Health IT vendor athenahealth made news earlier this year when it selected Austin, Texas, as the site of its new R&D hub . The company said it would create 600 jobs there over the next 10 years. However, that’s just one of the locations where athenahealth is hiring in IT. The company will add about 200 tech positions overall this year, according to Technical Recruiting Manager Amber Jackson. She estimates it will bring on more than 100 people in software engineering , 40 to 50 in product innovation and about 20 in user experience . Its hardware group is growing, as well. Overall, the company has about 3,000 employees. Click here to find more software engineering jobs. At its headquarters in Watertown, Mass., athenahealth has a large group in software development , product management and user experience, as well as folks working on hardware and the back end . Its San Mateo, Calif., operation — which will be moving to San Francisco later this year — is focused on software development, particularly for mobile applications. The Austin R&D operation is also about software development, product management and user experience, both design and testing . The company’s cloud platform, athenaNet, supports doctor’s offices and medical groups with billing, clinical records and patient communication tools. Its mobile offerings include Bugs & Drugs, a reference application that allows physicians to look up disease and prescription information. Though traditionally athenahealth has focused on practices, not hospitals, that’s changing with its latest offering, a care-coordination technology called athenaCoordinator Enterprise. Its Approach athenahealth’s user experience group includes both designers and testers. In product innovation, it’s looking for people with a background in software who have an innovative, problem-solving mindset, Jackson says. They might come from different backgrounds, such as computer science , project management or business analysis . In software development, the company likes people who are smart, motivated and passionate about making a difference to an organization. “We are not a company that will check off a laundry list: OK, you have one year in this scripting language or you have X amount of experience with a Linux system. That is not how we assess whether someone is either a technical or cultural fit,” Jackson tells Dice. “We really are looking for that problem-solving, creative thinking mentality with core skills and experience in software development and computer science as a whole rather than specific languages or systems.” How to Read a Job Posting The company’s technology job postings tend to be general. “You’re not going to find a posting that says, ‘this position will work on this product and this is the goal of this team. This is what you’ll do on day one,’” Jackson explains. “We intentionally write our job listings to be fairly high level – to describe the organization, to describe what it means to be a software developer, a product innovator … because athena is the type of company that is constantly changing and doing different things, constantly innovating.” Indeed, flexibility is key. “We are looking for people who, in addition to having core skills, want to come into an organization that is constantly changing and they may be tapped on the shoulder and told, ‘Hey, we’ve got this new project and you and your team members will be moved onto this project.’ We need people to be flexible and OK with that.” See more Landing@ stories here. Advice for Experienced Professionals athena is looking for candidates who have demonstrated the ability to take on more complex projects throughout their career. If you’ve been asked to take the lead on new efforts or have been promoted regularly, you may be the kind of person it’s looking for. “In some companies, promotion is not really available,” Jackson observes. “In that case, demonstrate that, even if you were staying in the same job, you were taking on more complex projects, you were doing more interesting things that you sought out .” Also, be clear about why the position at athena is the logical next step for you. “If you’re employed and you’re looking to leave your current role, you should have a compelling reason why,” she says. Related Stories athenahealth to Add 600 Jobs in Austin Fastest Growing Tech Firms Focus on Enterprise Tech Jobs: athenahealth, GoDaddy, Tripobox The post This Is the Secret to Landing a Job at athenahealth appeared first on Dice News .
Medical technology services provider athenahealth plans to expand into Austin, Texas, after state and local officials dangled a $5.5 million incentive package in front of it. The company says the move is part of a national growth strategy aimed at improving service for clients throughout the healthcare industry. Over the next 10 years, it will add some 600 software development and R&D jobs in Austin, and spend approximately $13 million to redevelop a 110,000-square-foot space in the city’s downtown. “Austin offers athenahealth everything it could ask for in a city,” said Leslie Brunner, the company’s senior vice president of people and process, in a statement. “It’s among the top tech hubs in the country, provides an unrivaled culture of innovation and creativity, and is home to some of the best talent that healthcare and technology have to offer.” The company will have a presence at this year’s SXSW, with representatives hosting product demonstrations in Mashery’s Circus Mashimus lounge in the convention center March 7 through March 11. Also, Abbe Don, vice president of user experience at athenahealth mobile service Epocrates, will host a discussion on “Healing Healthcare with UX Design.” That will take place Sunday, March 9, at 5 p.m. at the Hilton Austin. The Texas incentive package requires athenahealth to hire 35 people by the end of this year, employ 100 by the end of 2016 and add a total of 607 by the end of 2023. athenahealth would also have to make a local capital investment of $7.75 million by the end of 2023. The new jobs will reportedly pay an average of $132,085 a year, with a minimum for all employees of $11 an hour, according to documents filed with the city. athenahealth is hiring in other locations, as well. It’s announced plans to add 1,900 new jobs over the next 10 years in Boston, and previously said it would invest up to $10 million in Atlanta , moving operations from nearby Alpharetta and adding up to 500 jobs there. The post athenahealth to Add 600 Jobs in Austin appeared first on Dice News .