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Senior Database Administrator- Full-time

Northwestern Medicine
Carol Stream
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Technical Skills: Provides leadership for implementation of RBMS architecture for high availability, disaster recovery, and test systems utilizing best practices in the industry. Maintains databases in following areas: space management and object necessary to ensure optimum database performance and data integrity for systems. Conducts regular database, file structure & security reviews to ensure compliance with policies, procedures, standards and methodologies & to identify areas of improvement. Reports findings & recommendations to Database Manager or Sr. DBA. Completes management approved documentation necessary for all planned tests, implementations, upgrades & conversions, including implementation schedules & back out/recovery plans as evidenced by regular management reviews of online & hardcopy documentation. Monitors databases on a regular basis, particularly space utilization, and performs proper & timely database backups/restores, reorganizations, re-indexing and compiles as directed. Monitors and completes regular performance maintenance tasks, data integrity checks, performance tuning & backups/recovery steps as evidenced by successful completion of planned maintenance and minimal unplanned loss of database and system availability/functionality. Communication and Collaboration: Exhibits strong oral & written communication skills necessary to communicate both technically & non-technically with team members, other IS professional staff, IS management, users & vendors to ensure successful & cooperative completion of tasks. Communicates and follows up in a positive & meaningful manner with customers on (1) the incident ticket management, (2) proper procedures for system evaluations, (3) current task & project priorities that may conflict with their service request and (4) alternatives to requests for services that do not meet standards. All are evidenced by positive oral & written feedback from customers as well as positive service excellence survey results. Communicates, via written and oral media, the status on project implementations & problem resolutions other IS staff, IS management & users as necessary. Communicates problems & resolution statuses to vendors in a timely & professional manner as evidenced by positive and successful client/vendor relationships & results. Documents policies, procedures, standards & methodologies as necessary for the proper maintenance of databases. Planning and Strategic Thinking: Exhibits strong task & project management skills required to ensure tasks & projects are completed in timely manner. Assists Database Manager in developing logical, project plans, including task timeframes and resource estimates. Develops & maintains proficient use of project management software & tools, such as Microsoft Project, as demonstrated by use in project planning as well as problem resolution, change control & quality control. Understands & adheres to system implementation and system problem resolution priorities set by DBA Team & IS management as evidenced by implementation & problem resolution outcomes. Assists in the identification & evaluation of new application/database products & tools and makes recommendations for purchase. Participates as an active, contributing member of project teams as evidenced by project minutes, status reports and outcomes. Support Responsibilities: Exhibits ability to resolve problems effectively and efficiently to ensure minimal disruptions and unplanned downtimes of assigned systems and databases. Utilizes database knowledge & experience to effectively and efficiently analyze issues, diagnose problems & determine resolutions, working with other DBAs, Infrastructure & Application teams as necessary. Escalates problems in a timely manner to Database Manager or Sr. DBA, other IS on-call/management staff & vendors as necessary. Documents all problem-solving measures that then properly allow for team members to resolve recurring problems effectively & efficiently. Provides on-call coverage of database systems 24x7x365 on a rotating basis. Assists in Business/Disaster Recovery planning & preparedness efforts by participating in meetings and developing plans for responsible application databases. AA/EOE. Bachelors in computer science or related field (or equivalent experience). 6-10 years technical experience with Oracle or SQL Server Database administration. Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Knowledge of database monitoring tools. Strong experience with SQL.

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