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Developer Advocate



Software Engineering, Legal
New York, NY, USA · United States · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Old problem, new $25B+ market

The team at Oso has gets out of bed everyday to think about roles and permissions. Why?

We’ve spoken with 1,000+ engineering teams, who without fail report a “Groundhog Day” experience of building and maintaining authorization systems time after time throughout their careers. Authorization is the mechanism that controls who has access to what in an app. It’s a problem as old as computers, and it turns out, it’s a hard problem.

The next billion developers will not learn to write (and later, debug) custom if statements for permissions – they’ll tweak a pre-configured authorization system, and that system will be Oso.

Why Oso?

Oso is used by thousands of companies from startups to the Fortune 500, like Wayfair, Arc, Intercom, Visa, Chief, Arc and Productboard. We have met with thousands of engineering teams over the last 3+ years and know more about this problem than any team in the market. This fuels our customer-centric approach to building.

We’re also backed by the world’s best investors, including Sequoia, Felicis and infrastructure entrepreneurs like Dev Ittycheria (CEO, MongoDB), Arman Dadgar (Founder, Hashicorp), Edith Harbaugh (Founder, LaunchDarkly), Guy Podjarny (Founder, Snyk), Paul Copplestone, (Founder, Supabase), Christina Cacioppo (Founder, Vanta), and Calvin French-Owen (Founder, Segment).

What you’ll do

  • Educate the world on authorization. This is a new topic for many engineers and building authorization services becomes more challenges as applications get more complex. The developer community needs your guidance on the best approaches to take and the challenges to anticipate. At Oso you’ll become that expert and engage with our users at conferences, meetups and virtual events to help them navigate these challenging problems.

  • Help developers discover Oso. Get the word out on Oso, inspire users and help them adopt it with demos and sample apps, blog posts, tutorials, and videos, plus talks at meetups, conferences and on podcasts.

  • Be a strong supportive force in the developer community: You are helpful and supportive by nature, and get energy from helping developers solve problems. You’ll engage with users through various channels (e.g., Slack) to help them with their problems. Capture feedback and feed it back to our engineers

Your Success Measures

  • Acquire new users: Help developers learn about authorization and create compelling reasons to try Oso.

  • Engage with members of our community: Help us build deeper relationships with the developers using Oso, meet with and educate new developers on authorization best practices.


  • You have experience as a professional developer working in more than one programming language

  • You can create clear and creative technical writing, and you can demonstrate this by sharing long-form writing samples upon request

  • You have worked at a startup or in a similar environment

  • A plus for those who have built authorization systems before (and who have lived to tell the tale)

  • You have a track record of delivering great technical talks at small or large conferences, meetups, hackathons or similar

Who you are

  • You're an owner. You are accountable to results over the process. You prioritize the team's success over the success of any one project.

  • You ship, listen, ship, listen. You're happy to explore product ideas through design, hacks and guides before building something fully baked. You have no problem throwing away ideas and code if they don't pan out. You get satisfaction from getting concrete output into users' hands.

  • You're for the makers. You want to understand our end users' world and prioritize solving their authorization problems above everything else, including your own personal preferences and the elegance of the solution.

  • You give and take feedback. You seek out critical feedback. You have the courage to give critical feedback to others.‍

This role reports to the Head of Marketing at Oso (it’s okay, she’s cool!)


In addition to cash compensation, Oso offers a Total Rewards package that includes equity grants, health benefits, and more:

  • Competitive health, dental, and vision coverage

  • Mental healthcare to all employees and anyone in their family through Spring Health

  • Unlimited access to financial advisors through Northstar

  • Unlimited paid time off (PTO)

  • Paid parental leave

  • Flexible work options

  • One Medical Membership

  • Quarterly hackathons... and prizes!

  • Free team lunches every month

The starting salary for this role is between $100,000-$400,000/year. Your exact offer will vary based on a number of factors including experience level, skillset, market location, and balancing internal equity relative to peers at the company

Oso is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or disability status.