Senior Data Engineer

Harris County
Houston, TX
Job Type
Senior level

Job Description

Position Description

Harris County Public Health has earned the 2023 Best Place for Working Parents Business Designation.

About Harris County Public Health:
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) includes a network of more than 700 public health professionals working together to improve health outcomes for the third most populous county in the United States. HCPH provides a multitude of services such as medical and dental services, community programming, and health education for the approximately 2.3 million people in unincorporated Harris County. Through its core values of innovation, engagement, and health equity, HCPH strives to bring meaningful solutions to public health issues while keeping Harris County healthy and vibrant.

Position Overview:
The Senior Data Engineer will play a crucial role within the Operations and Technology Services team at Harris County Public Health. Reporting directly to the DevOps Manager, this role will be responsible for designing, developing, and maintaining robust data pipelines, infrastructure, and tools to support data integration, transformation, and analysis. The Senior Data Engineer will collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to ensure efficient data management practices that enable informed decision-making and advance the organization's public health goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Design, implement, and maintain scalable and efficient data pipelines for ingesting, processing, and transforming data from various sources. Implement automation scripts and workflows to streamline data processing, deployment, and monitoring tasks. Implement and maintain data security best practices to safeguard sensitive information to comply with relevant data privacy regulations.
  • Optimize data structures and schema designs to improve query performance and data retrieval. Monitor system performance, troubleshoot issues, and implement improvements to ensure optimal data processing and storage.
  • Collaborate with other teams including data scientists, analysts, software engineers, and stakeholders to understand data requirements and deliver effective solutions.
  • Communicate technical concepts and findings to non-technical audiences, ensuring clear understanding of data processes and outcomes. Maintain clear and thorough documentation of data pipelines, processes, and infrastructure configurations.
  • Other duties as assigned including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email

This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically disqualify the candidate.



  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology (IT), computer engineering or a closely related field.

  • Five (5) years of Data warehouse experience.
  • Two (2) years of Data warehouse implementations from start to finish.

Computer Skills:
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite software, including 365 programs
  • Proficient in Agile project methodology (Scrum, Agile, etc.)
  • Proficient in software development tools (DevOPS, Jira, etc.)
  • Proficient in ETL tools (SSIS, Azure data factory)
  • Proficient in database systems (MSSQL, CosmosDB)
  • Proficient in designing solutions on cloud platforms (Azure)
  • Proficient in data warehouse solutions (Snowflake)
  • Proficient in scripting languages (Python, NodeJS)

Core Competencies:
Organizational Leadership
  • Understands the organizational mission
  • Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust
  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others

  • Contributes to an inclusive workplace where equity, diversity, inclusion, and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission
  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group
  • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs

  • Ability to adapt to change

Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics
  • Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect
  • Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner
  • Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses
  • Uses sound judgment
  • Self-motivated
  • Organizes and maintains work environment to allow for maximum productivity

  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing

: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.

General Information

Position Type, and Typical Hours of Work:

  • Full-Time | Regular
  • Monday - Friday; 8 am - 5 pm (40hrs. per week)
  • Hours may vary based on the business needs of the department or tasks requirements.
  • May require periodic overnight travel and long hours/overtime during emergencies/disasters.

Work Environment:
  • This job operates in a professional office environment.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands:
  • This position is primarily a sedentary role.
  • May occasionally lift and move up to 25 pounds.

Work Location:
  • Harris County Public Health (1111 Fannin, Houston, 77002)

Employment may be contingent on passing a drug screen and meeting other standards.

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.

Harris County offers a competitive benefits program, including comprehensive group health and related benefits plan as well as defined benefit retirement plan.
The following list of benefits is offered only to employees in regular (full-time) positions:
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Wellness
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 10 days of vacation each year for the first five (5) years of service. Accrual rates increase based on years of service.
  • 10 county holidays plus one (1) floating holiday
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan
  • Healthcare Reimbursement Account
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
The following benefits are also available to regular (full-time) employment and may be available to part-time employees:
  • Retirement pension (TCDRS)
    • Flexible schedules (varies by department)
      • Transportation Assistance (Metro RideSponsor Program)

In accordance with the Harris County Personnel Regulations, Group Health and related benefits are subject to amendment or discontinuance at any time. Commissioners Court reserves the right to make benefit modifications on the County's behalf as needed.
For plan details, visit the Harris County benefits website:

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