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Confluent Developer Advocate, Staff or Principal in Albany, New York

Confluent is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure focused on data in motion. Have you ever found a new favorite series on Netflix, picked up groceries curbside at Walmart, or paid for something using Square? That’s the power of data in motion in action—giving organizations instant access to the massive amounts of data that is constantly flowing throughout their business. At Confluent, we’re building the foundational platform for this new paradigm of data infrastructure. Our cloud-native offering is designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organization. With Confluent, organizations can create a central nervous system to innovate and win in a digital-first world.

We’re looking for self-motivated team members who crave a challenge and feel energized to roll up their sleeves and help realize Confluent’s enormous potential. Chart your own path and take healthy risks as we solve big problems together. We value having diverse teams and want you to grow as we grow—whether you’re just starting out in your career or managing a large team, you’ll be amazed at the magnitude of your impact.

About the Role

As a Developer Advocate for Confluent, you will help developers be successful using Apache Kafka and Confluent technologies and feel awesome while they do it. During the pandemic, you won’t travel much, but you will engage with the community online and build compelling content from home. You’re eager to be part of a diverse distributed team with big goals, and you have an unremittingly positive attitude. Ultimately, you will help developers achieve our mission: to build a streaming data platform and put it at the heart of every company.

What You Will Do:

  • Write sample code, build creative new conference talks, make screencasts, make compelling tutorial videos, and write some of the best blog posts the streaming data world has ever seen

  • Engage/present at conferences and meetups online and in-person (when possible) with the community of developers, ops professionals, and other distributed systems enthusiasts around the world, teaching and inspiring them to apply event streaming technologies more effectively

  • Help other developers by interacting on Confluent Community Slack, Stack Overflow, Twitter, GitHub, or places where developers come for help online

  • Represent the developer community to the Confluent product and engineering teams, making sure that everything we build is easy to learn and sensible to use

  • Collaborate on and support initiatives in our developer strategy (content, community, training, engagement) centered around

What You Will Bring:

  • The experience of a seasoned software developer

  • A joy for teaching, making complex concepts simple, and reframing technology in a way that inspires

  • Ability to write top-quality code samples and mini-applications in order to demonstrate the technologies you want to teach

  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to create compelling, on-brand technical blog posts

  • Experience recording screencasts and instructional videos of your talks and articles

  • A fun, confident presence as a speaker at conferences and meetups—even online

  • Ability to convincingly argue from a developer's perspective and persuade internal stakeholders for improvements to the developer experience or engagement strategy

What Gives You an Edge:

  • You’re a good developer (bonus for non-JVM languages)

  • You’re up to date with current JVM community engineering practices

  • You know something about distributed systems, data streaming and pipelining, and maybe even Kafka

  • You constantly keep up to date on the latest technologies related to Confluent, streaming data, and distributed systems

  • You’re active/known in a technical community - as an open-source contributor, thought leader, organizer, helping others on Slack/Stack Overflow, etc.

  • You know a thing or two about enterprise scenarios and how to connect the dots between developer motions and business impact, and understand the “why” as well as the “what” behind Confluent’s “data in motion” mission.

  • You enjoy helping developers and technical decision-makers understand the “why” as well as the “what” behind Confluent’s “data in motion” mission.

Come As You Are

At Confluent, equality is a core tenet of our culture. We are committed to building an inclusive global team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs, and experiences. The more diverse we are, the richer our community and the broader our impact. Employment decisions are made on the basis of job-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Confluent requires all employees (in office and remote) in the U.S. to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Consistent with federal, state, and local requirements, Confluent will consider requests for reasonable accommodation based on medical conditions/contraindications or sincerely-held religious beliefs where it is able to do so without undue hardship to the company.

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