Sr. Database Administrator

Job ID 2024-6777

Technology Portland, Oregon


Position at WebMD

WebMD is the most recognized and trusted brand of health information and the leading provider of health information services, serving consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers and health plans through our public and private online portals and WebMD the Magazine. The WebMD Health Network includes WebMD, Medscape, MedicineNet, eMedicine, RxList, and Medscape Education. Our consumer portals and mobile health applications provide engaging, relevant and credible health and wellness information, personalized health assessment tools and access to online communities.

WebMD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, medical condition, disability, veterans status, or any other basis protected by law.
This position is an opportunity to join a highly effective and collaborative team that values diversity of perspective, individual responsibility, and mutual respect. We administrate databases for a multi-site high availability SOC 2 SaaS system running 24/7/365 that securely stores and processes large, frequently changing datasets including PHI and PII. We are motivated by our corporate mission to improve our users’ lives.


  • Support day-to-day operations and management of over 50 enterprise-level production database instances in development, testing, staging and 24/7/365 production environments

  • Manage the backup and recovery program including performing manual as well as scheduled/automated backups and restores of production and non-production databases.

  • Conduct routine index and statistics maintenance

  • Ensure high levels of data availability and database performance

  • Troubleshoot and remediate incidents, sharing in on-call rotations

  • Install, configure, update and migrate SQL Server Instances, both standalone and as part of an AG

  • Monitor, tune and optimize performance at the server, instance, database and object level including execution plan analysis and optimization.

  • Monitor, tune and optimize storage.

  • Continuously improve processes and procedures

  • Automate administrative processes


A successful candidate must…
  • Excel at working both independently and collaboratively

  • Be highly organized and comfortable navigating complex environments and projects

  • Readily take ownership and drive to make a positive impact

  • Have a minimum 8 years of database administration experience including MSSQL 2017, 2019 and 2022

  • Be experienced in

    • database backup and other maintenance tasks

    • enterprise SQL monitoring tools

    • query performance tuning

    • replicating data to meet HA/DR objectives, in particular with AlwaysOn Availability Group Clustering

  • Have a Bachelor's degree in computer science, MIS, software engineering, similar degree, or comparable work experience

  • Demonstrate strong English written and spoken communication

  • Create effective technical documentation and operating procedures related to database administration

  • Possess deep SQL and T-SQL knowledge

  • Be fluent in database security risks and mitigations

  • Have successfully planned and lead projects

Further, an ideal candidate will…
  • Have configured and managed Merge Replication

  • Have administered Azure Managed Instances and AzureDB

  • Be able to create and maintain PowerShell automation