Senior Database Administrator

About Us

OwnLocal is a fun-loving and hardworking Austin-area startup with a crazy plan to help local media companies survive by providing digital services to their small business advertisers. We're a leader in digital advertising solutions for local media companies globally—we partner with more than 2,600 media companies and operate in North America, Europe, and Australia.

We're backed by Y Combinator, 500 Startups, and tons of other awesome SV and ATX investors. We're profitable, cash flow positive, and have found our product market fit.

About You

You value learning and growing as an engineer, a leader, and as a contributor to a tight-knit company. You enjoy working with people who always push themselves to do better and you know in your heart that life isn’t always work. You want to take an active role in deciding how we structure our data and the technologies we use to do it. You’re based in Austin or want to move here, you’re a good-natured person with a sense of humor. You have 3+ years of DBA experience and can contribute at a senior level.

Here are some things you’ll do every day:

  • Manage MySQL / Postgres and ElasticSearch databases
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and diagnose database problems
  • Assist the engineering team with schema design
  • Provide leadership on the topics of data and data management
  • Monitor for slow / troublesome queries and work with the engineering team to optimize them

You should apply probably apply if you meet these minimum requirements:

  • 3+ years of MySQL and Postgres administration
  • Experience with AWS RDS
  • Experience troubleshooting and optimizing InnoDB
  • Experience with document databases
  • Experience with high-availability, write-heavy MySQL / Postgres configuration

You should really seriously apply if you are also good at any of the following:

  • ElasticSearch cluster administration
  • Redis administration
  • Containerization of databases (eg Docker)
  • Experience with other non-relational data stores, eg graph databases
  • RDS cost-saving expertise

About OwnLocal

CultureOwnLocal has a culture of ownership, humor, and mastery. Our team is small enough that you can see how your work affects the bottom line, and large enough to be stable. We have a partially centralized approach - we appreciate that some people do their best work at 2 AM and while certain things have to be done during business hours, we're not worried about your butt in a seat; we're worried about getting things done and that's what you will be judged on. We like to experiment. We're proud to make mistakes (but more proud of our successes). We're always trying to get better. People who work for us are expected to question the way we do things. If you're not willing to fight for what's right, stop reading this now.

About Our Developer Team Culture

OwnLocal builds applications in Ruby, Golang and Node. We do original research and development in areas such as natural language processing and computer vision; and we are transitioning our tools to a microservice model using containers.

Our tech is scaling rapidly. Everyone gets to own something. This is an exciting time to solve engineering problems at OwnLocal.

Additionally, we pride ourselves on our “no assholes” hiring policy. Our engineering team values collaboration over competition and solving problems rather than blaming people.

While we have raised money from prestigious investors such as Y-Combinator and Baseline Ventures, we can proudly say that this company operates completely on revenue.


Yeah, we do competitive salaries, 100% paid medical / dental coverage, free life insurance, and blah, blah... please. 

We'll spare you... Here are the benefits you won't see from the other guys:
The best office space in Austin, TX.  360° views of downtown Austin. POTUS visits. Center of Austin startup scene. Blocks from SxSW. Welcome to OwnLocal. Boom.
Choose your gear. Want a MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolts and an Aeron chair? Yeah… seems about right.
Pool + 24x7 onsite gym. The only membership fee is working at an awesome company. Work. Out. NOW!
Free downtown parking. All day and all night, 7 days per week. What's the worst thing about Austin? Okay, we can't fix the allergies, but your ATX parking woes are now over.
24x7 stocked kitchen + free lunch, beer, vodka, Etc. (Etc = Unlimited redbull.) Also... there's the two-tap commercial beer keg usually stocked with local Austin brews, lunch from awesomeATX foodie joints, a fully stocked kitchen less than 100 yards from your desk, and a selection of local liquor.
Team fitness challenges. Free mandatory Fitbit. Track your results, compete with your team, and win cash prizes. This is not a drill.
Free starbucks coffee. Like coffee? So do we. Howard Schultz went to the trouble of putting a Starbucks on every corner, so why fight it? Anywhere in America, we've got you covered.
Free car2go anywhere in Austin, TX. As if the free parking wasn't good enough, we're making it even easier to get around.Wait for it...
Unlimited vacation. 100% open vacation policy. Seriously. Take time off when you need to, and come back refreshed and ready to work. In addition, we also have quarterly company off-site meetings.
Flexible hours. We appreciate that different people have different working styles. Rarely does everyone work best from 8am-5pm so we do our best to accommodate your cycle. Get your work done, be responsible, and take a break. You're a grownup, and we treat you like one.

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