Cloud Database Administrator - REMOTE (Within Canada)

Within Canada
VP Information Technology and CIO
105,328.00  Annual
79,569.00  Annual
Permanent Full Time
Division VP Information Technology and CIO FTE 1.0
Location Name Remote Position Type Permanent Full Time
Location , Within Canada Job ID 2176
Posted 10/06/2021 Wage Min 79569.0000
Closing Date 11/03/2021 Wage Max 105328.0000


Please note there are 2 permanent full-time roles available.


Athabasca University (AU), Canada's Online University, serves more than 43,000 learners across Canada and in 87 countries. An early mover to the cloud with a focus on a holistic digital transformation strategy, AU was the first post-secondary institution in Canada to shift its entire digital operations infrastructure into its own secure cloud environment. Now, AU is creating an integrated learning environment that will bring together all aspects of online learning and student services into a seamless whole to engage students deeply in interactive learning experiences of online learning for their lifetime.

If you have a passion for contributing your technical expertise or leadership in cross-functional IT DevSecOps squads with a relentless focus on the needs of our online students, please consider joining our AU IT division. For more on our IT strategy, please refer to "RISE: Athabasca University's Digital Transformation, Our 5-Year IT Strategy"

Directly responsible for the implementation, care and maintenance of critical student and staff facing cloud database systems which are essential to the core business of the University. This involves the administration of primarily AWS databases but may also include, Oracle, SQL Server and other cloud-based databases as well as certain aspects of related cloud-based application architecture.

Works with cloud database colleagues to provide administrative services with respect to University cloud databases.

Contributes to and follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) created by AU IT management in support of the Digital Governance Control Framework of IT Policies and Procedures of Athabasca University. Provides analysis, design and programming work. Analyzes user needs, and designs DBMS solutions to solve user problems, both independently and as assigned by the Director, DevSecOps.



  • Minimum of 5 years' of direct and progressive experience with AWS databases and Data Lake models, with an emphasis on cloud migration or cloud automation projects or related technology implementations
  • AWS Certified Database – Specialty Certification required, or the commitment to complete certification within 2 years of date of hire.
  • Diploma or degree in computer science, management, or engineering, recognized in Canada. In lieu of a degree or diploma, additional experience over and above the minimum requirement may be considered.
  • 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, including 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 predict staff requirements to complete the tasks
  • Knowledge and experience working in a DevSecOps environment.
  • In addition to qualifications, desirable personality traits would be those of self-confidence, curiosity, tenacity, tact, as well as being detail-oriented and a self-starter
  • Additional AWS certifications in Data Analytics and Machine Learning specialties preferred


The full job description can be viewed at: Cloud Database Administrator

For further information regarding this position, please contact Michael Clair, Manager, DevSecOps, at:


AU shapes and enables mutually supportive communities, regardless of where those communities exist. AU's Strategic Plan IMAGINE: Transforming Lives. Transforming Communities ( has as one of its strategic themes "Moving Beyond Place." We are embracing this theme and will be transitioning to a near-virtual work environment by December 2021. At that time, this role may become permanently home-based.