Database Administrator

At MDA:
Purpose: At MDA, we are fighting to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harmful effects of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.
Our Values are our strength: We believe in MUSCLE:
Mission: We’re driven to accelerate progress for families and muscle health.
Understanding: We’re attentive to our constituent’s needs and each other’s.
Stewardship: By investing precious resources wisely, we drive the best possible outcomes.
Collaboration: We foster win-win partnerships and build communities.
Learning: Knowledge powers our success and empowers our people.
Excellence: We strive to do our best and exceed constituents’ expectations.

Position Description:
A Database Administrator develops and implements policies and procedures for ensuring the security and integrity of the company databases. The Database Administrator develops and implements data naming and structural conventions in accordance with MDA’s software development staff. The Database Administrator implements data models, database designs, data access and table maintenance code in collaboration with MDA’s software development staff. The Database Administrator administers and maintains databases and resolves database performance issues, database capacity issues, replication, fail-over and other distributed data issues. The Database Administrator implements cross-platform data manipulation, integration and data mining. The Database Administrator demonstrates familiarity with various database products including, but not limited to: Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel and MySQL. The Database Administrator recommends data architectu re and database related solutions by defining database physical & logical structure as well as functional capabilities/requirements, database security, data back-up, and recovery specifications.

Responsibilities:
- Monitor MDA’s data systems and address any maintenance issues including issues pertaining to: Performance, reliability, logs, efficiency, design, redundancy systems, failover systems, upgrades and patches.
- Responsible for all MDA databases and data stores both internal and external including, but not limited to: MDA accounting system, human resources and payroll system, donor databases, patient databases, staff and organizational databases.
- Install and configure new database installations and new databases within existing installations.
- Establish and maintain data back-up systems.
- Import, export, filter and otherwise maintain data for those systems that are the responsibility of the IT Department.
- Collaborate with MDA’s software development staff to design databases that best address customer needs.
- Develop policies and procedures for ensuring the security and integrity of MDA’s data stores. Prepare and maintain documentation to describe these policies and procedures.
- Evaluate, recommend and implement an overall strategic plan for MDA’s data stores that will maximize efficiency and reliability and reduce duplication.
- Facilitate and implement access to, and integration of data kept in disparate formats and locations using data mining techniques and software.

Competencies:
- Project Management: Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
- Technical Skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
- Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
- Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree (Information Technology preferred) and three years’ experience in database administrator role required.Experience with database design, management and administration required.
- Experience with implementing and maintaining standard Database Disaster Recovery (DR) best practices.
- Experience with High Availability (HA) database design, architecture, deployment and support, including Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) is highly desired.
- Experience in deployment of databases across Storage Area Networks (SAN), including RAID considerations, SQLIO, SAN Multipathing, etc.

MDA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


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