Data Engineer

Schoolzilla - Remote - Full time

The Schoolzilla Mission: Empower People to Use Data to Increase Student Success 

We want to change millions of students’ lives by enabling people to use data to run great schools. Teachers and school leaders need lots of data to make good decisions for their students, but most of them can’t get the data they need in any kind of useful, actionable format. Schoolzilla's team of developers, data visualizers, seasoned educators and K-12 experts have done just that: we've made data easy to find, understand, and act on for school districts everywhere. We've already helped thousands of schools make better, faster decisions with our platform.

We are a Public Benefit Corporation, and we have in our bylaws our social mission to enable people to use data to improve educational outcomes for students, especially students from underserved communities. Every day we live our values: Driven by Mission, Better Together, Teammates Matter, Equity At The Center, and Intellectual Humilarity (humility + hilarity).

How You Can Help

Schoolzilla’s Engineering team is responsible for empowering school systems across the country to take data-driven action by delivering timely, accurate, and actionable data. As a member of this team, you'll be at the center of product innovation. You'll collaborate with product managers, designers, and your fellow engineers to take ideas from concept to reality, utilizing your full range of technical skills and a healthy dose of user empathy.

What You'll Do

  • Craft fault-tolerant data pipelines and distributed systems that can scale by millions of students
  • Ensure that timely, accurate data is delivered to the variety of tools and systems that depend on it
  • Partner with fellow engineers and product owners to bring new features and products to market
  • Design and build connections to proprietary data systems, allowing us to bring new customers onboard easily and cost-effectively
  • Define and calculate new key performance indicators for a deeper understanding of student performance at a school or district
  • Develop and improve internal services, scripts, and tools that will be leveraged throughout the company
  • Establish new patterns and frameworks for quickly aggregating millions of raw data records into actionable metrics
  • Craft sample data sets for use in demos and testing

Skills and Experience

  • Experience designing, implementing, and supporting modern enterprise-scale ETL / ELT pipelines that are both efficient and intuitive
  • Experience architecting data warehouses and data lakes that are organized, performant, and easy to use
  • Proven fluency in SQL and one or more major programming languages such as Python
  • Proficiency with major relational databases, particularly MS SQL Server and Postgres
  • Knowledge of modern, cloud-based data pipeline best practices

Bonus Points For

  • Understanding of how data is used in K-12 education
  • Experience with the tools we use, like AWS, SQL Server, Postgres, Flask, Jinja, and Docker - plus experience with tools we don’t use, but should, and the wisdom to know when to recommend them
  • Experience using non-relational data stores, such as document stores, key-value stores, and graph databases
  • Experience working remotely or as part of a geographically distributed team
  • Experience working in an Agile software development organization
  • Mission-Driven: You feel a deep sense of ownership for your work, and a relentless desire to deliver better results. You are passionate about solving problems for our users
  • A Lifelong Learner: You love learning new things. You're curious and ask good questions. You solicit feedback from others, accept it with grace, and act on it
  • Flexible: You are comfortable with technical ambiguity and welcome rapid iteration

Schoolzilla isn't just an equal opportunity employer. We are actively seeking to building a team and workplace that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We especially encourage people underrepresented in the tech industry to apply, and welcome your application even if you do not meet every one of the above requirements.

Schoolzilla does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We have an office in Oakland, CA, and we are also remote-friendly, though candidates must be legally eligible to work in the United States.

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Role

Engineering

Experience Level

Mid Level

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Schoolzilla's team of developers, data visualizers, seasoned educators and K-12 experts makes data easy to find, understand, and act on for school districts everywhere. We've already helped thousands of schools make better, faster decisions with our platform.

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