City of Tacoma WA SAP BASIS Database Administrator (Oracle/HANA) in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

The City of Tacoma's Information Technology Department is seeking a SAP Database Administrator for a permanent, full-time position within our SAP BASIS team. This is a great opportunity to be a member of a team that is truly dedicated to the success of information technology at the City of Tacoma!

If you're a SAP DBA, who takes great pride in your ability to clearly communicate and in your technical writing skills; if you are ready to work both independently and with staff throughout our organization, to properly and professionally care for all our SAP database systems; we are looking for you!

In this role, you will be responsible for all aspects of database administration and BASIS operations, including performance monitoring, SQL tuning and SAP production operations. We are looking for someone with a well-established SAP DBA background, but we are also willing to provide training on the newer SAP HANA platform. Our SAP environment includes ECC 6.07 Suite on Hana, NW Enterprise Portal, PI/PO, as well as Solution Manager and Business Warehouse on Oracle.


  • Leads the efforts to actively monitor SAP systems including HANA & Oracle databases and provide proactive intervention, to help ensure the best possible customer experience.
  • Analyzes performance statistics and makes appropriate changes and enhancements to optimize database and SQL performance.
  • Actively hunts down expensive SQL statements and works both independently and with others to improve data access and SQL processing times.
  • Designs, implements and maintains database security roles and authorizations.
  • Upgrades database systems and related administration tools, and also provides ongoing instruction and training to others on their capabilities and proper usage.
  • Assist with scheduling batch jobs.
  • Assist with other SAP BASIS related activities as needed.

Why Work for The City of Tacoma? This is an enriching opportunity to work with people who are passionate about making a real, tangible difference in our community. You'll be surrounded by innovative professionals working on a variety of tasks and projects, during this formative time of Tacoma's growth and development. You too can help play a part in shaping the future of the City of Tacoma!

The City of Tacoma also has a very generous benefit package, with one of the best pension packages available. These generous employee benefits include:

  • Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses/domestic partners and dependents, including children up to age 26.
  • Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
  • Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
  • Generous amount of paid holidays and personal time off.
  • A phenomenal pension plan that prepares you for retirement.

THE COMMUNITY Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.

Propelled by significant development such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.

Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

City of Tacoma Recruitment One of the primary goals of the Equity and Empowerment Initiative is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.


Equivalent combination to: Bachelor degree in computer science or related field and five or more years directly related information technology work experience. Experience related to database administration and BASIS operations preferred.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Interested individuals should complete the online application and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position. Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of this position may be invited to participate in an interview.

Appointment is subject to passing a background check. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 120. An employee in this position will be required to join the union within 30 days of hire. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted before the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400 before the closing date.

Salary: $67,433.59 - $104,624.00 Annually

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Classified

Department: Information Technology

Job Number: 0151-18

Closing: 7/5/2018 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400