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

Skill Community: IT
Category: Operate and Maintain
Specialty Area: Data Administration
Work Role Code: 421


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)

Join the Mission

CISA is always searching for diverse, talented, and highly motivated professionals to continue its mission of securing the nation’s critical infrastructure. CISA is more than a great place to work; our workforce tackles the risks and threats that matter most to the nation, our families, and communities.

To join this mission, visit USAJOBs and/or the DHS Cybersecurity Service to view job announcements and to access the application. Be sure to tailor your resume to the specific job announcement, attach relevant documents, and complete all required assessments. 

When applying for CISA’s cyber positions, please review CISA’s cyber roles above and update your resume to align your experience with the listed competencies. Your resume must also show demonstrated cyber/IT related experience in:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Customer Service
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving

To receive email notifications when new CISA positions are announced, set up a “saved search” on USAJOBs with keyword “Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Individuals eligible for special hiring authorities may also be considered during CISA’s one-stop hiring events or by emailing or

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