Database Administrator

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Database Administrator


Information Technology Service

Job Summary:

The Database Administrator (DBA) is one of two such positions responsible for providing technical support for the enterprise database environment including overseeing the development, organization, and integration of databases; the assessment and implementation of new database-related technologies; and providing Information Technology Services (ITS) with a long-term perspective on the relationship of database technology to operational opportunities. The incumbent will strive to ensure that the college’s database systems offer the highest levels of reliability, security, business continuity, and performance possible. The DBA works collaboratively to help achieve an environment that meets current, and prepares for future, business objectives and security requirements. They will train technical support and applications staff to use on-line processing databases and environments to their maximum effect; provide and support tools to assist in the management of the database and transaction processing environment; provide a working model of the college’s transaction processing environment for capacity assessment and planning; and support the integration of campus systems with the Operational Data Store and data warehouse.

The Enterprise Systems Team
The Enterprise Systems team is responsible for the development, support, management, and creation of business-critical systems, including the College’s ERP system, LMS, and intranet. The team has expertise with business process analysis; data integration; scripting; platform architecture; analytics and business intelligence; and deep knowledge of specific enterprise application suites. Focused and energetic leadership helps this team thrive at providing exceptional service while maintaining a positive collaborative approach to working within ITS and with campus partners.

Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services oversees the majority of technology, audio-visual, and telephone services for Grinnell College, and provides service and strategic support through its functional teams: Enterprise Systems; Information Security; Network Services; User Services; and Core ITS Services. ITS has a professional staff of about 40 and has benefitted from significant strategic investment by the college in recent years. The college’s senior leadership team have recognized the benefits of a stronger technology presence on campus and in our remote working locations and worked hard to create and promote a collaborative culture at Grinnell College.

The ITS organization comprises a dedicated and talented staff committed to supporting the mission of Grinnell College and who exemplify the college’s position as a learning liberal arts college. As such, professional development is a crucial component to the department’s philosophy, which is demonstrated both financially and by the mentor-style approach to management that the ITS leadership employs.

Those who thrive in Grinnell College’s ITS organization are professionals with a positive approach and attitude who are motivated to deliver practical results and ultimately meaningful learning outcomes. Team players, yet able to work under their own initiative, they are flexible to changing requirements, are well organized, and good troubleshooters. Embracing and valuing diversity, they are instinctively inclusive and collaborative, help others around them, and are not afraid to offer or receive constructive criticism. Clear and accurate written and verbal communication skills are essential, as is a demonstrated customer service orientation.

Grinnell College
Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell College has become one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,700 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell’s rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts, sciences, and social studies. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at

The Community of Grinnell
Grinnell is a positive and forward-thinking community. A vibrant Iowa college town of just under 10,000 people located midway between Des Moines and Iowa City on Interstate 80, Grinnell is a convenient place to enjoy life in a small community while living a short hour’s drive away from big-city amenities. Living in Grinnell means enjoying an exceptional quality of life where commutes are short, housing is affordable, life is meaningful, and you are part of the community. For more information about Grinnell, please visit the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce Web site (

ITS hires self-motivated and committed candidates who will grow with us.
Grinnell College offers a relocation allowance for employees who must relocate to accept our employment offer.

All offers of employment by the College to candidates for faculty and staff positions are provisional, subject to a satisfactory background check.

For full consideration, applications must be received by November 13, 2020. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered.

Minimum Qualifications:

Five years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience working with outside vendors and consultants.
• Knowledge and experience with MySQL.
• In-depth understanding of data warehouse and business intelligence tools, technologies, architecture, and trends in data and information management.
• Capacity to think broadly and creatively as a problem solver; collaboratively develop and implement plans; and to convey enthusiasm.
• Ability to work well independently and collegially in a team environment with a variety of people.
• Ability to analyze a problem and devise a programmatic solution.
• Knowledge and experience with Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) processes.
• Knowledge and experience with relational databases.
• Knowledge and experience with reporting and business intelligence platforms.
• Knowledge and experience working with Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).
• Knowledge and experience working with dimensional modeling and star schema methodology.
• Experience working with outside vendors and consultants.
• Demonstrated customer service orientation.
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

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Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational and working environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed or any other protected class. Discrimination and harassment on any of the bases covered by state or federal antidiscrimination statutes is unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.




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Posted: 10/30/2020
Application Due: 2/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time