Senior Systems Administrator

California, United States
31 Jul 2019
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30 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Summary

This position will serve as a Senior System Administrator within the IMSS Business Systems Infrastructure group. Primary responsibilities will include, but not limited to, the deployment and support of a broad array of campus IT systems for a wide variety of campus customers.

Job Duties

  • Responsible for the implementation and troubleshooting of software and hardware solutions
  • Responsible for the deployment and continued operation of a virtualized infrastructure utilizing Amazon Web Services
  • Responsible for migrating existing on-prem virtual machines (VMs) to Amazon Web Services
  • Responsible for the development of technical project plans and testing procedures
  • Evaluate, test and implement vendor patches/upgrades for both hardware and software
  • Work with various campus groups to identify functional and technical requirements
  • Responsible for the development of comprehensive documentation for building, troubleshooting and supporting servers and associated applications
  • Perform monitoring and tuning of systems to achieve optimum performance levels
  • Responsible for the deployment and continued operation of a virtualized infrastructure utilizing VMWare
  • Responsible for the deployment and continued operation of multiple SQL Server instances
  • Responsible for developing and implementing procedures to ensure strong system-level security and integrity
  • Responsible for monitoring and maintaining IMSS’ backup/recovery infrastructure
  • Perform Active Directory Organization Unit (OU) maintenance
  • Conduct hardware and software reviews of systems to ensure compliance with established policies, standards and configuration guidelines
  • Act as a liaison for external vendors and contractors
  • Act as a point of escalation for 1st tier support personnel
  • Participate in an on-call team rotation for off-hours support. Participate in scheduled off-hours maintenance windows. Some off-hours work is required

Basic Qualifications

  • 7+ years of experience acting in a customer-facing capacity, deploying and supporting applications and services on Microsoft platforms in mixed client environments
  • Expert administration skills utilizing Windows Server, Active Directory, IIS, Exchange, DNS, DHCP and WINS
  • Expert skills in deploying and maintaining virtualized infrastructures utilizing VMware
  • Expert skills in deploying, securing, troubleshooting, tuning and maintaining enterprise-level systems including: e-mail servers, web and application servers, database servers, DNS servers, file and print servers and backup/recovery solutions
  • Strong networking knowledge and skills (especially TCP/IP, NetBIOS & DNS)
  • Candidate must have excellent communication skills
  • Must be highly professional, focused on quality, customer service oriented, and have excellent in-person support demeanor for users of all skill levels
  • Willingness and ability to handle a wide range and number of tasks requiring all levels of technical ability
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously with frequent interruptions
  • ​Demonstrable ability to work effectively on independent, self-directed projects
  • The candidate must be able to lift moderately heavy equipment up to 50 pounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related field and relevant professional and technical certifications
  • Experience deploying and migrating users to Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based collaboration and productivity services: Hybrid Exchange, SharePoint, OneDrive and Skype for Business
  • Experience using Powershell for system administration
  • Experience migrating on-prem VMs to Amazon Web Services
  • Experience using Terraform for scripting infrastructure deployments in Amazon Web Services
  • Experience supporting the following products: Cisco firewalls, Cohesity backup solutions, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft System Center
  • Experience administering Tintri storage solutions
  • Relevant professional and technical certifications

Required Documents

  • Resume