Staff Database Administrator



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 23, 2023

About Altruist

Altruist is a fast growing fintech company that's transforming the financial advice industry. Our mission is to make financial advice better, more affordable, and accessible to everyone. We’re a modern custodian built exclusively for registered investment advisors (RIAs). As we disrupt legacy custodians and revolutionize the $100T RIA market, we're seeking exceptional individuals to join our team. If you embody our core values of kindness, brilliance, and grit, and are passionate about making a meaningful impact, we want to hear from you!

About the position

Altruist is entering an exciting phase, and we're looking for a Staff Database Administrator to join our Altruist team.

Please note: This is a hybrid position with on-site requirements of 3x per week in San Francisco.

What you’ll do

  • Database Optimization: Regularly review, refine, and optimize SQL queries across Postgres, MySQL, and Snowflake platforms to maintain peak performance.
  • Preventive Measures: Implement and update security protocols, data management practices, and other preventive strategies to reduce the risk of future incidents and vulnerabilities.
  • System Maintenance: Lead comprehensive audits, updates, and maintenance initiatives to ensure consistent system reliability and responsiveness.
  • Data Recovery: Develop and oversee robust data recovery mechanisms and strategies, guaranteeing minimal data loss and business disruption in the event of system failures.
  • Cold Storage Strategy: Direct the strategic transition of legacy or infrequently accessed data to cost-effective cold storage solutions.
  • AWS RDS Expertise: Demonstrate proficiency in AWS RDS solutions and potentially guide future strategies related to data center operations.
  • Knowledge and Training: Serve as the primary point of contact for database-related knowledge, providing guidance, training, and expertise to other teams and stakeholders.
  • Incident Management: Address and resolve database incidents, with a special focus on preventing and rapidly responding to P0 severity incidents to ensure database stability.

What you’ll bring

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of hands-on experience in database administration, specifically with platforms like Postgres, MySQL, and Snowflake.
  • Familiarity with designing, implementing, and supporting large-scale database systems in a complex business environment.
  • Proven track record of effectively addressing and mitigating high-severity incidents.
  • Experience in troubleshooting and resolving database problems, using root cause analysis to prevent future occurrences.
  • Expertise in SQL/query performance tuning, as well as proficiency in performance optimization tools and techniques.
  • Extensive experience with AWS RDS solutions and Snowflake.
  • Understanding of cloud architecture, migration strategies, and cost optimization techniques.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in developing and implementing backup and recovery solutions.
  • Knowledge of tools and third-party solutions for data backup, replication, and disaster recovery.
  • Experience in setting up and maintaining security protocols, including user access controls, encryption, and regular security audits.
San Francisco, CA salary range
$200,000$249,000 USD


  • Competitive salary and stock options
  • Premium Healthcare, Dental, and Vision insurance plans
  • Generous paid parental leave
  • 401(k) savings plan with matching contributions
  • Flexible paid time off

Total compensation includes a competitive benefits package along with equity in the form of Stock Options (ISOs). A salary offer will be determined by a number of factors including experience, skill level, internal pay equity, geographic location, and other relevant business considerations. We review all employee pay and compensation programs regularly to ensure fair, equitable, and competitive pay. At Altruist, we are committed to providing fair, equitable, and competitive compensation by leveraging market data to inform our pay bands. Base salaries will be reviewed at regular intervals throughout the year, typically in conjunction with performance review cycles. By evaluating compensation on a regular basis, we are able to reward high performance and ensure all employees have opportunities for growth.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Altruist we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.