In this role, you will work on improving the Newsela search engine to delight our teachers and students, who use search as a primary way of finding content for their educational needs. Our north star vision is to not only help what they they are looking for but also to delight them what they want to look for. Apart from owning and driving relevance ideas, you will also work with a team of other engineers to build a latency-sensitive and reliable search engine that delivers instantaneous results.
Why You’ll Love This Role:
Reporting to our Sr. Director of Search and Recommendations, you’ll work closely with our Data Science and Content teams to help shape the future of K-12 education to deliver content at the just-right reading level. Using cutting edge techniques to improve search result quality, your work will directly impact our platform’s ability to serve the content teachers and students are looking for, and enable discovery of engaging, relevant content that further enriches the learning experience in K-12 classrooms nationwide. And because we're a technology company focused on improving the way students learn, you’ll be part of an engineering culture that values teaching, learning, and questioning.
Why We’ll Love You:
You have multiple years of experience in building, working and improving search systems. You are enthusiastic and you revel in dealing with ambiguity. You have a high bias for action and you actively look for areas to improve, whether it be in improving relevancy or in reducing latency or in improving code quality. You understand the tradeoffs between over-engineering vs thinking too small and are comfortable in making the case for when to do what. You are comfortable working with cross functional teams and can advocate for the customer.
You know how to find a shared language between product managers, data scientists, and software developers. You balance your engineering expertise with a product mindset, always digging for the underlying user and system needs, rather than simply settling for surface-level “requirements.” Your passion for complex technical problems is matched by your excitement to lead a team through large, multi-faceted technical projects. You can seamlessly distinguish and delegate responsibilities, set success criteria for projects, and coach teammates with a high level of organizational awareness to ensure each team member is growing and developing professionally.
One of the fastest growing tech companies in K-12 education, Newsela was founded on the principle that while every child may have unique learning preferences, they all deserve a rich learning experience that ignites a love of learning. We built our platform based on learning science research to deliver the most engaging, authentic content to modernize how teaching happens in the classroom. Along with interactive assessments and tools, we provide teachers with digital content at five reading levels — from +100 of the best sources — that is relevant to the diverse backgrounds and interests of their students. Since we started in 2013, we’ve established a presence in 90% of U.S. K-12 schools and over 2.5M teachers and 37M students have registered with Newsela.