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Lead Database Developer

Company: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

55463BRAuto req ID:55463BRJob Code:I1358P IT Data Architect Prof IV Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Lead Database DeveloperSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :058Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary 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.

    Additional Information:This position is based in Boston, but the work may be done fully or primarily remote. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.
    Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage:
    Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.
    We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values (
    Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

    • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

    • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

    • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

    • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

    • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

    • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.

    • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

      The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
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      Department:IT-InfrastructurePre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentitySchedule:---35 hrs. per week - Monday - Friday - 9:00 am - 5:00 pmJob Function:Information Technology School/Unit:Harvard Medical School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Basic Qualifications:

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

        Position Description: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.

          Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values (

Keywords: Harvard University, Cambridge , Lead Database Developer, IT / Software / Systems , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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