My title at work is “Principal Database Administrator.” My employer is looking for another one, to be my peer. Here is the job posting. I helped write it, and it did not get too badly garbled by the HR process. If you want the official view of what I do at work, this is it. If you have the relevant background, and are willing to work closely with me, feel free to apply.
More than two years ago I took an introductory class on the Oracle database management system. Oracle is used in my organization, but not nearly as much as SQL Server, which is where I had been spending almost all my time. My supervisor was an experienced Oracle DBA and handled such tasks as came up. However, she just left, to take a job in the private sector. I have inherited the role of Oracle DBA. She gave me a lot of information before she left, but there was only so much she could cover in the available time. So I have a lot to figure out on my own. Oracle is very different.
Oracle here at work runs on Linux (Red Hat and Suse). All the time I have spent working on Linux at home will now pay off. The Linux support team hers is small (three people), but very good. I am looking forward to working with them.
The classroom computers at the Oracle training center run Red Hat Linux. All my years of playing with Linux at home are now paying off: I am perfectly comfortable with the environment here.
I am spending the work week in Bloomington (southern suburb) at a class on the Oracle database management system. It is my first exposure to the product.
However, I do know the office complex. It is on the 8th floor of the 8000 W.84th building. I have often been to the 8300 building, where Oracle’s rival Microsoft has its local offices.