DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR I in Irving, TX at Cottonwood Financial

Date Posted: 7/9/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Database Administrator I (DBA I) reports to our Technology Manager and works closely with system administrators and developers.  This individual key team member is responsible for the implementation, configuration, maintenance, backup/recovery and performance of critical SQL Server RDBMS systems.  The DBA I will ensure the availability and consistent performance of our corporate applications.

The DBA I will be responsible for the development and sustainability of the SQL Server Database and Warehouse, ensuring its operational readiness (health, security, and performance), executing data loads and performing data modeling in support of multiple development teams (application development and business intelligence teams).  The DBA I must be capable of working independently and collaboratively. This position is based at our Administrative Office (HQ) in Irving (Las Colinas), Texas.

  • Install and administer SQL Server 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016 databases on Windows 2008, 2012 servers in a multiple database server, high availability environment

  • Evaluate service packs and provide minimal risk based strategy for implementation

  • Perform weekly on-call rotation for production operations and other environments (as needed)

  • Monitor databases for resource utilization

  • Initiate corrective action to ensure all database servers meet processing requirements for performance and reliability

  • Exercise performance tuning and query optimization

  • Create and maintain SQL server replication

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive library of all supporting documentation

  • Participate in database design process

  • Manage databases, schemas, tables, views, indexes, stored procedures, triggers and declarative integrity constraints

  • Maintain database security

  • Perform backup and recovery (policy, process and operation)

  • Create, test and document custom stored procedures 

  • Exercise space management

  • Proactively monitor production environments and identify performance bottlenecks


  • Annual salary of $75,000


  • Medical, dental and vision

  • Voluntary life/ AD&D

  • Short-term & long-term disability

  • 401K with company match

  • Paid vacation, holidays and sick time

  • Paid maternity, paternity, extended medical leave and jury duty

  • Corporate discount program on personal cell phone accounts with select providers

  • Business casual work environment

Job Requirements

  • 2+ years as a Microsoft SQL Server DBA (2+ years SQL Server 2012 or higher)

  • 2+ years as a DBA supporting a production environment

  • 2+ years with advanced database clustering, always on, mirroring, and replication technologies

  • 2+ years programming in SQL

  • Strong experience with Microsoft operating systems (Windows 2008 Windows 2012 R2)

  • Expertise with table/index design

  • Experience with Powershell scripting

  • Experience with monitoring solutions

  • Automation skills with restores and data refreshes

  • Resourceful person with good problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • Local (Dallas/Fort Worth area) candidates only – no relocation

  • Must be currently authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship and not require sponsorship in the future


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field

  • SQL Server certification

  • Experience with other database vendors (Mongo, MySQL, etc)

  • Experience with C# and .NET

  • Knowledge related to computer hardware (servers, networks, SAN, RAID devices or I/O subsystems)

  • Experience with writing, configuring and troubleshooting SSIS packages

  • Experience with VMWare

  • Familiarity with Agile development methodology such as KANBAN

  • Understanding of project management and ability to provide and manage scope definition, project plans, risk assessment, and reporting is a plus


Founded in 1996, Cottonwood Financial is one of the largest privately held retail consumer finance companies in the United States.  We have zero debt, have been profitable every year since inception, and our growth is funded entirely through internally generated capital.  Headquartered in Irving (Las Colinas), Texas, we have company-owned locations, under our Cash Store brand, across the country.  Through this national brick-and-mortar footprint, we provide best-in-class customer service and offer an innovative mix of financial products and services to our customers.
We have been named multiple times to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies, as well as to the Dallas 100 list of the fastest-growing private companies in North Texas.