Database Application Technologist

Dalhousie University - Halifax, NS (30+ days ago)

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This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months.

About Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 19,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

Job Summary

The Enterprise Application Services (EAS) department in ITS provides services to support and improve university administration, and for supporting Dalhousie’s objectives, through effective implementation and management of information technology. Reporting to the Manager, Database Administration, the Database Application Technologist completes assignments related to the implementation, operation and upgrading of database-enabled applications supported by EAS.

Key Responsibilities

  • As part of a team, install, configure, and maintain multiple enterprise-level applications for production and development environments. This includes the review of implementation requirements and plans; making adjustments as necessary, defining and executing implementation tasks; and troubleshooting implementation problems. As required, enlist the help DBAs, vendors, or Networks & Systems administrators to solve problems.
  • Ensure the work is progressing according to established time frames, provide regular updates on work progress, identify potential delays, and propose mitigating steps.
  • Based on implementation-planning templates, build plans for specific implementations, estimate task duration and dependencies, and build schedules.
  • Participate in continual improvement of application implementation and maintenance procedures
  • Advise clients, EAS and N&S co-workers on possible improvements to application implementations and operation. Participate in continual improvement of application implementation and maintenance procedures.
  • Review for completeness and correctness specifications provided by Development and Production Support (PS) staff for the creation and modification of database objects.
Note Qualifications

University degree in Computer Science or other relevant field, plus minimum three years of application/system administration experience (or equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Proven ability to perform installation and upgrades for enterprise-level applications required. Experience working in UNIX and Linux environments essential. A good working knowledge of SQL and PL/SQL required. Excellent analytical, problem solving, communication, teamwork and organizational skills required. Self-motivation, attention to detail, willingness to learn new technologies required. Experience with direct client interactions, experience with and working knowledge of Ellucian Banner application suite, and experience with Oracle and Microsoft database products would be a definite asset.

Job Competencies Additional Information

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Application Consideration

Bargaining unit employees for NSGEU local 77 are given first consideration and will be notified regarding the status of their application. All other applicants will be considered when there is no qualified internal candidate.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Diversity Statement

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit