VP of Engineering

Published on November 18, 2023

Daybreak Health envisions a world where every young person can access essential mental health support. We're dedicated to providing evidence-based virtual therapy with licensed clinicians to kids aged 6-19. Our mission is rooted in partnering with public school districts and health insurance companies to offer free, accessible mental health care to all families, recognizing the significance of mental health as a fundamental aspect of education. As a Y Combinator-backed company, we've made significant strides in the past two years, securing funding from Maven Ventures for our Seed round, Lightspeed Ventures for our Series A, and most recently, Union Square Ventures for our Series B. Our journey has been marked by exceptional growth and efficiency, and we are poised for further expansion on a national scale. We are seeking talented individuals to join us in key roles to fuel this growth.

Daybreak Health (http://www.daybreakhealth.com/) envisions a world where every young person can access essential mental health support. We're dedicated to providing evidence-based virtual therapy with licensed clinicians to kids aged 6-19. Our mission is rooted in partnering with public school districts and health insurance companies to offer free, accessible mental health care to all families, recognizing the significance of mental health as a fundamental aspect of education.
As a Y Combinator-backed company, we've made significant strides in the past two years, securing funding from Maven Ventures for our Seed round, Lightspeed Ventures for our Series A, and most recently, Union Square Ventures for our Series B. Our journey has been marked by exceptional growth and efficiency, and we are poised for further expansion on a national scale. We are seeking talented individuals to join us in key roles to fuel this growth.
At Daybreak, our team members:
  • Rally behind our North Star mission.
  • Embody creativity, humility, hard work, and a relentless drive to succeed.
  • Prioritize collaboration and efficient execution, valuing outcomes over hours worked.
  • Embrace clear written communication to foster productivity, reducing reliance on meetings.
  • Thrive in a fully remote environment, with team members spanning the country, and are committed to asynchronous work.
  • Recognize the importance of mental health, with vulnerability integral to our culture, and regular mental health days offered every quarter.
  • Cherish fun and regularly organize both virtual and in-person activities.
Our Tech Stack:
  • React Native (Daybreak Mobile), React JS (Web Frontend), TypeScript, Netlify
  • Ruby on Rails (Rails Backend), PostgreSQL, Redis, RSpec, Heroku
  • Salesforce Development Cloud
  • Frontend tools include ReactQuery, Jest, Prettier + Eslint, Axios, Storybook, and React Router.
The VP Engineering Role:
This leadership position at our high-growth health tech company bridges the gap between concept and scale. Reporting directly to the CEO, you will take charge of all things Engineering. You will lead a formidable team of 8 engineers and oversee substantial team growth in the years ahead; our projections indicate the engineering team will double in size annually. Your role involves recruiting top-tier engineering talent, nurturing and developing engineers, and establishing efficient processes to maximize productivity. Additionally, you will collaborate closely with our Head of Product to deliver high-quality products that drive substantial business value for Daybreak, spanning from overall growth to operational enhancements. Lastly, you will engage in cross-functional work with our executive team, ensuring that engineering aligns with Daybreak's diverse needs.
Who You Are:
  • An experienced growth-stage engineering leader with a track record of leading an engineering function or team in a high-paced Growth Stage startup (Series B-D).
  • Excited by the challenges faced by a company transitioning from 0 to 1 and aiming to reach 1 to 100.
  • Skilled in team development, including leading, mentoring, and fostering the growth of engineering teams.
  • A talent magnet with a network of outstanding engineers.
  • Demonstrated success in launching products on time and with high quality in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • A product-focused engineering leader who confidently partners with product teams to deliver solutions that drive business value.
  • Experience in a B2B(2C) business is required, and experience in a regulated business (e.g., financial, healthcare, etc.) is highly valued.
Responsibilities:
Drive Business Value by Delivering with Velocity and Quality Consistently:
  • Collaborate with our Head of Product to ensure we focus on the right projects at the right time.
  • Ensure the engineering team consistently delivers customer value rapidly and with exceptional quality.
  • Manage technical debt to optimize speed and quality of business value delivery.
  • Maintain a 99.9% uptime SLA.
Engineering Team Management, Recruiting & Culture:
  • Manage, mentor, and coach a team of engineers across a portfolio of Daybreak products.
  • Support our existing engineering team in achieving new heights, implementing career leveling frameworks and growth plans.
  • Recruit top-tier engineering talent as Daybreak's engineering team expands, doubling in size annually.
  • Set and uphold standards for technical excellence.
  • Establish supporting teams, including DevOps and QA, to enhance the efficiency of our Engineering team.
Executive Team Collaboration:
  • Build strong relationships with all members of our executive team, fostering cross-functional bonds and collaboration.
  • Ensure that the engineering team meets the needs of all our cross-functional counterparts.
Engineering Technology, Process & Operations:
  • Develop and implement a technical strategy aligned with evolving business and product needs.
  • Evolve the operation of the engineering group over time, focusing on metrics-based management, continuous improvement, feedback loops, and standardized ways of working.
  • Enhance our Engineering KPI systems, identifying and tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure engineering success, performance, and alignment with business goals and strategy.
  • Collaborate with our Head of Product to co-own our Software Development Lifecycle and make continuous improvements.
  • Create and improve engineering tools, processes, and systems to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our engineers.
At Daybreak Health, we're on a mission to change lives and make mental health support accessible to all. If you are an engineering leader who's ready to take on this transformative journey, we'd love to hear from you. Join us in creating a brighter future for young people everywhere.