Position: Data Engineer

Location: Washington D.C.
Reports to: Sr. Director of Data and Analytics
Supervises (Direct): n/a

About the Organization

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is a private, not-for-profit organization established in 1952 to provide a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education (GME) in the United States.  The NRMP is not an application processing service; rather, it provides an impartial venue for matching applicants’ and programs’ preferences for each other consistently.  The NRMP conducts the annual Main Residency Match encompassing 40,000 applicants for more than 25,000 positions in core residencies as well as Matches for fellowship positions in 55 subspecialties through its Specialties Matching Service®.

Position Summary

NRMP is looking to fill the full-time position of data engineer. The data engineer, which is an emerging role in NRMP data and analytics team, will play a pivotal role in operationalizing the data and analytics initiatives for NRMP. The data engineer will be building, managing, integrating, and optimizing reusable data pipelines and moving these data pipelines effectively into production for key data and analytics consumers – business/data analysts, research analysts, executives, and internal departments – that need curated data sets for data and analytics use cases.

The data engineer must support compliance with data governance and data security and privacy requirements to enable faster data access, integrated data reuse and vastly improved time-to-solution for NRMP data and analytics initiatives. The data engineer will be measured on their ability and agility to integrate analytics results with NRMP’s business processes.

The newly hired data engineer will be the key interface in operationalizing data and analytics on behalf of organizational outcomes. This role will require both creative and collaborative working with IT and the wider business. The data engineer will also be tasked with working with key business stakeholders, IT experts and subject-matter experts to plan and deliver optimal analytics solutions.

Employee Value Proposition

  • Rewards: see our engagement package here https://www.nrmp.org/about/careers/
  • Opportunity: This is an exciting role to help modernize NRMP’s data and analytics initiatives and processes.
  • Organization: The NRMP is a mission-based global provider of matching services incorporated in 1952
  • People: A collaborative IT culture with a supportive team and genuine camaraderie to fuel us
  • Work: Work on cutting edge technology to deliver our mission; Work from anywhere in the continental United States

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build data pipelines: Managed data pipelines consist of a series of stages through which data flows from data sources of acquisition to integration to consumption for specific use cases. These data pipelines must be created, maintained, and optimized as workloads move from development to production for specific use cases. Architecting, creating, and maintaining data pipelines will be the primary responsibility of the data engineer.
  • Drive Automation through effective metadata management: The data engineer will be responsible for using innovative and modern tools, techniques, and architectures to partially or completely automate the most-common, repeatable and tedious data preparation and integration tasks in order to minimize manual and error-prone processes and improve productivity. The data engineer will also need to assist with renovating the data management infrastructure to drive automation in data integration and management.
  • This will include (but not be limited to):
    • Using modern data preparation, integration and metadata management tools and techniques.
    • Tracking data consumption patterns.
    • Monitoring schema changes.
    • Recommending and automating — existing and future integration flows.
  • Collaborate across departments: The newly hired data engineer will need strong collaboration skills to work with varied stakeholders within the organization. In particular, the data engineer will work in close relationship with research teams and with data analysts in refining their data requirements for various data and analytics initiatives and their data consumption requirements.
  • Become a data and analytics evangelist: The data engineer will be considered a blend of data and analytics “evangelist,” “data guru” and “fixer.” This role will promote the available data and analytics capabilities and expertise to business unit leaders and educate them in leveraging these capabilities in achieving their business goals.

Key Requirements

A successful candidate will have the expertise and skills described below.

Education, Training and Previous Experience

  • At least 6 – 8 years or more of work experience in data management disciplines including data integration, modeling, optimization, and data quality, and/or other areas directly relevant to data engineering responsibilities and tasks.
  • At least 3 years of experience working in cross-functional teams and collaborating with business stakeholders in support of departmental and/or multi-departmental data management, analytics, and business intelligence initiatives.
  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, data management, information systems, information science or a related quantitative.
  • The ideal candidate will have a combination of IT skills, data governance skills, and analytics skills.
  • Familiarity with undergraduate and graduate medical education and the residency selection process is highly desirable.

Technical Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong experience with Object-oriented/object function scripting using python and related libraries.
  • Strong experience with popular database programming languages including SQL and PL/SQL for relational databases.
  • Strong experience in working with and optimizing ETL/ELT processes and data integration / data preparation flows and moving them across various environments including production.
  • Experience in working with open-source technologies such as Airflow to automate data pipelines.
  • Experience in working in AWS environment is highly desirable.
  • Adept in agile methodologies and capable of applying DevOps and increasingly DataOps principles to data pipelines to improve the communication, integration, reuse and automation of data flows between data providers and consumers across NRMP.
  • Basic experience working with popular data discovery, analytics, and BI software tools like Tableau, PowerBI or others.
  • Experience working with data quality, security, and governance teams in moving data pipelines through environments with appropriate data quality, governance and security standards.

Personal Characteristics

  • Excellent business acumen and interpersonal skills; able to work across business lines at a senior level to influence and effect change to achieve common goals.
  • Demonstrated leadership; proven track record of leading complex, multidisciplinary talent teams in new endeavors and delivering solutions.
  • Positive, enthusiastic attitude with great teamwork and interpersonal skills, reflecting the ability to interact across department groups and organizational teams.
  • Gravitas to develop a framework for information and analytics governance, as well as to sell and embed it in all levels of the business.

Interpersonal Skills and Characteristics

  • Be highly creative and collaborative. An ideal candidate would be expected to collaborate with cross functional  teams to define the business problem, refine the requirements, and design and develop data deliverables accordingly.
  • Be a confident, energetic self-starter with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment with the ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously.
  • Have good judgment, demonstrate initiative, and demonstrate commitment to high standards of ethics, regulatory compliance, customer service, and business integrity.
  • Collaborate with Business Intelligence team to build effective solutions
  • Keen interest in learning and using latest software tools, methods and technologies to solve problems with an eye on maintainability .
  • Be a strategic, intellectually curious thinker with a focus on outcomes.



  • Frequent interaction with other NRMP staff in monitoring data warehouse, data pipelines, research and reporting environments


  • Frequent interaction with NRMP IT consultants and partners.
  • Periodic interaction with staff of other national health care organizations and researchers in academia.

ADA Specifications

This position is primarily remote and sedentary; however, this position will be expected to attend meetings in the Washington, DC headquarters or other locations with sufficient notice and as directed by the CEO. There may be occasional overnight travel and duties may require some bending and lifting. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.

NRMP is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or other protected class status. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

NRMP collects COVID-19 vaccination documentation for all employees. Non-vaccinated employees may request an exemption, but are required to wear a mask for all in-person meetings.

To apply, send a resume to recruiting@nrmp.org.