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Alaska Airlines Principal Database Administrator in Seattle, Washington

Company Alaska Airlines

The Team

Guided by our purpose, core values, and leadership principles, we are creating an airline people love. Our corporate teams set the strategies and operational plans to ensure the success of our company. Whether we use our expertise in accounting, human resources, finance, planning, legal, marketing, or any of our operational divisions, our shared passion for travel and our guests is what motivates us to achieve excellence each day. If you share our passion for creating an airline people love, we want to hear from you.

Role Summary

The Principal Database Administrator is the sole subject matter expert in Microsoft SQL server and other database technologies. As an individual contributor, this role defines long-term strategy for SQL database platforms and exercises considerable latitude and initiative to solve complex problems and ensures the company’s database platforms are safe, secure, and cost effective.

Key Duties

  • Act as a subject matter expert and enterprise technology thought leader on Microsoft SQL platforms, including SQL Server Reporting Services and Cloud database platforms.

  • Define the long-term strategy for MS SQL platforms and their implementation.

  • Influence operations and development teams to ensure new capabilities are adopted and operationalized.

  • Closely partner with different groups within IT as well as business customers in order to clearly understand their requirements, implement technology solutions, and own the resulting systems.

  • Lead cross divisional enterprise infrastructure projects related to database platforms.

  • Research, develop, and communicate system roadmaps, opportunities and constraints to IT, as well as the Company.

  • Coordinate and collaborate with Enterprise Architecture, ensuring our forward-looking strategies and roadmaps align.

  • Train and mentor department and team members.

  • Represent the team and manager at division, business and project meetings.

  • Participate in the team on-call rotation.

Job-Specific Experience, Education & Skills


Where permitted by applicable law, candidates must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered, if not currently employed by Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air. The Company will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or for a sincerely held religious belief.


  • 7 years of experience in IT, with at least 5 years of professional experience with MS SQL and 2 years supporting cloud-based database platforms

  • Bachelor’s degree with a focus in computer science, information technology or a related study, or an additional two years of relevant training/experience in lieu of this degree.

  • In-depth knowledge of the following:

  • Datacenter server operating systems Windows, UNIX, and Linux

  • Database platforms MS SQL Server and Reporting Services

  • Cloud Database platforms including Azure Cosmos, SQL, and Synapse

  • Database replication and backup/restore techniques.

  • SQL performance tuning & diagnostics.

  • Experience:

  • Leveraging new technologies to improve process, reduce support, and/or lower costs.

  • Designing and implementing enterprise systems utilizing such platforms as Windows Server, UNIX, Linux, Virtualization, Cloud, Active Directory, etc.

  • Utilizing scripting tools i.e. Shell, VBScript, JavaScript, and PowerShell.

  • Knowledge of networking concepts (e.g., advanced networking, switching, and routing) and backup

  • Possess and display expert skills in the following areas: technical troubleshooting, vendor management, customer service, communication, and project management.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum age of 18.

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Job-Specific Leadership Expectations

Embody our values to own safety, do the right thing, be kind-hearted, deliver performance, and be remarkable

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Where permitted by applicable law, new hires must have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The Company will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or for a sincerely held religious belief.

Total Rewards

  • Competitive total rewards package

  • Medical, dental and vision benefits

  • 401k match program

  • Monthly incentive pay plan

  • Annual incentive pay plan

  • Generous paid time off

  • Travel privileges on Alaska Airlines & Horizon Air

FLSA Status Exempt
Employment Type Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
Apply by 7:00 PM Pacific Time on 11/1/2021
Location Seattle
Equal Employment Opportunity Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression), national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information (including family medical history) or other legally protected characteristics. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will also be considered for employment, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law.
People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
We are an E-Verify ® employer, where required by law.
L: #LI-JP2 Note: any salary range estimates not listed under Starting Rate in the job posting are provided solely by LinkedIn and are not official and have not been verified by Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air.
Job Locations USA-WA-Seattle
Requisition ID 2021-6183
Category Software & Technology