Job Posting: Driveline Floor Trainer and R&D Integration Engineer

Please note, this posting contains two positions.

Position: Full-Stack Integration Engineer, R&D

Location: Kent, WA

Compensation: Commensurate with experience; top-end of MLB entry-level developer salary ranges.

Benefits: Healthcare, profit sharing, opportunity for work-related paid travel (all after probationary period).

Start Date: Mid-January, 2019

Full-time salaried and exempt on-site hours of ~50 hours per week. This is not a remote position. Limited ability (20%) to work from home may be available after the probationary period, but significant facetime with athletes and staff is valued. Minor financial relocation assistance is offered in the form of a one-time cash payment to assist with travel.

Description: Driveline Baseball is looking for a skilled full-stack integration engineer to join their growing Research and Development team in Seattle. Driveline Baseball secures contracts with multiple MLB teams year-round, providing external amateur draft reports, player development assistance, and on-site implementation of the physical products they manufacture and develop in-house. Driveline Baseball also trains hundreds of elite collegiate and professional hitters and pitchers in their three building complex in Kent, Washington, 20 minutes south of downtown Seattle.

The ideal candidate will have interest in both sports science and sabermetrics, with a desire to broaden their horizons into other fields Driveline is pursuing, such as logistics, manufacturing, and rapid prototyping. Candidates will not be judged based on their formal education background, or lack thereof; the best candidates to come through Driveline Baseball have a varied and colorful history with a portfolio of failed, half-completed, and blocked sports projects of all types. Self-starters, initiative-takers, and those with a healthy skepticism of authority fit in well in the R&D department of Driveline Baseball.

Unlike MLB organizations, at Driveline Baseball, the members of the R&D team work directly and regularly with minor and major league players. You will be communicating directly with big leaguers who will depend on your statistical and quantitative reports to improve their training methods and their pitch selection. You will also deal directly with front office executives and will be expected to take a leading role in directing interns and organizing third-party vendors within months of joining the Driveline team.

This isn’t your average software developer position where you’d be siloed in the front office and seen but not heard – you’ll be on the lines of battle, integrating APIs at a standing desk, standing up servers, figuring out why the network is configured incorrectly, and documenting all the processes you’re in charge of. Bonus points for those who can throw batting practice and have fungo skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Integration engineering and software development to fold in various APIs across a wide variety of sports data sources to improve player development, performance evaluation, scouting projects, and other initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain small-scale RDBMS deployments on VPSes and bare metal alike.
  • Assist with Information Technology requests across the 35 person Driveline Baseball team.
  • Regular communication with the R&D team, executives, management, college/minor/major league baseball players, MLB/NBA/NFL front offices, and vendors who support the organization.
  • Designing tools to lighten the workload of everyone in the organization; working closely with Driveline’s quantitative analysis and project management teams.
  • Data mining/reverse engineering private and public data for additional analysis.
  • Taking the lead on data architecture and maintenance.
  • Taking initiative to expand these fields as you see fit – if it will improve the company, we’ll make the resources available to you.

Qualifications:

  • Formal education: None required. High school dropouts to advanced degree holders will be seen as equals, which reflects the company’s structure as well.
  • Intermediate to advanced level computer programming and/or software development experience. Experience with R, Python, and PHP strongly preferred.
  • Database management and architecture skills. You won’t be required to manage billions of rows and have deep knowledge of sharding, but basic/intermediate devops will be your domain in this role.
  • Some understanding of statistical modeling, quantitative analysis, and data science methods.
  • Excellent “feel.” That mix of empathy, common sense and likability that makes people trust you.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in modeling sports science tasks, like workload tracking, fatigue measurement, or vision training.
  • A GitHub open source portfolio, complete with code and documentation of projects – failed and successful.
  • Previous experience working in professional or collegiate sports in any capacity.
  • Previous experience as an athlete in any collegiate or professional sport.
  • Current self-built management of a Statcast/PITCHfx database, sole or shared with others.
  • Data visualization skills.
  • Web development skills.
  • Management skills – this (especially) includes any retail or food operation management.
  • Technical writing skills.
  • Highly engaged and accomplished gaming skills. High accomplishments in Counter-Strike, League of Legends, Magic: The Gathering, counting blackjack, chess, online/real life poker, or other games.

To Apply:
To apply, please complete this Google form.

Position: Floor Trainer

Location: Kent, WA

Wage: DOE; Full Time, Hourly

Benefits: Healthcare, 10 days PTO

Description: Driveline’s High Performance team improves strength and power development, baseball skills, and movement quality for Driveline athletes. They are learning machines who can apply strength programming to solve skill problems and engage deeply with athletes.

In-gym and remotely, Driveline gets great results training athletes. Strength, skill, therapy and education are foundational elements of those results.

The Floor Trainer reports directly to the Head of Athlete Performance to ensure all elements of athlete programming work in sync with one another. They achieve this by working collaboratively with other trainers and coaches and working daily with Driveline athletes.

Driveline is seeking talented coaches from a variety of backgrounds: strength, pitching, hitting, or manual therapy.

You are highly engaged every day to help athletes achieve their goals.

You can apply strength-based solutions to solve skill issues and vice-a-versa.

You are eager to learn.

You are able to immediately connect with and assess athletes will drive their results and their ability to apply it when they leave our gym.

Primary Job Requirements:

  • Facilitating a great gym environment.
  • Monitoring athlete workouts and engaging athletes to assess.
  • Writing workout plans for athletes who will be executing them with and without your supervision.
  • Working with the Driveline research team to continuously improve their training outcomes.
  • Create weekly educational talks for training athletes.
  • Experience using or teaching Driveline’s programming.
  • Administrative duties: scheduling athletes, tracking hours, planning gym time.
  • Computer literate and proficient with Microsoft Office or Google Docs.

Physical Requirements:
Candidates applying for this position should be able to lift up to 100 pounds unassisted repeatedly throughout the workday. Also, the physical requirements of this job require frequent walking around, demonstrating and assisting with exercise, throwing and hitting movements; bending, throwing, stretching, lifting, pushing, pulling and squatting are movements performed daily.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent leadership and verbal communication skills.
  • One season of coaching experience for a collegiate or professional baseball team (either baseball or strength and conditioning).
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist or equivalent.
  • Excellent “feel.” That mix of empathy, common sense and likability that makes people trust you.
  • A history of independent learning.
  • Creative solutions to unique training limitations.

To Apply:
To apply, please complete this Google form.

Driveline is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal laws. For employees and applicants for employment who have disabilities, Driveline provides reasonable accommodation.

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