Senior Backend Engineer

Área de Atuação: django Python
Cidade: Remote
País: United States


Little Otter is reimagining the way that children receive mental health care. We pair technology, and exceptional care to deliver high-quality personalized mental health support to families and children anywhere, anytime. Developed by Dr. Helen Egger, previously Head of Child Psychiatry at NYU Langone and Duke University, and the top minds in early childhood mental health, our programs empower families to get back to what matters the most as soon as possible. Little Otter helps parents better understand their child’s emotions and behaviors, providing personalized care plans and evidence-based therapy.

We are looking for team members who are mission driven and excited to actively participate in growing our offering. Our engineering team is small where there’s an opportunity to have a large impact on the work we are doing and the decision making process. Our approach is to take a data-driven and evidence-based approach to providing high-quality mental health care to families and children and we are building the platform to enable it. This will be the first of its kind – a platform that focuses on providing a family-centric model to care and one that powers our providers to provide data-driven care.

Our software engineers are involved through the entire product lifecycle from early brainstorming and design, to prototyping and implementation. You’ll have the opportunity to and in fact thrive when working closely with product managers, designers, and directly with the users (therapists, psychiatrists, other healthcare professionals, and families) of our software to make sure we are building a product that is solving real problems.

As one of our first full-time senior backend engineers, in addition to building out large parts of our backend systems, you’ll be responsible for helping set the technical direction of our platform.

About You

5+ years of experience in software engineering with demonstrated proficiency in programming languages, such as Python, Django, and system design.

Experience working with large and complex codebases. You navigate complexity well and hold a high quality bar for yourself and those around you.

Experience with defining clean architecture and setting the technical direction for a product area.

Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission.

You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone.

A desire to work on software that can make a difference in an industry that is facing a national crisis and enjoys build the software that will transform how we provide care to be more data-driven.

Inclined to move fast and iterate quickly based on user feedback.

Nice to haves

You have experience in software engineering with demonstrated proficiency in programming languages, such as Java and/or Golang

You have worked on backend teams in the healthcare and mental health space

You understand HIPAA and other security requirements for handling healthcare data and building systems that manage them

You or a loved one have benefitted from mental health services, and you wish to give back.

Demonstrated leadership experience. You have owned the development for a product, and/or helped to set the technical direction for a team of developers.


Own end-to-end development, from idea to deployment, of backend systems that meet critical business needs.

Define long term technical direction and vision for scaling our backend systems.

Work directly with product managers and the business to synthesize needs and requirements and inform project roadmaps

Mentor and train other engineers and team members on high quality coding standards.

Collaborate with product managers, designers, and other engineers to ship code to our customers.

Why Us?

Join a collaborative community of mission-driven professionals who want to help children and families.

Build a first of its kind platform that focuses on providing a family-centric model to care and one that powers our providers to provide data-driven care.

Participation in early technical direction of the company.

Benefits include, but are not limited to: competitive salary and equity in an early stage startup, a flexible remote-first working environment and parental leave.

Take-what-you-need PTO policy with 2 weeks off for the winter holidays.

About the Company

Early intervention is essential for lifelong health and wellness. Still, most families and children do not receive the mental health support they desperately need. Little Otter is a venture-backed startup reimagining how children and families receive mental health care. We bring technology, proprietary methods, and exceptional providers together to deliver high-quality mental health support directly to families and children anytime, anywhere. Little Otter’s assessments identify a family’s unique needs, providing a customized care plan that includes a mix of teletherapy and digital self-management tools. Parents receive personalized and judgment-free support that grows with their family over time. Little Otter is the first product of its kind that is sold directly to families. Our goal is to break down existing barriers to high-quality services and empower parents to help their kids when they need it the most.

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