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The New York Times

Database Administrator in Publishing Technology

Computer and Mathematical


Full Time


New York, New York, United States

The [Register to View] target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a newsroom that’s 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for.

Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.

Job Description

About the Role:

The New York Times is looking for a Database Engineer to help build our next generation of internal tools and services to support our production and publishing operations. We are rebuilding our manufacturing and publishing workflow systems in the latest cloud technologies, with a focus on microservices and serverless technology.

In this role, you will oversee the database setup, monitoring, and tuning of our production-critical systems. You will work in several database technologies with the initial focus on Oracle and AWS RDS databases. You will also help research new functionality, strategically improve our database foundations, and develop best practice standards for all our databases. Using your database expertise, you will also assist software engineers in designing and architecting well-constructed SQL and NoSQL databases and tuning SQL queries.

Your teammates will be other Systems Analysts, Software Engineers, DevOps Engineers, and Project Managers, all working in an Agile environment. You will also work with internal customers company-wide as you build applications that produce the world's greatest journalism. Our applications include a variety of operations from content editing systems, to systems that transmit content worldwide, mobile apps, and applications that control automated plant vehicles.

The position reports to the Director of Publishing Engineering in the Publishing Technology Group.

Responsibilities and Key Skills

  • You will design, architect, build, and support databases that control publishing and production operations.

  • Migrate classic databases and EC2 instances to RDS.

  • Optimize database performance, create benchmarks and monitor essential DB operational metrics.

  • Willingness to improve and research new technologies and promote new technologies, methodologies, and concepts. Eager to engage in new ideas and innovation.

  • Mentor others to adopt new technology, identify improvements, and update our technology.

  • Be part of an on-call rotation to resolve production infrastructure issues and incidents, including on an emergency basis.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology (or equivalent experience).

  • 5+ years of database experience in environments that use some of the following database environments:

    • Oracle - primary requirement

    • MySql

    • BigQuery

    • SQL Server

    • NoSQL

  • 2+ years experience directly working with AWS Databases.

  • Experience building highly available and redundant database architectures

  • Experience troubleshooting and improving SQL query performance.


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.