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Lead Software Developer

Chicago, IL | Technology

Job Description

Lead Software Developer

IT | Chicago, Illinois

Sittercity is hiring due to the growth of our spirited, entrepreneurial company.  We are embracing changes as we speak to better serve families of those who use us! 

Sittercity enriches the lives of children and seniors by helping people connect with amazing caregivers safely, quickly, and efficiently.  Be at the table to help us make these bonds even stronger. 

Here’s What We Expect From You:

  • Lead a team of 4-5 Rails engineers in taking a new product idea from concept through development and beta launch
  • Guide a team of extremely talented software engineers of differing levels of experience with Rails
  • Help our engineers to grow and learn in their own ways while making sure the project remains solid, reliable, and robust
  • Facilitate and participate in the collaborative technical design of the project, in everything from coding standards and libraries through overall architecture and data-storage systems
  • Apply pragmatic decision making to maximize coding velocity, while ensuring technical design does not suffer

First And Foremost, We Look To You To:

  • Enjoy writing something new
  • Motivate others into amazing feats of coding on their own
  • Set the direction and mold the code base from the beginning of a green-field project (PHP to Rails)
  • Have that “Navy Seal” driving force of accomplishing something awesome through setting the example, rolling up your sleeves and diving in yourself with your team


  • 5-8+ years of experience doing this stuff
  • At least 1-2 years as a technical leader or manager
  • Experience and knowledge implementing solutions on Rails stack
  • Agile software engineering methodologies
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable working within all levels of an organization, including our CEO
  • Strong motivation and leadership skills

Office Attire & Perks:

  • Innovative, interested in you
  • Casual and fun environment
  • Competitive benefits package
  • Health, dental, vision, disability, life, 401(k)
  • Great time off policies
  • Food, healthy snacks throughout the day
  • Pingpong, yoga, pilates and on-site fitness 
  • Work at home every Friday
  • Company events and outings
  • Much more

Sittercity is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce.  We consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other basis as prohibited by federal, state or local law.  Sittercity participates in E-Verify and conducts background checks on all employees.

Sittercity is a Recipient of the 2013 Work-Life Seal of Distinction Award from the Alliance for Work-Life Progress.  

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