Lead Data Engineer

Title:               Lead Data Engineer

Reporting to:     Sr Director of Data Engineering

Location:               United States / Remote, requires U.S. work authorization; <10% travel

Term:                     Permanent, Full-Time, Exempt

To Apply:               [LINK]

Deadline:               Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis


About WorkMoney

WorkMoney is dedicated to lowering costs and raising incomes for all Americans to make American life more affordable and American families more economically secure. We provide products, services, perks, benefits, tips, and tools to help members improve their financial lives, and we have become a trusted source of information about financial matters, economic policy, and public debates about the economy for our 6 million (and growing) members. We also activate and engage our members in advocacy campaigns to support policies and elected leaders to support our core vision that everyone in America can afford to live a good life. You can find out more about WorkMoney at workmoney.org and Facebook.


About WorkMoney Digital Innovation

At WorkMoney, our mission is driven by innovation and forward-thinking strategies. We would not be able to achieve our goals without the ingenuity of our data and technology team, who play a pivotal role in understanding our members’ needs intricately and facilitating targeted outreach to deliver personalized value. This team is at the forefront of crafting member experiences, whether it’s developing a benefit navigation service for personalized bill reduction guidance or enhancing engagement through multiple channels for faster, more relevant responses and human-to-human interaction.

WorkMoney regularly engages and hears from millions of people, across various communication channels. This ongoing interaction allows us to understand their needs and reactions to the information and services we offer. With our audience rapidly expanding, along with our service offerings and touchpoints with each person, we’re experiencing significant growth in the volume and diversity of data we handle – from storage to processing and transformation. This wealth of data powers our predictive modeling efforts, enabling us to anticipate content preferences and actions, as well as facilitating audience segmentation, analytics, insights, and personalized service offerings. As a result, our data engineering team is expanding to meet these needs head-on!

Why We Need A Lead Data Engineer

The Lead Data Engineer position at WorkMoney is essential for propelling our data infrastructure forward, ensuring it can meet the demands of multiple large-scale projects and initiatives. This position plays a crucial role in efficiently managing and optimizing data processes, allowing us to tackle complex challenges and drive innovation. This is a unique opportunity to hone skills, engage in diverse workflows, and contribute to projects that collectively power our mission to make American life more affordable.


  • Conduct detailed assessments of database architecture to uphold data integrity, quality, performance, and scalability, while adhering to industry best practices 
  • Collaborate in the design and construction of a scalable data infrastructure, leveraging technologies like AWS, Redshift, Salesforce, DBT, and more
  • Play a key role in scoping and deploying data pipelines within our infrastructure, ensuring seamless data transfer for programmatic requirements such as integrating calling systems with Salesforce and Redshift
  • Evaluate new tools and propose enhancements to existing systems and processes to optimize efficiency and effectiveness
  • Implement and oversee alerts to monitor data infrastructure health and track metrics showcasing data quality
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive documentation on data flows and mappings to ensure transparency and operational efficiency
  • Promptly address requests for data and reporting, ensuring timely delivery and responsiveness to stakeholder needs
  • Skillfully manage project timelines and deliverables, ensuring prompt completion and optimal outcomes
  • Provide regular, clear updates and status reports to keep stakeholders informed and engaged
  • Establish and maintain a robust issue tracking system, enabling the identification, prioritization, and resolution of challenges encountered during project execution
  • Collaborate with the team to identify opportunities for innovation and improvement, actively contributing to the continuous evolution of our data infrastructure and engineering capabilities


What You’ll Need To Be Successful

We seek a Lead Data Engineer who brings a robust skill set and extensive experience in database architecture and cloud-based SQL optimization, particularly within the dynamic realm of AWS. Critical thinking and problem-solving abilities are paramount, as you will navigate ambiguous and evolving requirements and collaborate seamlessly with stakeholders across diverse technical backgrounds. Your primary focus will revolve around architecture tasks, serving as a strategic visionary alongside the Sr Director of Data Engineering to refine and fortify our existing database architecture, ensuring it can accommodate the growing volume of incoming projects. You will also flex into engineering tasks, such as constructing tables and pipelines to bolster various programs, projects, election initiatives, and API builds. 


  • 2+ years as a Senior Data Engineer OR 6+ years’ experience in data engineering 
  • Expertise in utilizing DBT or similar ETL tools, along with a history of successfully designing and building tables and databases
  • Strong database architecture skills, coupled with critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, enabling the handling of ambiguous and evolving requirements
  • Proven experience building and optimizing data environments, preferably in AWS and Redshift
  • Proficient in SQL and Python, with the ability to utilize these tools effectively
  • Seasoned in refining and enhancing existing data pipelines to unlock peak efficiency and exceptional performance
  • Skilled in collaborating with stakeholders to identify critical issues, prioritize solutions, and devise effective solutions utilizing resources
  • Self-motivated problem solver with a keen eye for identifying and rectifying data inaccuracies
  • Proficient in conducting research, proposing innovative tools and setups, and leading migrations, with a knack for planning and execution
  • Experience working with external vendors/contracts and adept at communicating complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Collaborative mindset, thriving in cross-functional teams by effectively sharing knowledge and contributing to the delivery of high-quality products



The salary for this role is $144,200 annually, and as part of our commitment to pay equity in our organization, the salary for this position is not negotiable.

We’re proud to offer generous benefits like competitive pay, expansive paid time off options, and employer contributions to retirement and student loan repayment. WorkMoney covers the premiums for healthcare, dental, and vision plans so you don’t have to, offers a 6% 401(k) employer match, four weeks paid vacation, generous paid family and medical leave, and annual allowances for remote work and professional development.


Why Join Our Team?

Our workplace is dynamic and we aren’t afraid to pivot when things don’t work. We’re mission driven, hardworking, and scrappy AF. We have a good time working on hard things, and embrace the line ‘feedback is a gift’. We jump in to help each other, and make time to reflect when things go well and not so well. The truth of the matter is: we’re doing cool stuff with really cool people and having a great time doing it.


While this is a fully remote workplace, domestic travel is required for full team annual retreats and intermittent team working sessions and retreats.


WorkMoney is an equal opportunity employer. WorkMoney prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, expression, gender identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by law. We see diversity of all kinds as a necessary precondition to doing our work well and strive to build a team that reflects the diverse composition of America itself. We strongly encourage applicants from historically under-represented communities to apply. 


To Apply

Follow the link to the application page, complete the required fields, and submit a resume. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


**Please do not reach out directly to any team members. If you’d like additional information or to check the status of your application, email careers@workmoney.org.**