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Senior Fullstack Engineer, Guest & Host



United States
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

The Community You Will Join:

DLS Foundation is a central, cross-platform team at Airbnb responsible for improving client-side engineering efficiency, consistency, and quality. It does this through a number of ongoing projects, amongst which are the Design Language System (DLS) component library, UI tooling, and custom declarative frameworks built on Jetpack Compose, Linaria, and SwiftUI. In this role, you will have the opportunity to influence how UI engineering is done at the company level, and to support the efforts of hundreds of other engineers.

The DLS Foundation team also works in all stages of the product development lifecycle, aids in product launches, and works with the design organization on new UI initiatives. It sits under the Client Foundation team whose scope is to standardize the overall feature development process from a client engineering perspective.

This is one of few teams at the company that provides its ICs with the opportunity to either go broad and influence all client-side development at Airbnb, or to go deep and improve the ways of working on a single platform. While the team leans senior, many of its members start in a more junior role and earn their promotions through the wide scope of the team's responsibilities.

The Difference You Will Make:

As a Fullstack engineer on the DLS Foundation team, you'll have the opportunity to work with world-class engineers on expanding the DLS library with new components, building out new frameworks and utilities used by other client-side engineers, and supporting new product launches by embedding yourself into product initiatives. You will be supported by a team of design and engineering managers, designers, and peers. The scope of this role is vast and limited only by your ambition.

With a focus on tooling, you will be working to improve the overall process by which client-side engineers at the company translate designs into code. In this role you will work closely with other engineers on Android and iOS in building out systems and solutions that facilitate the overall engineering process of new features. You will also work closely with designers on expanding and reinforcing processes of feature development from their perspective.

A Typical Day:

  • Work with the manager and stakeholders on a roadmap for the next 6-12 months
  • Lead tooling initiatives
  • Work with staff-level DLS engineers and designers on DLS initiatives
  • Familiarize yourself with the product development process at Airbnb and find opportunities to improve client-side developer efficiency
  • Scope, plan, build, and release full-stack projects
  • Take turns supporting product engineers with questions about DLS, leading sprint planning, and leading engineering meetings

Your Expertise:

  • 5-9 years of web engineering experience with a BS/Masters and 2+ years with a PhD
  • Experience with JavaScript on the server
  • Experience in building tools for internal use
  • Experience working with Figma and other design tools
  • Passion for building pixel-perfect, reusable, customizable, and maintainable UI a plus
  • Attention to detail, especially in the areas of accessibility and documentation
  • Great communication skills

Your Location:

This position is US - Remote Eligible. The role may include occasional work at an Airbnb office or attendance at offsites, as agreed to with your manager. While the position is Remote Eligible, you must live in a state where Airbnb, Inc. has a registered entity. Click here for the up-to-date list of excluded states. This list is continuously evolving, so please check back with us if the state you live in is on the exclusion list. If your position is employed by another Airbnb entity, your recruiter will inform you what states you are eligible to work from.

Our Commitment To Inclusion & Belonging:

Airbnb is committed to working with the broadest talent pool possible. We believe diverse ideas foster innovation and engagement, and allow us to attract creatively-led people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

We strive to also provide a disability inclusive application and interview process. If you are a candidate with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in order to submit an application, please contact us at: Please include your full name, the role you’re applying for and the accommodation necessary to assist you with the recruiting process.

We ask that you only reach out to us if you are a candidate whose disability prevents you from being able to complete our online application.

How We'll Take Care of You:

Our job titles may span more than one career level. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs and market demands. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, benefits, and Employee Travel Credits.

Pay Range
$185,000$221,000 USD