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Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

Inspired People Transforming Lives

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At Make-A-Wish® America, we are more than a great place to work — our work is life-changing. Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Nearly 40 years ago the inspiration for Make-A-Wish began with one little boy's wish to be a police officer. Today, together with our volunteers, donors, staff and supporters, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 500,000 life-changing wishes and transformed countless lives.



Make-A-Wish America is the national headquarters for our organization, providing resources and support for our 58 Chapters around the country. The Information Technology team is comprised of a diverse team of technologists responsible for building and operating the technologies that enable Make-A-Wish to grant the wish of every eligible child. The Information Technology team is focused on providing innovative solutions across these key areas: Operations, Security, Applications, Infrastructure, Governance, and Analytics. 



The Data Engineer is to expand the company’s use of data as an enabler of corporate goals and objectives.  The Data Engineer will achieve this by designing, developing, and implementing data models for enterprise-level applications and systems.  This individual will act as the primary advocate of data modeling methodologies.   



As the Data Engineer you will:   

  • Collaborate with project managers and business unit leaders for all projects involving enterprise data. Act as an advocate of data management
  • Assess and determine governance, stewardship, and frameworks for managing data across the organization.
  • Develop and promote data management methodologies and standards.
  • Identify and address inefficiencies and gaps in systems integration, compatibility, and multi-platform integrations.
  • Oversee the mapping of data sources, data movement, interfaces, and analytics, with the goal of ensuring data quality.
  • Document the data architecture and environment in order to maintain a current and accurate view of the larger data picture.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for data reuse, migration, or retirement.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain change control and testing processes for modifications to databases. 



  • College diploma or university degree in computer science, information systems, or computer engineering is highly desired.
  • Certifications are highly desired.
  • 4+ years of work experience as a data architect, or database administrator, or data modeler, or similar.
  • College diploma or university degree in computer science, information systems, or computer engineering is highly desired.
  • Certifications are highly desired.
  • SQL experience working with data and programming (Queries, Functions, Stored Procedures) is a must.
  • Strong understanding of relational data structures, theories, principles, and practices.
  • Hands-on knowledge of enterprise repository tools, data modeling tools, data mapping tools, and data profiling tools.
  • Experience with data processing flowcharting techniques.
  • Experience with database platforms, including MS SQL Server, Azure Data Services and/or others.
  • Experience with data processing flowcharting techniques.
  • Preferred expertise with repository creation, and data and information system life cycle
  • Preferred hands-on experience with data architecting, data mining, large-scale data modeling.
  • Preferred direct experience in implementing enterprise data management processes, procedures, and decision support.
  • Position may require travel to organizational conferences and events.  




  • Comprehensive benefit package, effective day 1: Medical, Vision*, Dental*, Wellness
  • Competitive compensation with annual incentive potential    
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account Options    
  • Health Reimbursement Account fully funded by Make-A-Wish 
  • Short Term Disability*, Long Term Disability* and Life Insurance 
  • Additional Insurance Plans: Accident, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, Pet Insurance through Figo 
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with 5% match after one year of service
  • Eligibility for student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program    



  • Up to 15 PTO days 
  • 10 Sick Days 
  • 11 Paid Holidays 
  • 2 Volunteer Days after one year of service 
  • 2 Personal Days accrued annually   
  • Maternity Leave      


  • Employee Awards and Recognition Programs    
  • Individual and Leadership Development     
  • Discounts and special offers for theme parks, events, hotels, concerts, and movie tickets   

*Monthly premiums paid for the employee for vision, dental, and short/long term disability. 


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vision 

Make-A-Wish is committed to championing diversity, equity and inclusion, fostering an organization that is accessible and welcoming. In turn, we are uniting communities to help make more wishes possible.

  • Our mission is most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as core values and practice.
  • It is only through our mosaic of different cultures, perspectives and experiences that we can grant life-changing wishes to every eligible child.
  • As the world’s largest wish-granting organization we stand against racism and intolerance and are committed to representation and acceptance, creating a sense of belonging, and practicing fairness in creating opportunities for our wish families, volunteers and staff. 
  • Diversity: Diversity at Make-A-Wish is about recognizing and valuing our differences as well as focusing on our shared meaning and humanity.​ Diversity is the collection of unique attributes both visible and invisible, traits, and characteristics that make up individuals. They include race, gender, abilities, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, preferences, behaviors, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, age, sexual orientation/identity, and more.
  • Equity: Equity at Make-A-Wish is ensuring all Wish Kids, families, and volunteers and our stakeholders, regardless of background, receive the resources and support to ensure highly impactful outcomes.
  • Inclusion: Inclusion at Make-A-Wish is creating an environment where Make-A-Wish Kids and families, colleagues, volunteers, and stakeholders feel they are welcomed, respected, and valued, and those feelings are both real & perceived.
  • Belonging: Belonging at Make-A-Wish describes the experience of being accepted, included, and respected by those around you.  You have a sense of community and connection with others and feel that your full potential is engaged in the Make-A-Wish mission.



We respect and ensure equal opportunity, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, perceived disability and other legally protected characteristics. Make-A-Wish America utilizes E-Verify in its hiring practices to achieve a lawful workforce.







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