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Re: DBA needed in Austin, TX

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Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 19:24:39 -0800
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David forgot to mention a couple of things about working for AISD:
- We don't wear neckties (well, David does sometimes).

AISD's infrastructure is truly awesome. The fiber WAN allows our widely-scattered users to connect dependably to our databases and me to push tons of data around quickly and reliably. All the UNIX and other servers (not to mention our Users' PCs) are either brand new or about 3 years or less old. The oldest Oracle databases we have are and we've already started upgrading to We'll be moving our only Win2k database to HP-UX in the next few months. All the other DBs are already on either HP-UX or Linux.

We've got a couple of less-than-perfect 3rd Party COTS applications for Financials and Student Information, but we're rapidly applying Oracle features to improve them and add functionality their producers never even thought of, as well as providing Web-enabled access to our thousands of AISD users and the Community at large. Our Developers have hardly a Duh(veloper) among them and their supervisor is top-notch, too. An all-round great bunch of folks to work with District-wide.

I've been with AISD for 15 months - my first Public Sector gig ever - and I'm loving it. Also, with the Economy the way it is (and will be for a while to come), this Public Sector organization is very competitive in salary and benefits with the Private Sector. I know, I shopped around and got other offers before coming here.

Oh, and Austin being the "Live Music Capital of the World" doesn't hurt, either. And I certainly don't want to forget the part about not having to wear a necktie!

Jack C. Applewhite
Database Administrator
Austin Independent School District
Austin, Texas
512.414.9715 (wk)
512.935.5929 (pager,
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With permission from Jared:

'Needed' is kind of strong. We've got a position open, but we're not real needy folks. We're a school district. The 37th (depending on the day of the week) largest in the United States. If we were a business, it'd be pretty good-sized. Our annual operating budget is 730 million dollars plus
(of which MIS gets a really small, tiny, little itty bit), we have 15,000 employees, 130 branch offices, our own police force and post office. We fix 150,000 meals a day and need to collect cash or validate for every person through the cafeterias. We're moving from a mainframe environment to client-server computing with an Oracle back-end running on HPUX and Linux for both our student data and ERP systems. It's a pretty dynamic shop. We've got 40 or so people (depending on the day of the week) split into three areas, business systems, student systems and programming. We don't do the network piece, but that's solid - switched gigabit ethernet running on over 300 miles of fiber with 100MB to the desktop.

I don't hire or set salaries. HR does that. I only recommend. The salary
for this position will be somewhere between $60K and $80K depending on experience (and whatever bizarre decisions are reached by the compensation analyst).

You've got to be REAL strong in backup and recovery. And curious. We're planning to go where no school district (or very few) has gone before. Your assistance will be vital in making the investment Austin has made in technology pay off.

If you've got any questions, please send me an email. If you'd like to apply, you can do so on-line at

Under 'classified' positions, see if you can find the DBA position. If it isn't there (depending on the day of the week), and you can't possibly wait, apply for either the Programmer/Analyst or UNIX Admin position. It should be there sometime after 4pm CDT, or maybe tomorrow, or maybe not. [We don't do the Internet piece - yet].

David A. Barbour
Director, Management Information Services AISD


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