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Director of Data Warehouse

| 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 five 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.

In 2019, Newsela will be expanding its internal data capacities and created a well defined and well-documented data warehouse. The Director of Data Warehouse will lead and oversee the team of people who own this work. Additionally, the role will oversee and bring the Data Engineering and Business Intelligence teams into one working group. You will work closely with business and technical stakeholders as well as Analysts and Data Scientists to help ensure they have easy access to the data they need to help deliver impactful analysis.

The successful candidate is a natural leader, is organized, detail-oriented, entrepreneurial and loves working with technical and non-technical users alike.

Some examples of projects:

  1. Oh no! We have multiple databases of 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.
  2. We’ve got numbers user actions taking place on the site and need to develop a functional data model to allow Product managers the ability to use Looker to explore the dataset and understand how and where users are dropping out of a funnel.


Lead a team in writing thoughtful code, building and documenting data models and providing easy access to data and insights.. Work with our Product, Data Science, and Revenue teams to create and maintain various kinds of analytical services and data systems. Build out our data infrastructure, which includes ingestion, storage, and analysis at scale, as well as the reporting systems used by analysts throughout the company. Act as the primary owner for the technical layer of our data systems, which currently include various items within the AWS stack as well as Luigi for our ETL framework

The Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline.
  • 5+ years experience in building, developing and documenting data warehouse systems & teams.
  • 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, EMR, Spark)
    • data warehousing (e.g. Redshift)
    • reporting systems (e.g. Looker, Tableau)
  • 2+ years Data Warehouse or BI management expertise
  • Has a bias towards leading by example

Some Plusses Include

  • Demonstrated contributions to complex, high-traffic, performance-optimized web applications.
  • 3+ years of experience in leadership roles or engineering management.
  • Hands on experience using Looker, SFDC, DJANGO,
  • Experience working at a fast-growing start-up, preferably in SaaS.
  • Familiar with K12 Education

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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An Insider's view of Newsela

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 have office spaces named after favorite children's books and letters from teachers posted to bulletin boards. We love to keep our mission of "Unlocking the Written Word for Everyone" top of mind.


Sales Development Representative

What projects are you most excited about?

Here at Newsela we are constantly trying to improve. This is especially true when it comes to back to school time. How do we get schools, teachers, and students using Newsela at a high level as quickly and seamlessly as possible is a question I think about almost daily. I am so excited about what the start of the 2018-2019 School Year will bring!


Educator Specialist

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I've actually 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.


Account Manager

What is your vision for the company?

Newsela offers all the content teachers need. Students are excited to read, to make learning fun and engaging. It's more than accessibility and thoughtfulness and inclusivity - I want everyone to be reading, and I want Newsela to be the experience that helps them build the skills to get them there.


Content Partnerships

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Marketing is at the core about how people feel about Newsela, so we're always thinking about ways to delight not just our users, but anyone facing challenges we're looking to solve. That could be specific to personalized learning or differentiated instruction, or broader topics concerning school climate and culture.


Marketing Communications Manager

What are Newsela Perks + Benefits

Friends outside of work
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