DevOps Engineer

Portland, OR, US
Mar 06, 2021
DevOps Engineer

About this role...
DevOps Engineers are members of the Product Operations team at NWEA, a high-functioning team of creative, collaborative, motivated and professional individuals driven by the singular mission of partnering to help all kids learn. We are in search of like-minded individuals who want to build and operate cutting-edge technologies to deliver a SaaS assessment platform that supports upwards of 100,000 concurrent users. If you embrace a dynamic environment, the spirit of innovation and the importance of education, then we would love to see what you can do. We are building a world class product organization that rivals the largest software as a service companies in the world. This is a full-time opportunity with competitive compensation, an outstanding benefits package, and opportunities for career growth. Candidates may be offered a mid-level DevOps Engineer role or a senior level role, depending on experience and qualifications. C andidates may work remotely from any location in the U.S.

As a DevOps Engineer, you will design, build and manage a world class infrastructure to support NWEA's products and mission. Our team consists of forward-thinking individuals who want to disrupt the traditional mold through progressive design and implementation practices.

Anybody can hire folks to look after a 24x7 organization and you can find that job anywhere. At NWEA, you will also make a difference in education and gain both depth and breadth of knowledge and experience by being part of one of the best companies in Portland. We are growing as a DevOps organization that believes in Scaling, Transforming, Growing, Leading, and Innovating while having fun and making a difference.

Below is the fine print of the job. But what you really need to have is:

  • Passion for education
  • Willingness to fail, learn and grow
  • Innovative spirit
  • Interest in automation
  • Desire to understand how your responsibilities fit into the big picture

Your next challenge...
  • Maintain and automate multiple Redhat/CentOS Linux environments via Puppet and Foreman
  • Participate in continuous integration efforts and Agile software development processes to support regular software releases for our SaaS platform
  • Participate in the evaluation, selection and deployment of new technologies and tools
  • Work with colleagues to optimize overall system performance. This includes working with applications, network, storage, database and server technology
  • Provide support to internal and external clients, including participation in the 24x7 on-call rotation
  • Perform system audits, document findings, and publish recommendations
  • Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the success of the team and the entire organization

Traits for success...
  • Expert level analytical abilities, diagnostic skills, and technical aptitude
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of individuals, in a highly collaborative, complex, and changing environment
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrating a high degree of initiative, as well as to be a contributing team member
  • Ability to assess the effectiveness of processes and procedures and lead improvement efforts include documenting and implementing
  • Ability to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as needed to support our on-call rotation
  • Excellent listening skills and a commitment to communicate clearly, completely, and in a timely manner
  • Ability to work unsupervised and seek out work with minimal direction
  • Must be able to perform the physical and intellectual requirements of the role, with or without accommodation

Competencies ...
  • Instill trust : gain the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
  • Communicate effectively : develop and deliver multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences
  • Customer focus : build strong customer relationships and deliver customer-centric solutions
  • Drive results : consistently achieve results, even under tough circumstances
Education and e xperience ...
  • Minimum bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Minimum 1-2 years related experience, with at least 1-year experience in Linux Systems Administration
  • Experience supporting a SaaS platform as a Linux professional
  • Experience working in an Agile/Scrum environment
  • Experience with CI/CD processes and methods
  • Experience in automating large scale Linux environments utilizing one or more of the following: PERL, HTML, Python, PHP and Shell scripting
  • Experience with the following is a plus: Puppet, Hiera, GIT, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, Foreman, Jenkins, JIRA/Atlassian suite
  • Demonstrated experience configuring multi-tier JAVA and web-based applications
  • Exposure to and understanding of VMware virtualization
  • Experience in 24x7 high availability production/sustaining processes, including remote administration

About us...
NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency-and provide timely data to help tailor instruction. For more than 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre-K-12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP® Reading Fluency™. Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. More than 11 million students in 146 countries use our solutions to support their learning and growth each year.

What we can offer you...
At NWEA we not only offer a competitive base salary, we offer a 15% contribution of eligible employees' base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan; career development opportunities; an awesome work culture and environment; we also offer industry leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees' holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer more, click here.

NWEA strives to make diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) practices the center of our work. Our organization's mission, Partnering to Help All Kids Learn, is the foundation for our DEIA commitment as we work to reflect, value, and support the educators, students, colleagues, and communities we serve. We seek to empower and engage all stakeholders in the research, services, solutions, and products we provide, our organizational culture, and the partnerships we establish with schools, districts, states, and countries.

NWEA endeavors to make accessible to all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please call us at (503) 624-1951 or e-mail us at [email protected] and let us know the nature of your request, your location and your contact information. This is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

NWEA is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For our EEO Policy Statement, please visit our website. If you'd like more information on your EEO rights under the law, please visit the EEOC website

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