Data Engineer

Amplify builds innovative and compelling digital educational products that empower teachers and students across the country. We have a long history as the leading innovator in K-12 education - and have been described as the best tech company in education and the best education company in tech. While others try to shrink the learning experience into the technology, we use technology to expand what is possible in real classrooms with real students and teachers.

Amplify works with educators across the country - and about 2 million students. Although we're a technology company, we don't believe that our work is over the moment a teacher has a new software license. Instead, it's just beginning - we work side-by-side with educators and school leaders, fitting our products into the lived reality of classrooms and schools.

As an engineer at Amplify, you will join a talented team tackling the toughest problems in education with the best ideas in technology - including user experience, APIs and services, data analysis, and deployment pipelines. You'll play an active role in imagining and improving product design and the classroom experience.

We hire engineers "for the slope, not the intercept" - we're looking for intellectual ability, flexibility and ability to learn, and commitment to work together in tight-knit teams.

What You'll Do
Our data team builds, augments, and maintains the infrastructure that empowers teams across Amplify and our customers to make sense of and tell stories with their data. We believe strongly in teaching our teammates to serve themselves, within a safe, reliable, and agile environment. You'll be building data systems, but also the sharing-and-learning culture so that every team uses these tools to improve their own lives, and those of our students and teachers.

  • Impress the toughest customers around - seventh graders - by:
    • helping teams create fun, compelling apps by leveraging millions of data points
  • Make life better for passionate, overworked teachers by:
    • helping teachers understand their students by building reusable data pipelines
  • Make life better for passionate, overworked Marketing and Sales teams by:
    • using REST APIs for sourcing/sending data to SAAS like Salesforce, Hubspot
  • Help school administrators build great schools by:
    • respecting privacy and ensuring security while offering useful insights by making smart choices in tech stack, database design, and encryption
    • helping school principals understand how teachers are teaching and how students are learning by architecting data warehouse schemas and SQL transforms with just the right CTEs, window functions, and pivots
    • analyzing performance and squashing tricky bugs using tools like AWS Redshift, Matillion, Python, SQL, AWS CloudWatch, AWS SNS
  • Learn every day by:
    • immersing oneself in agile rituals and leveraging our infrastructure
    • leading collaboration, pull request-ing, and mentoring on a cross-functional team
    • participating in cross-team share-outs, brownbags, and workshop series
    • becoming an expert in the data models and standards within Amplify and the educational industry in order to deliver quality and consistent solutions

Example Projects You Might Work On
  • Building well-tested and optimized ETL data pipelines for both full and delta extraction
  • Collaborating with data scientists to store, aggregate, and calculate captured students' work
  • Contributing to leading industry data standards, such as Caliper Analytics or xAPI
  • Improving our deployment and testing automation data pipelines

You Must Have
  • BS/MS in Computer Science, Data Science, or equivalent
  • 2+ years of professional software development or data engineering experience
  • Strong CS and data engineering fundamentals
  • Proven fluency in SQL and a development language such as Python
  • Understanding of ETL/ELT pipelines and Data Warehousing design, tooling, and support
  • Understanding of different data formatting (JSON, CSV, XML) and data storage techniques (3NF, EAV Model, Star Schema, Data Vault)
  • Strong communication skills in writing, conversation, and maybe silly gifs

Extra Credit For
  • Experience with tools we use every day:
    • Storage: AWS Storage Services (Redshift, Redshift Spectrum, S3, Glacier, DynamoDB), Parquet, Postgres
    • ETL/BI: Matillion, Looker
  • Experience with tools we don't use, but should, and the wisdom to know when to recommend them
  • Proven passion and talent for teaching fellow engineers and non-engineers
  • Proven passion for building and learning: open source contributions, pet projects, self-education, Stack Overflow
  • Experience in education or ed-tech

Amplify is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

This position may be funded, in whole or in part, through American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds.

Amplify Education, Inc. is an E-Verify participant.

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