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Database Specialist

  • Job ID: 594649592
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Altoona
  • Department: Patient Experience
  • Location: 620 Howard Avenue, Altoona PA 16601
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $20.28 to $32.50 / hour


Responsible for maintaining the Department Manager database and the Financial Edge database to make data accessible to end users, including research administration staff, research investigators, and management. The specialist is also responsible for the validity of data contained in each database.


  • Develop procedures, technical documentation, training manuals, and reports as well as database-training guidelines for end-users.
  • Ensures the data flow activities, documentation, abstracting, coding, and interpretation yield quality output by creating and utilizing effective quality control procedures.
  • Serves as a resource person in areas of data management and reporting, performs special projects and other duties as assigned.
  • Work with managers, end users, and external vendors to develop/implement business rules and specifications/changes/updates for database functionality; act as liaison with vendor technical support.
  • Troubleshoot problems concerning database records and communicate with co-workers and end users of the system.
  • Analyzes technical and manual work alternatives for problem resolution, and presents recommendations to management.
  • Reviews data manually and electronically for accuracy and completeness.
  • Assist/train end-users in creating reports and data extracts
  • Prepares data from various internal and external sources to import into an existing database and will manually enter other data as required.
  • Utilizes system utilities to troubleshoot faulty database information.



KNOWLEDGE, PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE, AND LICENSURE/REGISTRATION ARE REQUIRED1. Bachelor's degree in health information management, information systems, or related field or equivalent in experience.2. Two years of experience in database management. Experience with Department Manager and Blackbaud/Financial Edge preferred.3. Knowledge of data gathering methodology and data input, management, communications, networking, analysis, and relational database architecture.4. Ability to understand the data needs of users and produce reports5. A basic understanding of the research grant management process is highly preferred6. Ability to meet deadlines and work productively in a collaborative environment Demonstrated ability to self-start, independently set priorities, and anticipate information needed as projects and situations develop special SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED 1. Analytical and database management ability sufficient to evaluate data needs, and implement and maintain such systems2. Proficient with the use of personal computers, including spreadsheet design (Excel), word processing (Word), and database systems (Cognos, Department Manager, Blackbaud).3. Knowledge of database design and implementation. 4. Strong technical and business writing skills sufficient to effectively communicate data analysis findings and recommendations.5. Ability to accurately relay information and communicate, both verbally and in writing, tactfully and courteously with peers, department management, research investigators, and other healthcare professionals.

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  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Individuals hired into this role must comply with UPMC’s COVID vaccination requirements upon beginning employment with UPMC. Refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Information section at the top of this page to learn more.

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