RISE Data Engineer

Reports to:     Data Systems Manager

Salary:              Competitive and commensurate with experience

Location:         New Haven, CT



The Connecticut RISE Network (RISE) is a Connecticut-based non-profit organization with a mission to empower educators to achieve breakthrough results, helping all students realize and achieve their full potential. Leveraging its innovative partnership model, RISE facilitates networks for school improvement by bringing together exceptional educators working in different contexts to advance shared goals. By empowering school communities to improve, we invest in a cycle of lasting and scalable impact.

RISE districts and schools commit to sharing resources and expertise, pursuing innovative solutions, strengthening school and district systems, and empowering educators and leaders through continuous improvement. Currently, RISE represents a multi-year partnership between nine school districts across Connecticut, serving 14,000 students across ten high schools to support educators striving to ensure every RISE high school student graduates college and career ready. 


Position Summary and Essential Job Functions:


The RISE Data Engineer will play an integral role in developing, maintaining, and advancing data pipelines and databases that form the foundation of RISE data systems, providing educators with the secure and timely information they need to support student success. RISE is seeking a talented and highly motivated individual to serve on a team collaborating with school districts to build and refine data tools, systems, and practices to improve student outcomes.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment, and is passionate about closing achievement gaps and developing the potential of all students regardless of life circumstance.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  1. Data system development and management

  • Collaborate with program and applied data staff to refine data models, putting more actionable information into the hands of partner educators

  • Support the integration of new variables into existing data warehouses and data tools

  • Create data sets from raw files, bringing together longitudinal and immediate data for a variety of indicators

  • Maintain strong relationships with district data managers

  • Update and create reproducible and professionally formatted reports on key indicators

  • Document and explain RISE data systems to optimize functionality for technical and non-technical colleagues

  1. Data system maintenance

  • Investigate data errors to identify and correct their source

  • Uphold the highest data security standards

  • Update and maintain existing RISE data infrastructure

  • Research and integrate new technologies to enhance the RISE tech stack

  • Test and revise disaster recovery Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)


  1. Application design and development

  • Collaboratively create databases and/or APIs in support of new web applications

  • Translate software requirements into data architecture and/or table specifications

  • Plan and execute unit and integration testing to ensure system accuracy

  • Lead capacity planning to understand the limits and scalability of the platform

  • Contribute to the architecture and design of a new web-based platform

  • Provide embedded, on-site support with RISE leaders around data systems and practices


Required Knowledge and Skills:


  • Fluency with Python 3 and/or R programming

  • Relational database management and development (e.g. Redshift)

  • NoSQL data modeling for document databases (e.g. Firestore, MongoDB)

  • Experience with version control systems (preferably Git)

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and teamwork

  • Commitment to systems-driven solutions for scalable and sustained impact

  • Strong organizational and project management skills

  • Strong belief that all students can learn and achieve at high levels

  • Ability to ramp up on new content and work in an independent and self-motivated manner

  • Desire to work in a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and results-driven environment

  • Sense of humor, positive attitude, and willingness to work in a collaborative environment


Preferred Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience managing cloud infrastructure platforms (e.g. Google Cloud, AWS)

  • Experience with visualization and document preparation (e.g. Tableau, RMarkdown, LaTeX)

Required Education and Experience:


  • At least 2 years of experience developing and supporting ETL pipelines and relational databases

  • At least 2 years of experience managing document databases as part of web applications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required

  • Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience

RISE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.