Lead Database Developer

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7090413

Posted: December 9, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Harvard Medical School nurtures a diverse group of leaders and future leaders in both clinical care and biomedical inquiry who are on the front lines of medicine and science serving individuals and populations locally, nationally, and globally. The Information Technology Department at Harvard Medical School enables this mission by delivering secure and scalable services.

We are expanding our team. We are looking for a passionate Database Developer with diverse experience in database development and administration. The position requires you to be a self-starter and work in a small, focused team that will be responsible for architecting, designing, building, scaling, and supporting RDBMS platforms in on-prem and cloud environments. You will work collaboratively with Data Architecture, DevOps, Infrastructure, and Engineering teams to deliver solutions that support our mission.

Job Specific Responsibilities:
Apply depth of knowledge and experience to enable buildout of secure database environments for our cutting-edge research endeavors.
Bring both relational and non-relational skills to help us design, build and maintain our data stores on-premises and in the cloud (AWS/Azure)
Develop databases (schema, structures, views, stored procs)
Manage our AWS RDS, MySQL, MariaDB, SQL Server and PostgreSQL databases
Conquer the day-to-day operational aspects of our systems:
Performance monitoring/tuning
HA/DR strategies
Backup strategies
Query tuning
Cloud instance/storage design, provisioning, and performance monitoring (Database PaaS)
On-prem to cloud migrations
Ensure the continuous availability of our mission critical systems.
Automate routine tasks with scripts and open source tools.

Typical Core Duties

Lead aspects of data management services which may include database and analytics platform research and design, database performance and optimization, recovery/load strategy and implementation, and data modeling
Collaborate to prepare data verification and testing methods for data/applications loaded into the warehouse, or other data repositories, to ensure compatibility across different sources
Code, develop, and document complex scripts integration mappings and workflows, and stored procedures
Provide technical expertise and direction in developing and supporting system level programs
Troubleshoot advanced data problems and recommend appropriate action
Create new or enhanced components of data architecture and interfaces
Collaborate with business partners to determine needs and evaluate solutions
Provide training to clients and staff
May function as subject matter expert or project lead
Actively contribute to formulation of plans and policies
Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT technical standards, policies and Code of Conduct

Basic Qualifications

Minimum of five years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Knowledge of information technology applications, processes, software, and equipment
Advanced knowledge of ETL (Extraction, Transformation, and Loading), reporting and database technologies
Advanced communication, technical, and project management skills
Demonstrated team performance skills, service mindset approach, and the ability to act as a trusted advisor
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience in Information Technology, Computer Science, or other related discipline preferred
7+ years of solid experience with designing, implementing, supporting, and scaling up database environments.
Experience with a variety of database platforms such as SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MariaDB, MySQL.
Experience working with database services offered by cloud vendors (Azure and AWS) in PaaS configuration including designing, provisioning, sizing, and implementation.
Proficiency with complex SQL
Strong experience in optimizing and tuning databases
Experience with large, high volume, mission-critical environments
Experience with agile scrum and Kanban methodologies. What you will need to be successful:
Demonstrated self-starter who can operate independently without supervision and ability to “ramp up” quickly in both technology and business processes
Works inter-dependently toward enterprise goals and objectives by deep collaboration with the community
Thrive in a rapid-paced environment and love new challenges, blending big picture with attention to detail
Passion for solving business data problems.

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.

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