Information Technology Services (ITS) at West Virginia University is seeking applications for Sr. Linux Systems Administrator (Professional Technologist 4). This position will be a Senior level Red Hat System Engineer tasked with providing technical leadership by effectively managing the day-to-day operations as well as responsibility to set the direction in the architecting, selecting, executing, and overseeing all operating system needs and cloud migrations.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Install, configure, and support of Linux based systems. This includes patches, fixes, compilers, software, and other utilities. Senior level experience is required.
Responsible for establishing and maintaining appropriate monitoring and alerting across ITS infrastructure to ensure system availability.
Participate in an on-call rotation to deliver support to end users, address operational issues, coordinate vendor support, and internal escalation of events.
Act as a subject matter expert (SME) and mentor to less experienced engineers on the team, other ITS teams, and other units across WVU.
Perform other necessary and appropriate tasks as directed by ITS management.
Design and author automation processes using advanced shell scripts, Ansible, GIT, and CI/CD pipelines.
Work with users/stakeholders to instruct and advise in automating their workloads.
Collaborate and help build utilities and tools for internal use that enable Systems Engineering to operate at high speed and wide scale
Identify and drive improvements to technical processes
Participate and provide senior level expertise in meeting WVU's goals of migrating operations to cloud infrastructure. Typical tasks include migrating physical systems to virtual, migration of on premises systems to cloud, monitoring resource consumption to ensure proper sizing, refactoring legacy systems to use modern cloud native technologies, etc. This will be done as a team effort with Systems Engineering, Cloud and Virtualization Services, and Infrastructure Architects.
Identify and drive improvements to technical processes
Learn and leverage groundbreaking technologies.
Represent Systems Engineering in projects led by the Project Management Office. This includes working with other ITS groups, vendors, and customers across WVU to gather requirements needed to successfully complete the project.
The ability to translate project requirements into a task list and a timeline is required. Delivery of these tasks on time is essential for this position.
Assist in the definition/design/cost benefit analysis of the University's enterprise architecture and/or projects and in the assessment of technical risks relative to system implementation/deployment/support; assist in the identification of technologies that are necessary to implement a project; provide architectural direction and promote the sharing of architectural constructs and frameworks across projects within an organization.
Develop and maintain a considerable understanding of stakeholder's business requirements and partner with them to understand how best to use technology solutions combined with proper processes to best meet their needs while utilizing ITS best practices to continue to provide a usable, secure, and innovative IT environment.
Design system architecture and related infrastructure to ensure systems have appropriate performance monitoring/alerting, backup and recovery capabilities and tested to deliver timely issue resolution and appropriate availability based on the business impact of the environment.
Educate and promote ITS services and best practices to our stakeholders.
Bachelor's degree (B.S. or B.A.) in Computer Science, Electrical/Computer Engineering, or related field; and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Five (5) years of experience in the following:
Unix/Linux Systems Administration.
Recent Red Hat Enterprise Linux Administration.
Virtualization and/or cloud technologies and Administration.
Senior level Linux/UNIX Experience configuring, managing, or troubleshooting systems of scale ( cloud, virtualization, distributed networks, colocation.)
Experience in Networking (e.g. Deploying and troubleshooting LAN, VPN, Firewalls, TCP/IP etc.)
Technical problem investigation, complex analysis, and finding/implementing solutions in a timely manner.
Ability to master and use VMware, AWS, and Azure technologies.
Understands and implements best practices surrounding system design and business process documentation.
Develop/Maintain advanced level knowledge of UNIX/Linux-based technologies both industry-wide as well as those used within WVU and ITS. Supplement with knowledge/experience from other non-UNIX based technologies to round out overall knowledge and increase confidence in any chosen technical solution.
Self-motivated and self-directed while demonstrating the ability to prioritize competing tasks/projects.
Strong desire to learn, assess, apply whether about technology, people, processes, academia landscape, etc. Good written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work independently with little supervision or as a member of a project team.
Ability to develop effective working relationships with peers and other University organizations and vendors on local, regional, and national levels.
Good organization skills.
Ability to influence and execute despite conflict and complexity.
A valid Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification, or the ability to acquire the RHCE within the first year of employment.
Additional certifications relevant to Linux/UNIX, Windows, AWS, VMware, or Azure administration or related technologies are preferred.
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
Job Posting: Mar 31, 2020
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 201822
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.