Chief Technology Officer

Des Moines, IA | Full-Time

We’re seeking a Chief Technology Officer to join our executive team and help us build the next-generation of tools for science education. As CTO, you’ll have great responsibility and influence over our engineering efforts, whether that’s building out our core technologies, developing product, or aligning with business strategy. The ideal candidate is a strong individual contributor capable of tackling any technical challenge across the full technology stack, but can also lead and mentor a small development team. Your contributions to our mobile interactive learning platform have the potential to improve the learning experience for millions of students.

You Will

  • Think like an owner. Fully understand and be able to communicate the impact of technology decisions on business goals.

  • Own our engineering efforts. From our core technologies to new product features, play a key role in planning and execution.

  • Collaborate with a cross-disciplinary team. Work with colleagues in business, product, design, and content to make informed, high-impact decisions.

  • Set the bar. Define, document, and maintain technical standards and processes across the organization.

  • Assemble a team of doers. Assist in building a diverse and effective group of engineers.

You Have

  • An entrepreneurial mindset. You have a bias toward action and a drive for delivering value.

  • Proven software development skills. You’ve demonstrated the ability to not only write clean, scalable, and performant code, but the capacity to lead the creation and delivery of complex software. You’ve played a key role in the development of 2-3 complex software projects.

  • Wide and deep technical knowledge. You’re an expert with Unity (C#), have released projects on iOS and Android, and can develop web apps from the front-end (HTML, CSS, JS) to the back-end (Node.JS, Heroku).

  • A results-driven work ethic. You strive to meet real customer needs, and use data to back up your efforts.

  • A passion for learning. Not only are you hungry to improve yourself, you take joy in sharing knowledge with others.

Nice to Haves

  • Understanding of various learning theories.

  • Natural science knowledge (physics, chemistry, biology).

  • Experience building an education product.

  • Experience designing and writing your own games.

  • Interest or experience in emerging technologies, eg. machine learning, wearables, etc.

You Will Get

  • To improve the learning experience for potentially millions of students.

  • To work with a nimble, mission-driven team.

  • A compensation package including salary, equity, PTO, and 401k match.

  • Generous healthcare coverage including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance.

  • Opportunities for personal learning and professional development.


Substrate Games is headquartered in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa, which enjoys a rapidly developing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Thanks to a low cost of living and high quality of life, Des Moines is frequently featured as a top place to live for young professionals and growing families. Here you’ll find the ability to own a home, commute to work in less than 20 minutes, and enjoy a friendly and welcoming community of smart, hard working people. Des Moines is home to nationally recognized events including the Des Moines Art Festival and the Iowa State Fair, as well as numerous locations for hiking, biking, and more. If that’s not enough, Omaha, the Twin Cities, Kansas City, and Chicago are just a weekend trip away.

Substrate Games is an equal opportunity employer.


Name *