Sep 15

Full-Stack (Ruby on Rails and Javascript) Person Who Can Write Code

(Stack Overflow says to not use a generic title. It was "Developer Human" and "Fungible Developer Unit" was on the table. Laughing at the bad jokes of the VP of Engineering is not a job requirement, however. Making fun of the VP or Engineering may be, however.)

About this job

Job type:Full-time Experience level:Mid-Level, Senior, Lead Role: Fullstack Developer. Both single page app (Vue/React/Angular/AngularJS) and backend (preferably Rails) experience helpful.

Remote details

Employer's note: Eastern time zone-ish, United States. More in the posting. This role is limited to people in the United States (for contractual reasons). We operate in East Coast time, so it is unlikely that people outside of the East Coast will want to be awake for 9 AM standup.


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Job description

Are you a versatile developer (backend and frontend) who is obsessive about creating thoughtful software that improves someone’s day? If so, we’d love to chat with you about adding some firepower to our team, one which is actively helping women’s health providers spend more quality time with patients by fundamentally re-imagining their daily digital workflows.

Update on 'Location' : So, while we do have the 'remote' flag on, we're *ideally* looking for someone in the NE corridor-ish (think: <2 hour flight; our VP Engineering is in New England or Florida depending on the season), too. Or Ohio, but why Ohio? (Note: the author is a native Ohioan who has left.) Put another way: are you available to be in the Richmond, VA or virtual office once every 6 weeks or so when there's not a pandemic? Yeah, That'd be greaaaaaat... Don't forget the cover page on those TPS reports either.

Ideally you are as eager and passionate as we are about:

  • Crafting thoughtful user experiences that help people (in our case doctors, nurses, and medical assistants) make the best decisions possible while removing tedious BS from their daily workflow.

  • reducing the large amount of time that clinicians spend on documenting what they have already done (go ahead -- ask your doctor about how much they like their EHR (electronic health record) next time you’re sick)

  • re-imagining not only the traditional user experiences & workflow of EHRs, but also the medium through which the latest medical best practices can be actionably and seamlessly incorporated into delivering care.

OK, you may not be super-passionate about these things right now (let’s face it -- medical workflows and “EHRs” sound pretty boring on paper), but you will be. Why? Because you’ll be building software that fixes INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATING experiences for doctors. And it’s incredibly satisfying to modernize, replace & improve outdated, problematic software. It’s important. And you’ll be loved/adored for it. (And once you see the way this stuff is currently done, you’ll be left scratching your head or otherwise disappointed)

A little about us...

Our mission is to remove the digital roadblocks that interfere with healthcare providers’ ability to spend quality time with patients (Oh, and we try to help them make better decisions along the way as well).

...A Lot About You

Ideally, you are a multitalented wunderkind who runs circles around each of the below bullet points, but let’s be real: while some of these are must-have, many are wish-list. We may have gotten a bit carried away with these, so if feel your unique combination of skills is close-ish to the mark, don’t hesitate to reach out. In fact, do so enthusiastically.

  •’re a software craftsperson with a roll-up-your-sleeves mentality -- there’s a lot of thoughtful, nuanced, nitty gritty work to get done.

  • … you have “X years of experience” Pshaw. We aren’t big on formal requirements in the credentials department; rather, we want to see what you’ve worked on. Show us a project you’re proud of that you shipped, and we’ll start the conversation from there. But let’s not kid ourselves -- you should absolutely come without training wheels.

  • ... you are comfortable shifting gears between front-end Javascript and back-end Ruby-on-Rails when you need to… We have some folks who are stronger on the front end and some folks who are stronger on the back end. Our typical developer is someone who has excellent design sensibilities and a firm grasp of HTML5 / CSS / SASS, ui toolkits like bootstrap, but also can talk about and implement good APIs to talk to the front end and also write code to connect to other APIs from our backend.

