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Job Summary: The Systems Administrator is a professional member of Furman University's Information Technology Services Division, reporting to the Director of Systems and Networks. The Systems Administrator, provides skilled management of UNIX/Linux systems and servers, the central university backup system, as well as Domain Naming System/Service. The Systems Administrator coordinates maintenance, changes, installations and upgrades to these systems. Provides operating systems consultation and support for user services to meet the needs of the faculty, staff and students. Provides programming support for the implementation and maintenance of automated departmental procedures. Provides technical expertise as needed for the migration of the University email systems.
1. UNIX/Linux administration:
Builds and installs systems as requested.
Performs OS upgrades and patches
Deploys, configures and monitors, software, security, performance and reliability for
servers, including application servers, database and transaction servers, etc.
Consults with departmental academic specialists on OS and hardware needs
Migrates applications/services to new servers/hardware/VMware
Repairs and Recovers services due to hardware or software failures. Coordinates and
communicates with impacted constituencies.
Deploys and manages virtual machines in the management of servers.
2. Manages day-to-day issuance of IP addresses, DHCP reservations and DNS entries. 3. Maintains and manages Linux or UNIX-based server technologies, including:
Web servers (Apache, Tomcat, etc)
Digital certificates (mod_ssl, openssl, Windows, etc)
Operating system updates
4. Administers university backup system:
Performs OS upgrades and patches
Installs and configures backup client and server software
Jointly responsible for backing up of all critical campus-wide information systems daily,
using both full and incremental backups and approved tools and procedures.
Accurately logs all backups
Secures and stores Backup data in accordance with University requirements
Consults on backup needs of the university
Assists in the restoration of systems and data
This backup requirement and/or restore of critical files is a 24/7 responsibility, and
incumbent is expected to provide said service on demand.
Maintains up to date backups, retention policies, documentation, and backup integrity
tests 5. Provides experienced patch management of Linux and Windows based systems as required 6. Participates in on-call duties or after-hours work required to support enterprise needs. 7. Provides backup support to other team members 8. Collaborates with Academic Specialists for OS and integration expertise in support of academic and faculty needs. 9. Maintains current and up-to-date system logs and procedure manuals. 10. Maintains current skills necessary to assume primary and secondary responsibilities. 11. Applies state-of-the-art technology to meet requirements and improve system operations. 12. Manages implementation and renewal of SSL certificates. 13. Completes performance review process with supervisor to understand job performance expectations and how they fit into the department and university goals. 14. Pursues professional development to keep pace with demands for services and information; including maintaining up to date information about the department and university. 15. Performs other duties as required.
Relationships: Daily contact with members of own work unit, immediate supervisor, and members of other departments to plan, coordinate, problem solve, present information, and make suggestions related to mutual goals.
Frequent contact with student employees, other departmental staff, liaisons, faculty and staff to plan, coordinate, problem solve, present information, and make suggestions related to mutual goals.
Occasional contact with faculty and students to plan, coordinate, problem solve, present information, and make suggestions related to mutual goals.
Occasional contact with software and hardware vendors and retirees to exchange factual information and explanation of rules, regulations, practices or functions.
Responsibility for Final Decisions: Tasks involve multiple procedures with interrelated processes or steps. Work involves choosing the appropriate option or procedure to follow and applying established rules and procedures.
Errors may be detected within the department or section in which they occur, but may affect the work of others within the unit to trace errors and make corrections.
Reports To: Director of Systems and Technology Work is performed independently except where the interpretation of law, policy, rule, complex
procedure or request for exception is required.
Bachelors Degree preferred with 3-5 years experience in related field.
5 years experience managing Linux in enterprise networked environments including Bind
DNS, CentOS 6+, RedHat OS, shell scripting.
Extensive experience deploying and managing physical and virtual machines including VMware
3 years experience integrating directory and user authentication systems including Microsoft
Active Directory, SAML and more.
5 years experience in a multi-user Linux/UNIX operating environment including standard
utilities, system management tools and SAN/NAS storage concepts.
5 years experience preferred managing web servers and digital certificates for Linux based
3 years experience deploying or administering Apache, Tomcat, PHP,MySQL stacks.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to work well both independently
and as a member of a team.
Ability to work collaboratively with faculty, administrators, staff and students.
Work Conditions: Work is performed under usual office conditions.
Job Posting End Date (if date is blank, posting is open ended):
Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.
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