establishing technical vision, systems architecture, managing teams, improving processes, and ensuring product quality.


The Senior Director, Software Engineering will lead a talented, fast-paced, team of front-end, back-end, mobile, and full-stack developers in creating and enhancing world-class digital products powering the college athletic fan experience. The right candidate will possess extensive experience working with product teams in the development and maintenance of large-scale web and mobile platforms. The candidate has deep experience in technical team leadership and technical project management. They have successfully led large teams of software developers to deliver innovative, consumer facing digital products. 

The Senior Director will be responsible for the organization and management of the day-to-day operations of our talented engineering teams.  They will work closely with the VP of Product and others to ensure we are resourced and working in a way to execute on long-term product roadmaps and vision. They are a “people-first” tech leader with a positive, collaborative, sensibility. They are a champion of innovative technologies and will work to move SIDEARM Sports’ family of digital projects into the future of fan engagement.


  • Lead multiple teams of front-end, back-end and full-stack engineers and developers building market-leading digital platforms.
  • Recruit, grow, manage, and retain a team of talented engineers and web developers. 
  • Cultivate team engagement through open communication, transparency, and approachability as a leader.
  • Set engineering goals, objectives, and key results (OKRs) in alignment with business priorities.
  • Architect scalable, cloud-based systems and coach teams on security, performance, and reliability.
  • Partner with product teams to align software engineering with product vision and roadmaps.
  • Promote Agile development principles plus devops, automation, and modern engineering practices.
  • Manage budgets, resource planning, and capacity planning. 
  • Communicate technology strategy and progress to executives and key stakeholders.
  • Champion ongoing professional development and continuously improve development processes and team collaboration to increase velocity.
  • Serve as an integral part of the senior leadership team.


  • 12+ years of software engineering experience with 7+ years in technical leadership roles
  • Experience building and scaling high performing engineering teams.
  • Proven track recorded of product delivery in leading teams in a complex, fast-paced product driven environment.
  • Deep hands-on technical expertise with software development, automated testing, and infrastructure.
  • Deep understating of security best practices including secure code reviews, vulnerability testing, and compliance.
  • Experience with agile methodologies like Scrum and Kanban and ability to champion adoption.
  • Experience establishing training initiatives to ensure that everyone is proficient in the required tasks.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral, written and group presentations)
  • Excellent prioritization skills
  • Experienced in modern development technologies, test driven development, code review processes, quality assurance processes and familiarity with DevOps models.
  • Experience with third party integration and custom development processes
  • Passion for building innovative products and technologies.
  • Leads with empathy, fostering a collaborative environment, and prioritizes the development of individuals and teams.
  • A team player ready to live our core values of Care, Innovation, and Efficiency. 
  • Demonstrated dedication to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science or related field.

Pay Transparency

The approximate base pay range for this position is $150,000 to $160,000. Please note that the pay range provided is a good faith estimate for the position at the time of posting. Individuals may also be eligible for an annual discretionary bonus and/or sales compensation. Actual compensation may vary based on factors including but not limited to job-related knowledge, skills, and experience as well as geographic location.


Learfield is the leading media and technology services company in intercollegiate athletics. The company unlocks the value of college sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform with innovative content and commerce solutions for fan engagement. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company has long had the privilege of being an advocate for intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete experience. Our suite of services includes licensing and multimedia sponsorship management; publishing, audio, digital and social media; data analytics; ticketing, ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; and campus-wide business and sponsorship development.

Our people-first culture is the foundation of our business and is reflective of our approach to building meaningful relationships with our employees, partners, and fans. The company strives each day to deliver the mission statement and embody the core values that make Learfield an exciting place to work.


Our Mission

Powering the connection of fans to the brands and experiences they love.

Our Core Values

Build Trust | Be Fans of One Another | Power Tomorrow | Create & Connect Communities | Have Fun


Learfield offers a full spectrum of benefits for eligible employees including Medical, Dental, Vision, Health Savings Account, Life Insurance and Other Insurance Plans, Flexible Paid Time Off (including Parental Leave), Paid Holidays, 401(k), and Short/Long Term Disability.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Learfield is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Female / Minority / Disability / Protected Veteran / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.