Are you looking for more than just a job and want to make difference? If so, then join the National Student Clearinghouse talent community and discover your impact today!
We are a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization and the leading provider of educational reporting, data exchange, verification, and research services. Serving the education, workforce and learner communities has been at the heart of our mission for over 25 years. Our work — performed in a trusted, secure, and private environment — provides numerous time- and cost-saving benefits to students, schools, administrators, and requestors.
About the Role:
The Engineer, Quality Assurance (a.k.a. Test Designer II) will work with Application Development staff in creating and maintaining a robust quality assurance process for testing Clearinghouse applications. The Engineer, Quality Assurance will be working in an Agile/Scrum environment where the focus is on the teamwork and ownership of each project. The ideal candidate will create and maintain manual and automated tests within NSC and will act as a quality advocate within their Scrum team and across NSC to ensure QA standards and processes as necessary throughout the Agile SDLC.
How You Contribute:
Demonstrate NSC’s competencies, which align with our corporate value Manager will provide more detail to candidate as needed.
Core Competencies include: Customer Focus, Optimizes Work Processes, Collaborates, Communicates Effectively, and Be Open and Authentic.
Ensure that user expectations are met during the testing process.
Within Customer Focus, this competency includes data literacy skills to build customer-centric solutions. This role must understand the business purpose of data, including how it is being used for a particular service and across the enterprise, how data is modeled, defined, validated, captured, cleansed, stored, reported, visualized and accessed. This allows this role to define an accurate and robust set of data to create functional enterprise datasets, including longitudinal cohorts, for the purpose of reducing software defects through thorough testing.
Optimizes Work Processes:
Create and adjust test design strategies, test plans, and test data as needed to meet changing user requirement.
Verify software functionality based on the test strategy and test plans, create and utilize various software testing methodologies to identify the decision points in the software.
Utilize various software testing methodologies to identify the decision points in the software.
Perform as a technical lead to Quality Assurance) members (aka Test Designers within their Scrum Development team.
Interface with the Product Owner, Scrum Dev team, and ScrumMaster to lead the testing efforts for various projects.
Communicate to the team in the daily standup of any errors/issues/defects.
Update tasks on the scrum board with information pertaining to the task.
Document all errors/issues/defects for the team and manager.
Be Open and Authentic:
Demonstrate openness to new perspectives and ideas.
Build trust with internal and external stakeholders by demonstrating consistency between words and actions.
Position may be required to perform other duties as required. These essential functions are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
The National Student Clearinghouse provides a robust benefit program designed to help meet the needs of each employee and their family, both now and in the future. We offer comprehensive life, medical, dental and vision insurance benefits, for employees and their qualified dependents. Medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts are an option for employees to set aside pre-taxed dollars for certain qualifying expenses. We offer a very generous 401k or 401K Roth matching contribution program as well!
Work-life balance is a priority at the Clearinghouse, so we are proud to offer a competitive vacation, holiday, and paid leave program. Another perk is that employees have the option to get reimbursed for basic wholesale company and roadside assistance memberships (e.g., Costco and AAA). Employees may gain approval to grow their education and professional development through our Employee Education Assistance Program, which establishes reimbursement for qualified education expenses upon successful completion of the program. There are additional employee benefits, to find out more please request a copy of our complete benefit package!
What You Bring to the Table:
Bachelor’s degree or some equivalent combination of education and experience, including through military service will also be considered.
Proficient in software testing/quality assurance, typically acquired through 9-12 years of experience in a formal testing role.
6-8 years of QA SDLC process experience, to include previous experience in test strategy and test plan creation.
5+ years of experience with testing Data Warehouse/ETL applications.
4+ years of experience in testing web-based applications.
4+ years of SQL experience, with strong understanding of database structure and design, to include advanced SQL language query skills.
Performing in a technical lead QA role on multiple Agile projects.
Experience in planning the implementation of automated test plans and automated testing using either open source or commercial test automation tools.
Demonstrated experience with testing data file and job processing on UNIX/Linux server applications.
Knowledge of Database design and usage.
Live within a commutable distance of Pittsburgh, PA.
Additional Desired Requirements:
Experience utilizing Selenium IDE, Selenium Webdriver tools, and API tools (e.g., Rest Assured).
Experience with cross browser testing tools, such as SauceLabs.
Experience in testing EDI files and processes, preferably related to Post Secondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) approved standards.
Ability to modify and maintain test frameworks via Java coding.
Experience in testing Business Intelligence tools including visualizations.
Frequently required to sit for 7 or more hours per day in close proximity to others in an open office environment.
Occasionally required to use hands and fingers to operate, handle, and reach.
Vision abilities include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
May be required to work during maintenance windows, provide on-call remote, or 24/7 technical support.
Must be able to travel occasionally via car, train, and airplane to remote data center locations, as needed.
Internal Number: TESTD01889
About National Student Clearinghouse
Founded in 1993 by the higher education community, the National Student Clearinghouse® relieves the administrative burdens and costs related to student data reporting and exchange. We are a nonprofit and nongovernmental organization and the leading provider of educational reporting, data exchange, verification, and research services. Our work — performed in a trusted, secure, and private environment — provides numerous time- and cost-saving benefits to students, schools, administrators, and requestors.
In addition, education leaders rely on the Clearinghouse’s unique national student data resources to better understand student pathways and outcomes in order to help students succeed.
Our research arm, the National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works with higher education institutions, states, districts, high schools, and educational organizations to better inform practitioners and policymakers about student educational pathways and enable informed decision making.
The mission of the National Student Clearinghouse is to serve the education and workforce communities and all learners with access to trusted data, relate...d services, and insights.
To be a premier resource in serving and supporting the opportunities created by lifelong learning.