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Database Administrator

University Relations - University Web Strategy

Competition No.  -    S113014614
Posting Date  -    Jun 10, 2011
Closing Date  -    Jun 24, 2011
Position Type  -    Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $4,448 to $6,156 per month
Grade  -    10
Hours  -    35

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at:

The goal of University Web Strategy is for the University of Alberta to become one of the best examples of a post-secondary digital learning environment enabled by our web, mobile, social networks, and IT systems capabilities. Our vision has four key attributes: champion interdisciplinary knowledge sharing, empower student and staff innovation, commit to audience-centric design, and build for the mobile, connected community. 

We are currently hiring for a Database Administrator who will lead all decisions in architecting and implementing enterprise-wide database solutions for the UAlberta web ecosystem, comprised of faculty, administrative, institute, and research partnership websites.


  • Daily responsibility for the overall optimization and performance tuning of UAlberta web databases
  • Defines and leads best practices in database coding for web team
  • Creates open data protocols for integration of web applications with university data sets and champion open data protocols across the university
  • Develops web applications database access using .NET and C#
  • Maintains and optimizes database design and accessibility
  • Implements enterprise-level database solutions and T-SQL solutions using SQL Server 2005 or later
  • Implements SQL Server replication techniques
  • Identifies and creates solutions for data integrity issues
  • Maintains data dictionary for all datasets
  • Reviews code of teammates to ensure best design and coding practices are adhered to
  • Responsible for source code management of all created code and creates build processes for code to be tested and reviewed by peers
  • Designs and writes database code for use in both web and mobile applications
  • Works in an Agile design and development environment using Scrum best practices
  • Designs and writes code used in the University content management system (Sitecore)
  • Researches, tests, and recommends new database technologies to incorporate into new and existing projects
  • Writes technical documents to summarize activities undertaken to complete a project and/or to help other programmers to analyze and interpret source code
  • Coordinates project quotes, scope documentation, and timelines, providing input to Project Manager when projects are very large in scope or cross into other units at the university
  • Presents information on new techniques and technologies; compares/demonstrates technologies, makes self available to other web developers on campus in an informal mentorship role


  • BSc in Computing Science preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered
  • 5 or more years of experience designing and implementing enterprise level database solutions
  • Advanced to expert knowledge of T-SQL using SQL Server 2005 or later
  • Extensive experience with database optimization and performance tuning
  • Extensive knowledge of SQL Server Replication techniques
  • Knowledge of professional software engineering and best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
  • Experience with working with .NET SQL CLR objects preferred
  • Experience developing web applications using .NET and C# preferred
  • Experience in developing reports using Business Intelligence tools preferred
  • Experience with other .NET technologies, such as WCF, WPF, LINQ to SQL, LINQ to Entity, ADO.NET Entity Framework preferred
  • Experience working in an Agile development environment (Scrum) preferred
  • Experience working with the Sitecore Content Management System preferred

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

Last updated on June 21, 2011