• Location
    • New York
  • Date Posted
  • Dec. 14, 2021
  • Function
  • IT
  • Sector
  • Business Applications

Who We Are

At Justworks, you’ll enjoy a welcoming and casual environment, great benefits, wellness program offerings, company retreats, and the ability to interact with and learn from leaders in the startup community. We work hard and care about our most prized asset - our people.

We’re helping businesses get off the ground by enabling them to focus on running their business. We solve HR issues. We’re data-driven and never stop iterating. If you’d like to work in a supportive, entrepreneurial environment, are interested in building something meaningful and having fun while doing it, we’d love to hear from you.

We’re united by shared goals and shared motivations at Justworks. These are best summed up in our company values, which are reflected in our product and in our team.

  • Our Values
  • If this sounds like you, you’ll fit right in.

Who You Are

You enjoy working with databases and will lead the managing and scaling of Justwork’s datastores in order for data to be accessed in a performant, reliable and safe manner. In addition to keeping our database systems running smoothly 24/7/365, you will work on improving the tooling, orchestration, monitoring surrounding our datastores as well as developing a strategy for future growth. You will bring your expertise to the SRE and Infrastructure teams as well as the rest of our engineering teams.

Your Success Profile

What You Will Work On

  • Define and implement a strategy for scaling our systems and plan for growth by delivering production solutions that scale, identifying automation points, and proactively proposing ideas on how to improve efficiency
  • Assume ownership of databases related problems; pursue short and long term problem resolution, drive root cause analysis (RCA) and risk management processes
  • Reviewing and tuning databases for optimal system performance including modifying parameters to improve throughput and effectively utilize system resources
  • Participate in after-hours support and may be required to perform production releases or maintenance operations during non-peak hours
  • Work with infrastructure engineers to define and execute backup and restore testing, as a part of disaster recovery plan
  • Work closely with all operational groups to ensure SOX compliance
  • Work on the database reliability and performance of our datastores
  • Improve our observability, alerting and monitoring
  • Help mitigate database related incidents
  • Provide support and help debug database issues

How You Will Do Your Work

As a DBRE, how results are achieved is paramount for your success and ultimately result in our success as an organization. In this role, your foundational knowledge, skills, abilities and personal attributes are anchored in the following:

  • Good judgement - the exercise of critical thinking, analyzing and assessing problems and implications, identifying patterns, making connections of underlying issues, understanding risks and developing mitigation strategies, and taking ownership of the outcome
  • Resourcefulness - taking a can-do approach, even in the face of obstacles and constraints by assessing what’s in front of you and effectively and efficiently optimizing what you have, whether it’s working on something new or thinking about how to do something better
  • Teamwork and communication - putting our collective best together through documentation, collaboration, relationship-building, listening, empathy, recruiting, and evangelism
  • Influence and leadership - fostering a community of knowledge-sharing, collaboration, mentorship, and forward-thinking
  • Skills and knowledge - the capacity to actively learn and apply specific domain knowledge, know-how, and best practices to continually enhance and improve

In addition, all Justworkers focus on aligning their behaviors to our core values known as COGIS. It stands for:

  • Camaraderie - Day to day you can be seen working together toward a higher purpose. You like to have fun. You’re an active listener, treat people respectfully, and have a strong desire to know and help others.
  • Openness - Your default is to be open. You’re willing to share information, understand other perspectives, and consider new possibilities. You’re curious, ask open questions, and are receptive to thoughts and feedback from others.
  • Grit - You demonstrate grit by having the courage to commit and persevere. You’re committed, earnest, and dive in to get the job done well with a positive attitude.
  • Integrity - Simply put, do what you say and say what you’ll do. You’re honest and forthright, have a strong moral compass, and strive to match your words with your actions while leading by example.
  • Simplicity - Be like Einstein: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”


  • Minimum 5 years of professional hands on experience with database systems, in particular MySQL and PostgreSQL
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to grasp and explain complex concepts to both technical and non-technical people
  • Self-motivated and self-accountable for delivery and adherence to standards and delivery timelines
  • Familiarity with working on Cloud Platforms such as Amazon Web Services
  • Minimum 2 years of experience with infrastructure automation tools (Puppet, Ansible, Terraform)
  • Highly fluent in SQL and Python, with firm understanding of different language paradigms
  • Have experience with Ruby on Rails and/or Python web frameworks
  • Strong experience with governing data security and compliance
  • Have solid knowledge of the internals of MySQL
  • Have strong programming skills

Technologies Used

  • Ruby on Rails, Python, MySQL, PostgreSQL, AWS, Git
  • Docker, Redshift, Terraform, Puppet, CircleCI, DataDog

Please Note: Justworks requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated within six weeks of their hire date as a condition of employment unless you qualify for a reasonable accommodation. For additional information on our policy, please click here.

Diversity At Justworks

Justworks is committed to maintaining a workplace where diversity of identity, culture, and life experience is the norm and is celebrated authentically and respected consistently. Diversity in our work, our people, and our product drives creativity and innovation, entrepreneurial leadership and integrity, competitiveness, and collaboration throughout our business and in the market. We depend on our differences to make our team stronger, our workplace more dynamic, and our product accessible to all of our customers.

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

Our DEI Commitment