Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Staff Posted On: Wed Jul 31 2019 Job Description:
Purpose of Position
The System Administrator II position works with a team of systems administration professionals to support an enterprise computing infrastructure that includes a variety of servers, storage, and supporting equipment. Additionally, this position along with the team oversees two data centers as well as strategic cloud/hosted services. The Systems group is responsible for a wide range of services ranging from client hosting to university-wide mission critical applications. Reports to the Lead Systems Engineer.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Design, implement, maintain, and monitor server operating systems (Windows, Linux, and Unix) and processes on diverse server hardware platforms.
Expediently resolve system problems working independently, with coworkers, and with vendors as necessary.
Configure, monitor, and maintain system security in accordance with departmental standards.
Develop and maintain technical system documentation.
Conduct vendor hardware and software evaluations and make recommendations regarding server/storage sizing, upgrades, and configuration.
Secondary Duties and Responsibilities
Technical assistance for peer and System Administrator I positions.
Apply regular system upgrades and patches in test and production environments.
Provide upper-tier technical support to other ITS staff and in limited cases directly to clients.
Other duties as required.
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success
An understanding of Windows and Linux/Unix client and server architectures, with experience in their installation, maintenance, monitoring, and configuration.
Proficiency with scripting languages and deployment tools such as PowerShell, Red Hat Satellite/Ansible.
A thorough understanding of TCP/IP networking, firewalls, and industry best practices for securing server-to-server communications and client access to server resources.
Familiarity with high-availability concepts including but not limited to fault tolerant hardware, load balancing, and clustering.
Excellent oral, written, and computer-mediated communication skills; experience with technical writing.
Excellent analytical, organizational, and professional decision-making skills.
Methodical and highly detail-oriented mindset.
Ability to troubleshoot and work effectively with co-workers, faculty, staff, students and external clients for successful incident resolution in potentially stressful situations.
Must be self-motivated and possess the ability to work independently, one-on-one, or with a team where situationally appropriate. This position is expected to be able to perform common duties autonomously.
Ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position in a competent manner following the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, accountability, responsibility, cooperation, and customer service.
Ability and willingness to learn new skills as needed, at times as a self-study endeavor.
Excellent and demonstrable troubleshooting skills.
Ability to simultaneously manage and organize several projects and regular duties.
Must be able to work from a ladder, lift up to 50lbs. and be able to differentiate colors without assistance.
A minimum of 4 years relevant experience.
Experience in enterprise server and storage hardware and related implementation and operation.
Experience in system monitoring, auditing, and alerting.
Experience working with modern multi-tier application environments that may consist of diverse web servers, middleware, and database architectures.
Must possess a current valid Driver's License and maintain it in good standing in accordance with University policies.
Demonstrate an understanding of network technologies.
Ability to participate in a 24x7 on-call rotation for unplanned outages and work outside of regular University hours, typically planned in advance, as needed.
Must be able to provide and maintain Internet connectivity from personal residence. Must be able to travel to the Bowling Green campus in a time frame congruent to the group's on-call policy which, among other details, states a maximum of 1 hr. under normal travel conditions.
Salary Grade: 109 Salary Range: $65,000 - $68,000
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