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Senior Data Engineer, Education

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Data Science
Redwood City, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015 to help solve some of society’s toughest challenges — from eradicating disease and improving education to addressing the needs of our local communities. Our mission is to build a more inclusive, just, and healthy future for everyone.

The Team

At CZI, we pair technology with grantmaking to equip educators, families, and students with tools that integrate high-quality research, practices, and content to unlock the full potential of every student, no matter who they are or where they live. From program conception to software feature design, we center our work on student and educator voices to help educators address the day-to-day challenges in their classrooms.

Since 2015, our grant investments have helped catalyze new education tools, classroom practices, and measures of student success designed to foster whole child outcomes. We leveraged technology to provide research-based practices in products that help teachers connect with students and tailor learning experiences to individual student needs.

At our core, we are builders, and our unique builder philanthropy approach sets us apart from other education funders. A look back on the highlights and significant milestones of CZI’s first eight years of education work can be found here.

The Opportunity

Our goal is to provide every student, and every teacher, the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative supports and develops personalized learning experiences that are passionate about and led by the learner - meeting them where they are cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally. We're looking for engineers to help bring a new personalized learning platform to the globe's generation of students and help advance the potential of humanity.

What You'll Do

  • Chance Data Capture (CDC):
    • Create new CDC pipelines to support new product launches.
    • Collaborate with the infra team on improving the monitoring and scalability of the CDC pipelines.
    • Triage and investigate Debezium or Kafka issues in collaboration with the infra team.
    • Maintain key data pipelines
    • Ingest external data sets for use by the team
    • Improve data usability and data quality in our data warehouse
    • Launch new ETL (extract, transform, load) processes in production
  • Databricks & AWS:
    • Set up roles & access permissions for Databricks following best practices.
    • Set up ETL pipelines or orchestration workflows within AWS & Databricks ecosystems.
  • Data Curation:
    • Collect and organize knowledge through various sources, maintaining and updating data to ensure accuracy.
    • Transform, integrate, aggregate, annotate, and enrich data to enhance its value.
    • Derive and continuously update student attributes for personalization use cases.

What You'll Bring

  • Hands-on experience with AWS services and Kubernetes.
  • Experience with Databricks / Spark ecosystem.
  • Knowledge of CDC, Debezium, and Kafka.
  • Experience in Software Engineering or Data Engineering
  • Expertise in writing efficient and optimized SQL
  • Experience with dimensional data modeling and schema design in a database or data warehouse
  • Expertise with scripting languages such as Python
  • Experience with ETL tooling such as Airflow
  • Experience with large scale cloud data warehouses such as Snowflake
  • Passion for education and bringing technology to improving education
  • Experience working with large data sets
  • Love for collaborating and working with people in understanding data needs as well as scoping and executing on projects.


The Redwood City, CA base pay range for this role is $190,000.00 - $285,000.00. New hires are typically hired into the lower portion of the range, enabling employee growth in the range over time. Actual placement in range is based on job-related skills and experience, as evaluated throughout the interview process. Pay ranges outside Redwood City are adjusted based on cost of labor in each respective geographical market. Your recruiter can share more about the specific pay range for your location during the hiring process.

Benefits for the Whole You

We’re thankful to have an incredible team behind our work. To honor their commitment, we offer a wide range of benefits to support the people who make all we do possible.

  • CZI provides a generous employer match on employee 401(k) contributions to support planning for the future.
  • Annual benefit for employees that can be used most meaningfully for them and their families, such as housing, student loan repayment, childcare, commuter costs, or other life needs.
  • CZI Life of Service Gifts are awarded to employees to “live the mission” and support the causes closest to them.
  • Paid time off to volunteer at an organization of your choice.
  • Funding for select family-forming benefits.
  • Relocation support for employees who need assistance moving to the Bay Area
  • And more!

Commitment to Diversity

We believe that the strongest teams and best thinking are defined by the diversity of voices at the table. We are committed to fair treatment and equal access to opportunity for all CZI team members and to maintaining a workplace where everyone feels welcomed, respected, supported, and valued. Learn about our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

If you’re interested in a role but your previous experience doesn’t perfectly align with each qualification in the job description, we still encourage you to apply as you may be the perfect fit for this or another role.

Explore our work modes, benefits, and interview process at www.chanzuckerberg.com/careers.