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IBM SQL Database Administrator in RICHMOND, Virginia

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Work location: Radford, VA

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This position is for a Microsoft SQL Server Database Administrator. The successful candidate will maintain SQL Server database environments in an enterprise environment consisting of approximately 1200 Windows servers. This position is responsible for development and sustainment of SQL Server 2012 failover clusters and migration of various disparate SQL Server environments onto the clusters. The successful candidate will standardize, consolidate, and optimize the existing SQL Server environments and monitor and maintain database performance.

The successful candidate will also collaborate with internal and external customers to gather requirements for special processing, and work and track issues to resolution using an in-house ticket system. Responsibilities include:

  • Design, install, configure, audit, and maintain highly available enterprise database systems

  • Monitor backups on all enterprise databases

  • Perform routine disaster recovery testing scenarios

  • Troubleshoot and maintain database performance, including the proposal of short term fixes, long term solutions, and the regular scheduling of index maintenance and database integrity check

  • Establish and maintain database policies and standards

  • Generate database schema definitions and modifications as required

  • Refresh data from one processing environment to another as required

  • Develop, follow, and maintain team documentation for repeatable processes, including database feature installation, disaster recovery, and common problem resolution

  • Adhere to ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) practices for Change Management

This work location for this role is at the client site in Radford, VA. Candidates must be clearable to a DoD Secret clearance. An interim DOD Secret clearance or higher level clearance is required to begin work on Day 1.


Health Insurance. Paid time off. Corporate Holidays. Sick leave. Family planning. Financial Guidance. Competitive 401K. Training and Learning. We continue to expand our benefits and programs, offering some of the best support, guidance and coverage for a diverse employee population.



Career growth

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  • Skill development: helping our employees grow their foundational skills

  • Finding the dream job at IBM: navigating our company with the potential for many careers by channeling an employee’s strengths and career aspirations

  • Diversity of people: Diversity of thought driving collective innovation

In 2015, Go Organic filled approximately 50% of our open positions with internal talent that were promoted into the role.

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Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • 5 or more years of experience with Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition and all facets of database administration

  • 5 or more years of experience with Microsoft SQL Server High Availability features: Failover Clustering, Log Shipping, Database Mirroring, AlwaysOn Availability Groups

  • 5 or more years of experience with Windows Server (2012 R2 and above) and Microsoft Failover Clusters

  • Installation and configuration experience with SQL Server 2014 (and higher), SQL Server Service Packs and Cumulative Updates

  • Experience with PowerShell 5.0 (or higher)

  • Strong documentation skills

  • Strong database performance tuning skills

  • Participate in 24x7 on-call support rotation and expected to work during mission critical situations

  • Candidates must be clearable to a DoD Secret clearance. An interim DOD Secret clearance or higher level clearance is required to begin work on Day 1

Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

  • Working knowledge of DoD Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs), Security Readiness Review (SRR) scripts, and Information Assurance Vulnerability Management (IAVM)

  • Experience with SQL Server 2017 (or higher)

  • Experience with SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)

  • Experience with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)

  • Experience with SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)

  • Experience with Microsoft Azure

  • Interim/Active DoD Secret clearance

EO Statement

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.