  • … you’re pretty opinionated about your design choices and can easily articulate/defend your design decisions/rationale when asked “Why did you <insert observation that challenges your design choice>?”

  • ... you have solid Ruby on Rails development chops or suitable experience in other backend areas that you're comfortably learning RoR quickly.

  • … you have solid Vue or AngularJS front-end development chops. But, because you love javascript frameworks in general, you’ve played around with -- and probably are opinionated about -- other frameworks like Angular(7), React, and Vue.js.

  • You've heard of this thing called SQL, despite ActiveRecord being the be all end all solution for things (except when, you know, you actually need to know SQL).

  • should be able to design, architect & implement solutions that reflect your particular problem-solving approach (...and you’ll probably be solving a problem that was based on a story that you yourself were instrumental in either eliciting or refining).

  • … you’re a natural Design Thinker. Therefore, you’re good at leveraging your empathy to investigate both known and ambiguous aspects of a complex, convoluted story (lots of these in healthcare!) in order to discover hidden parameters and open alternative paths which may lead to the real story.

  • … you have an admirable understanding of the principles behind a good* RESTful API design. (*But also know enough to not let perfect get in the way of the good)

  • … you’re comfortable/knowledgeable with git. CI experience a bonus, but not required. If you've worked with nothing but SVN in your life, admit to your sins, but this isn't a dealbreaker.

  • … you’ve worked at startups before or have always been looking for an excuse to.

  • … you work well in a loosely structured PM/Managerial environment (we’re agile with a “little a”)

Us + You?

As the newest member our product team, you’ll be an integral part of every aspect of our business strategy, dev roadmap, technology architecture decisions, and, undoubtedly, will wear a lot of hats.

Ones of these hats -- in addition to your techie/design hats -- will almost certainly be the Customer Hat. At Dorsata, we are fervent (rabidly obsessive, really) believers in frequent, high-touch interactions with our involved, loyal customer base, who drives our roadmap. As we've grown, developers are often removed from the day-to-day, but you should be the type of person who is able to empathize and ask good questions of customers.

Obligatory message: If you're a third-party recruiter who is looking to send us resumes, please don't. We don't accept resumes from third-party recruiters. No, we're not interested in how Yet Another Recruiting company can help us make the world a better place, etc.; we already know good people who do that when we need to. (We're amazed at the number of random LinkedIn messages from recruiters we see, both on the hiring and job seeking side. Yes, you're great human beings, but please move along. Also, this message doesn't seem to actually stop dear recruiters from emailing, but we've tried.)

About Dorsata

Dorsata’s clinical workflow intelligence platform is designed to work both top of and inside of the existing electronic health records (EHRs) that our customers use. Our flagship product is an AngularJS-migrating-to-Vue/Rails SPA designed collaboratively with women’s health providers to support the way that they work & think -- not tell them how to work & think (or add additional clerical burdens to their already-busy day). We want practitioners of women’s health to feel like they are using a piece of software not only designed for them, but by them.

More About Us :

How We Interview & Hire

Like many of the other startups you are currently perusing on stackoverflow/angellist/hired/vettery/reddit/linkedIn/etc., our interview process begins with an intro call to help you learn more about the role, for us to hear more about you, and to help the two of us decide if Dorsata is a mutual fit. If we move forward, a second call to get to know you, your experience, and so forth (generally with the VP of Engineering). Based on that problem solving exercise, we do a quick real-world based coding test to make sure you actually do know Rails, Vue/AngularJS (or React or AngularX), and what a computer is.

We're small, so we also like to have people talk to our CEO before a final offer.

Benefits / Perks / Comp

  • Health Insurance / Dental

  • Market salary + equity participation opportunity

  • We are remote. If you like, go for an occasional stints in Antarctica), though we operate on the East Coast timezone and get together every 6 weeks in person when there's not a pandemic. Also, Antartica is cold, and outside the US which is awkward contractually.

  • Fun, friendly & delightfully BS-free work environment

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