Systems Administrator

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Systems Administrator
Department OpenStax
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18071
Open Date 08/10/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Some evening and weekend work may be required. On-call for system maintenance may be required.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

The System Administrator (SA) is responsible for provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of server hardware and software. This individual participates in technical research and development to enable continuing innovation within OpenStax.

This individual will assist all OpenStax teams with technical issues in all phases of all projects. These activities include the definition of needs, benefits, and technical strategy; research & development within the project life-cycle; technical analysis and design; and support of other operations staff in executing, testing and rolling-out the solutions.

This individual is accountable for the following systems: Linux systems that support Development, QA and Production environments.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree
Concentration / Degree Type
Substitution for Education Requirement

OR

High school diploma or equivalent with a total of five years of the required experience.

Education Preferred

Bachelor’s degree in computer science or other closely related field.

Experience Required 3 years
Type of Experience

Related experience monitoring and configuring Linux systems that support Development, QA and Production environments.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

May substitute additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Experience coordinating, planning, and maintaining technology projects including initiatives in web, mobile, and research. Cyber-security experience is a plus.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

- Well organized team player capable of scheduling and delegating project tasks.
- Background in deploying and maintaining Linux servers and large scale web applications and database services.
- Ability to learn new technology quickly and implement effectively.
- Python and/or Ansible programming experience.

Skills Preferred
Internal / External Contacts

IT and Web Design Independent Contractors.

Physical Demands

May work for extended periods at a computer (up to 8 hours).

Working Conditions

8am-5pm M-F. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required. On call for server maintenance.

Occasional travel to work with partners or attend conferences and meetings.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/11526

Job Duties

Job Duty Name System Maintenance
Description of Job Duty

- Apply OS and software patches and upgrades on a regular basis, and upgrade administrative tools and utilities. Configure / add new services as necessary.
- Maintain operational, configuration, or other procedures.

Percentage of Time 10
Job Duty Name System Monitoring and deployments
Description of Job Duty

- Perform daily system monitoring, verifying the integrity and availability of all hardware, server resources, systems and key processes, reviewing system and application logs, and verifying completion of scheduled jobs such as backups.
- Perform regular security monitoring to identify any possible intrusions.
- Create, change, and delete user accounts per request.
- Investigate and troubleshoot issues.
- Other duties as needed by OpenStax teams.

Percentage of Time 40
Job Duty Name System Admin Tools and Procedures Development
Description of Job Duty

- Engineering of hardware and installation solutions for various project and operational needs.
- Install new or rebuild existing servers and configure hardware, peripherals, services, settings, directories, storage, etc. in accordance with standards and project requirements. Install system packages as needed.
- Develop and maintain installation and configuration procedures. This includes writing scripts to simplify recurring tasks.
- Research and recommend innovative, and where possible automated approaches for system administration tasks. Identify approaches that leverage our resources and provide economies of scale.

Percentage of Time 45
Job Duty Name Additional Duties
Description of Job Duty

- Additional duties as specified by the development operations manager.

Percentage of Time 5

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or higher, or a high school diploma or equivalent with a total of five years of the required experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have three or more years of related experience monitoring and configuring Linux systems that support Development, QA and Production environments, or additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have Python and/or Ansible programming experience?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please provide the salary or range that you would require or consider for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)