Senior Systems Engineer

Maryland, United States
07 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
07 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PF 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 02-MD:Mount Washington Campus 
Department name: 10000028-IT@JH Cloud and Virtualization Services 
Personnel area: University Administration

General summary/purpose:

This position will help evaluate, design, and implement a centralized Development Operations (DevOps) environment for use by the enterprise. The candidate should have a strong background in server administration and be comfortable working with scripting and configuration tools to support automation of code and infrastructure. Ideally, the candidate should have experience or familiarity with containerization (i.e. Docker), orchestration (i.e. Kubernetes or Swarm), monitoring, and DevOps tools. Ability to manage and host a wide variety of open source technologies, software and code deployment tools as well as working with public cloud services, specifically Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS), is also preferred.

Job Scope/Complexity:

Provide technical leadership based on extensive technical knowledge, skills and experience; influence clients towards innovative/integrated solutions.  Responsible for full life-cycle of large sized complex projects which can span an entire department, division, or enterprise-wide level.  For enterprise-wide level, typical projects impact the broader customer base of Johns Hopkins and its most mission critical systems.  Projects often require interaction with various departments and teams both within and outside the department.  Complex and large projects typically are applications/systems with 501-3000 concurrent users requiring uptime commensurate with Clinical, Business critical, Education critical or Enterprise systems.  Strong technical skills; strong ability to understand complex business processes.  Build and maintain client relationships through positive interactions.  Provide assistance to lower level positions.

Job Responsibilities:


  1. Design highly complex business, clinical, education, or infrastructure solutions by meeting with customers to observe and understand current processes and the issues related to those processes. Provide written documentation and diagrams of findings to share with the client and other IT colleagues.  Assist lower levels to effectively use the system's technical software. 
  2. Design highly complex solutions that conform to institutional policies, standards, and guidelines, and infrastructure environment and to vendor and industry best practices to deliver a quality product.
  3. Select infrastructure applications that reside between end user applications and hardware operating systems by working with vendors, customers, and other sources (i.e., open source or Internet2 initiatives) to provide configurable tools to the customers.
  4. Develop new methods to improve service processes, performance, and functionality by examining system management tools and processes.  Review new methods suggested by lower levels and approve the work.
  5. Research, recommend, and implement new technologies based on the value to the institution.
  6. Works with vendor processes and products to improve the quality and fit for the institution.  Typically establishes product mastery, and demonstrates initiative for improvements.
  7. Assign and lead technical systems analysis and design tasks for assigned environments and platforms.


  1. Install and configure highly complex server hardware and operating systems by following technical documentation to provide a working product.  Evaluate, implement, and manage appropriate highly complex software and hardware solutions by using best practices for the environment to ensure system integrity.  Install and configure infrastructure applications by following product installation and configuration directions and industry best practices to deliver a solution to the customers.  Ensure an effective schedule is developed of system backups and archive operations by providing leadership, oversight, and direction to technical team in best practices for the environment to ensure data/media recoverability.  Lead and provide direction to technical team for all of above tasks by reviewing work and adherence to institutional standards and guidelines in order to deliver projects on time and within budget to the customers


  1. Provide highly complex server level administration (manage HW/SW, maintenance, upgrades and patches, account maintenance, backups and recoveries and assist users) by following documented procedures to ensure a stable environment.  Monitor and tune the system by following documentation and procedures to achieve optimum performance levels.  Develop highly complex scripts and solutions by using departmental standards to automate systems management.  Perform highly complex system software upgrades including planning and scheduling, testing, and coordination by following documentation and departmental standards to provide a stable product for the environment.  Audit and maintain user access and authorization by following access and authorization documentation to provide for system security. Generate and maintain highly complex periodic and ongoing system specific reports by using appropriate tools to assess system performance, integrity and capacity in order to deliver a stable environment to the users.  Follow and maintain IT security awareness and best practices by understanding security principles as they pertain to environments supported in order to deliver secure solutions to customers.  Utilize system management and monitoring tools and incident tracking systems by following documentation and standards to detect incidents, take corrective actions, and determine root cause.  Monitor changes and resolve any incidents by responding to problems as they occur, by reviewing all processing and output of the newly implemented solution, and by proactively ensuring the solution works successfully in order to satisfy the customer requirements and to provide a smooth transition to the new solution. Lead and provide direction to technical team for all of the above tasks by reviewing work and adherence to institutional standards and guidelines in order to deliver high quality maintenance and troubleshooting to the customers.


  1. Implement changes by adhering to the change management policies and procedures for any given project to communicate to all parties the nature, significance, and risk factors of the solution.  Lead effort to develop RFP’s by engaging project team members in the process in order to develop well defined requirements to potential vendors for proposed solutions. Evaluate vendor proposals by reviewing requirements for the product to select the most appropriate vendor.  Lead vendors, consultants, and inside Enterprise groups in developing applications by meeting with the team on a regular basis to deliver quality products to customers.  Lead scheduled project team meetings by attending all meeting to provide input to the project team. Author and maintain documentation by writing audience-appropriate materials to serve as technical and/or end user reference.  Lead technical team in test planning, test scenario construction, and test sessions appropriate to the changes being implemented by following testing guidelines to ensure all delivered solutions work as expected and errors are handled in a meaningful way.  Review test results and corrections to all changes by following institutional and departmental testing standards to ensure all delivered solutions work as expected and errors are handled in a meaningful way. Participate in Institutional and Departmental committees and initiatives. Lead and provide direction to technical team for all of the above tasks by reviewing work and adherence to institutional standards and guidelines to ensure collaboration and communication with team members and customers.

Specific duties & responsibilities

  • Site and/or server provisioning and administration
  • Regular system, application, and database maintenance or patching
  • Reviewing and addressing security concerns and vulnerabilities
  • Assist software development teams and customers with code repository management and deployments
  • Assist with migrating legacy web applications over to modern, containerized hosting solutions
  • Assist with implementing and maintaining Web Proxy environments when necessary
  • Provision, manage, and support various content management systems for customer use
  • Assist with setting up and maintaining tools and infrastructure that foster Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CDs) throughout the enterprise
  • Assist with developing and enforcing software development lifecycle policies for customer hosted applications

Some of which are listed below.  This position will need to become familiar with these technologies.

  • Windows Server and IIS
  • Red Hat Linux and Apache
  • VMware VSphere
  • Cisco UCS
  • Apache Tomcat
  • NGINX Proxy
  • MindBreeze Enterprise Search
  • Puppet
  • Running servers that run ColdFusion, PHP, WordPress and Drupal
  • Windows PowerShell
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL/Maria DB
  • Splunk & Syslog
  • F5 Big IP & GTM
  • Tenable Nessus

Required Education: Bachelor’s degree.Additional experience can be substituted for education.

Required Experience:Six years related experience.Additional education can be substituted for experience.

Equivalency Formula:

30 undergraduate degree credits or 18 graduate degree credits = 1 year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college coursework may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities (KSA’s):

  1. Must possess all requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities as posted in the supplemental section.
  2. Must demonstrate strong critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills.
  3. Ability to work on multiple priorities effectively.
  4. Ability to prioritize conflicting demands.
  5. Ability to execute assigned project tasks within established schedule.
  6. Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  7. Ability to communicate effectively in the service of users and colleagues.
  8. Writes and communicates clearly and concisely.
  9. Possesses sound documentation skills.
  10. Ability to maintain confidentiality
  11. Must demonstrate exemplary customer service skills.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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