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Database Administrator

Who we are…

Hallmark Labs (a subsidiary of Hallmark), based in Santa Monica, CA, is the parent company of three digital services; (a subscription video on demand service), (a digital social expression service), and Ink & Main (an ecommerce platform for personalized greeting cards). We’re leveraging Hallmark’s experience creating meaningful, emotional connections, and rapidly progressing a century old, privately-owned, iconic American brand to the forefront of the digital age with cutting-edge technology.

Of course we have the normal perks for a company in Santa Monica: drinks, snacks, writable walls, collaboration spaces, casual dress, monthly catered lunches, ample parking - but we know that is not what you really care about. We are a small and growing company with a talented and driven group of software professionals focused on building great things together, all while having fun!


What we need...

At Hallmark Labs, you will work with developers and business stakeholders to understand the business needs for data and create, maintain, and monitor secure and highly performant databases. You are passionate about data and not only enjoy data schema design, but are comfortable with various DB tools and types of databases. You know that good data and well designed and maintained databases are critical to any business.


This job involves the following responsibilities:

  • Install, configure and maintain MySQL and PostgreSQL databases
  • Optimize and tune database performance and SQL queries
  • Improve monitoring, perform database capacity and usage planning
  • Assist developers with query tuning and schema design
  • Write and maintain scripts to automate tasks
  • Troubleshoot database-related application performance issues
  • Perform tests and evaluations regularly to ensure data security and integrity
  • Ensure security and data integrity of databases
  • Perform routine, periodic and proactive maintenance
  • Implement tools to automate database operation and monitoring
  • Backup/recovery, replication, cluster failover and disaster recovery


Basic Qualifications:

  • BS/MS in Computer Science, Engineering, related field, or equivalent experience or relevant certification
  • 4+ years of experience as a Database Administrator
  • 4+ years of SQL experience
  • 2+ years of performance tuning
  • 2+ years of disaster recovery and backup experience
  • 2+ years of professional experience with MySQL or PostgreSQL


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Highly proficient in all aspects of database administration, including backup/recovery/replication, clustering, advanced performance tuning, and proactive monitoring
  • Familiarity with microservice data schema design
  • eCommerce experience 
  • Experience with AWS
  • Experience with DB monitoring tools such as Monyog
  • Experience with configuration management tools such as Chef and Puppet
  • Able to read and understand ERDs
  • Familiarity with iterative software development
  • Experience with NoSQL DBs such as MongoDB and Redis
  • Experience with high availability configurations


In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Hallmark Labs will hire only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  Employment by Hallmark Labs is contingent upon the signing of the Employment Agreement, completing Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and satisfactory reference and background checks.

Hallmark Labs is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, pregnancy, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other legally-protected status. To view your rights as an applicant please review the following EEO posters: “EEO is the Law” poster and the "EEO is the Law Supplement"  

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