Initial Posting Date:
Oregon Department of Education
$5,885 – $8,894
Data Administrator (Information System Specialist 7)
The Oregon Department of Education, Early Learning Division is excited to announce a permanent opening for a Data Administrator (Information System Specialist 7) The Early Learning Division is in the process of becoming the Department of Early Learning and Care, a new agency that will elevate the State’s focus on birth-five programs and child care across Oregon. This position will play a critical role in the development of the Early Learning Division as its own state agency.
Oregon is home to over 275,000 children, birth to kindergarten entry. Our state has an opportunity to change how it supports these children and their families and, in doing so, put itself on the path to an even brighter future. Overwhelming evidence tells us that investing in young children and their families has a lasting, positive impact across their lifetime. Now is your chance to be part of an agency that will have positive impacts on current and future generations of young children and their families.
It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Information Services team, as we are developing the technology processes and structures that will support this new agency. Our work directly benefits Oregon’s children, child care providers, families, and communities.
This Data Administrator works in the Information Services team. This team collaborates and engages frequently with partners throughout and outside the organization. This is particularly true, as the Early Learning Division currently relies on the Department of Education for most IT support as we develop internal capacity. We are business-driven, which means that knowledge of program areas and solid relationships in every business unit is important.
This position will work a hybrid schedule of working both remotely and in the office.
More about us:
This position is part of the
Early Learning Division
– a Division that prides itself on enabling Oregon’s young children and families to learn and thrive. The Division is responsible for overseeing the state’s Head Start, Pre-Kindergarten, and Relief Nurseries programs, among others; and licensing Oregon’s child care providers.
Considering a career with us means that you value dedication, integrity, and collective wisdom and that you are eager to employ values rooted in equity to benefit Oregon’s children and families. The Division also values diversity and supports a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive. Those who fill these positions will join a new team of dedicated and passionate professionals. Our teams promote a collaborative, proactive culture of continuous quality improvement with a focus on quality implementation and impactful outcomes for children and families. As our state, counties, and cities become more diverse, it is imperative now more than ever that the Division focuses on evolving practices to achieve increased equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of our offices. As always, our goal is to lead with courage externally and internally. This means challenging ourselves to do things differently and refining current practices that ensure we continue to make strides towards equity. The Early Learning Division supports a work life balance, where employees are supported in an environment where they can thrive.
What you will do:
The primary purpose of this position is to administer the Early Learning Division data systems. This includes traditional database administration activities such as managing data collection systems, loading and extracting data, developing data security controls, monitoring, server updates and upgrades, etc. This work also includes cloud migration and the administration of cloud-based data systems. This position provides data system identity and access management, user support and training, system upgrade and replacement planning, and modification to database queries and tables. These activities ensure that data systems are maintained, supported, secure, and aligned to business needs, enterprise standards, and agency goals.
The data systems administered by this position vary with time and organizational changes. Examples systems include Microsoft SQL, Power BI, Azure, Oracle, ColdFusion, and Apex. Data systems will include both on premise and cloud implementations.
This position engages in contract and vendor management activities to ensure appropriate licensing and support from vendors.
This position has a great deal of freedom in managing one’s workload, collaborating with others, and determining the best strategies to complete projects. While this position works with a fair amount of independence, you have a supportive team and supervisor to provide direction and assistance as needed.
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What we are looking for:
(a) Six (6) years of information systems experience in: database and data system administration; OR
(b) An Associate’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field, OR completion of a two (2) year accredited vocational training program in information technology or related field; AND four (4) years of information systems experience in: database and data system administration; OR
(c) A Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related field AND two (2) years of information systems experience in: database and data system administration; OR
(d) Master’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related field may substitute for all of the above.
In addition, we are looking for applicants that have the following Desired Attributes:
Expertise and demonstrated experience in data system setup, administration and maintenance, including database administration, server configuration, data standards development, performance monitoring, data backup and restoration, etc.
Expertise and demonstrated experience in data development, including table modification, query development, report generation, scripting, API development/usage, etc.
Expertise and demonstrated experience in monitoring data systems and administering security controls, including system log review, security audits, eDiscovery, etc.
Expertise and demonstrated experience in vendor and relationship management, including contract administration, procurement, Service Level Agreement (SLA) monitoring, etc.
Expertise and demonstrated experience with complex communication, coordination, and collaboration with technical and non-technical audiences.
Expertise and demonstrated experience translating organization mission, vision, and values into technology systems and in identifying and addressing systemic barriers to equity and inclusion.
Candidates of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as bilingual/multicultural individuals, are encouraged to apply
What’s in it for you?
When you join the Early Learning Division, you are joining a fast-paced, creative environment with colleagues who are passionate about public service and building early childhood equity statewide.
medical, vision, and dental
benefits package for the employee and qualified family members with a very low monthly out-of-pocket cost. In addition to standard medical benefits and employee leave, the state also provides additional optional benefits, such as basic life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and child care expenses;
11 paid holidays per year;
3 additional paid “Personal Business Days” per year that you may use at any time;
8 hours of sick leave accumulated every month;
Progressive vacation leave accrual, starting at 8 hours per month, with increases every 5 years;
Student Loan Forgiveness Program:
if you have federal student loan debt or are thinking of going back to school, then you will want to look into this program. If you make 120 qualifying payments on your student loan while working full time for a qualifying employer, your student loan debt may be forgiven.
Submit a professional resume, and cover letter (limit each to 3 pages) stating why you are interested in this position and address your qualifications relating to the desired attributes mentioned in the “what we are looking for” section.
The screening of candidates will be based on a review of the cover letter and attached resume. Candidates whose backgrounds most closely match the desired attributes and experience section as outlined in this announcement will be invited to interview. Failure to complete these steps may result in the disqualification of your application.
This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
This position is subject to both a Child Protective Services and Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) check, including FBI fingerprinting, and will be required to enroll in the Central Background Registry. Both of these checks must be completed and approved prior to starting with the agency. Adverse background data will be grounds for immediate disqualification. This position may require occasional travel to field offices and for meetings, therefore, a valid driver license and acceptable driving record is required, unless the successful applicant can provide alternate transportation.
Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans’ preference. For further information, please see the following website:
The Oregon Department of Education does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. The Oregon Department of Education is an E-Verify employer.
The job posting closes at 11:59 PM (PDT) on the close date. After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the two questionnaires relating to public records requests and veterans’ preference immediately following your submittal. These questions are necessary to complete the application process.
External Applicants (non-state of Oregon employees): If you would like to retain a copy of this job posting, please print a copy before submitting your application. Once the job posting has closed, you will not be able to access the posting.
The employee in this position will be represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and will be subject to all terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Pay and benefits on all job listings may change without notice.
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The Department of Education is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce. The Department strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet every one of our desired attributes listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application.