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VP of Engineering



Software Engineering
Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2023

We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. Real is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable adjustments at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

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We Are Real.

Real is a venture-backed mental health care company based in New York City. We’re a team of innovators, clinicians, and technologists on a mission to make caring for our mental health a priority. We're redesigning mental healthcare through a digital platform and in-person experience, integrating empathy, design, and progressive care to build the most elevated end-to-end mental healthcare experience, while also improving the quality of care itself. We’re not simply “normalizing” mental health care, we’re celebrating it.

We’re looking for a VP Engineering who is passionate about mental wellness.

The Vice President Engineering will report to Real’s President and will hold responsibility for the company’s product development organizations, and will ensure that engineering teams, processes, and technology continue to scale as the company’s size and growth rate compounds. The VP Engineering will be the steward of Real’s technology stack and engineering teams, ensuring the preservation of quality, our culture, and our never-ending pursuit to innovate as the company continues to grow..

Working closely with the VP Product, you will be designing, developing, and deploying scalable mental health solutions that meet and exceed company KPIs, focusing initially on member engagement and retention metrics. Additionally, you will execute the company’s strategic technical vision that guides all aspects of technological development, for internal, external and partnership needs. You will be rolling up your sleeves, guiding the engineering team, and collaborating across departments to ensure success of the platform upon a range of devices, including web, mobile, and beyond.

The ideal candidate has experience OR extensive experience in leading engineering teams, ideally leading teams working on successful mobile applications.

This is a full-time remote position.

A day in the life:
  • Lead, manage, and mentor a team of software engineers and engineering managers
  • Oversee the design and architecture of scalable, reliable backend and frontend applications and services to support the growing needs of the business
  • Partner with the executive team to ensure that technical strategy and business goals are aligned
  • Maintain high standards for code quality, testing, and performance, and holding the team accountable to these standards
  • Taking a hands-on leadership approach, rolling up your sleeves and collaborating with our engineering team to fuel product development and innovation
  • Scale the engineering team by ensuring we have the right platforms, processes, and tools to drive efficiency
  • Work closely with the Executive team to define product roadmaps and ensure that engineering resources are aligned with business priorities
You’ve got:
  • At least 10 years of experience in software engineering, with at least 7 years in a leadership role
  • Familiarity with some of the components in our tech stack: AWS, Auth0, Node.js, TypeScript, Javascript, React, React Native, iOS, and Android
  • Experience with: Leading an engineering team that has built a successful mobile app in the consumer product space, B2B products, content management systems, security and compliance (SOC 2), ML systems, subscription and billing systems, authentication, data pipelines, and the infrastructure to support it all.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with a proven ability to build productive cross-departmental relationships and motivate team members. Positive, can-do attitude and valuing collaboration is a must.
  • Helped engineering teams hire a variety of roles, and updated the organizational structure of the team through various stages of growth
  • Know effective ways to measure key team and business performance indicators, and track those over time to ensure changes are having a positive impact
We’re extra-stoked if you:
  • Led engineering teams working in the health & wellness space
  • Have worked in a business with both B2C and B2B revenue streams
  • Managed various platform areas and engineering disciplines within an engineering team, such as: mobile, web, backend, data, devops, and QA
  • Have experience with subscription business models, particularly with apps delivering audio/video content
  • Led engineering teams through SOC 2 or HIPAA compliance efforts


You are:

Passionate about mental wellness

  • You’re excited to improve mental healthcare and expand the number of people who have access to it.
  • You know the wellness market.
  • You care about the well-being of others.

Excited to build something from the ground up

  • You thrive in a fast-paced, scrappy start-up environment.
  • You’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves to get the job done.
  • You’re a self-starter; you don’t need instructions to get work done.


  • You pull insights from data, ensuring new ideas come from member experience and utilization.
  • You seek data and know how to collect more of it when needed.
  • You are excited to receive feedback and grow.

A team player

  • You know it takes a village.

We’re committed to your health and happiness (...which are synonymous, you know).

When deciding what benefits should look like at Real, we started by thinking long and hard about what employees need not only to work well, but to live well. Benefits impact how we act, rest, grieve, set boundaries, and take care of ourselves and others — and that means quality benefits are a fundamental part of not just a mentally well company, but a mentally well society. At Real, we want to offer our employees more than just "permission" to occasionally take a vacation or comp a therapy session. We want to give them the support and autonomy they need to feel well and maintain full lives outside of work.


  • Competitive salary, plus equity in an early-stage startup. Emphasis on “plus”—we won’t use equity to low-ball you.

Healthcare for Full-Time Employees:

  • 100% company-funded health, vision, and dental insurance for our employees. That means no monthly premiums coming out of your paycheck.
  • FSA plans
  • Free One Medical membership
  • Free Real membership
  • $1800 annual mental wellness stipend you can put toward therapy, psychiatry, fitness and other wellness services
  • Short- and long-term disability coverage
  • Life insurance

Retirement for Full-Time Employees

  • 401(k) — we don’t match yet, but you’ll thank us for the compound interest later.


  • Unlimited PTO…that we actually encourage you to take, we promise.


  • Four day work weeks Monday-Thursday
  • Four-week paid sabbatical after five continuous years of work at Real.

Floating Holidays

  • Three floating holidays in addition to company-wide federal holidays so you can celebrate what’s important to you.

Grief Break

  • Real employees receive two weeks of paid time off in the event of losing a loved one. We know grief doesn’t have an end date, and we also know that “unlimited PTO” isn’t enough for most people to actually take ample time away from work. We want to support the process of grieving by naming this, and offering employees the opportunity to grieve without thinking of work.


  • Competitive paid parental leave and flexible return to work policy.


  • Flexible working environment — if you want to exercise at three PM, go for it.
  • Remote-inclusive team — whether you work from Colorado or NYC, you’re 100% part of the team.
  • Autonomous work culture. We don’t have to see a green dot on Slack to trust that you’re doing your job.

Growth at Work

  • We invest in your career. Our company's growing quickly, and we'll give you the opportunity to do the same. You'll have access to a number of professional development opportunities so that you can keep up with the company's evolving needs and grow your career along the way.

The responsibilities and duties of this position described here are representative of those an employee must perform. This is not a comprehensive list and other duties may be assigned.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity ("EEO") Employer. It has been and will continue to be a fundamental policy of Real not to discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, partnership status, domestic violence victim status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, veteran or military status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, caregiver status, unemployment status or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state and/or local laws. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, promotion, demotion, compensation, training, working conditions, transfer, job assignments, benefits, layoff, and termination.

For your safety, we want you to be aware that u
nauthorized individuals claiming to be Real employees are extending false employment offers to steal money and personal information from job seekers. They are using legitimate websites and social media platforms and may use an unauthorized Real logo and employee name. Do not engage if you believe communication is fraudulent.
Real employees communicate using email addresses that end with @join-real.com.
Real will never request money or credit card information or ask for personal details like address, social security number, bank information, or tax documents early in the interview process.
If you suspect you’ve encountered an instance of recruitment fraud:

  • Report the email address as “Phishing” through your email provider. This will help get the email account shut down.
  • If you believe you have been a victim of online recruitment fraud, contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov
Real takes this very seriously and we hope by sharing this information we can prevent potential jobseekers from interacting with these scams.