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New York Times Senior Database Reliability Engineer in New York, New York

Job Description

The Database Reliability Team is a team of database subject-matter experts and Cloud engineers who support the database administration needs of application teams at the New York Times.

Our mission is to increase the efficiency of database operations for application teams and data consumers by building self-service tools that ensure quality and best-practices in database provisioning, resiliency, performance analysis and tuning, monitoring, ETL, database security and governance.

As a member of the Database Reliability Engineering team, you will work with a group of smart and talented database professionals who are passionate about database technology and work daily to ensure the availability and protection of data at the New York Times.

What You’ll Do:

  • You will develop standard operating procedures and automate them to eliminate toil

  • You will build software with the team to audit cloud deployments, monitor databases and data systems

  • You will implement data migration pipelines between database engines and systems and coordinate failover with application teams

  • You will provide best-practice guidance and build community around database technology implemented at the NYT

  • You will troubleshoot database and infrastructure issues across multiple tiers and coordinate remediation efforts

  • You will help application teams define, implement and meet service-level objectives for their database operations

  • You will identify technical debt and partner with application engineers and project managers to build database remediation goals into team roadmaps

  • You will mentor junior database reliability engineers

  • You will provide production support on an on-call rotation shared with other database reliability and application engineers

Who We’re Looking For:

  • 6+ years working with one or more relational databases at scale including MySQL, Oracle or PostgreSQL. Experience with Amazon Aurora a plus.

  • 3+ years experience developing software with an engineering team using Python or Golang

  • Experience deploying software and databases on cloud infrastructure with Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform.

  • Comfortable approaching unfamiliar languages and technologies

  • Proficiency with the Linux OS and the command line

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to understand and explain technical issues to a non-technical audience

What You’ll Get

  • The opportunity to work alongside smart and talented people and make significant contributions to the digital vision of an iconic media organization.

  • A competitive salary and benefits including health, medical, dental, vision, and 401k matching. Salary is commensurate with experience and skill.

  • Tuition reimbursement for continuing education.

  • A generous maternity and parental leave policy.

  • Diverse employee resource groups (including Women in Tech, African Heritage Network, LGBT, Toastmasters, Parenting, Soccer, Running, and many more).

  • A passionate, motivated team that loves what we do and what the New York Times stands for.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.

Help shape the future of The New York Times

This is an important moment to work at The Times. Across the organization, we're taking advantage of the changing media landscape to pioneer a new era of journalism. With high-quality, original reporting at our core, we’re thinking more creatively about our reader relationships and how to deliver new and relevant offerings and experiences. We’re telling stories differently and playing with emerging formats like 360 video and VR. And we’re building a diverse and collaborative culture that can keep up with the rigors of the modern-day news cycle.

Home to world-class talent

To create journalism and supporting products that stand apart, we must recruit the finest talent in the world. Journalists, data designers, videographers, agile marketers, art directors, and many others, we’re looking for people at all stages of their careers to bring different perspectives and practices to our teams. Together, we can make our journalism more insightful, meaningful and essential to the daily lives and understanding of people around the world.

Employee-driven benefits

If you see a job opening here that might be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision plans for employees and their families, health and wellness programs, a 401(k) plan, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation, paid parental leave and much more.

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