ICT Database Administrator – Grade VII

The Database Administrator can work from Tusla Offices (Tusla operate from office locations nationwide) around the country but will be required to attend meetings in Dublin on a regular basis.   Permanent
Closing Date: 08/02/2018 12:00   IT, Communications and Software
Salary:  See Description for Details


Job Description

About Tulsa:
The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of services for the development, welfare and protection of children and the support of families ever undertaken in Ireland. It is an ambitious move which brings together some 4,000 staff who were previously employed within Children and Family Services of the Health Service Executive, the National Educational Welfare Board and the Family Support Agency.

The Child and Family Agency has responsibility for the following range of services:
• Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services
• Family Resource Centres and associated national programmes
• Early years (pre-school) Inspection Services
• Educational Welfare responsibilities including School completion programmes and Home School Liaison
• Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services
• Services related to the psychological welfare of children

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

About Tulsa ICT
Tusla has one of the largest ICT networks (managed by the HSE) in the Public Service with almost 4,500 users in over 400 locations. Tulsa are currently developing an ICT strategy and propose to build a team of highly skilled technical professionals that will be tasked with providing the innovation, systems and service required to support Tusla in delivering its services and achieving its business and strategic objectives.
The ICT team will be responsible for delivering the following core expanded functions:

• Applications: Implementation of an application solution architecture and software development capability within the ICT unit to develop innovative applications that support the work of Tusla and assist staff in maximising the use of technology to work efficiently and effectively.

• Infrastructure: Expansion of the current infrastructure team to provide the resources and capability required to ensure Tusla develops and maintains a technical infrastructure that is secure, highly available and fit for use.

• Data: Establishment of a new Data & Analytics function to provide data management and analytics capabilities that support Tusla in obtaining the data analytics and visualisation required for evidence based planning, policy development and programme evaluation as well as gaining administration efficiencies by implementing data management best practice across the organisation.

• Service Delivery: Expansion of capabilities to become self-sufficient in the delivery of ICT services based on ICT service best practice (ITIL) and establishment of a quality driven service delivery function providing users with the ICT devices, systems and support they require to efficiently perform their role.

Job Objectives

Overview of the Role:
The Database Administrator is responsible for managing and supporting a large number of Microsoft SQL Server databases, primarily these databases are on premise, but also a some are cloud based.

The role requires an experienced database administrator with exceptional technical skillset in the areas of database design, database maintenance, integration services, reporting services and data visualisation in a Microsoft SQL Server environments.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
This role is primarily technical in nature and requires an in-depth practical knowledge of database design, development, management, integration and analytics\reporting in a Microsoft SQL Server environment. The duties and responsibilities will include:

Database Administration
This project work will include:
• Database design and maintenance, including developing backend databases to support web applications.
• Supporting the development of a data warehouse solution for all Tusla datasets with linkages to relevant external datasets such as those provided by CSO, OSI and Data.gov.ie.
• Developing reports using Server Reporting Services (SSRS).
• Developing and implementing data reporting (SQl Server Reporting Services) and visualisation solutions including geomapping and associated data layering.
• Developing SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages.
• Maintaining and improving database design, integrity and security.
• Monitor database servers for performance, and make recommendations for improvements where possible.
• Configuring and managing high availability clusters.
• Configuring and managing database backups.
• Contribute to researching emerging data related technologies and progress innovation.

Relationship Management and Collaboration
• Work as part of an agile software development team in delivering the database components of web applications, mobile and other solutions being developed by Tusla ICT
• Work in collaboration with the ICT Service Delivery team as required to support data related tier 3 issues, incident management and problem management.

Resource Management
• If applicable, to train, supervise and evaluate staff in their respective roles on the data team.
• If applicable, ensuring that the appropriate performance management frameworks are implemented for any assigned staff.

Health & Safety
• Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.

Please refer to the Candidate Information Pack attached to this Campaign for full detail.

Skills Required

Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:

 Have a third level qualification in Data Science, ICT, Computer Science, Engineering or a related discipline or a relevant professional database qualification (e.g. Microsoft Certified Database Administrator –MCDBA)

 Have a minimum 5 years’ experience in a data related ICT role.

 Have excellent hands on technical experience of database design, integration, analysis and reporting.


A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good

Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant within the meaning of the Public Services Superannuation Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.

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