Database Manager for Faculty Staff Housing

Apr 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Database Manager for Faculty Staff Housing

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Faculty Staff Housing administers housing programs to eligible faculty and senior staff across Stanford University, playing a key role in the successful recruitment and retention of world class faculty. Join us in this important work!

As the Database Manager, you'll be responsible for the management of the 4th Dimension (4D) database system which supports the programs of Faculty Staff Housing (FSH), the office that assists faculty and senior staff of the University with purchasing homes in the Bay Area. Your expertise is critical to the team, as the 4D system is central to our ability to function and supports data collection /reporting, complex financial analysis, project and process management and the creation of detailed legal documents, among other functions.

Your responsibilities would be broad and varied, including oversight of system use by staff, coordination with the third-party contractor which provides programming and design support, and developing recommendations for system updates. As the IT specialist in the office, you'll provide support for a range of hardware and software used by our team. You'll partner closely with other IT groups across campus to leverage best practices and provide analytics.

Experience and strengths you will bring to this role are the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, strong attention to detail, effective communication skills, knowledge of and experience with relational databases and varied IT support experience.

At Stanford, staff receive much more than salary and traditional benefits. Annual “income” extends well beyond the paycheck—and comes from a variety of sources, depending on lifestyle and life stage. To learn more:


  • Install, configure, and support relational database management systems (RDBMS) and related software to resolve highly complex and/or unique issues without precedent and/or structure. Work on databases using more advanced database administration concepts.

  • Design, develop, and maintain highly-available databases.

  • Take responsibility for database design and performance optimization, backup and recovery strategies and implementation, as well as monitoring the overall health of the database environment.

  • Execute complete database solutions from evaluation to implementation.

  • Provide on-going system administration and technical infrastructure support.

  • Review the physical and logical design of databases for optimal database structures, performance tuning, security, and database backup/recovery. Plan and implement pro-active and reactive performance analysis, monitoring, troubleshooting, and capacity planning.

  • Evaluate and test marketplace tools and utilities, including system integration and automation, which enhance server functionality and promote the development of RDBMS applications.

  • Develop and maintain efficient and appropriate connectivity solutions between various campus databases to ensure necessary data is available as needed.

  • Create data flow and data lifecycle documentation.

  • Develop and enforce database standards and/or new development protocols.

  • Work closely with outside consultants and serve as a point of contact for all processes that interact with other University offices.

  • Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience in the support requirements of large database applications/systems including performance analysis and tuning of high volume, transaction systems.

  • Knowledge of hierarchical database systems.

  • Extensive knowledge of systems platform.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the design and implementation of complex database architecture.

  • Extensive experience in programming environments.

  • Ability to develop a vision for future computing needs and to develop appropriate plans to meet these needs.

  • Ability to work well independently or as a team member.

  • Ability to maintain knowledge of new and current technology and trends.

  • Ability to collaborate with vendors and system service providers, provide administration for system solutions, and act as a liaison. * Extensive experience with database security protocol.

  • Ability to think out of the box to deal with unusual technical and high-stress business situations.

  • Ability to deal with critical deadlines and be willing to adjust work hours at times to complete work assignments.

  • Flexible and interested in learning both in-house as well as external programs to support unique departmental processes.

  • Experience working with InDesign, MySql, Office 365, Relational Databases, FIT, PeopleSoft, Lenel and Drupal strongly desired.

  • Ability to work in both Mac and PC operating systems and support departmental users on both platforms.

Certifications and Licenses:



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.

  • Frequently sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.

  • Occasionally stand/walk, use a telephone.

  • Rarely writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Extended and weekend hours.

  • Must be available for on-call work.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

About Stanford University

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000 which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability to promote healthy and fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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