Position Title: DATABASE SPECIALIST
Department: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Reports to: DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Start Date: January 5, 2009
Catlin Gabel School is located in Portland, Oregon. Please apply at http://www.catlin.edu/employment/
Catlin Gabel School extensively and ambitiously incorporates technology into its academic environment as an education tool. Designed to continually pursue excellence in the development of student ability, individual creativity, and the enhancement of teaching practices, the Catlin Gabel technology program supports approximately 900 employees and students as they use 700 computers throughout campus. The school employs a team of skilled IT professionals and implements enterprise systems to support its operations. Catlin Gabel teachers and staff form a supportive community of professionals dedicated to individuality and lifelong learning.
Administer the deployment, support, and maintenance of schoolwide database systems. Coordinate the use of database systems across campus. Provide database training and communicate professional development opportunities to administrative staff. Provide direct, general technical support to faculty, staff, and students.
•Manage schoolwide database systems and applications (primarily Blackbaud but also including Ceridian, AuctionPay, Follett Destiny, Nutrikids, open-source web applications, and others);
•Coordinate schoolwide database use with other staff members, especially the Schoolwide Education Edge Coordinator, the Development Services Manager, and the Admission Data Coordinator;
•Configure reports, exports, imports, and queries in response to division and department requests. Develop custom reports using Crystal Reports;
•Keep database systems up-to-date with latest patches and updates as appropriate;
•Maintain database integrity and security, including backup;
•Install and uninstall client and server database applications as needed;
•Assist users with data cleanup primarily through queries and search/replace;
•Support efforts to link web site and school database systems;
•Design data entry standards and monitor users’ adherence to them;
•Design and provide training to users of schoolwide database systems;
•Facilitate and encourage user access to third-party professional development opportunities;
•Create strategic plan for the evolution of database systems at Catlin Gabel;
•Evaluate new database technologies for their potential to support Catlin Gabel school operations;
•Integrate different database systems with an eye toward efficiency and practicality;
•Write and assemble documentation and training materials for the use of database systems;
•Troubleshoot and solve routine technical issues that faculty, staff, and students face;
SCOPE OF WORK
Manage schoolwide database systems, primarily interface with school administrative staff.
Daily interaction with faculty, staff, students, department colleagues, volunteers, and vendors.
SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS
•Strong skills and direct experience with Microsoft SQL Server essential. Familiarity with mySQL for Linux, and FileMaker Pro desirable.
•Application of best practices to database design and maintenance.
•Prior experience with Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, Education Edge, and Crystal Reports highly desirable.
•Productivity applications including Microsoft Office. Ability to troubleshoot and resolve common Windows software and PC hardware issues. Ability to design and provide effective training to colleagues.
•Ability to articulate technical concepts and solutions to a diverse range of users;
•Capacity to cultivate collaboration and buy-in to schoolwide standards and practices;
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience. Training in computer programming, systems analysis/design and/or management, with a minimum of five years of database management or equivalent experience. Experience with Blackbaud applications highly desirable.
Daily interaction with faculty, staff, parents, vendors, trustees, and volunteers. On-call for problems. If a mission critical job in the school is jeopardized by a system or network malfunction, the problem must be resolved as quickly as possible. This could take place during non-business hours.
Catlin Gabel School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to its success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
Catlin Gabel is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce.