• Database Administrator III

    Job Locations US-IA-Des Moines
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  • The Opportunity

    CO-OP Financial Services is bringing digital transformation to the credit union movement. We’re creating innovative technology solutions that help not-for-profit credit unions best serve their members and compete with the big banks.  As a result, our world-class team is growing faster than ever! If you’re passionate about technology and want to be part of a purpose-driven organization, this is an exciting opportunity to provide real value and help shape the future of human-centered financial services.


    We are seeking a talented Database Administrator III to be responsible for providing technical support for the database environment including overseeing the creation and organization of the databases, assessment and implementation of new technologies. The person in this role must be able to work with analysts, application developers, network engineers and other staff to create and maintain a state-of-the-art environment that meets current and future business objectives.

    What You Can Look Forward to

    • Pro-actively manage database Performance Tuning and Optimization (PTO).
    • Create new databases, tables, views, indexes, scheduled jobs, triggers, logins, etc. based on system specifications.
    • Perform index management.
    • Troubleshoot and resolve database issues.
    • Manage database backup and restore schedule.
    • Implement scripts for operational automation.
    • Collaborate with network engineers and application developers to determine strategic solutions for recurring issues.
    • Write technical documentation to be used as reference material for various tasks.
    • Productively handle change and other assigned tasks.
    • Exercise all of the essential functions through regular attendance and punctuality as a full time employee.
    • Actively supports our CO-OP culture and embraces our core values of Work as Partners, Communicate Openly and Honestly, Demonstrate Excellence and Champion Change in all interactions.

    What You’ll Need to Succeed

    • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field from a four-year college or university.
    • Six or more years of experience in Database Administration managing multiple servers across different geographic locations, two or more years experience in Database Analysis, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Required Certification: Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) or Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) for SQL Server.
    • Involvement with the SQL Server Community, membership in PASS, and active in SQL Server forums or newsgroups shows initiative and a desire to learn.
    • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily using excellent leadership, communication and documentation skills.
    • This role requires a service oriented mentality with a high sense of ownership of the issues and requests assigned.
    • The ability to write fully optimized Transact-SQL for various scripts and stored procedures is essential.
    • The individual in this role will work with individuals of all levels and varying technical skills.
    • This role will establish and maintain communication with IT management and staff to provide the status of their requests.
    • Initiating and performing changes on production systems and proactively escalating any issues that cannot be resolved within the established timeframes are other aspects of this role.
    • The individual chosen for this position will have the ability to work under strict time constraints with minimal supervision while managing multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Expert knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 or later, Windows Server 2003, 2008 or later, Active Directory, Performance Tuning and Optimization (PTO), index management, database backup and restore, server disk configuration, SQL Server Management Studio, Data Modeling (ERwin or Toad), Transact-SQL (T-SQL).
    • Working knowledge of High Availability (HA) database server configuration, Disaster Recovery (DR) plans, Microsoft SQL server upgrade process, Microsoft Visual Source Safe (VSS) or Subversion, Windows 7 or later, Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Visio and Project.

    Why Join CO-OP?

    Get ready to be part of the exciting, ever-evolving and growing credit union movement!  As a CO-OP employee, you’ll have a chance to directly impact the access of financial opportunities to individuals and communities – and you’ll help drive the future of fintech at an energetic organization where contributions are valued, and innovation is championed.   


    With more than 35 years of industry leadership, CO-OP Financial Services is the largest, most comprehensive credit union service organization in the nation.  CO-OP serves as THE credit union technology engine, bringing payments solutions, engagement services and strategic counsel to help credit unions optimize member experiences to consistently provide seamless, personalized multi-channel offerings, while delivering secure, sophisticated fraud mitigation service.


    CO-OP serves more than 3,000 client credit unions, with 60 million debit and credit cardholders, nearly 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs and more than 5,600 shared branches nationwide. Our vast technological ecosystem facilitates more than 6.5 billion transactions every year and equips credit unions of all sizes to deepen member engagement and prosper in the fast-paced world of fintech.

    The Perks

    • Fun, challenging and, collaborative work environment with passionate colleagues that care deeply about the intersection of technology and human-centered financial services.
    • Health benefits – medical, dental, & vision plus wellness programs and gym reimbursements.
    • 401K with generous company match.
    • Tuition reimbursement.


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