Information Technologist

Vancouver Island University

December 11, 2014

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Job Category: 
Job Specialization: 
IT Management
Company Overview: 

Known as a centre of excellence, Vancouver Island University (VIU) produces quality graduates who are in demand by employers across the country and around the world. VIU offers a supportive campus community focused on innovative teaching methods, undergraduate research opportunities, and creating an exceptional learning experience for our students.

VIU’s rich history and connection with its communities dates back to 1936 when Nanaimo’s first vocational training school opened its doors. Today, VIU offers an extensive range of programming, from industry-responsive trades and applied training to academic undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

VIU has evolved into a dynamic, internationally known university that supports a student population in excess of 17,000 full-and part-time learners, including 1,500 international students, over 2,000 Aboriginal students, and employs over 2,300 faculty and staff.

VIU operates four campuses, including a main campus in Nanaimo and regional campuses in Duncan, Powell River and Parksville•Qualicum. VIU is also the proud owner of Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach, named one of the top 10 public gardens in Canada as well as the Deep Bay Marine Field Station.

Located on British Columbia’s spectacular West Coast, VIU offers the opportunity to live and learn in one of the most beautiful university settings in Canada.

Job Summary: 

At Vancouver Island University, we don't just hire employees; we hire people. Imagine a future with a job that you love and a life that you want to lead -- imagine yourself making that future a reality at Vancouver Island University.

At VIU, we offer a solid compensation package that includes a comprehensive employer paid benefits plan; annual holidays starting at four weeks per year, plus a week-long break at the end of December; professional development opportunities and a desirable pension plan that takes the worry out of retirement. As a part of our campus community, you will work with supportive colleagues, be presented with interesting challenges within an encouraging environment and be given the tools and training that inspires variety and promotes learning. All while you enjoy the pace and quality of life on mid-Vancouver Island.

The department of Information Technology at Vancouver Island University invites applications for the position, Information Technologist - Oracle Database and System Administration. This regular, full-time appointment will be made effective as soon as possible.

As part of a team, the Information Technologist will manage and support the Oracle Database and supporting servers. Under the direction of the Manager, the Information Technologist’s responsibilities will include the following: provide effective and efficient support for the Vancouver Island University information systems; manage, tune and troubleshoot the Oracle Database and its integration with a wide variety of computer software applications and sub-systems in a highly complex, multi-platform and multi-operating system environment; be responsible for data integrity, backup and restoration of institutional data in production and disaster recovery situations; plan for the evolution of VIU information systems and evaluate technology; manage the servers running the Oracle database in production and development environments; respond to requests for service, provide appropriate resolutions and maintain associated documentation and online records; create and maintain accurate and concise documentation related to the development, installation, configuration and maintenance of all supported systems; research, test and deploy solutions for a wide variety of Information Systems problems and needs; lead or be a member of teams working on small to large-scale information technology projects; and provide support for all campuses and sites including Cowichan, Parksville and Powell River. The successful candidate will participate in a wide range of activities, including student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.

The successful candidate will have a BSc Degree in computing science, or related field, from an appropriately accredited institution; three to five years of current directly related experience -- an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered; proven strengths in Oracle Database administration and systems management in a mixed OS environment ideally including Linux (Red Hat), VMS and Windows. Skilled in programming/scripting development, PL/SQL, Perl, sh and bash; advanced analytical and problem solving skills on a wide variety of computing hardware and software systems; strong working knowledge of network architecture, storage systems (fibre channel, SAN); demonstrated success as a team member, in leadership roles and working autonomously; strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to produce and maintain high quality technical documentation; ability to conduct research, produce reports and make appropriate recommendations; ability to work in a high-pressure environment, requiring proficiency in multitasking, prioritizing and meeting deadlines; willingness to travel, as required, to provide support at all campuses.

The ideal candidate will have recent expertise and experience in the following: VMS systems management, DCL, TOAD, LDAP, enterprise Windows environments, Active Directory.

How To Apply: 

Application Information:

The posting period for this career opportunity, competition #14-4077, will close on January 07, 2015.

Please Submit:        

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Copies of transcripts/credentials/qualifications identified on resume
  • Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference
  • Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.

Vancouver Island University supports an online application system.  Visit to access this employment opportunity and VIU’s online application system.  Requests for information or assistance can be directed to

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.