Scrum Master

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Senior Level

New York, NY, USA

$100 - $140

10 Jan → 09 Feb

Job Description

The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a newsroom that’s 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for.

Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.

The New York Times is looking for an experienced Scrum Master who will be part of the Technology Program Management Organization and work with various mission-based product delivery teams. We believe that how we work is as important as the work we produce. We want a workplace where people support and defend one another, our journalism and our company. And we want all of our employees to embrace and live out the values that make us who we are: independence, integrity, curiosity, collaboration, respect, and excellence.

This Scrum Master will be responsible for facilitating the team flow to develop product features and maintenance of Core Platforms. The Agile Scrum Master/Coach is responsible for developing effective partnerships with all team members to educate, promote and instill the best agile frameworks that will ultimately benefit the team and organization as a whole. On a day-to-day basis the Scrum Master: facilitates the Agile methodology and activities, leads and helps direct the work efforts of individuals who are functionally aligned to the scrum team. This individual is often referred to as a servant leader, may work with multiple teams and is steeped in their knowledge and thrives on scrum mastering and coaching.

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.

Job Responsibilities

  • Organizes newly formed or changing product development teams. Onboards and trains new team members on the agile mindset, frameworks, processes and frameworks.
  • Introduces and encourages the team to explore healthy Agile development practices, focusing on quality and technical excellence, predictable delivery, automation, and continuous delivery.
  • Where appropriate, drives the execution of projects where the dependencies are largely within the immediate scrum team.
  • Partners closely with product managers and the team to encourage a balanced backlog that delivers valuable features for customers, reduces technical debt, provides business value, and enables product sustainability.
  • Organizes and improves agile/scrum practices and values, increasing productivity and overall team satisfaction. Assesses the scrum maturity of the team and coaches team members to higher levels of maturity at a pace that is sustainable and comfortable for the team while removing impediments or coaching the team to self-organize to unblock their flows.
  • Leads, coordinates, facilitates and/or guides all sprint ceremonies, depending on the meeting. These ceremonies include the daily stand-up, sprint planning, sprint demo, sprint retrospective and backlog refinement.
  • Helps the team to develop, capture, and analyze metrics to facilitate team improvements.
  • Serves as the sprint gatekeeper in the pre-sprint, during sprint, and post-sprint phases ensuring that all necessary requirements are provided, milestone dates are met, and continuous feedback is being actioned.
  • Coordinates with other scrum masters and release train engineers/managers to eliminate impediments and ensure the smooth movement of development phases and releases.
  • Assists product owners and project managers in preparing and refining the backlog for Program Increment (large scale planning) as well as iteration/sprint planning.
  • Owns the JIRA & Confluence systems with regards to process flows, kanban boards, clean-up activities, maintenance and organization of documentation, transparency and reporting in addition to supporting the research and implementation of tools and plug-ins to improve efficiency.
  • A key facilitator: Their goal is to empower their team and projects and clear potential roadblocks, paving the way for team success.
  • Strategic coach and trainer: In an agile environment, change happens fast. Scrum Master will be tasked with helping their teams master the newest tools, workflows and processes.


  • You are an experienced scrum master (5+ yrs) who enjoys coaching
  • You have strong interpersonal, written, verbal and presentation skills
  • You have mastered JIRA and can teach others how to use it
  • You have demonstrated ability to work across multiple teams
  • You have demonstrated ability to partner and liaison between business users and a technical
  • You have sensitivity to the multi-cultural characteristics of a global IT organization
  • You love to learn, take feedback well and do not shy away from a challenge

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