Senior Director, Digital Development & Innovation

Date:  Jan 26, 2023
Property:  101 INNOVATION (0008)

Irvine, CA, 92617

Division:  Innovation Technology (IT)
Req ID:  40945

Position Summary:

The Senior Director of Digital Development and Innovation will be a key leader who can help execute the Irvine Company enterprise goals of improving operational processes while supporting the continual enhancement of our customer value strategy. The ideal candidate will need a fundamental understanding of diverse technologies, hands-on experience in implementing large-scale projects and demonstrate a strong business acumen, including forecasting and budgeting. This role will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of multiple development teams involving a wide variety of decision-makers, technologies, and third parties while being able to be an active contributor to several projects. Providing technical guidance, promoting collaboration with different teams, and presenting complex concepts are all critical to support the company's ambitious goals and reinforce thought leadership daily.

Job Duties:

  • Help develop and support digital product solutions across various divisions
  • Drive the development of innovative technologies and related strategies to deliver on corporate goals  
  • Act as technical visionary while applying business understanding to keep marketing and IT initiatives cohesive
  • Provide enterprise architecture and promote technical alignment
  • Enhance service delivery to find new internal efficiencies and customer engagement
  • Partner and build trust by working closely with leadership across multiple departments to enforce collaboration and transparent communication
  • Work with cross-functional teams to define and deliver industry-leading products and services in partnership with leasing and marketing teams
  • Work with divisional product owners to create product roadmaps, strategies, and technical solutions for web and mobile apps
  • Serve as a critical subject matter expert to help answer and be a hands-on resource to solve various challenges
  • Provide thought leadership on innovative industry trends, concepts, and technologies and use them to identify opportunities that may benefit the organization
  • Establish priorities and work assignments based on business, stakeholder, and divisional requirements
  • Partner with stakeholders to understand goals and user requirements. Analyze potential solutions to recommend appropriate execution strategy and cost
  • Partner with company-wide marketing teams, build and evolve digital applications to meet the future needs of the business
  • Provide statuses and communicate with senior management and leadership as needed
  • Manage vendors and agency relationships, including technical, legal, and financial guidance
  • Lead and manage teams of onshore, nearshore and offshore developers
  • Oversee financial budgets and create forecasts for digital development activities
  • Attract, retain and lead high-performing team members through training, open communication, training, and development opportunities
  • Manage, support, and promote multiple enterprise applications used across the organization
  • Understand and promote best practices and secure coding standards
  • Be an active and hands-on contributor to Web and Mobile applications, including DevOps
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications / Other Expectations:


Must be willing to work onsite three days a week from our Irvine, CA office.


General experience:

  • BS or MS degree in a computer science or other technology field
  • 8+ years digital development experience with a focus on web, mobile applications and cloud technologies
  • Proven ability to successfully work independently using a business-focused entrepreneurial approach
  • Proven experience leading application from inception to launch including budget forecasting
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong business and technical acumen

Technical experience

  • Expertise in core web and mobile technologies
  • Proficiency in network and DevOps fundamentals, including infrastructure as a service understanding
  • Strong understanding of customer experience best practices and design
  • Strong knowledge of application security and governance best practices
  • Strong debugging skills across various and upcoming technologies
  • Self-starter, able to work independently and learn with minimal supervision
  • Ability to effectively document business processes and apply technology to optimize and automate processes
  • Act as a senior developer and actively produce production code in Java, Javascript (front-end and back-end), PHP and Python
  • Experience working with React, React Native, Vue.js and SPA applications
  • Experience working with Adobe Experience Manager, Wordpress and Contentful
  • Experience with CSS preprocessors, LESS, or SCSS
  • Experience with client- and server-side templating frameworks
  • Experience with front-end build systems like Webpack, Gulp, Grunt, etc.
  • First-hand DevOPS knowledge and ability to work on Redhat servers
  • Subject Matter Expert on Google Cloud Platform services
  • Hands-on experience with setting up and maintaining Cloudflare services
  • Proficient with Git source control
  • Understanding of Agile methodologies
  • Experience creating and contributing to product roadmaps
  • Experience analyzing and estimating software requirements


Special Experience Desired:

  • Familiarity with various Salesforce products including maintaining Heroku applications
  • Experience working with Firebase and Google Analytics products
  • Experience working with Algolia or Elasticsearch
  • Experience with AEM as a Cloud Service and Adobe Managed Services
  • Experience working with Next.js, GraphQL
  • Experience administering Atlassian Products, Postman, App Stores or any other enterprise applications


Base Pay Range: $158,200.00 - $220,100.00


Actual placement within this range may vary based upon, but not limited to, relevant experience, time in role, base salary of internal peers, prior performance, business sector, and geographic location.

The Company also offers competitive benefits for full time employees including paid time off, matching 401(k), and health benefits.


About Us:
Irvine Company is a privately held real estate investment company and master-planner committed to creating and sustaining communities that thrive for generations.

Irvine Company is respected for its master planning and environmental stewardship of the Irvine Ranch in Orange County, including diversified operations throughout coastal California. Irvine Company brings to life neighborhoods and sustainable communities with a full range of housing, jobs, retail centers, schools, parks and open space.

We take as much pride in our employee community as we do the communities we create. It’s an environment populated with talented and experienced people, a collaborative spirit and abundant opportunities.

Apply today to join our employee community, and learn more about Irvine Company, our legacy and our guiding principles.

Irvine Company is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, compensation, termination, and training, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by federal, state, and local law. Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities, upon request.

Nearest Major Market: Irvine California
Nearest Secondary Market: Los Angeles

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