Senior Database Admininistrator

Job Location USA-DC-Washington
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(3/5/2018 2:05 PM)
Job ID
Required Clearance
Top Secret
Information Technology
Employment Type
Full Time
Hiring Company
General Dynamics Mission Systems

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology/related field is required plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience.



  • Senior DBA with at least ten (10+) years’ experience
  • Four years (4+) of Oracle database administration experience
  • Three (3+) years of Linux administration experience
  • Multiple Information Technology certifications
  • Knowledge of Government-wide system design, information technology equipment and services; and extensive knowledge of methodology, federal information system policies (e.g. NIST 800.53, FISMA, Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG), configuration management) and knowledge of the FBI’s mission and processes

This position requires an active Top Secret security clearance upon hire and must meet SCI eligibility.  Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Senior Database Administrator.  This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems.  General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.



  • Plans, designs, implements, monitors, maintains, troubleshoots, and optimize databases, database systems & services 
  • Interacts with other IT staff to recommend and enforce database standards, ensure compliance, and the security of the database environments
  • As required the role collaborates with vendors and third parties to ensure the current & future operational requirements are met
  • Supports & troubleshoots the operation of database systems including patching, event monitoring, incident mgmt., backup & recovery, and other forms of remedial & preventative maintenance
  • Works with IT Staff and stakeholders to identify requirements for database repositories & systems in support of projects, initiatives, and operational improvements 
  • Plans for complex database functional capabilities including: database vendor, product, & version; storage; hardware; structure; performance; security; availability; and disaster recovery 
  • Implements & tests database complex designs
  • Optimizes and tunes database performance utilizing advanced monitoring tools, query tuning techniques, database and operating system parameter adjustments, hardware recommendations, and other operational enhancements 
  • Supports SOX, Cyber, and license compliance audit processes and procedures
  • Acts as technical escalation and vendor interface for other database administration engineers
  • Establishes the tools, standards, governance polices ensure efficient, effective, and compliant delivery of database capabilities
  • Leads, plans, and executes projects, small initiatives, and/or cross-functional teams
  • Manages high risk, high profile, tight schedule, and complex outcomes with composure
  • Breaks down "barriers to progress" & motivates less experienced members of the team to action
  • Performs other duties as directed
  • Moderate business travel required
  • Evaluate and recommends available database management system products to support validated user requirements
  • Define file organization, indexing methods, and security procedures for specific user applications
  • Maintain Oracle systems on a Linux operating system environment and MS SQL databases on day-to-day basis
  • Shall be responsible for backup and recovery operations for servers
  • Perform quality control of ingest and transform processes and products produced
  • Perform rudimentary Linux systems administrative functions
  • Responsible for entity relational diagrams and documentation of Oracle configuration


  • Evidence of ability to act largely independently on complex tasks and wide-ranging initiatives using a broad exposure and professional understanding of the database administration discipline
  • Exhibits strong knowledge on database technologies, operating systems, best practices, and industry trends including database design, configuration, tuning, and support
  • Prior work experience showing broad expertise or unique knowledge working as a database administrator or equivalent planning, designing, implementing, maintaining, and optimizing database systems
  • Strong track record showing ability to develop relationships and formal and informal networks to influence, coordinate, communicate, and organize groups/teams
  • Strong knowledge of SQL and SQL query tuning techniques
  • Strong track record showing understanding of IT business systems and how they enable specific business outcomes
  • Has ability to analyze complex situations, alternatives, proposals, designs, architectures, risks, data, systems, and constructs with variable factors
  • History of providing work direction and leadership to others
  • Strong understanding of solutions development methodologies (e.g. DevOps, Agile, Software Development Lifecycle, etc.) 
  • Industry certification in MS SQL, Oracle SQL, or other relevant database administration achievements strongly preferred
  • Strong organizational skills including: leading initiatives and modest projects; a facility to handle multiple tasks and deliverables simultaneously; a track record of exercising independent judgment appropriately; and the ability to quickly understand and execute complex assignments when working on high profile outcomes with inherent risk
  • Solid presentation, oral/written communication, and inter-personal skills including the ability to: anticipate, influence & adapt to a wide range of audiences; cultivate relationships and leverage organizational understanding to facilitate decision making and buy-in
  • Strong experience developing solutions to complex problems that requires ingenuity, innovation and creativity 
  • A history that illustrates flexibility and adaptability to changing business needs and shows the ability to recognize need for change
  • Strong track record of being capable of working with significant uncertainty, resistance, barriers, issues and challenges; converting uncertainty into quantifiable impact, risk and mitigating actions

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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