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Senior Cloud Database Engineer (Oracle/AWS/Programming)-Reston, VA



Req ID:  1958
Level of experience:  Senior Level
Remote:  No
Travel Required:  None





At Ellucian, we’re motivated by a mission. Higher education is facing profound change. Shifting demographics and cultural perceptions, combined with declining support and rising expectations, are forcing colleges to do more with less. That’s where we come in. As true believers in the power of education to transform lives, we’re dedicated to helping all our customers thrive—not just survive—in these challenging times by transforming their institutions from the traditional paper-based colleges of yesterday to the agile, connected campuses of today. From cloud solutions built on world-class infrastructure to powerful analytics that drive successful planning, we lead the industry in building enterprise-class solutions tailored to institutions around the world.

Our passion and commitment for learning and continuous improvement drive us internally, too. From professional development to flexibility and work-life balance, we give our global employees the tools they need to succeed so we can all grow together.




Type - F/T Salaried

Location - Reston, VA (we do offer relocation $$ if not a local candidate)


**We are seeking a Senior Cloud Database Engineer that has strong experience with - Oracle, AWS and programming (automation exp - PowerShell, Perl or Python scripts)



We are seeking talented individuals to join our Cloud Database Engineering team.  So if you are a well-trained and motivated database administrator or engineer with strong AWS and scripting experience and are interested in a career delivering innovative solutions to our growing client base in higher education, then this is your ideal opportunity! 


As a Senior Cloud Database Engineer, you will be responsible for:


  • Conduct root cause analyses of poor performance and instability of database systems that are escalated from Tier 2 Support teams.
  • Design, develop, and document processes, procedures, and tools for diagnosing and fixing known bugs and problems, for improving efficiency, and for automating common tasks.
  • Analyze changes in each database version release, hot fix, or service pack and update the existing documents, processes, procedures, and tools to make sure that they continue to work with these changes.
  • Document and escalate database related application issues with detailed analyses to the Product Development teams.
  • Install, configure, upgrade, migrate, backup, restore, troubleshoot, and tune a large number of database systems in a 24x7 production environments.
  • Collaborate with Infrastructure and Applications teams on efforts to improve database performance, stability, and availability.
  • Install, setup, and configure third party tools for collecting and analyzing database performance and stability issues.
  • Write standard operating procedures and train database administrators and support engineers to perform new tasks and use new tools.
  • Work independently or with very little supervision on all projects.





  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in installing, configuring, upgrading, migrating, backing up, restoring, troubleshooting, and tuning Oracle 10g, 11g and 12c in Linux operating systems in a large 24x7 production environment on AWS cloud.
  • 2+ years of experience troubleshooting Oracle database performance using AWR & ADDM reports and grid control.
  • 5+ years of experience in developing automation tools using Perl, PHP, Python, or Ruby for a large production environment with 1,000+ servers.
  • 2+ years of experience in developing and deploying automation tools using Bash, Python, Jenkins, Ansible, Terraform, Packer, and Git.
  • 2+ years of experience with AWS VPC, EC2, S3, EBS, RDS, ELB, SNS, AMI, IAM, KMS, Route 53, CloudWatch, and Lambda.
  • Experience with scrum development methodology with JIRA.
  • Experience writing process requirements, technical design documents, and standard operating procedures.
  • Experience collaborating with cross functional global and remote teams with diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrating good interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.




  • Experience with Microsoft SQL Server.
  • AWS Certified Developer, AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, or AWS Solutions Architect.
  • ITIL Foundation Certification v3.
  • Experience in supporting, maintaining, or using Ellucian products such as Banner and Colleague.
  • Experience in web-based application development using Python, Apache, Tomcat, IIS, and Nginx.
  • Experience in installing, configuring, troubleshooting, and tuning Tomcat or WebLogic application servers.
  • Experience in Linux and Windows administration including AD and ADFS.


Ellucian provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Ellucian complies with all laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.  Ellucian expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Ellucian employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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