Postgres DB Engineer in Arlington, VA

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At Hobsons, education is more than just our business; it’s our passion. Since 1974, we have been helping educators, administrators, students, and families maximize success through every stage of the learning lifecycle. Hobsons’ personalized learning, academic planning, post-secondary enrollment, and student support solutions serve millions of students across more than 10,000 schools, colleges, and universities around the globe.

Database Engineer

Job Summary

We currently have an outstanding opportunity for a Database Engineer. This job will specialize in PostgreSQL technologies and is responsible for successfully designing, administering and maintaining our large and growing database systems environment. You will also be responsible for assisting in the database design and development of our Admissions and Advising applications. You will work closely with other Database Engineering team members and engineering staff including members of the Networking, Systems Administration and Security teams. Finally, you will work with other teams and individuals in both technical (Product Development, Software Development and Quality Assurance) as well as non-technical (Pre-Sales, Sales and Account Management) areas of our division to support our products and clients.

This position will be located in: Arlington, VA

Essential Functions/Responsibilities 

  • 24/7 support for production database environments to ensure the highest standards of availability, resilience, integrity, security and performance required by our business systems.
  • 80% administration / 20% design, planning and development.
  • Support the QA, Development, Test and Release Candidate environment database systems.
  • Install and maintain database software including upgrades and patches and tracking of associated required licensing.
  • Manage, maintain and monitor database backups and recovery processes and procedures.
  • Manage, maintain and monitor database security controls in accordance with company security policies.
  • Monitor, tune and report on the performance of both the databases and the systems on which they run.
  • Work with both Development and QA teams to support and assist in the development, testing and tuning of database applications including architecture, design and SQL tuning.
  • Write scripts (both at the OS and Database levels) to automate repetitive or complex tasks.
  • Design, develop and maintain appropriate levels of documentation for the database environment as well as and database or system processes and procedures.
  • Documenting workflows, processes and procedures

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • 4 years minimum experience of in-depth knowledge of PostgreSQL database administration (version 9.3+).
  • Experience with utilities including psql, pg_dump, pg_restore, pg_basebackup, vacuumdb.
  • In depth knowledge of concepts and experience writing SQL and the ability to analyze, diagnose, and tune database queries
  • Experience managing, monitoring and tuning Linux servers running PostgreSQL databases.
  • Experience writing, maintaining and documenting shell scripts (Perl or Python acceptable as well). 

  • Ability to analyze, diagnose and tune database and query performance at all associated layers (database, network, server, disk).
  • Working knowledge of programming languages, esp. Java, PHP or Python
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services RDS management (Postgres preferred)
  • Knowledge of parameter groups, security groups, replication and encryption
Our employees are a direct reflection of our business. Diverse and talented, we are passionate about the power of education and proactive in seeking new challenges and innovations.

But the most exciting part of Hobsons is where we are headed. We believe the biggest ideas are yet to come. We are well positioned for the future with a growing workforce, international expansion, increasing revenue, creative thinking and new opportunities.

Hobsons recognizes the importance of taking care of our most valuable assets – our employees. That’s why we not only offer a comprehensive benefits package but also continuously evaluate our offerings to meet the evolving needs of our workforce. 
Benefits include (but may vary depending on global location)
  • Competitive Medical and Dental Insurance Plans
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Education Reimbursement
  • Employee Referral Program
Mental & Emotional Well-being
  • Substantial Paid Time-off
  • Generous Holiday Schedule PLUS a company-wide paid winter holiday from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day
  • Casual Dress Environment
  • Flexible Work Arrangement Program
In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, we actively foster a corporate culture that rewards employee excellence and encourages community service. 

Ability to document identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of original appointment as a condition of employment in compliance with Immigration Reform and Control Act requirements. 

To learn more about Hobsons, please visit our corporate Web site at

Hobsons is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.

Chris Kolik
Director of Database Engineering - Hobsons
w: 513.746.2318
c: 513.289.6454

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