Jobs at Alumni Ventures Portfolio Companies


Software Engineer



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 6, 2023

Role summary

Volley is looking for a creative & product-focused engineer to help us build some of the most exciting games in voice entertainment. You would be responsible for shipping new features to millions of users, improving the end-user experience, and collaborating with world-class product designers.

This is a fantastic opportunity for game developers (or aspiring game developers) to gain hands-on experience working on a cutting-edge platform!

This job opportunity offers a hybrid work arrangement, and we are specifically seeking candidates who are comfortable with on-site attendance in our Bay Area office 2-3 times per week and are either currently residing in or near the Bay Area or willing to relocate for on-site work.

What you'll do at Volley

  • Work on products that reach millions of active users
  • Work on best-in-class voice-controlled products that are social, engaging, and fun to play
  • Take advantage of our powerful engine to build and iterate quickly, focusing on writing logic, not boilerplate
  • Create well-designed APIs that are consumed by all sorts of platforms

Stuff you may have done before

  • Built consumer-facing apps or games at scale
  • Architected, implemented, and documented multi-platform APIs
  • Managed Automation & Deployment
  • Contributed to open-source frameworks
  • Operated in environments with fast development cycles focused on rapid product iteration
  • Been part of a high-performing engineering team


  • 3-5 years of professional coding experience
  • Experience with modern NodeJS and/or Typescript or other strongly typed languages
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Our stack

  • Typescript & Node.js
  • React
  • Kubernetes
  • DynamoDB, PostgreSQL, Neo4j
  • Our custom engine: GEV (the Good Engine for Voice)
  • Our scripting language: Flowscript

Your first 90 days

  • Onboard with Typescript, our engine, and our deployment infrastructure
  • Get to know your immediate team, as well as your partners in product, design, and data
  • Deploy lots of new experiments, features, and fixes into production
  • Work directly with the product to improve conversion, retention, and monetization for some of the most beloved games in the world

The hiring process

  • Stage 1 (Preliminary Screening Call) with a member of our recruitment team
  • Stage 2 (Technical Screening Call) with a member of our engineering team
  • Stage 3 (Virtual On-Site Interview - Part 1)
  • Stage 4 (Virtual On-Site Interview - Part 2)
  • Stage 5 (Founder Chat) with our Founders
  • Stage 6 (Offer)

What's in it for you

  • Your medical, dental, and vision insurance is 100% covered by Volley, for yourself and all dependents and we match 401k!
  • We offer a flexible, hybrid work-from-home and in-office work model.
  • We offer 4 weeks of paid time off (enforced 2-week minimum), 16 paid holidays, 40 hours of bereavement leave, and unlimited sick days.
  • Our generous parental leave policy includes 24 weeks at 100% pay for birthing parents and 12 weeks at 100% pay for non-birthing parents.
  • We offer visa support for eligible candidates, making relocating for the job smoother and more streamlined.
  • A full breakdown of our benefits is here!

For Pay Transparency: The base salary range for this position is $110,000-$185,000 annually, based on a local (San Francisco) hire. The final offer amount may depend on experience, education, skills, and location. Base pay is one part of the total package that is provided to compensate and recognize employees for their work.

About Us

Volley, named one of Y Combinator's Top Companies, develops voice-controlled games and entertainment apps for Amazon Alexa, Google Home, mobile devices, and smart TVs. Our voice apps are world-class and attract millions of users every month.

We’ve created several of the top experiences for voice-controlled devices, including:

We believe voice control will be the main way people access entertainment in their bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and cars. Our goal is to build a destination for interactive audio entertainment, as Netflix did for television.

Volley believes in an inclusive workplace and is committed to building a team from a variety of backgrounds. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and receive the other benefits and privileges of employment.

We’re a small but quickly growing team that truly enjoys working together. We love coming together over Zoom happy hours, the funny and strange in Slack #random, and occasional karaoke sessions in our brand new Hayes Valley office. If this sounds like fun (we promise it is), get in touch!

Underrepresented candidates and candidates from nontraditional backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!