CISA Database Administrator

This role administers databases and/or data management systems that allow for the secure storage, query, protection, and utilization of data.

Personnel performing this role may unofficially or alternatively be called:

  • Data Architect
  • Data Custodian
  • Data Manager
  • Data Warehouse Specialist
  • Database Developer
  • Database Engineer/Architect
  • Information Dissemination Manager
  • Data Security Manager/Specialist
  • Data Protection Technician/Specialist

Category: Operate and Maintain
Specialty Area: Data Administration


Core Tasks

  • Analyze and plan for anticipated changes in data capacity requirements. (T0008)
  • Maintain database management systems software. (T0137)
  • Monitor and maintain databases to ensure optimal performance. (T0152)
  • Perform backup and recovery of databases to ensure data integrity. (T0162)
  • Performs configuration management, problem management, capacity management, and financial management for databases and data management systems. (T0305)
  • Supports incident management, service-level management, change management, release management, continuity management, and availability management for databases and data management systems. (T0306)
  • Implement data management standards, requirements, and specifications. (T0422)
  • Install and configure database management systems and software. (T0490)

Core Competencies

  • Business Continuity
  • Data Management
  • Database Administration
  • Database Management Systems

Core Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Knowledge of data backup and recovery. (K0021)
  • Knowledge of data administration and data standardization policies. (K0020)
  • Skill in maintaining databases. (i.e., backup, restore, delete data, transaction log files, etc.). (S0042)
  • Skill in optimizing database performance. (S0045)
  • Knowledge of database management systems, query languages, table relationships, and views. (K0023)
  • Knowledge of query languages such as SQL (structured query language). (K0069)

How to Apply

To apply for this work role, submit an application to one or more of CISA's vacancy announcements. Please ensure your resume has been updated to reflect your demonstrated experience performing the above tasks and describe your exposure to the listed competencies.

  1. Assign the appropriate Task ID and/or Core KSA ID to each experience statement in your resume. Task and KSA IDs are listed in parenthesis at the end of each bullet above.
  2. You must also include demonstrated experience on the four required competencies:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Customer Service
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving

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