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Oracle DBA

The Oracle DBA is apart of a team supporting VA systems operating out of the VA Hines Data Center.  Candidate must possess strong technical background and experience related to the Oracle Database administration/architecture of Oracle 10g and above.


  • Install/tailor new releases of and upgrades or patches to associated database management product software
  • Create and maintain database entities, including instances, databases, table spaces, and tables in support of CDCO administered databases.
  • Make changes to the structure of database meta data and work with customers in support of application changes.
  • Make recommendations of database migration path to insure optimal performance and availability.
  • Review performance of databases on the open systems and mainframe platforms and provide and implement recommendations for improved performance.
  • Write, modify, and debug database specific SQL and PL/SQL queries.
  • Where appropriate, coordinate database administration duties with System and Network Administrators to ensure compatibility with hardware and operating systems configurations.
  • Diagnose and correct problems that occur within databases and application interfaces.
  • Recommend and implement strategies for problem notification and availability reporting in database software and applications.
  • Develop, with customer input, and implement backup/recovery, high availability and disaster recovery strategies.
  • Develop and implement database Security strategies consistent with VA regulations and policies and industry best practices.
  • Troubleshoot problems and take corrective action to fix problem in a timely manner.  Contact Vendor specific technical support as necessary.
  • Support users, software vendors, and database administrators with problems, projects, and implementations.
  • Analyze database infrastructure to insure compliance with VA security standards, database performance considerations, and reverse engineering of existing database environments.
  • When assigned to VA initiatives, develop schedules and plans, communicate progress to management in both verbal and written formats, identify barriers, identify and evaluate alternatives.  Candidate will also be required to participate in fault isolation for database systems.
  • When required, develop and submit for approval Configuration Change Management Plans in accordance with CDCO standards.  Candidate shall follow the change management process prescribed by the Chief, Database Support Services when making all changes to production systems. The plans shall be complete and accurate, and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Perform other database administrative tasks as required.

General Activities

  • Participate in CDCO support activities such as Disaster Recovery, data replication,     infrastructure support activities such as documentation, develop architectural diagrams, and troubleshoot performance issues.
  • Lead CDCO sponsored initiatives, to include developing schedules and plans, communicating progress to management in both verbal and written formats, identifying barriers, and identifying and evaluating alternatives.
  • Track and document all system changes, problems, issues, and work tasks within CA’s Unicenter Service Desk (USD) through change orders, service requests, incident and/or problem tickets.
  • Participate and contribute at project meetings as subject matter expert (SME) for UNIX system administration related areas.
  • Communicate to project managers, team members, other technical administrators and/or end users the status and findings with tickets, incidents, and problems.
  • Use administrative tools such as CA Monitoring Suite, Nagios and/or Oracle Enterprise Operations Center (formerly Sun xVM Operations Center) for monitoring and administering Unix servers.

Qualifications/Education requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or business related field preferred
  • 5+ years senior-level experience with Oracle database administration
  • Significant experience with Oracle database environment supporting large enterprise installations (100+ applications) across a national infrastructure.  Should have experience in monitoring software/hardware performance, integrating disparate hardware to operate within Oracle database environment

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience in Oracle 10g Real Application Clusters (RAC) installation, configuration, and administration.
  • Experience in Tuning and Deploying Oracle databases Experience in Oracle DB best practices.
  • Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) a plus.
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