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Senior Data Engineer

| Greater NYC Area

Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that brings together engaging, accessible content with integrated assessments and insights to supercharge reading engagement and learning in every subject. We are dedicated to our mission to unlock the written word for everyone. More than three years since our launch, Newsela is already in 75% of schools, all 50 U.S. states, and over 180 countries. The result has been more engaged readers—and engaged readers are better learners.

Newsela Engineers work on big problems in literacy, from building the infrastructure necessary to handle tens of millions of users to solving novel problems in text complexity and personalization. We believe that code is language and we care deeply about the relationships developers have with each other and the company as a whole.

Here are some things you might do as the Data Engineering Lead:

  • Our Data Science team has a new predictive model of vocabulary-word difficulty that they want to get into production, but it has only been run on toy data so far. Application developers need an API to build it into the the website. You’ll define the technical work that needs to happen to get this system running at scale and delegate it to your team. The end result is the best online reading experience for students ever made.
  • We have three databases or APIs for schools that we need to get to work together. Figure out how to intelligently deduplicate and map the data sets together so that our Sales team know who they’re talking to.
  • We’re building a new presence feature into the product that should be real-time, but we also want data generated to be available for analysis. We need to create a new web service that handles real-time pub-sub, and sends aggregated data to our warehouse. You’ll quickly draft a proof-of-concept service inside a Docker container and deploy it into a staging environment for review.

General Responsibilities

  • Assist a small team in writing thoughtful code, and perform software development yourself.
  • Work with our Product, Data Science and Revenue teams to create and maintain various kinds of analytical services.
  • Maintain our batch based ETL and data warehouse, which includes ingestion, storage and analysis at scale, as well as the reporting systems used by analysts throughout the company.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline.
  • 5+ years experience in a data engineering or data-focused development role.
  • Demonstrated contributions to complex, high-traffic, performance-optimized web applications.
  • Has experience with technologies like (we use AWS mostly, but equivalents are fine)
    • data pipelining and ETL (e.g. Kinesis, Lambda, S3, Luigi)
    • distributed computing platforms (e.g. MapReduce)
    • data warehousing (e.g. Redshift)
    • reporting systems (e.g. Looker, Tableau, Qlikview)

Some Plusses Include

  • 3+ years experience in leadership roles or engineering management.
  • Machine learning expertise.

Newsela is strongly committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all individuals. Newsela will make all employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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  • Sales & Marketing
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    • JIRAManagement
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    • SendGridEmail
    • MarketoLead Gen

Location

Situated in the New York Times building, our location boasts not only convenience for commuters, but also plenty of food and shopping options nearby.

An Insider's view of Newsela

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Amazing. Newsela is a trusting and responsible environment where we have control to get our work done when and where is best for us.

Vanessa

Lead Web Application Developer

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

On the Community team, we work with school leaders and teachers to create innovative applications of Newsela article content to support our mission to "unlock the written word for everyone". Our goal is to engage and empower educators with tools to enhance their students' learning.

JJ

Educator Specialist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've grown leaps and bounds at Newsela! I initially started out as an enterprise sales development representative and went through a mentorship program to transition to the account management team! I cannot measure the amount of growth I've experienced the past two years.

Emma

Account Manager

What is your vision for the company?

I work with a team of kind, smart people, who are energizing on a daily basis. It is important to put your values to work during the interview process—create accountability for culture when new people join, and don't forget about it as they grow.

Kieran

Chief Technology Officer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The Newsela office is a collaborative workspace. The office is designed to reflect the clients we serve. We love to keep our mission of "Unlocking the Written Word for Everyone" top of mind.

Ariel

Sales Development Representative

What are Newsela Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Newsela offers the opportunity to join various affinity groups operated by members of each community to help facilitate an inclusive and diverse workplace where all people are valued.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free daily breakfast. Employees can select from our cereal bar, yogurts, oatmeal, fruit, granola bars and unlimited cold brew on tap!
Game Room
Our teams love to take time to challenge each other to a game of ping pong or pool throughout the day, and maybe even a ping pong tournament every now and then.
Stocked Kitchen
Newsela has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored seltzer you can handle. You might even be able to catch a Top Chef competition every now and then.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer an annual stipend to encourage all employees to keep learning!
Time allotted for learning
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