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Server Systems Administrator III

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Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18026
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Dorie Seymour

Classification Title Net/Comp Sys Administrator III
Working Title Server Systems Administrator III
Brief Position Overview

The Lead Linux Computer System Administrator is a senior technical position responsible for systems architecture and planning, leading design efforts, and overall technical management of Montana State University’s central Linux computing environment and related infrastructure services.

Position Number 4M1854
Department University Information Technology
Division President's Office
Appointment Type Classified
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Non-Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary $25.391 – $35.547/hour. Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type Classified Salary
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

In support of the Montana State University mission, the Information Technology Center promotes, develops, delivers, and facilitates the use of information technology services and resources.

The Lead Linux Computer System Administrator is a senior technical position responsible for systems architecture and planning, leading design efforts, and overall technical management of Montana State University’s central Linux computing environment and related infrastructure services.

This position reports to the Manager of Systems Administration and supports enterprise services to the MSU four-campus environment and the Office of the Commissioner for Higher Education; ensures the reliability, security, and maximum performance of systems in support of teaching, learning, research, and administrative activities. The position may work extended hours as required, and will also be on-call periodically to respond to emergency situations at all hours of the day and night.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provides senior level technical expertise and in support of MSU’s Linux systems environment and related infrastructure services.
  • Responsible for leading technical design and implementation efforts assuring the highest level of performance, high availability and recover-ability assurances for mission critical enterprise systems.
  • Provides leadership in planning, development, and coordination of projects for computer system installation and related infrastructure integration.
  • Collaborates with the Manager of Systems Administration in establishing guidelines and procedures in the management and installation of host computer systems, storage arrays, fiber channel/iSCSI SANS, backup libraries, and related infrastructure.
  • Leads technical teams in the ongoing development and enhancement of system performance and monitoring support methodologies, procedures, and programs.
  • Leads technical teams assuring proper configuration of hardware, services, settings, directories, and storage in accordance with standards and operational requirements.
  • Frequently works with dentity and access management solutions; enterprise scale server and network architectures; DNS & DHCP; syslog.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Combination of education and/or applicable experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Computer Engineering, or other related field and/or advanced experience working with Linux and related infrastructure services in an enterprise production environment.
  2. Experience in a large enterprise environment supporting Linux operating system; security concepts including firewall and server hardening configurations; virtual technologies; storage area networks.
  3. Experience providing comparative analysis in the research and application of emerging technologies and innovation from both an operational and architectural perspective
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. High level of experience managing RedHat Enterprise Linux, VMware vSphere and vRealize, Operations Manager, IP Address Management (Infoblox)
  2. High level of experience managing SAN (Dell Compellent / Pure), Oracle Database Appliance (ODA), Cisco UCS, Ansible, cronjobs, custom triggers, bash, Perl, Python.
  3. Experience managing Access Management Components (SAML, LDAP, CAS, Shibboleth server)
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Ability to be a forward, creative, positive, and flexible thinker exercise good judgment and make sound decisions.
  • Work effectively and collaborate with University IT staff in a team oriented environment.
  • Ability to analyze system components and support options to break down and resolve problems.
  • Ability to evaluate technical skills of employees and constituents
  • Ability to manage time effectively and efficiently managing competing technical priorities
  • Skilled at communicating technical knowledge verbally and written to technical and non-technical personnel.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  1. Regularly move and/or transport computer systems and peripherals up to 50 lbs. with or without reasonable accommodations.
  2. Install equipment in low or high temperature and a noisy data center.
  3. This position requires periodic on-call availability and after hours service support.
This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date At the conclusion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on August 11, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
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