Manager, Database Administration - Washington, DC


Cogent Communications is a global, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five networks in the world and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol CCOI. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access and Ethernet transport services. Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides IP services globally. Since its inception, Cogent has unleashed the benefits of IP technology, building one of the largest and highest capacity IP networks in the world. This network enables Cogent to offer large bandwidth connections at highly competitive prices. Cogent also offers superior customer support by virtue of its end-to-end control of service delivery and network monitoring. A competitive base salary and a full benefits package including; Health, Dental, Vision, Paid Time Off (PTO), Short- and Long-Term Disability, Life Insurance, Holidays, Parental Leave, 401(k) plan with employer match, stock options, and an Employee Assistance Program. Most benefits take effect within 30 days of employment, and some require a waiting period.

Job Summary:

The Manager, Database Administration is a hands-on leader for the DBA Team. This individual works as part of the overall IT Team providing 24x7 operational support and maintenance of all corporate databases in all Cogent datacenters. Responsibility for developing strategies to optimize processes and functions, setting priorities and guidelines, managing budgets and timelines, supervising staff, and solving issues when any arise. They also participate in creating data protection and recovery plans, establishing protocols, and conducting regular assessments. This includes general administration, Tier II/Tier III support, design, engineering and implementation. This role includes communicating, participating in, and documenting best practices for the general administration and management of servers, storage platforms, and applications in our datacenters. This individual is also responsible for actively managing all DBA team projects and achieving deadlines and milestones. As a subject matter expert, they will utilize their strong technical background and related experience to achieve the organizations goals and vision.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages DBA Team including project management, priorities, team performance and professional development
  • Enhancing the scalability and performance of existing database architecture.
  • Developing database structures and features according to organizational needs.
  • Hiring, supervising, and mentoring database teams.
  • Protecting data by developing data restoration policies, procedures, and controls.
  • Conducting diagnostic tests and evaluating performance metrics.
  • Developing procedures to ensure data integrity and quality.
  • Preparing and presenting system performance reports to senior managers.
  • Performing database maintenance, migration, and upgrading hardware and software.
  • Documenting processes and complying with best practices in database management.
  • Keeping up to date with developments and trends in database management.
  • Monitor systems to ensure system health and functionality as well as remediate problems/issues in a timely manner
  • Prepares, submits, and manages operating and capital expenditures for database technologies needed to support the organizations technology projects
  • Implements technical controls to support Cybersecurity initiatives, which ensures secure operations in all database environments
  • Support 24/7 operations including periodic on-call rotation
  • Collaborates with Director, Cybersecurity and other team members on risk assessment, response and remediation
  • Provides weekly updates with project timelines and goals to Director, Information Technology
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Computer Science or related bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of relevant database administration experience
  • Strong experience Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Server
  • Experience with MySQL, Oracle and MariaDB running on Linux
  • Experience with VMware, NetApp and SSRS a plus
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple task and priorities for operational deliverables
  • Ability to interact and work effectively with internal and external customers while providing the highest quality of customer service
  • Preferred knowledge of industry security standards, audits, and certifications
  • Detail oriented with strong problem-solving skills
  • Manage vendor relationships and negotiations
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Ability to write and present formal documentation

Physical Requirements:

  • Remains in a sitting/stationary position continually or almost continually during the work day
  • Operates a computer and performs desk-based computer tasks continually; frequently viewing a computer screen
  • Prefer the ability to lift, carry, push, pull objects and/or equipment that weighs up to 50 pounds on rare occasions

COVID-19 Policy:

Cogent has adopted a mandatory vaccination and booster policy which requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated with one booster against COVID-19. Prior to beginning employment, new employees must provide proof of vaccination or apply for and receive an accommodation to be exempt from the policy.

By submitting an application or resume for this position, I understand that is an in-office position and agree to abide Cogent’s mandatory vaccination policy.

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Cogent Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.