Database Administrator


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Closing Date 2022-12-28
Reference Number 21-968-08-205
Job Category Experienced
Who Can Apply Canadian Citizens
Location Ottawa, Ontario
Salary Range plus Allowance $89,934 - $109,408
Allowance This position is eligible for the Technology Market Modifier, which is valued at 7% of the basic annual salary ($84,050 - $102,250). The above includes the 7% Market Modifier.
Status Indeterminate (permanent) 
Language Requirement Various

Job Summary

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is looking for a Database Administrator to join our talented database team in support of our mandate to ensure the safety of all Canadians.

This position is responsible for the availability, integrity, accessibility and performance of all the database systems at CSIS by supporting, enhancing, administering and maintaining our corporate databases.  Core responsibilities include:

  • SQL product installation, maintenance and configuration
  • Hands-on experience of managing SQL server
  • Significant experience migrating/updating databases and their associated applications.
  • Perform database space management and monitoring
  • Implement requirements for backup and recovery and ensure successful nightly recoverable backups of all databases
  • Create and maintain database structures
  • Execute Database recovery procedures in case of either Hardware or Software problems.
  • Perform database reorgs, statistic updates and other applicable utilities to ensure proper database function and performance.
  • Monitor and tune databases to ensure optimal performance based on database and operating statistics
  • Perform problem investigation, resolution and provide support for applications and developers 
  • Migration of new and/or changed database objects into the various environments.
  • Perform ETL design, generation and implementation for the management of application data
  • Maintain and implement database security
  • Provide and maintain jobs/scripts in support of maintaining the physical aspects for the databases and the database management systems
  • Provide recommendations on application design guidelines for database access


  • Undergraduate degree* or Master’s degree*;  or
  • Technologist diploma*; or
  • Professional technologist equivalency designation; or
  • College diploma*; or
  • Secondary school diploma.

* Fields of study: Computer science, electrical, electronics, network security, telecommunications, or engineering and related fields of study.

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada. 

If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense through a recognized credential assessment service.

Note: Any higher level of education could be recognized as experience.


Undergraduate degree or Master’s degree* and three (3) years experience*;  or

  • Technologist diploma and four (4) years experience*; or
  • Professional technologist equivalency designation and four (4) years experience*; or
  • College diploma six (6) years experience*; or
  • Secondary school diploma and seven (7) years experience*.

*Experience is defined as performing the design, development and support of RDBMS and non-relational data stores using one of the following technologies: MS SQL server, Oracle, Hadoop, MySQL, and DB2

Candidates must also possess:

  • Three (3) years of recent experience working with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (or later)
  • Three (3) years of recent experience using database principles (design, security, types of objects and when to use them)
  • Experience working with and manipulating database system using SQL query language, including the creation/modification of stored procedures and views.
  • Experience with data modeling such as designing, creating or modifying physical database models.
  • Experience in problem solving, troubleshooting and analyzing database issues and/or problems and to take appropriate corrective action.
  • Experience in the development and communication of policies, procedures and/or standards related to IT and technical concepts to non-technical clients.
  • Experience in researching and/or applying current trends, methodologies, standards, practices and/or products in an IT environment.


  • Experience with implementing data encryption
  • Experience with Cloud data infrastructure


  • Collaboration
  • Initiative
  • Innovation/Creativity
  • Communication Skills
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Conditions of Employment

Not applicable


While we continue to explore opportunities for flexible work arrangements, the majority of work in our organization must be done in the office and cannot be performed at home.

A competency-based interview, a written exam and reference check may be administered to retained applicants.  To know more about our process, please visit: Job Requirements-

Candidates should note that non-imperative staffing may be considered in situations where it can contribute to closing representation gaps in employment equity groups.

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Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive an Enhanced Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important not to use any illegal drugs from the time you submit your application.



Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.

CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

CSIS is committed to building a workforce that is truly representative of the Canadians it serves by cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace environment. This will be achieved by increasing employment equity group representation (including persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and women) at all levels within the organization through hiring and talent management practices. We will also ensure that appropriate accommodations are made (e.g., specialized equipment, changes to physical workspace) to provide employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. In support of achieving a greater, diverse and skilled workforce, we strongly encourage those individuals who belong to one or more of the employment equity groups to self-identify when applying. 

Should you require accommodation in relation to a disability, please tell us at the beginning of the selection process. This information will be kept confidential. 

The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.
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