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Senior Database Administrator at Nylas

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Who we are
Our mission at Nylas is to turn communication into inspiration and insight. We empower over 100,000 developers and over 900 companies all over the world to access, parse, and gain insights from communications data to provide better experiences for their customers and users, all while providing top tier security and compliance. To achieve this vision, we’ve raised over $175M from Tiger Global, 8VC, ScaleUp, Spark Capital, Slack, and more.

We have a huge market (every company that builds software) and a massive opportunity (the world runs on communication and data). By continuing to hire exceptional people from all different backgrounds and perspectives, we have the opportunity to make Nylas one of the biggest, most successful and equitable technology companies in the world. 

Why Nylas
Nylas is an advocate for the well-being of our employees. We trust our employees and give them the autonomy to achieve their goals without focusing on when, where, and how they get there. We are a flexibility first workplace. That means if you have a preference for working fully remote, going into the office every day, or anywhere in between, we support that working style. but if Nylanauts want to work from an office, we have hubs in San Francisco, Denver, New York City, Toronto, and London.

We are also strong supporters of internal and cross-team mobility and growth. We want Nylas to be a place where anyone can be supported to grow, learn, and become the best at what they do. We’ve been named a top Startup for career growth and development by Forbes, Great Places to Work, and Comparably!

From our CTO + Co-Founder, Christine Spang:
“We have a number of folks on the team who started as an individual contributor and became staff level or leaders in their area. I personally love seeing people reach their full potential and become successful at Nylas.”

About the role: 

Nylas is working on a next-generation data platform. You will be involved in building out the new infrastructure on top of a more modern stack that offers horizontal scalability and improved operability. In addition, you will help design and implement data pipelines that feed into the AI/ML models and data warehouse.  

You need to not only understand how to operate, administer, and maintain databases but also how to really teach our people how to think about our databases. We don’t want to do everything for our developers; we want them to be doing things for themselves. But to do that, we need to teach them some of our specialized knowledge on database subjects to do what they need to do with our databases without having to go through us - where that makes sense. Some things that are particularly fiddly or difficult we would probably want to hold on to for ourselves.


  • Maintain, scale, and administer our large sharded MySQL database environment to be operational 24/7 (more than 100TB of DB storage, 71 primary-replica pairs, hosting 200 shards!)
  • Ensure our clusters are healthy, scaling, performant, and cost-effective
  • Enforce security and auditing practices to maintain DB integrity
  • Help teach and encourage smart database practicesImprove automation of our various database systems to help enable self-service (when it makes sense), and implement self-healing and resiliency
  • Improve automated backup and restore systems
  • Improve alerting - if it alerts and isn’t actionable, it’s not an alert! If something goes wrong and we don’t get alerted, we need a new alert! 
  • Experiment and recommend new database engine upgrades and entirely new data stores (when they make sense)
  • Document current DB processes/architecture to help plan for the future


  • A few years of operating large-scale relational database systems (20+ servers)
  • Strong proficiency in MySQL database management including performance tuning, query optimization, index tuning
  • Maintaining HA solutions using mha, orchestrator
  • Setting up monitoring dashboards with meaningful metrics to help identify usage/performance trends
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools such as Git(Version Control)
  • Knowledge of MySQL features, limitations, and underlying storage engines
  • Familiarity with other SQL/NoSQL databases such as PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Cassandra, Vitess
  • Basic understanding of developer technologies - Python, Ansible, AWS, Terraform
  • Nice-to-have - experience building out data pipelines using Spark, Kafka, kubeflow, Beam, Dataflow
  • Nice-to-have - ProxySQL experience

Not sure if this is you?
We want a diverse, global team, with a broad range of experience and perspectives. If this job sounds great, but you’re not sure if you qualify, apply anyway! We carefully consider every application and will either move forward with your application, find another team that might be better suited to your skills, keep in touch for future opportunities, or thank you for your time.

Perks and Benefits:
• Nylas Alumni Fund: after 3 years employment, Nylas will invest $20k into your seed round if you decide to start your own company
• Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO): we take this very seriously as we care about the well-being of our employees
• CPP with 3% employer contribution
• Education Stipend: $1,250 annual education & development benefit
• Perk card: $180 per month towards health, wellness, and other perks via Assembly
• Cell Phone: $60 per month stipend towards cell phone reimbursement

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What are Nylas Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Restricted work hours
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Mandatory annual consecutive 2 week for all employees.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Nylas offers $1,000 a year toward education reimbursement. Nylas wants to support both personal and professional goals, so $500 of that can be used on personal development!
Online course subscriptions available

An Insider's view of Nylas

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Chaotic schedules and intense workloads come with the territory of a startup, but at Nylas "healthy work-life balance" is more than a catchy buzz phrase. After 6 months, it's mandatory that employees take 2 weeks off. On top of unlimited PTO, we also have 14 paid company holidays. Overall, I'd say work-life balance at Nylas is hard to beat!


People Operations Coordinator

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Customer Success is a collaborative, cross-functional role at any organization. At Nylas, I've had the opportunity and pleasure to collaborate with Product, Marketing, Onboarding and Support. There's always a challenge to take the lead on, and something new to learn from your colleagues with every opportunity


Customer Success Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

Nylas has introduced me to large scale distributed systems and supported my career aspirations by allowing me to pursue a career on the sales side despite being hired and working as an engineer. We have hired experts across the entire organization that I learn from every day, the easy way.


Senior Sales Engineer

What is your vision for the company?

My vision is to transform the analog nature of communication to actionable, automated workflows, and grow our company to be the best we can be by hiring the best employees.


Sr. VP of Engineering

What are some social events your company does?

Nylas is a remote-first, distributed company, so a lot of our social events take place virtually. We have yoga practice on Mondays, and Book Club on Wednesdays. On Fridays we mix it up with happy hours: : we'll have a live performance, chat via avatars in a Gather.town space, or watch a nerdy show together at the e(N)dweek Nerdout!


Sr. Employee Experience Specialist

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