Friends Seminary seeks a data systems specialist to manage implementation, configuration, maintenance, and performance of data systems to ensure the availability and consistent performance of our institution-wide applications. This is a “hands-on” position requiring strong technical skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Friends Seminary is a complex and dynamic institution that relies on numerous integrated database platforms to manage its day to day and long term operations including: academics, admissions, business operations, fundraising, and communications. The smooth integration, usability, and accuracy of shared data between the school’s operating departments is vital. The database specialist will manage back-end database structure and settings for all data platforms, manage user settings & security, provide training and troubleshooting for users, and perform higher order data access (e.g. custom queries and reports). The data systems specialist will report to the Director of Technology and work closely with other members of the Technology Department to support the technology needs of the school community.
Provide top level support for the school’s major database platforms. School systems include:
Student Information System and Academic Records
Course Management Platform
Admissions online applications
Emergency contact system
Interface with database software providers to ensure institutional needs are met.
Manage customization of database systems to meet school needs.
Manage procedures for data backup and work with Director of Technology to ensure data security.
Provide user support and technical support for database users.
Support interoffice workflow, especially around database integration and data sharing.
Manage database user account settings and permissions.
Perform advanced data interface tasks such as programmed queries, custom reports, or specialized mailing lists.
Assist Director of Technology as needed in supporting other technology infrastructure: networks, devices, AV, etc.
Offer suggestions, advancements and improvements to the database technology in order to move the school forward.
Experience with technical support and integration of commercial database platforms.
Familiarity with SQL query programming.
Strong organizational skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate.
Educational or non-profit institutional experience preferred.
When submitting your required documents, kindly reference in the subject line: your first and last name, the position you are applying for and where you heard about the position, i.e: Smith, John –Database Systems Specialist - Friends Website. You will receive a confirmation email when you submit your application online. Kindly submit your information only once per school year. No phone calls, please. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. We do not exclude anyone on the basis of race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.
Friends Seminary educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, under the care of the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Through instruction and example, students follow their curiosity and exercise their imaginations as they develop as scholars, artists and athletes. In a community that cultivates the intellect through keen observation, critical thinking a...nd coherent expression, we strive to respond to one another, valuing the single voice as well as the effort to reach consensus. The disciplines of silence, study and service provide the matrix for growth: silence opens us to change; study helps us to know the world; service challenges us to put our values into practice. At Friends Seminary, education occurs within the context of the Quaker belief in the Inner Light – that of God in every person. "Guided by the ideals of integrity, peace, equality and simplicity, and by our commitment to diversity, we do more than prepare students for the world that is: we help them bring about the world that ought to be."*
* This last sentence is adapted from Faith and Practice: The Book of Discipline of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (1974).
Adopted January 2006