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Newsela // instructional content platform
Engineering, Full Time    Remote    Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020
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The Role:

In this role youll drive high-level technology decisions as well as day-to-day development on the team thats building the search engine for Newselas growing variety of educational content. As the authority on relevance engineering across the organization, youll focus on deeply understanding the pedagogical needs of teachers & students, building a reliable infrastructure for tracking & evaluating search relevance metrics, creating a technical plan for how to pursue relevance improvements, & leading a team of software developers in the execution of the search development roadmap.

Why Youll Love This Role:

Reporting to our Director of Systems Development, youll work closely with our Data Science & Content teams to help shape the future of K-12 education to deliver content at the just-right reading level. Using cutting edge techniques to improve search result quality, your work will directly impact our platforms ability to serve the content teachers & students are looking for, & enable discovery of engaging, relevant content that further enriches the learning experience in K-12 classrooms nationwide. And because we're a technology company focused on improving the way students learn, youll be part of an engineering culture that values teaching, learning, & questioning.

Why Well Love You:

You have 5+ years of building & improving search systems (ElasticSearch, Solr), & competency in our tech stack (Python). You also understand web service architecture well enough to diagnose performance bottlenecks & propose a variety of remedies. Not only do you bring a passion for data science, but you're intensely curious & humble in the face of new information. You naturally seek out creative ways of measuring success, & meet contradictions in the data with the excitement of someone who knows theyre about to learn something new, not the resignation of someone whos worried about being wrong.

You know how to find a shared language between product managers, data scientists, & software developers. You balance your engineering expertise with a product mindset, always digging for the underlying user & system needs, rather than simply settling for surface-level requirements. Your passion for complex technical problems is matched by your excitement to lead a team through large, multi-faceted technical projects. You can seamlessly distinguish & delegate responsibilities, set success criteria for projects, & coach teammates with a high level of organizational awareness to ensure each team member is growing & developing professionally.

About Newsela:

Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that combines engaging, leveled content with integrated formative assessments & insights to supercharge engagement & learning in every subject. Students & teachers use Newsela to find digital content from 100+ of the best sourcesfrom National Geographic to NASA, to Encyclopedia Britannica, the Washington Post to the Wichita Eagle. Content is instructionalized to meet students where they are, with interactive tools & analytics to take them where they want to go. Newsela has become an essential solution for schools & districts, with a presence in over 90% of U.S. K-12 schools. Newsela is the content platform for the connected classroom.

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