Security Engineer

Posted on Mar 07, 2023

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Job Details

Full Time
🇺🇸 United States

About Headway

Join us, and make an impact. Headway is building a new mental healthcare system that everyone can access. We make it easy for people to find quality in-network mental health care by removing historic barriers faced by mental health providers, payers, and patients.

1 in 4 people in the US have a treatable mental health condition, but the vast majority do not get the care they need. The primary reason is cost: the majority of therapists do not accept insurance, meaning paying for therapy is prohibitively expensive for prospective patients. This is where we got our start – Headway has built the first software-enabled network of therapists who accept health insurance, making it easy for therapists to grow their practices, and possible for patients to find quality care they can afford.

We launched in April of 2019 and are now powering 300,000+ appointments per month. To scale our vision, we’ve raised over $100 million in funding from a16z, Thrive, Accel, and Google Ventures.

We believe a team's strength is in its people, and we cannot achieve this mission without a team that reflects the diversity of this problem - across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, national origin, religion, family status, disability, military status, and experience.

Headway employees work remotely across the US, with the option to work from our NYC HQ.

Headway is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Headway will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact talent@findheadway.com.

The Position

As a member of Headway’s founding Security Engineering team, you’ll have the unique opportunity to be the builder and driver of our dedicated, in-house Security engineering efforts. In this role, you will partner with our Lead Security Engineer and Head of Infrastructure to design our next-generation security program, touching all aspects of Headway’s business and systems. You will both technically and organizationally execute security projects ranging from practice changes to technical architecture to security infrastructure development to penetration testing.

Tools we use:

  • Languages: Python 3, TypeScript
  • Libraries: FastAPI, SQLAlchemy, React
  • Datastores: Postgres, Redis
  • Infrastructure: AWS (Fargate, ECS, S3, and more), Spark and Kafka
  • Monitoring: Datadog, PagerDuty
  • Version control: Github


Who you are:

  • You have technical experience with implementing secure platforms and products at a deep level.
  • You enjoy tackling deep technical problems and producing technical and automation, sometimes operating as a leader of new security or operational initiatives.
  • You want to instill a culture of secure development across engineering and partner across teams to embrace security as a part of normal development.
  • You are an avid security evangelist and seek to teach others how to improve while enabling them to succeed.

Experience we’re seeking:

  • 5+ years experience in security and/or software engineering roles
  • Web/API platform penetration testing experience
  • Broad security domain knowledge and common application vulnerabilities
  • Experience with cloud hosted environments and patterns for secure architecture in the cloud
  • The ability and drive to continuously educate yourself and others

You’ll love this role if you want to:

  • Change the trajectory of a startup striving to redefine access to mental health in America
  • Work on a highly collaborative, cross-functional engineering team in order to build the best and most secure products for therapists, patients, physician and payer partners, and/or your teammates at Headway
  • Help establish and engrain best practices throughout our organization
  • Contribute to our engineering culture, processes, and documentation with the same thought and care that we do our software (one of our engineering cultural principles is “Everything is a Product”)

Our Hiring Process

  1. Initial screen: You’ll connect with someone in recruiting so you can learn more about the team, Headway’s mission and exciting growth, and we can get a better idea of your background.
  2. First round: You'll meet with an engineer on the team to complete a technical exercise and learn more about the infrastructure team.
  3. Final rounds: You’ll meet several more team members of our engineering team for technical and non-technical interviews and leave with a fuller picture of what it’s like to work at Headway.
  4. References and the Offer: Our favorite part of the process! We'll send over all of the details, including specifics on employee equity, and congratulatory messages from excited future team members!


  • Unlimited vacation policy. Take as much time off as you want as long as it doesn't interfere with your ability to do your work.
  • Healthcare benefits. Medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees + flexible spending account (FSA).
  • Home office budget. Since you work remotely, we want to make sure your home office is comfortable.
  • Paid parental leave. Generous paid family leave for all parents to support you and your family.
  • Equity benefits. Every employee gets equity, so you are rewarded for your best work.
  • Life insurance. We'll cover your life insurance so you don't have to worry.
  • Retirement benefits. 401(k) to help you invest in your future.
  • Pet insurance. For your furry friends.
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