Database Administrator

San Francisco, CA

Company Summary:

Blurb® is a book-making platform and creative community that enables individuals to create, publish, share and sell high-quality photo books, trade books, and magazines in both print and digital formats. Blurb is accessible to consumers across the globe with free, innovative book creation and layout tools. Founded in 2005, Blurb has over 2 million customers worldwide, resulting in over 4 million unique book titles, with nearly 18 million units shipped to almost 100 countries around the world. We are headquartered in San Francisco.

Essential Functions:

  • Identifies database requirements; analyzing department applications, programing, and operations; evaluating existing systems and designing proposed systems
  • Recommends solutions by defining database physical structure and functional capabilities, database security, data back-up, and recovery specifications
  • Installs revised or new systems by proposing specifications and flowcharts; recommending optimum access techniques; coordinating installation requirements
  • Maintains database performance by calculating optimum values for database parameters; implementing new releases; completing maintenance requirements; evaluating computer operating systems and hardware products
  • Provides information by answering questions and requests
  • Supports database functions by designing and coding utilities
  • Maintains quality service by establishing and enforcing organization standards
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed



  • 5-7 years experience managing a production RDBMS
  • Strong proficiency in administering Postgres v9.2+ database servers
  • Some experience with MySQL 5.5+
  • Familiarity with standard development practices as it relates to DDL and DML changes (SCM, CI, code review)
  • Ability to translate application metrics into DB requirements to maintain scale
  • Experience with replication and connection pooling
  • Experience with backup and restore methods
  • Monitoring and reporting on performance metrics (long running queries, CPU/IO issues), uptime, and security
  • Working with developers on root cause analysis and guiding development practices that strive to maintain performant and secure systems
  • Ability to write & optimize queries
  • Maintaining tools to aid in automation of alerting and deployment
  • Experience providing 24x7 on-call support 
  • Excellent troubleshooting, documentation, and communication skills
  • Solid Linux fundamentals including kernel and OS tuning, as it relates to DB performance and security
  • Proven track record of documenting and automating changes


  • Experience with pgBadger, pgCluu or other Postgres specific monitoring solutions
  • ETLs and Data Warehousing
  • Experience with
    • Ansible
    • JDBC
    • HikariCP
    • Linux LVM
    • Linux KVM
    • Dell server hardware
    • DB architecture within a production SOA environment
  • Long history of working in a Red Hat/CentOS environment

Work Environment:

Blurb is a high-growth company, which means tremendous challenges and opportunities. We are looking for smart people who learn fast, solve problems, and get the job done. Our team is tasked with finding innovative ways to achieve hyper-growth and looking at new verticals and possibly new business models. May be required to work extended hours at times.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance (HMO, PPO, HSA options)
  • Parental Leave Benefit
  • Employer-Paid Life insurance, Short-term and Long-term disability
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Medical, Dependent Care, and Transportation and Parking expenses
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • 15 Days Paid Time Off Per Year (with tenure-based increases after two years)
  • Birthday Off
  • Catered Lunch on Wednesdays
  • Office massage
  • $300 credit A Year to Create Your Own Books with Blurb

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Blurb is committed to equal opportunity and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. The job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and other job functions are subject to modification. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.