Help Wanted: SitterCity is Hiring

August 17, 2007

3:20 am

SitterCitySitterCity is looking for a VP of Technology and a Senior Web Developer and I would highly recommend looking into this if you’re looking for a change. Why you ask?

First of all, Dan Ratner and Genevieve Thiers (and the rest of the crew too) are amazing people. Not only are they smart and fun they are also incredibly nice and I could only imagine they would be outstanding co-workers. Second, SitterCity is growing quickly and you can still join the team nice and early and take a large role in the organization. Third, their offices are incredible. Trust me, I have been over there. The amount of natural light is simply awesome. Fourth, you could work near the Jason Rexilius since he works out of SitterCity’s space. C’mon, who doesn’t want that opportunity? And the list goes on….

On to some more info on SitterCity and the job descriptions. Again, please do check them out. These are a couple of great positions at a great company.


SitterCity is America’s first and largest online service for connecting parents with babysitters, nannies, pet sitters, house sitters, elder care provides and other in-home care providers. We’ve been voted one of TIME’s 50 Coolest Websites, been featured on major media from ABC to the Wall Street Journal and won top awards including the Women’s Business Development Center Rising Star Award, the Small Business Administration National Championship Award, and a Stevie. Every day, we’re working to improve the future of in-home care and … it’s fun!

Sittercity is a great place to work. We’re located in the River North area of Chicago, next to the El, amid some of the best shops and restaurants in the world and just blocks from Michigan Ave. Our offices and entrepreneurial culture are engaging and the opportunities to grow with the company are limitless. Our team is quirky and fun, but also the best at what they do. Right now we’re building out our technology team, so we need senior engineers and a VP of Technology.

Vice President of Technology

Attention all technical geniuses and Web gurus! Sittercity is looking for a Vice President of Technology to oversee and drive development of our site and management of our internal development team. This position is responsible for all aspects of the software development process including designing new features and site architecture components, scheduling and project management of the development team, coordinating with the QA team, and working with all other stakeholders to assure that the product and development efforts match the business initiatives of the company. Strong management and business skills are required as well as deep technical skills. This position is also part of the core management team of the company. This position reports to the COO.


* Deep knowledge of LAMP development (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP).

* Architect-level knowledge of web development including MVC design patterns, ACID, caching for high-performance, tiered application development, and object-oriented software development.

* Experience with industry-standard software development processes including source control, functional and technical design processes, code review, testing/QA, deployment, bug-management and debugging.

* Strong interpersonal skills (and a sense of humor).

* Strong time management and project management skills.

* Strong personnel management skills. The company currently has two full-time developers and will be hiring more.

* Overseeing integration with third-party applications and software-as-a-service.

* Ability to coordinate and manage projects with partners, vendors, and corporate customers.

* Coordinate with marketing and customer service to incorporate customer feedback into the site.

* Coordinate with all company stakeholders through the design and implementation process of new features.

* Participate in the overall management of the company.

Skills and requirements:

* 5+ years in software development (including at least a year on LAMP).

* Business experience including management-level experience in a small or startup company.

* Strong entrepreneurial spirit, high-energy and creative problem-solving ability.

* Self-starter, work with minimal oversight.

* Bachelors degree (computer science or technical field preferred; business or financial background also ok).

* Demonstrated success with high volume web sites (500,000+ users, multi-server, tiered architecture, etc.).

* High level of creativity.

* Superior organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

* Collaborative working style.

* Understanding of online financial transactions.

* Understanding of online security issues.

* High level of versatility.

* Able to work in the US. Sittercity does not sponsor visas.

To apply, please send your resume and salary requirements to


Senior Web Developer – LAMP

Attention all fast-paced, fun-loving, and startup-experienced tech gurus: Sittercity is looking for a senior PHP Developer. Don’t be a cog in the wheel at a major corporation – gain experience with the complete software development process. Our elite team is small (but growing quickly), our platform is LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP), and the job details are as follows:


* Develop and maintain the cutting-edge software underlying Sittercity’s website.

* Participate in design meetings and code reviews.

* Manage database upgrades and changes.

* Write and maintain technical documentation.

Skills and requirements:

* 3+ years of experience developing large-scale web applications including at least 1 year on the LAMP platform.

* BA or equivalent in computer science, engineering, or a related discipline.

* Familiarity with object-oriented programming theory and practice.

* Familiarity with RDBMS issues including designing schema, performance tuning, and ACID transactions.

* Familiarity with e-commerce and enterprise-level application design issues.

* Experience with the entire software development lifecycle (specification, development, QA, deployment, change control, etc.).

* US citizenship or work visa. Sittercity does not sponsor visa applications at this time.

To apply, please send your resume and salary requirements to

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