Staff Database Reliability Engineer

At Okta, some catchphrases are "Always On" and “No Mysteries, and nowhere do we embrace them more than in Site/Data Reliability Operations. Therefore, we are looking for a Senior/Staff Database Administrator (DBA) with experience working in large-scale environments with zero downtime. The job is to deliver an extremely reliable, performant, and secure database infrastructure through the skillful use of automation.

We would love to hear from you if you like to be challenged and passionate about solving problems at scale with automation, testing, and tuning. The ideal candidate exemplifies the ethics of, “If you have to do something more than once, automate it” and who can rapidly self-educate on new concepts and tools.  

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

As a Database Reliability Engineer, you will have ownership of all technical aspects of our data services tier. Reporting to the Manager of Site Reliability Engineering, you will partner with our core product engineers, performance engineers, site reliability engineers, and growing DBRE team, working towards scaling, securing, and tuning our MySQL clusters. Additionally, you will play a key role as we evolve our architecture to meet the demands of Okta's enormous growth and the hundreds of millions of users who rely on us to provide uninterrupted access to business-critical enterprise and consumer applications.

  • Ensure effective performance and 24X7 availability of the production database systems
  • Design, automate and document operational processes, tasks, and configuration management.
  • Lead efforts on performance tuning, scaling and benchmarking the data services infrastructure. 
  • Work closely with performance engineers and core product engineers on various topics.
  • Contribute to automation such as configuration automation using chef, launching infrastructure using terraform and in-house tooling, and automating any other repetitive tasks.
  • Track resource usage trends and take preventative actions to restore full health
  • Monitor security and database operation related alerts, take preventive or corrective action to resolve issues
  • Participate in on-call rotation and occasional off-hour activities

Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Qualities:

  • 5+ years of experience managing MySQL / Percona Server 5.7 / 8, Aurora at scale
  • Proficient in a Linux environment, including Linux internals and tuning
  • 3+ years of experience with automating systems and infrastructure using Terraform
  • Proficient in using and developing Chef cookbooks and recipes to manage configuration
  • Proficiency in automating administrative tasks using (Ruby, Python, Shell, Ansible, Go)
  • 5+ years of experience using AWS/GCP or any other cloud provider
  • Experience working in AWS (EC2 / EBS / S3 Snapshots / Aurora / RDS)
  • Experience as a first responder for the data tier on a high-traffic site
  • Experience managing Vitess in production is nice to have.
  • Identify with: security conscious, self-motivated, accountable, collaborative, reliable, and a team player.


  • Tech blogging / Open source projects contributions a plus



((Colorado, New York and Washington only*) Minimum OTE of $154,000/year + equity + benefits))

Okta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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