Senior Database Administrator/Analyst

Job Level
Mid-level position
Job Category
Administrator / Manager (of network or database), Analyst
  • Systems / Operations
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Data / Database

Founded in 1889, Ridley College is a co-educational boarding and day school with over 700 students in JK to grade 12 from more than 50 countries worldwide.  The Ridley experience integrates a traditional liberal arts education with individual learning enhanced by the principles of positive psychology, the International Baccalaureate continuum program, a learner-driven culture and campus community, exceptional athletics and dynamic arts programs, and a commitment of service to others.  This unique combination prepares meaningful and flourishing lives by teaching the habits of mind, body, and spirit, and the values needed to lead in a global society. 

Ridley College is located on 90 acres in St. Catharines, Ontario in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula and is comprised of a stunning blend of century old buildings housing modernized technology.


Ridley offers the prospect of being part of a high-performance team in a nourishing workplace community that encourages collaboration, innovation, inclusivity, and curious minds, and where grit and perseverance are assets.  Joining the team at Ridley means you are committed to life-long learning and development, have integrity, and value being of service in a richly diverse community.  We cultivate the full potential in each of our students by having a caring, committed and world-class team.  Attracting, developing and retaining people who thrive in Ridley’s positive education culture that recognizes and celebrates individual strengths is critical to our success.


The Senior Database Administrator/Analyst will oversee the installation, monitoring, management, support and security of all data sources, including the development and design of database strategies, and the planning of future data requirements. In addition, analyze, design, deliver amd implement analytics tools based on business requirements.


  • Anticipates, consolidates and prioritizes data needs for the school;

  • Prepares databases for development/expansion, and coordinates design and programming;

  • Consults with IT management and staff to determine hardware/software upgrade requirements;

  • Installs and maintains new/revised databases and corresponding upgrades;

  • Collaborates with management to ensure that data models best serve the academic focus of the school;

  • Determines optimum database performance parameters, monitors and manages database to those standards, and troubleshoots problems;

  • Develops policies, procedures, and controls to ensure the security of databases;

  • Implements and ensures all changes required by government policy for the generation of school transcripts, report cards, and timetables;

  • Ensure security patches and updates to all systems within the infrastructure are in line with best practices;

  • Maintain a disaster recovery plan for database infrastructure and supporting applications;

  • Responsible for the extraction and analysis of complex information from a variety of databases;

  • Develop capabilities to identify areas of opportunity and improve processes and efficiency on reporting;

  • Develop, maintain and troubleshoot all key databases across all departments;

  • Troubleshoot issues related to data and analytics, including the management of ad-hoc reporting requests;

  • Other duties as required by the department and at the discretion of direct reports.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline;

  • 3-5 years’ experience as a Database Administrator/Analyst;

  • Comfortable with collaboration, open communication and reaching across functional borders;

  • Demonstrated skill in communicating technical concepts at both high and deep levels;

  • Strong knowledge of visualization tools such as PowerBI;

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills with a background in analyzing new requirements and assessing both business and technical impact;

  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills;

  • IT certifications such as Microsoft Azure or Microsoft SQL are asset.



Ridley College offers a positive and inclusive workplace community with a competitive compensation package; innovative, challenging and rewarding opportunities; a learning environment that promotes professional development and personal growth; active community involvement; and, a beautiful campus setting in the heart of Niagara that engages and inspires our employees to flourish.


Deadline for applications is:  April 1, 2019

As a condition of employment, a satisfactory Vulnerable Persons Screening Report must be provided. While all applicants are thanked for their interest, only those chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Ridley College is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible and equitable environment where everyone feels respected, valued and supported.  Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you are selected to participate in the recruitment process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used in order to ensure your equal participation.