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TED Conferences LLC Senior DevOps Engineer in New York City, New York

Senior DevOps Engineer


TED creates, produces and distributes audio and video media (most famously TED Talks) to millions of people around the world. As a Senior DevOps Engineer, you will be responsible for the development and maintenance of tools that help developers deploy and monitor software products, as well as configuration and management of shared infrastructure-level products. You will work directly with software engineers on the Digital Products team and technical points of contact throughout the company.


  • 6+ years of professional experience in system administration

  • At least 3 years experience with core AWS services (EC2, S3, RDS)

  • Experience installing and maintaining Linux physical machines, virtual machines, and Docker images (Ubuntu, CentOS, and/or Alpine)

  • Production experience with one or more container orchestration systems (Docker Swarm, ECS, Kubernetes)

  • Comfortable performing common database administration tasks (backups, user management)

  • Experience with continuous integration / continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline construction and management

  • Familiarity with using a CDN to enhance website performance and reduce costs

  • Comfortable reading code written in Ruby, Go, Python and bash, and writing code in bash and one of these languages.

  • An insatiable curiosity for technology, software, and quality

  • Must be a self-starter who will stop at nothing to clear blockers and ship products

  • Must hold yourself to the highest standards for precision work, including the use of retrospectives and blameless postmortems to facilitate continuous improvement

  • Must be a ferocious debugger who is unfazed by complex systems mixes of SaaS and in-house software, and emerging technologies

  • Values cross-functional collaboration

  • Values a diverse workplace


  • Ensure 24x7x365 service availability for deployed applications, including periodic on-call responsibilities

  • Ensure newly-developed systems are designed to meet performance, security, and availability requirements

  • Define company direction for production software deployments

  • Work with software developers to maintain build system and toolchain

  • Be the subject matter expert for infrastructure-level technologies (e.g. DNS, CDN, Linux, MySQL, AWS, Docker)

  • Help technical points of contact across the company integrate 3rd party or agency-developed applications

  • Experiment with new technologies and share discoveries with the team

  • Foster growth and support other engineers through constructive, collaborative code reviews

  • Clearly communicate technical constraints and opportunities with stakeholders

  • Willingness to contribute however possible to ensure overall effectiveness of position

  • Other duties and special projects as may be assigned from time to time

  • Travel: Upon request / as needed


  • Full health benefits (medical, dental, vision) 100% paid by TED for employees

  • Paid family leave

  • Work-life balance encouraged (TED closes for a 2-week summer break and 1-week winter break plus you're eligible for additional paid time off)

  • Free OneMedical and SpringHealth membership for you and your dependents to address physical and mental well-being

  • 401k with match

New York City or remote