Technical Director, Publishing


  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle Area (Bellevue), WA
  • Los Angeles, CA

Niantic’s Publishing team is looking for an experienced engineering leader to join our growing team. As a Technical Director for Publishing, you will be responsible for technical consultation, vetting, mentorship, planning, and at times hands-on implementation in order to facilitate outstanding mobile AR game experiences. You will also represent the needs of partner game teams to improve our platform and help define long term success for Niantic Publishing.


  • Oversee all technical aspects of a project, including creation of technical designs, system architecture, documentation, and development processes, as well as assisting with sprint planning and helping with task prioritization.
  • Foster and maintain strong technical relationships between external partners.
  • Partner closely with Niantic’s product organization and effectively collaborate with other departments to ensure high-quality features using all that Niantic has to offer.
  • Provide technical mentorship and consultation to partner teams on how to use the Lightship platform to achieve the external development studio's creative vision.
  • Design and implement technical vetting processes against prospective partners.
  • Define work and timelines for partner teams to accomplish to meet Niantic’s technical requirements and quality bar.
  • Represent partner developer and industry trends, challenges, and wishes to Niantic’s Lightship Platform teams and champion partner teams’ causes, and ensure partner studios are set up to succeed with the Niantic Platform.


  • 5+ years working in well-established mobile game development studios.
  • 3+ years leading games teams.
  • Solid understanding of backend development.
  • Have shipped more than one mobile title.
  • Able and willing to do hands on coding.
  • Demonstrated ability to write technical design documentation for architectural components.
  • Outstanding organization, communication, and leadership skills.

Plus If...

  • Experience in AR/VR technologies.
  • Experience in cloud architecture.
  • Experience working in Developer Relations.
  • Understanding of Unity3D architecture.
  • Experience in working in diverse and cross-functional teams and environments.
  • Experience at all stages of product development from prototyping to live.

Join the Niantic team!

Niantic is the world’s leading AR technology company, sparking creative and engaging journeys in the real world. Our products inspire outdoor exploration, exercise, and meaningful social interaction.

Originally formed at Google in 2011, we became an independent company in 2015 with a strong group of investors including Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Alsop Louie Partners. Our current consumer titles include pioneering global-control game Ingress, record-breaking AR game Pokémon GO, and Pikmin Bloom. In November 2021, we launched our developer platform, Lightship, enabling creators to build immersive AR experiences around the globe.

Niantic is an Equal Opportunity employer. We believe that cultivating a workplace where our people are supported and included is essential to creating great products our community will love. Our mission emphasizes seeking and hiring diverse voices, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the technology industry, and we consider this to be one of the most important values we hold close.

We're a hard-working, fun, and exciting group who value intellectual curiosity and a passion for problem-solving! We have growing offices located in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Bellevue, Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo, Hamburg, and Zurich. #LI-HYBRID