Database Administrator

Fog Creek Software · Jul 12th 2017

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About the role

Fog Creek is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic DBA with operational engineering experience to join our team and work with top-notch engineers on the infrastructure behind our SaaS applications, FogBugz and Kiln.

We’d like someone to help us build more sustainable processes around our data and in the long term, evaluate our options and build our future architecture. There's room for improvement in how our products interact with our databases, which offers immediate opportunities to deliver positive results and impact our products. We want to build automated, self-healing services that are highly available to our customers and let our engineers get a good night's rest.

In this position, you’re able to work from anywhere—seriously. While our office is in New York City, over half of our employees are all over the US and the world. If you work at HQ, you’ll be in a brand new office, carefully and thoughtfully designed to give each person both private and collaborative work spaces. And if you don’t, you’ll be part of a remote-first culture where all of our meetings are online and apps and tools like Slack, Trello and Google Hangouts are the normal way to communicate. Remote workers never end up struggling to hear a meeting where everybody in the office forgot that someone was on the other end of a speakerphone.

We offer fair, competitive, and transparent pay. The range for this position is $74K to $80K and we look at factors like your experience and location to determine our offer, which comes with a comprehensive benefits package. We don’t negotiate because we make our best possible offer up front- no games.


We’re looking for people with:

  • At least five years of database experience, knowledge, and excitement about the terrain, primarily with Microsoft SQL Server

  • A deep understanding of the tools at an Operations engineer's disposal, and knowledge of the time and place to use each one

  • Pragmatic problem-solving abilities dealing with complex systems

  • Comfort wearing other hats in a heterogeneous environment when necessary: working with web servers and databases, development tasks, hardware and software, dashboards and ssh terminals, etc. Debian/CentOS based Linux systems experience is a plus

  • An excellent command of written and spoken English

That being said, we'd be particularly delighted to hire someone with experience in:

  • Windows Active Directory, including policy deployment and user/system management

  • Experience with other database systems, particularly PostgreSQL

  • Datacenter experience, with both virtual and bare metal hosts

We want you to know

We welcome you, as you are, to work at Fog Creek. We're removing the structural barriers and daily frustrations that too many tech companies inflict on underrepresented workers. From day one, our company has been about respecting and valuing our workers, and you’ll be supported by every level of our organization when you join our team. We support workplace diversity.

Fog Creek Software, Inc. does not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected class. If you have a disability, we’re more than happy to accommodate and make the interview process better for you.

To apply: To apply, email us at, attaching a current resume in HTML, Plain Text, or PDF format. In the body of the email describe how you fit the requirements outlined above. Our auto-response will let you know we received your application and have a few quick follow up questions that shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

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