Data Engineer

Aspire Public Schools - Oakland, CA - Full time

Aspire Public Schools - Oakland, CA - Full time

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About Aspire: 

Aspire Public Schools operates 40 high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools serving 16,000 students in underserved communities across California and in Memphis, Tennessee. Founded in 1998, Aspire is one of the nation’s largest open-enrollment public charter school systems serving predominantly low-income students, and delivering a rigorous College for Certain education to students in grades K-12.

Our promise at Aspire Public Schools is that every child receives a high-quality education to prepare them for success in college, career and life. Every day, our community of students, parents, teachers and staff come together to learn and grow so that every child’s aspirations are within reach.

The Opportunity:

Data Engineers play a critical role in the success of Aspire's technology program to provide better ways for teammates to access the information they need to take actions that increase student achievement and success. This role will serve as a key organizational resource for defining technical requirements, selecting appropriate technology vendors, and developing and maintaining a useful data warehouse and reporting tools. Data Engineers will also be responsible for supporting existing database systems and performing data analysis.


  • Develop, design, test, and deploy solutions to support new data integration and data warehousing efforts
  • Gather requirements through interviews and analysis of existing applications and databases, and distill into meaningful deliverables
  • Evaluate technology vendors and products based on business and technical requirements and provide recommendations
  • Work effectively with vendors during implementation and maintenance of data integration, data warehouse, and reporting solutions
  • Maintain and enhance existing database systems
  • Perform data analysis using SQL and other reporting tools
  • Work collaboratively with project and information technology staff
  • Mentor technical support staff
  • Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, Aspire Public Schools mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned


1) Required knowledge, skills & abilities

  • Strong relational database development skills: requirements, architecture, design, implementation, and maintenance. (Microsoft SQL Server preferred)
  • Working knowledge of data warehouse concepts, including dimensional modeling and ETL tools (eg. SSIS)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of how to implement appropriate security measures in databases
  • Familiarity with at least one object-oriented programming language (C#, Java, Python, Ruby, etc.)
  • Ability to learn new areas of knowledge quickly and thoroughly
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues at all levels of the organization
  • Talent for listening, asking effective questions, and synthesizing technical information into an understandable form
  • Proven track record as an efficient team player

2) Minimum educational level:

  • Bachelor’s degree in technical field or equivalent work experience; master’s degree preferred

3) Experience required:

  • Experience or strong interest in K-12 public education
  • 3+ years work experience doing database design/analysis and business analysis, technical consulting or product management.
  • Experience working in dynamic, high-performing environments


Aspire offers its employees a competitive salary and benefits, including paid time off, 100% core health benefits coverage, life insurance/long-term disability, participation in a CA or TN state retirement plan, tuition reimbursement plan, and adoption assistance program.

Aspire Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. Aspire promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

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Mid Level

Aspire Public Schools

At Aspire Public Schools we provide every student with a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed in college, career and life. We operate small, innovative public charter schools in California and in Tennessee.

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