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Employment Type:
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Job Category:
Software Development
Education & Teaching
Devops Engineer
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NWEA | Portland, OR
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Job Description

NWEA has a new opening for DevOps Engineer at our downtown Portland headquarters. Our DevOps team is growing and we're looking for DevOps engineers with 1-2 year's of experience to come on board! This position will be temp-to-hire, with a competitive hourly rate. Upon conversion to full-time hire, NWEA will offer a generous salary, an outstanding benefits package, and career growth opportunities.

Founded by educators nearly 40 years ago, Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for our flagship interim assessment, Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). More than 7,400 partners in U.S. schools, districts, education agencies, and international schools trust us to offer pre-kindergarten through grade 12 assessments that accurately measure student growth and learning needs, professional development that fosters educators' ability to accelerate student learning, and research that supports assessment validity and data interpretation. To better inform instruction and maximize every learner's academic growth, educators currently use NWEA assessments and items with nearly 10 million students. Our research-based core lets us do what's driven us from the beginning: give educators tools proven to help them make a difference. We are searching for talented individuals who desire to make a difference in education by demonstrating a commitment to our mission: Partnering to help all kids learn®.

Position summary

DevOps Engineers are members of the Product Engineering group (PE) 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.

As a member of the Systems Engineering team within PE, 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


* Install, configure, 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
* Lead the evaluation, selection and deployment of new technologies and tools
* Work with project managers, department heads and team members to determine project approaches, parameters and priorities
* 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
* Keep abreast of technical developments to ensure the NWEA is able to take advantage of industry advances

Education and other traits

* Minimum bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field; equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered in lieu of a degree
* Minimum 1-2 years related experience, with at least 1 year experience in RedHat 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
* Expert level analytical abilities, diagnostic skills and technical aptitude
* Experience in 24x7 high availability production/sustaining processes, including 'lights out' support and remote administration
* 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


NWEA's generous benefits package includes: 100% employer paid medical, dental and vision insurance for eligible employees; company-paid public transportation, indoor bicycle racks, and free on-site parking; convenient location near public transportation near the Pearl District in downtown Portland; additional monthly compensation in the form of flex pay; and a 15% annual employer contribution toward our 403b retirement plan. In addition, NWEA's culture promotes work-life balance. Accordingly, we offer 4 weeks' PTO in the first year, 5 weeks' PTO after the first year anniversary, and 6 weeks' PTO after the second year anniversary and in subsequent years. Our employees also enjoy flexible work schedules.

NWEA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and we do not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status or consideration protected by local, state and federal laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies. Equal opportunity applies to hiring, promotion, training, compensation, and any other organizational action. NWEA's written Affirmative Action Plan is available to all employees and job applicants upon request.

About NWEA

NWEA is a global not-for-profit educational services organization with over 30 years experience developing adaptive assessments, professional development and educational research. Using our mission of Partnering to help all kids learn as a guide, we advocate for a kid-centric education policy based on highly accurate, reliable data. To learn more about NWEA, please visit us at our website.

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