[sf-lug] Looking for a Senior MySQL administrator in San Francisco

Adrien Lamothe alamozzz at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 10 20:27:42 PDT 2006

Sorry pal, but database administrators don't develop websites. Also, they aren't required to "drive projects to completion". There is a name for people who "drive projects to completion", they are called a "project manager", or in some cases "technical lead" or "technical manager". If your company is actually getting one million hits per day, then that should translate into enough revenue to staff the positions, rather than try to hire one person to perform the work of three. Now, it is arguable that the database administration would only perform occasional database modifications, create new users, and miscellaneous other small tasks, which would give that person enough time to also perform as a software engineer. However, in practice your company will be much better off using a database administrator the proper way, which is to spend his/her time constantly monitoring the health of the database servers (in your case 20 of them), especially their security; it is also good
 to have your database administrator keep constantly abreast of breaking security issues and database upgrades. Not using a database administrator in this manner is inviting trouble, especially in a heavily-trafficked environment. Unfortunately, all too many companies, including large, highly profitable corporations, are trying to squeeze two and three positions into one; they think they are being efficient, when in actuallity they are only setting themselves up for disaster.

I wish your company good luck in its "race to the bottom". (For those who haven't heard the phrase, "race to the bottom" refers to the current cost-cutting fad, especially as it applies to U.S. companies moving their operations overseas to countries with rock-bottom labor costs).

Todd Huss <thuss at greatschools.net> wrote: I hope it's OK to post job messages to this list. I'm currently  
looking for a full-time Senior MySQL Systems Administrator at  
GreatSchools.net (where I work) in San Francisco.

Position summary:

The Senior Systems Administrator will be responsible for managing our  
production website that currently delivers over 1 million page views  
per day running on 20 servers with MySQL, Apache, and Tomcat.

Required skills:

o Expertise in MySQL administration, replication, backup, recovery,  
and optimization techniques.
o Expertise in Linux and FreeBSD systems administration
o Server load balancing experience.
o Prior experience developing website software using Apache, Perl/PHP  
or Java, Linux or FreeBSD, and MySQL.
o Share 50% on-call responsbility and carry a pager
o Live within a 25 minute commute of downtown San Francisco to  
respond quickly to production issues at the data-center when on-call.

Other requirements:

o Strong communication skills.
o Self starter.
o Ability to work with minimal supervision and drive projects to  

Submit salary requirements, cover letter, and resume to jobs- 
sysadmin at greatschools.net

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