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Director, Data Engineering (Hybrid)



Data Science
Austin, TX, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2024

Homeward is rearchitecting the delivery of health and care in partnership with communities everywhere, starting in rural America. Today, 60 million Americans living in rural communities are facing a crisis of access to care. In the U.S. healthcare system, rural Americans experience significantly poorer clinical outcomes. This trend is rapidly accelerating as rural hospitals close and physician shortages increase, exacerbating health disparities. In fact, Americans living in rural communities suffer a mortality rate 23 percent higher than those in urban communities, in part because of the lack of access to quality care.

Our vision is care that enables everyone to achieve their best health. So, we’re creating a new healthcare delivery model that is purpose-built for rural America and directly addresses the issues that have historically limited access and quality. Homeward supports Medicare-eligible beneficiaries by partnering with health plans, providers, and communities to align incentives – taking full financial accountability for clinical outcomes and the total cost of care across rural counties.

As a public benefit corporation and Certified B Corp™, Homeward’s mission and business model are aligned to address the healthcare, economic, and demographic challenges that make it challenging for rural Americans to stay healthy. Our Homeward Navigation™ platform uses advanced analytics to connect members to the right care and local resources that address social determinants of health and improve holistic health outcomes. Since many rural communities lack adequate clinical capacity, Homeward also employs care teams that supplement local practices and reach people who cannot otherwise access care.

Homeward is co-founded by a leadership team that defined and delivered Livongo’s products, and backed most recently by a $50 million series B co-led by Arch Ventures and Human Capital, with participation from General Catalyst for a total of $70 million in funding. With this leadership team and funding, Homeward is committed to bringing high-quality healthcare to rural communities in need.

Join us in our mission to revolutionize healthcare for rural America! We are on the lookout for a Director of Data Engineering who will serve as a pivotal leader in our Engineering team. Data Engineering plays a crucial role in ensuring a seamless care experience for both members and providers. You will be a hands-on player-coach leader, managing individuals who report directly to you. Your responsibilities will include coaching, mentoring, resolving blocking issues, and supporting your team members in their professional development. Your goal will be to unlock their full potential and foster growth.

What you’ll do:

  • Strategic Leadership: Craft and execute a forward-looking data engineering strategy that aligns with business goals, emphasizing efficiency and scalability.
  • Team Development: Lead, mentor, and expand a top-tier data engineering team. Promote a culture of excellence and continuous improvement.
  • Collaboration: Partner with senior leaders to prioritize data projects, ensuring alignment with overall business strategy. Bridge the gap between technical and non-technical teams to foster data literacy.
  • Data Architecture Oversight: Direct the development of a robust data architecture, optimizing for both real-time and batch processing. Enhance data quality and governance.
  • Innovation: Drive the adoption of advanced data technologies and practices, keeping us at the forefront of the industry. Identify opportunities to leverage emerging and disruptive capabilities, including machine learning and natural language processing, to address high priority challenges.
  • Decision-making: Assume leadership in making ‘build versus buy’ decisions in data engineering, and lead the process of sourcing and selecting appropriate vendors.
  • Operational Excellence: Streamline data processes for efficiency and reliability. Oversee the maintenance of high data availability and performance.
  • Stakeholder Communication: Effectively communicate the strategic impact of data initiatives, engaging with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Compliance: Formulate and enforce data governance policies and procedures.

What you bring:

  • Over seven years of experience in the healthcare industry, with at least five years serving as a data engineering leader.
  • Profound expertise in integrating medical data with various entities such as provider groups, health systems, regional and state HIEs/HINs, health data aggregators, and payers.
  • Significant experience collaborating with data science teams utilizing health and claims data.
  • Demonstrated leadership in directing healthcare data acquisition strategies and execution, which includes vendor selection and management.
  • Knowledge of healthcare regulations and certifications like HIPAA and HITRUST is essential due to the sensitive nature of healthcare data.

Impress us even more:

  • Experience in collaborating with provider groups or companies that enable Value-Based Care (VBC).
  • Experience in constructing the necessary infrastructure for risk stratification utilizing health data.
  • Experience in applying Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques on health-related data.
  • Hands-on experience working within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud environment.

What shapes our company:

  • Deep commitment to one another, the people and communities we serve, and to care that enables everyone to achieve their best health
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Curiosity, and an eagerness to listen
  • Drive to deliver high-quality experiences, clinical care, and cost-effectiveness
  • Strong focus on sustainability of our business and scalability of our services, to maximize our reach and impact
  • Nurturing a diverse workforce, with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and points of view
  • Taking our mission and business seriously, but not taking ourselves too seriously– having fun as we build!


  • Competitive salary, equity grant, unlimited PTO
  • Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental & vision insurance with 100% of monthly premium covered for employees
  • Company-sponsored 401k plan
  • Flexible working arrangement

The base salary range for this position is $170,000 - $230,000 annually. Compensation may vary outside of this range depending on a number of factors, including a candidate’s qualifications, skills, location, competencies and experience. Base pay is one part of the Total Package that is provided to compensate and recognize employees for their work at Homeward Health. This role is eligible for an annual bonus, stock options, as well as a comprehensive benefits package.

At Homeward, a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences enrich our teams and allow us to achieve above and beyond our goals. If you have yet to gain experience in the areas detailed above, we hope you will share your unique background with us in your application and how it can be additive to our teams.

Homeward is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Homeward is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.