Data Engineer - Sr.Data Engineer

DC Public Charter School Board - Washington, District of Columbia or Remote - Full time

About the DC Public Charter School Board (DCPCSB)

Every day, we’re changing the way public education operates in Washington, DC—making it better for students, families, and communities. In fact, the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB) currently does that for more than 43,000 public charter school students who deserve a better education and a brighter future.

About the Role

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Data and Technology Systems, you’re the one we trust to oversee the development, management, and continuous improvement of DC PCSB’s data infrastructure. You will collaborate with the Senior Manager of Data and Technology Systems, full-time and part-time data engineer(s), IT specialists, data analysts, and subject matter experts to scope and deliver data projects across the agency while advancing the organization’s data security architecture and practices.

You will be driving the enhancement and ongoing development of DC PCSB’s databases through:

* Design of SQLAlchemy data models for our PostgreSQL databases and developing data collection and reporting processes in user-facing applications.

* Management and enhancements to our in-house data processing tools, issue tracking, project management, and code refactoring.

As the Senior Data Engineer, you will lead the builds of user-facing applications which supports both internal and external stakeholders. The work includes:

* Leading and maintaining the applications implementation process: application design, UX, back-end configuration and syncs, front-end, and feature development.

* Managing our Amazon Web Services (IAM EC2, RDS, and S3) and further implement automation, consistency, and integration between AWS and other adopted platforms such as QuickBase and Looker.

While working in an Agile framework, you’re the one we rely on to perform ongoing process monitoring and support for both technical and non-technical audiences to elicit project requirements and translate them into reliable data products. To do this, you will:

* Oversee the scope of work and contractors with direct relation to data engineering and data infrastructure projects.

* Lead code reviews and discussions about how to evolve our code style guide.

Competencies and Qualifications You’re excited to work for an education agency and being a critical component to the data infrastructure strategy development. You’re detail oriented, independent, and able to develop innovative solutions to difficult problems.

You have worked using an agile framework or are excited about championing scrum methodologies as part of your workstream. You are comfortable working collaboratively with technical and non-technical staff to think critically through project scoping and data product definition.

You have experience using scripting languages such as Python and SQL (PostgreSQL and SQLAlchemy preferred). You have worked with application builds and are familiar with QuickBase development, business intelligence tools, and cloud computing services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).

You’re able to support DC PCSB’s continuous improvement by proposing and carrying out changes to our data infrastructure and systems. You have experience using Git with extended knowledge of GitLab (CI/CD experience preferred) as well as building and maintaining Apache Airflows to ensure our data pipelines and tasks are ordered and executed.

You have a passion for customer service and are constantly seeking opportunities to improve both our products and the quality of education provided to DC students. Finally, you have strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and a demonstrated history of high-quality work in fast-paced environments.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience in data analytics and management. DC PCSB offers a comprehensive benefits plan. The starting salary band for this position is $90,000 - $100,000.

DC PCSB is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse staff. We strive to foster an environment where everyone feels included. We believe that when people bring their unique identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to our community, we are able to truly achieve excellence in our work.


The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. DC PCSB is not enrolled in E-Verify and does not sponsor individuals for work visas.

In response to COVID-19, DC PCSB is operating in a hybrid work status, and interviews may be held via Zoom

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Experience Level

Mid Level

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