Staff Data Engineer

| Remote
As a Staff Data Engineer at Skillshare, you’ll be joining our Data Analytics team to level up the internal data platform at the heart of our business decision making. 

We use Redshift, S3, Python, Kinesis, Kubernetes and dbt to ingest, transform, and store tens of millions of records from our application, payment providers, and third party data providers. This data is used by teams across the company, including product, marketing, finance, data science, and personalization.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced and collaborative individual contributor who wants to lead complex, high impact data projects at a mature startup. 

What you'll do:

  • Architect the next version of our cloud data analytics infrastructure to ensure high performance and reliability as we continue to scale both data volume and consumers.
  • Lead data, product, and infrastructure engineers in complex, cross-team projects such as:
  • Redesigning our ETL pipelines to support a transition from a monolithic OLTP database to event-driven microservices.
  • Enabling product engineers and analysts to efficiently instrument, manage, and catalog hundreds of analytics events.
  • Significantly improve the performance, reliability, and usability of our infrastructure to enable fast, frictionless decision making across the organization.
  • Work closely with analysts, engineers, and business stakeholders across the organization.
  • Mentor peers and raise the bar for data engineering practices across the company.

What you'll need to be successful:

  • You have 6+ years of experience as a data engineer with a demonstrated record of leading and delivering projects with company-wide impact.
  • You have a deep understanding of distributed batch and streaming systems, both in theory and practice, and can design with explicit trade offs around speed, reliability, and scale.
  • You are a proven technical leader, communicator, and consensus builder.
  • You’re very strong in at least one programming language (we use Python) and can build and support internal tools and APIs.
  • Ideally, you have led a transition from a batch-first to streaming-first data architecture.

Why you're excited about us:

  • Our impact: You will be responsible for leveling up the internal data platform at the heart of our business decision making. 
  • Our team: There aren’t many venture-backed startups with high growth rates, a strong platform and subscription-driven business model, AND a powerful social impact. On top of that, our small team is passionate, talented, and driven. 
  • Our mission: We’re doing work that matters – connecting lifelong learners around the world and empowering them to pursue their creativity.
  • Flexibility: We believe that doing your best work means living a full life. That means different things for everyone, so we optimize for trust, invest to support remote teams, have an unlimited vacation policy (with a required minimum!), and encourage work-life balance.

About Skillshare:

Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, and millions of members who come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey. We are backed by Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, Amasia, Spero Ventures, and Burda Principal Investments.

Skillshare is committed to building a diverse team that reflects a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We’re proud to be recognized as a top place to work by BuiltinNYC, Crain’s, and Forbes, in addition to being one of the five best places to work for women by Bpeace, and a top-rated workplace for dads by Fatherly. We work to ensure a consistent interview process, fair compensation, and inclusive work environment for all.

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An Insider's view of Skillshare

What are some social events your company does?

Moving fully remote has meant changing our approach to team-bonding. We are keeping the energy up with happy hours, trading Zoom backgrounds, and, recently, our affinity group for women of color hosted company-wide trivia that kicked off with a Rihanna dance break.

Chantel

Senior Creative Producer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Cross-team collaboration is frequent and organic at Skillshare; we foster a uniquely friendly atmosphere of openness and shared purpose. Through cross-team threads, project-based meetings, comments on RFC's, pull request reviews, Q&A sessions, and, of course, simple conversations, collaboration commonly happens across a table or across time zones.

Justin

Director of Engineering

What are some things you learned at the company?

I was immediately impressed and encouraged by the creative problem solving at Skillshare. Data plays a huge part in learning about our members, determining the most popular classes, and fostering creative community. I was a student within the community long before helping build it. My favorite experience so far has been learning watercolor basics.

Zhen

Director of Business Intelligence

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

As a management team, we strongly believe in making ourselves accessible. This includes: 1:1s with direct reports, skip-level meetings, team-wide meetings, coffees with people across departments, and attending team events. More broadly, we apply the same foundational rule we all learned in kindergarten: treat people the way you want to be treated.

Sabrina

COO

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We're in an exciting position - we have a product that we believe in and a community that believes in us. The question we face is: how can we build a platform which works for the Skillshare of today, but will scale to the needs of the Skillshare of the future? It’s not enough to keep up with growth; we must build for where our growth will take us.

Samantha

Director of Engineering

What are Skillshare Perks + Benefits

Skillshare Benefits Overview

At Skillshare, we strive to create an inclusive culture in which each person is compensated fairly, has robust learning and development opportunities, and feels supported in bringing their whole self to work. We also believe that doing your best work means living a full life – that means different things for everyone, so we optimize for trust, invest to support remote teams, have an unlimited vacation policy (with a required minimum!), and encourage work-life balance.

Our perks include:

- Health, Dental and Vision coverage
- 401(k)
- Unlimited vacation (with a required minimum!)
- 14 weeks parental leave (gender neutral)
- Paid sabbaticals for tenured employees
- Learning and conference stipends
- $750 stipend for setting yourself up for success at home (think: desk, headphones, plants, ergonomic chair)
- Monthly reimbursement of up to $75 for high-speed internet services
- Stipend for mental health/well-being tools (Headspace, Talkspace, Peloton, etc.)
- Monthly coffee/tea reimbursement of up to $25
- Ongoing manager training with LifeLabs
- Inclusion workshops with Paradigm

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
In addition to our social committee, we have dedicated Diversity & Affinity groups in which team members decide to come together around a shared identity or background.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Read more about how we think about equity compensation here: https://medium.com/swlh/a-no-b-s-guide-to-startup-stock-option-grants-526a8bc33c2b
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Skillshare offers 14 paid weeks of paid parental leave to both birth-giving and non-birth-giving parent/s.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Skillshare creates professional development opportunities by offering an annual budget to attend external conferences, in addition to ongoing internal learning programming.
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

In addition to the above, we also offer a number of perks around flexibility – including the option between a 1-month bonus or sabbatical at your 3-year mark, and the ability to work remotely for up to a month from anywhere in the world when you've been on the team for one year.

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