Chief Technology Officer

Posted on 2/1/2022



201-500 employees

Global platform for crowd-funded micro-loans

Consumer Goods


San Francisco, CA, USA + 1 more

Required Skills
Data Science
Apache Kafka
  • Lead and participate in long-term strategic and operational planning to achieve business goals and prioritize development initiatives
  • Oversee engineering, data science, IT departments across all of Kiva's business units
  • Instill an engineering culture focused on delivering and maximizing our impact in the world through technology-based solutions
  • Provide the vision for the technology platform, drive the development of the technology roadmap, evaluate new and promising technologies, and incubate MVP and foundational initiatives that can significantly unlock business scale and impact opportunities
  • Create an environment that promotes engineering excellence by attracting and retaining high-performing talent from diverse backgrounds and designing effective organizational structure, processes, systems, and tools
  • Work closely with product and other teams to build products and features that allow Kiva to achieve its goals
  • Foster a team-first attitude by building strong partnerships, collaboration, and alignment across functions and stewarding a culture of diversity, inclusiveness, ownership, boldness, and innovation
  • Champion an experimental and data-driven mindset and promote practices that reward risk taking and afford rapid response to market feedback
  • Represent Kiva's technology strategy and promote Kiva's technology brand to external and internal stakeholders
  • Establish, define and track metrics and monitor progress to ensure that objectives are achieved, particularly in software development and technical operations
Desired Qualifications
  • 15+ years of professional experience with at least 8 years in an executive or similar level capacity
  • Proven track record in building and leading high performance engineering teams of 50+ across a portfolio of products or product lines
  • Deep knowledge and experience in leading cloud-based and mobile application development in high-growth companies, site reliability, cybersecurity and information security, big data engineering and architecture
  • Exceptional cross-functional collaborator with an ability to bring people along with your vision
  • Familiarity with AWS, Kubernetes, Docker, Kafka, GraphQL, Kotlin, Swift, and Vue.js
  • Demonstrated ability to build technology products from the ground up and optimize mature products, balancing short term and long term technology investments
  • Non-profit, fintech, consumer, marketplace, SaaS, machine learning, and/or international experience a plus

Kiva (www.kiva.org) is a mission-driven technology non-profit. We run a global marketplace platform for crowd-funded micro-loans to serve the financially excluded in sectors such as education, water, clean energy, and refugee resettlement. Kiva combines the culture and approach of an internet start-up with a mission to alleviate poverty. We aim to drive social impact and enable opportunity while providing a borrower-to-lender connection: “Loans that change lives." In just 15 years, Kiva has raised nearly $1.5 billion in loan capital for more than 2 million borrowers in 84 countries. Kiva’s lenders fund over $1 million in loans every 3 days. Headquartered in San Francisco, Kiva's team has 100+ employees and 450+ volunteers worldwide.

Company Stage


Total Funding



San Francisco, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth



Medical, dental, and vision insurance

Unlimited PTO

$750 stipend for continuing education

Parental leave

401(k) plan

Community building activities