Senior Database Administrator

at Sallie Mae in Newark, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Senior Database Administrator

Indianapolis, IN

Who we are:

Sallie Mae is proud to help Americans aspiring to create the life they imagine-whether that means helping them make college happen, or other endeavors they pursue to invest in their future. Our colleagues across departments and across the country are united in our passion and our customer-first approach. Whether you want to join a growing company, be part of an agile workforce, or gain new skills-you’re in the right place.

What You’ll Contribute

The candidate will be part of a 24×7 IT operational support team responsible for supporting Non-Production and Production DB environments inclusive of SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL and AWS RDS. The Senior DBA , working with a manager and support team, will share responsibility for all aspects of database administration including configuration, patching, tuning, upgrade roadmaps, architecture, security, performance, disaster recovery, troubleshooting and change management. This role will take an active part in building relationships with Dev Ops and Cyber Security teams as well as other key Infrastructure and Operations personnel to help form a holistic approach to database support.

What You’ll Do


% of Time Spent

• Database Administration

· Ensures database environments are highly available and fully operational.

· Ensures databases adhere to strict IT governance controls.

· Develops automated monitoring controls to communicate database issues to team members.

· Monitors and troubleshoots database performance.

· Monitors backups and restore databases when necessary.

· Works closely with IT teams to improve coding efficiencies and perform change management functions.

· Creates and patch databases and instances.

+ Designs database architecture solutions.


• Additional Responsibilities

· Learns new database technology platforms and their features.

· Participates in periodic Disaster Recovery testing.

+ Participates in App Dev projects.

· Mentors Junior DBAs and host knowledge sharing meetings with DBA team members.

+ Attends trainings and conferences.


Required Qualifications:

What You Have

Minimum: Indicate minimum education, skills and experience required.

• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience

• 7+ years of experience in an IT environment with exposure to SQL, Oracle and Postgres database technologies.

• 2+ years of Project Management experience

• Solid background in database high availability technologies such as SQL AlwaysOn Availabilty Groups and Oracle Data Guard

• Ability to communicate comfortably to a wide range of technical folks inclusive of middle and upper management

• Linux RHEL OS experience

• Windows Server OS Experience

• MS Office applications experience

SQL and Oracle databases


• Scripting

• Informatica ETL experience

• Postgres database experience

AWS native technologies

• Cloud automation

ITIL processes

• Working knowledge of tiered application architecture with use of Web, Middleware and database

Preferred: Indicate “nice to haves” regarding education, skills, and experience.

• Bachelor’s degree in IT related field

• Operational support experience

AWS Cloud experience

What You’ll Get at Sallie Mae:

+ Comprehensive Compensation and Healthcare Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision plans)

+ Financial Well-being : 401(k) company match, employee stock purchase plan, and basic life insurance and short-term disability are provided to employees at no cost

+ Work/Life Balance : Paid time off, time off to volunteer, and tuition reimbursement. In addition, after 6 months of employment, primary caregivers receive 12 weeks of 100% fully paid time off and secondary caregivers are eligible for 4 weeks of 100% fully paid time off, for birth or adoption

+ Wellness : Fitness centers/gym subsidies, free Fitbits with step challenges, and wellness education

Sallie Mae is proud to be an equal opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, gender identity, disability, Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant, please click here. EEO is the Law Supplement. Click here to view the U.S. Pay Transparency Policy.

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Job Posting: JC196464752

Posted On: Nov 02, 2021

Updated On: Dec 09, 2021