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Senior Database Administrator

Posted: 06/08/2021

The Information Technology Group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Database Administrator. We are looking for a team member who would enjoy working for an organization that strives every day to support the public good and make a difference. Are you driven to utilize your analysis skills while delivering excellent service to build long-lasting rapport? If so, this is a perfect opportunity for you! Join us on our cloud journey!

This position is located in the NAIC’s state-of-the-art offices in Town Pavilion in the heart of downtown Kansas City which includes great restaurants and top-notch entertainment venues. This is a full-time position in a positive and flexible environment.
Responsibilities include:
Primary DBA Functions:

  • Configures and maintains on-premises Oracle Database (ExaCC), Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB systems.
  • Configures and supports cloud database systems Oracle Cloud (ExaCS), Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL RDS, Aurora, and MongoDB Atlas.
  • Possesses extensive Oracle performance tuning capabilities.
  • Performs Database maintenance (e.g., patching, upgrades, table/index reorganizations).
  • Provide technical leadership on database systems and solutions.
  • Maintains database replication between servers.
  • Creates and maintains backup routines using RMAN.
  • Analyzes existing database systems and recommend improvements.
  • Creates and/or maintains all databases required for development, testing and production.
  • Supports the application development lifecycle.
  • Creates and maintains database objects (e.g., tables, indexes, views, stored procedures, triggers).
  • Completes request for change tickets in a timely fashion.
  • Creates, manages, and follows up on all database support ticket.
  • Works with DBA staff on identifying and troubleshooting database issues (e.g., connectivity, performance, application errors, SQL errors).
  • Provide mentoring and training to Junior DBA staff when applicable.
  • Works with the Security team to enforce security policies.
  • Demonstrates proficient use and knowledge of standards and procedures.
  • When appropriate, works with applications areas regarding database design, performance, availability, SQL, and other related issues.
  • Works with IT staff to foster and enforce strict database standards and consistency.
DBA On-call Duties
  • Provides 24/7 on-call support on a rotational basis with provided on-call inbox. Must be available remotely or go into the office as needed.
  • Monitors databases daily for alerts or messages while on-call.
  • Supports Platform Services when performing maintenance.
  • Supports routine maintenance of the databases during scheduled maintenance windows.
  • Communicates maintenance items and database availability with Technical Services staff and users.
  • Communicates all issues to DBA staff and management in a timely fashion. Creates Event Tickets when necessary.
DBA Maintenance Duties
  • Monitors storage and uptime for all databases (i.e., Annual Storage Report).
  • Supports routine maintenance of databases in maintenance windows. 
  • Works with other Platform Services staff in planning and supporting maintenance windows.
  • Maintains schedule for backend jobs and communicates changes or conflicts to operations and management.
ETL Duties
  • Supports the Extract Transform Load (ETL) processes used by the enterprise.  Support includes:
    • Workflow runtime and troubleshooting.
    • ETL connectivity support.
    • ETL Administrative support
Special Projects
  • Develops tasks needed to complete the projects.  Reviews these plans with DBA staff.
  • Manage and prioritize work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Completes documentation and cross training of DBA team on all new projects and procedures.
  • Works with application development groups where appropriate in supporting these projects.
Secondary functions
  • Other duties may be assigned. 
  • Works effectively with people; makes efforts to listen to internal and external customers and understand their needs. Gives high priority to customer satisfaction.
  • Maintains effectiveness in varying environments, tasks, responsibilities, or people.  Demonstrates willingness to adapt to change and try new things.
  • Utilizes MS Word, Excel, or MS Project to develop project plans.
Skills and Abilities:
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Tools. 
  • Linux knowledge.
  • Experience with the following database technologies:
    • Oracle Database Enterprise Edition 12c-19c
    • Oracle Exadata (Cloud at Customer and Cloud Service)
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
    • MongoDB Atlas
    • PostgreSQL 9.6
  • Conceptual understanding of the Oracle database architecture and how its components work and interact with one another.
  • Ability to create an operational database and properly manage the various structures in an effective and efficient manner including performance monitoring, database security, user management, and backup/recovery techniques.
  • Ability to create and troubleshoot SQL, PL/SQL, TSQL, Perl, python, and bash code.
  • Experience with Informatica PowerCenter.
  • Familiar with cloud concepts and infrastructure (AWS).
  • Familiar with GIT version control
  • Must be able to carry an on-call device and react to calls received on a rotation basis.
  • Experience with database modeling and tools.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Possess excellent troubleshooting skills.
  • Possess excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrates strong initiative to improve skill set.
  • Demonstrates ability to apply skills learned at training to tasks assigned.
  • Demonstrates flexibility.
  • Displays teamwork and a positive attitude.
Minimum Education and/or experience required:
Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university, or related experience; and 10 or more years related database experience.
Preferred Experience:
  • Oracle 12c experience.
  • AWS experience.
Why Work at the NAIC/NIPR?
  • Flexible Work Environment
  • 37.5 Hour Work Week
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Referral Bonuses
  • Choice of Insurance Plans
  • Vacation Buy Back
  • Infants in the Work Place
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Parental Leave
  • Employee Recognition Programs
  • Days Off for Community Service
  • Student Loan Repayment Program
  • Fitness Center
The NAIC is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer

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