People Matter

Staff Front End Engineer - Design Systems



Software Engineering, Design
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, February 2, 2024


Nextdoor is where you connect to the neighborhoods that matter to you so you can belong. Our purpose is to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on.

Neighbors around the world turn to Nextdoor daily to receive trusted information, give and get help, get things done, and build real-world connections with those nearby — neighbors, businesses, and public services. Today, neighbors rely on Nextdoor in more than 315,000 neighborhoods across 11 countries.

Meet Your Future Neighbors

The Blocks team builds and maintains the Design System and the UI Framework upon which other teams build the user experience. Our goal is to provide an ecosystem of tools, technologies, and components that make it easy for product teams to build a delightful, polished, and consistent user experience. As part of the Core Platform team, our mission is to create a delightful developer experience that empowers teams to build their features quickly and safely. We build paved roads so that product engineers can focus their efforts on building features that serve our neighbors and drive our business. We create infrastructure that makes the easy things work out of the box and the hard things possible. We build performance and scalability into the platform itself so that Nextdoor is safe and fast by default. The Blocks team collaborates directly with teams across the company to enable them to move faster and to help drive adoption of the shared components.

At Nextdoor, we offer a warm and inclusive work environment that embraces a hybrid employment experience, providing a flexible experience for our valued employees.

The Impact You’ll Make

As a Senior Front End Engineer on the Blocks team, you will be responsible for contributing to the architecture, usability, and reliability of Blocks, Nextdoor’s Design System. We are building a new Web Design System from the ground up. You will build and maintain UI foundation and components, improve Front End infrastructure, and support product engineers. You will also collaborate closely with our designers to provide polished and delightful user experience. Future projects include building a new documentation website and a responsive grid layout component.

What you’ll bring to the Team, including your responsibilities:

  • 6+ years of Software Development experience, and/or the ability to perform at an advanced level in the domain
  • Expertise in modern TypeScript, JavaScript, React, and CSS
  • Ability to design and implement heavily used services and systems
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Experience working on Design Systems: building and maintaining reusable UI foundation and components is a plus
  • ARIA and accessibility experience is a plus
  • Experience with CI/CD systems and testing frameworks is a plus
  • Expertise in at least one server-side web application language is a plus. Python/Django, Java, and SQL experience is a plus
  • Strong desire to learn new technologies
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a dynamic startup environment
  • Ability to mentor junior engineers across teams
  • Participate in in-person Nextdoor events, trainings, off-sites, volunteer days, and other team building exercises
  • Build in-person relationships with team members and contribute to the KIND culture that Nextdoor values


Compensation, benefits, perks, and recognition programs at Nextdoor come together to create one overall rewards package.

The starting salary for this role is expected to range from $170,000 to $215,000 USD and $177,000 to $195,000 CAD on an annualized basis, or potentially greater in the event that your 'level' of proficiency exceeds the level expected for the role. Compensation may also vary by geography.

We also expect to award a meaningful equity grant for this role. With equal quarterly vesting, your first vest date would be within the first 3 months of your start date.

Overall, total compensation will vary depending on your relevant skills, experience, and qualifications. We have you covered! Nextdoor employees can choose between a variety of great health plans. We cover 100% of your personal monthly premium for health, dental, and vision – and provide a OneMedical membership for concierge care.

At Nextdoor, we empower our employees to build stronger local communities. To create a platform where all feel welcome, we want our workforce to reflect the diversity of the neighbors we seek to serve. We encourage everyone interested in our purpose to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, or any other trait that unfairly targets a group of people. In accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we always consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For information about our collection and use of applicants’ personal information, please see Nextdoor's Personnel Privacy Notice, found here.