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  • 1. Athabasca University Professional Position Description Section I
  • 2. Position Update Only Classification Review Information Position Title Database Analyst Position # P00175 Department Computing Services Classification Level B Reports to Database Administrator Effective Date April 1, 2005 Position Summary Ensures the on-going trouble-free maintenance of the University’s primary database systems. Briefly describe the main purpose(s) of the position Works with the Database Administrator to provide database administrative services with respect to University databases. Provides analysis, design and programming work. Analyzes user needs, and designs DBMS solutions to solve user problems, both independently and as assigned by the Database Administrator. The Database Analyst may temporarily be assigned to special team projects and will be required to report to the respective Project Managers, in such cases. May act as the Database Administrator when assigned, with full responsibility of ensuring the data base systems of the University remain in operation. Periodically is assigned report writing and presentation duties. May be requested to produce and present user training courses.
  • 3. Duties and Assists in ensuring the on-going trouble-free operation of the University’s database Responsibilities system (20%) Organize by key Consults with the user community to solve immediate database problems, which are responsibility area and adversely affecting their daily operations, with no intervention from the Database include % of time spent Administrator. where possible Performs problem identification and problem solving tasks when things go wrong. Provides immediate repairs to the database systems when the on-going operations of the user community are jeopardized. Database Administrative Services (40%) Assists the Database Administrator in the key areas of installation, configuration management, security, monitoring and tuning, backup and recovery, trouble shooting, and vendor interfaces required by the University’s different database systems. Adds database users and security for users. Assists the Database Administrator with the setup and maintenance of security classes, roles, programs, procedures and policies. Assists the Database Administrator in the maintenance of data dictionaries and entity- relationship diagrams. Designs and implements general purpose database utility programs. Performs periodic system reorganization to reassign data and restructure databases, remove obsolete records and fields, and to install software upgrades. Provides advanced database technical assistance to users and project teams. Performs related duties as assigned by the Database Administrator. Analysis, design and programming (40%) Uses interviewing and communication skills to analyze user needs, and to suggest and justify alternatives. Designs systems including required relational DBMS design techniques. Modifies systems to adhere to standards and guidelines established with the Database Administrator, and to incorporate the University’s standard DBMS software. Defines test criteria and tests programs to ensure proper functionality. Creates and updates documentation for systems developed. Independently, when assigned to a project, provides programming, testing, performance enhancement, evaluation, and documentation services, related to his/her specialized expertise with RDBMS technology. May be assigned responsibility for all phases of some projects. May temporarily be assigned to work on larger team projects under the direct
  • 4. Classification Factors Communication Continual enhancement of interviewing skills and techniques to ensure that all facts pertaining to proposed systems and/or problems are disclosed. Ensure that an amicable rapport is established between the user departments, and database and software development teams. Excellent interpersonal skills, to secure the cooperation and respect of the user community and any project team members. These skills must include strong oral and written communication skills, as well as a high degree of tact, diplomacy and persuasiveness. Reports directly to the Database Administrator and/or the Project Manager if assigned to a team project. Consults with technical staff in the Client and Operational Services section, the Client Analysis and Information Services section, and the Helpdesk Services section. Provides advanced technical advice to programmers and analysts. Works closely with user department personnel analyzing requirements, implementing procedures and systems, and maintenance of systems. The Database Analyst meets when necessary with the Database Administrator, Project Managers (s), and any temporary staff assigned to him/her. Project status reports are provided to the Database Administrator and/or Project Manager(s) on completion of a project, on request, or upon falling behind schedule. The Database Analyst may be required to create and distribute special reports to any level of the University’s management, working groups, and/or steering committees. Awareness that this position may be required to provide job-related information beyond the boundaries of the Computing Services management levels (e.g. special user department presentations, and participation in community and industry computer related presentations). The nature of this position, and the related duties and responsibilities performed, requires the incumbent of the position to uphold the utmost degree of confidentiality. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action. Supervision Responsible for supervision of any temporary staff assigned to him/her. Impact of Service or Assists in maintaining mission critical systems. Effects of errors can be Product very significant and can shut down operations of the University. Work on systems projects is often at the design level and therefore can influence the effectiveness and efficiency of the University's administrative database systems.
  • 5. Independence of Action Monitors and directs activities of any temporary staff assigned under the authority of this position. Creates and amends policies and procedures, when requested to do so by the Database Administrator. Independently evaluates the effectiveness of DBMS policies and procedures and recommends improvements. Independently, when assigned to a project, provides programming, testing, performance enhancement, evaluation, and documentation services, related to his/her specialized expertise with RDBMS technology. The incumbent is required to have advanced skills, needing limited supervision. Is designated with the full authority of the Database Administrator when he/she is absent. Normally reports at end of projects. Complexity Self-maintenance of “state-of-the-art” techniques related to database design, 3GL and 4GL programming, and performance enhancement. Planning Plans and schedules database modifications and service interruptions. May plan all portions of some projects, and will plan/schedule most portions of other projects. Signatures for Section I Incumbent's Signature __________________________ Date ___________________ Supervisor's Signature __________________________ Date ___________________
  • 6. Section II Qualifications Includes education, experience, skills, abilities and any other special qualifications required. The qualifications relate to the position not the incumbent Database management systems, like Oracle, are complex pieces of software. This position pursues a wide scope of activities. This position requires a four-year University degree in Computing Science or a related discipline with concentration in Computing Science. A Technical School Certificate in Computing Technology combined with two years of specific data base experience is also acceptable for this position. An additional minimum of two years of direct experience in the computing environment, preferably in the maintenance of applications and/or database systems. The incumbent is required to have advanced skills, needing limited supervision. This position involves varied duties and responsibilities. Advanced skills are required in several areas including interviewing and analysis, all phases of the software lifecycle, and database design and operation. A working knowledge of data dictionary and entity-relationship diagram methodologies. Experience in database design and access methods is essential. Experience involving aspects of the systems lifecycle: analysis, design, programming, testing, systems implementation, and maintenance. Proven ability to thoroughly and logically analyze complex system applications, using both deductive and intuitive reasoning to recognize potential problem areas within a system. Proven ability to predict the ramifications of alternate solutions identified to alleviate or eliminate existing or potential problem areas within a system. Excellent interpersonal skills, to secure the cooperation and respect of the user community and any project team members. These skills must include strong oral and written communication skills, as well as a high degree of tact, diplomacy, and persuasiveness. Experience in administrative, instructional, or research systems is an asset. Ability to efficiently and effectively estimate and schedule project tasks, and predicts the staff requirements to complete the tasks. Advanced knowledge of Oracle and/or Ingres relational database management systems is essential. Knowledge of DEC computers and the UNIX and VMS operating systems is essential. CIPS I.S.P. certification is desirable. In additional to qualifications, desirable personality traits would be those of self-confidence, curiosity, tenacity, tact, as well as being detail-oriented and a self-starter. Signatures for Sections I and II Department Head Signature _________________________ Date ___________________
  • 7. Executive Officer Signature __________________________ Date ___________________ Human Resources Review Date ___________________

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