Database Engineer

Las Cruces, NM

Position Classification Title: Database Engineer I, II, III

Incentive Compensation: 5% of Base Salary

FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Summary:

The Database Engineer is responsible for designing and implementing digital databases. Uses computing tools to create new databases or adjust the function and capacity of existing databases.  Design efficient database engine processes for sorting and accessing information. Uses programming knowledge to build data pipelines and integrate new information into existing databases.

Provides leadership in the evaluation and design of existing or proposed systems to structure and access enterprise databases. Analyzes system requirements of the user department, applications programming, and operations. Submits recommendations for solutions that require definition of the physical structure and functional capabilities of databases and require data security and data backup/recovery specifications. Proposes detailed specifications and flowcharts and coordinates installation of systems.

About Us:

The New Mexico State University Foundation invites you to apply to join our diverse, dynamic, and welcoming team in Las Cruces, NM. The NMSU Foundation seeks to provide the pinnacle career experience for each member of our team. The Foundation is seeking talented individuals who are passionate about the mission of NMSU and committed to a continual pursuit of excellence. We build strong relationships with alumni, supporters, NMSU partners, and each other, while personifying our core values of integrity, teamwork, stewardship, innovation, and fun.

Established in 1959, the New Mexico State University Foundation’s mission is to build a brighter future for NMSU, one relationship at a time. As an independent nonprofit organization, the Foundation is the primary fundraising and alumni relations institution for NMSU. We are charged with raising and managing gifts of all types and coordinating the alumni association. We invest endowed gifts and disburse funding each year for the purposes designated by donors. The Foundation coordinates the efforts of the NMSU Alumni Association, which galvanizes the enthusiasm and loyalty of the NMSU alumni network of over 147,000 graduates to support the mission of NMSU while becoming better connected with each other.

Our team partners with alumni, corporations, foundations, and other supporters who want to match their charitable passions with opportunities for purposeful philanthropy and personal engagement at NMSU. Gifts create scholarships, advance faculty endeavors, enhance student programs, and make new and renovated educational and athletic facilities possible. These generous investments greatly enhance NMSU’s land grant mission to provide the highest quality academic programs, develop new understandings through research and creativity, and provide extension services across our state and region.

We offer a highly competitive salary including incentive compensation, an industry-leading benefits package, and a fun and fulfilling work environment. Qualified individuals with a high level of energy who are looking for a work environment that nurtures vision, performance, productivity, superior quality, and unsurpassed integrity are encouraged to apply for this career opportunity.

NMSU is New Mexico’s flagship land-grant and space-grant institution. Founded in 1888, NMSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the state and is a Hispanic-serving institution and a comprehensive research university dedicated to teaching, research, service, and outreach. NMSU serves more than 14,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries and is among the best universities in the nation at moving students from the lowest income tier to the top. Over 50% of NMSU students are first-generation college students and over 60% are Hispanic, meaning that NMSU is one of the most important and effective drivers of economic mobility in the state. Las Cruces is located 45 miles north of El Paso, TX, and features an average of 294 days of sunshine annually. Situated in the heart of the historic Mesilla Valley between the Organ Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak, Las Cruces is ideal for job seekers who enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and birdwatching. Las Cruces is New Mexico’s second-largest city and home to 111,000 residents. The median home price in Las Cruces is $285,000, far below the national average of $425,000. 

Essential Functions:

•Provides technical design, implementation, maintenance, system administration and support of hardware, software, network and/or instructional technology.

•Provides end-user support on information technology issues through consultation and advising, problem identification and resolution, training and preparation/maintenance of documentation.

•Participates in projects and cross-functional activities related to information technology initiatives or processes.

•May provide on-call support for designated systems or services.

•Analyzes data requirements, application and processing architectures, data dictionaries, and database schema(s), and then designs, develops, amends, optimizes, and certifies database schema design to meet system(s) requirements.

•Gathers, analyzes, and normalizes relevant information related to, and from business processes, functions, and operations to evaluate data credibility and determine relevance and meaning.

•Development and design of database and warehouse applications across multiple platforms and computing environments.

•Development of an overall data architecture that supports the information needs of the Foundation in a flexible but secure environment.

•Responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing database policies and procedures to ensure the integrity and availability of databases and their accompanying software.

•Reviews progress and evaluates results. Recommends changes in procedures. Reviews progress with management.

•Works on database and code management, review, and documentation.

•Works with application developers to know how applications work and tests results.

•Works with implementation team to build, customize and roll out new solutions, and with consultants to design and build solution structures specific to needs.

•Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Required Education, Knowledge, Experience & Certification/License:

•An energetic, well-grounded, innovative, service-oriented personality and calculated risk taker with a bias for action, a record of setting and surpassing objectives, and the proven “can do” attitude and drive to execute strategies and produce results beyond expectations.

•Knowledge and understanding of principles, procedures, regulations, and standards applicable to the job.

•Experience with SQL, Crystal Reports, Qlik, Microsoft Power Bi, Data Visualization and Microsoft Azure

•Understanding of the Foundation's mission, vision and goals.

•Ability to conduct short- and long-term planning.

•Ability to analyze problems and find resolutions.

•Ability to prepare and present reports.

•Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written.

•Ability to gather and interpret relevant data and information.

•Ability to use inductive reasoning.

•Ability to determine the interrelationships between solutions and requirements.

•Ability to communicate data administration concepts to management, staff and clients.

•Ability to think analytically and should be a problem solver.

•Ability to make effective decisions under pressure.


Job Family Levels

• Level I:

     o High school diploma or equivalent

     o 3 years relevant experience in computer maintenance, troubleshooting, graphic and web site design, and programming or a related field.

• Level II:

     o Bachelor's degree in a related discipline.

     o 3 years relevant experience in computer maintenance, troubleshooting, graphic and web site design, and programming or a related field.

• Level III:

     o Bachelor's degree in a related discipline.

     o 5 years relevant experience in computer maintenance, troubleshooting, graphic and web site design, programming or a related field.