Senior Systems Administrator

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Created: October 11, 2010


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The Duke University Libraries are seeking a Linux/Unix senior systems administrator for a three-year term appointment. The job posting can be found below and at .

Senior Systems Administrator Job Code/Title: 2426/Senior Analyst, IT Department: ITS Discovery and Core Services Job Level: Band D Supervisor: Head, ITS Discovery and Core Services Job Family: 08 FTE: 1.0 FLSA Status: Exempt CAP: N/A Term: 36 mo Date Created/ Reviewed: September 2010 Position Summary Under the direction of the Head of Discovery and Core Services, manages central servers and network infrastructure used by the staff and patrons of the library. Installs, manages, and maintains the library’s Linux/Unix servers. Collaborates with University IT staff to align and integrate library computing with campus computing. Performs scripting and stress testing tasks as needed. Serve as platform architect for the local services environment as well as point person for hardware and first level software (httpd, etc.). Responsibilities • Installs, upgrades, and maintains Linux/Unix servers. Performs server disk management, data recovery, operating system maintenance, server backup, and file restoration. Tests, installs, and maintains server-based application and utility software. Installs and manages virtual server environments for production and sandbox as needed. Evaluates, tests, and recommends new server hardware, software, and network technologies. • Collaborates with Office of Information Technology and other University IT staff to facilitate the integration of the Library’s computing infrastructure into that of the University, to communicate the Library’s computing needs, and to assist in the diagnosis of University-wide computing and networking problems. • Serves as primary technical contact to OIT regarding the library’s use of Linux/Unix virtual hosting and storage environments. Serves as liaison between the library’s application developers and managers and OIT systems administrators and other virtual host environment technical staff. • Participate and lead application analysis to judge suitability of installed applications as candidates for VM Migration. • Develop and document scripts to improve functionality and routine tasks. • Provides technical guidance and direction to fellow ITS staff. • Consult with other staff members in ITS to stay informed on current and emerging technology projects and opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing. • Maintain current awareness of trends in information technology and supported systems • Provides after hours on-call service in rotation with other team members. • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. Supervisory Responsibilities • None Qualifications It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.

Education: Required: Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

Experience: Required: Three years experience in system administration of Unix (Linux) systems. Expert knowledge of client/server computing. Demonstrated ability to manage or support a multi-user client/server application. Experience in a multi-platform, heterogeneous environment. Experience with programs, scripting (Perl, Shell, Python) and systems administration tools. Demonstrated ability to manage technical projects. Demonstrated collaborative skills. Ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks and complete work on time with minimum supervision. Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.      Preferred: Experience providing system administration of CentOS / RHEL 5. Experience using Puppet to manage system configurations. Experience with server virtualization and Xen. Experience with heartbeat clustering. Experience supporting implementations of Apache, MySQL, and Tomcat. Experience with Nagios and Cacti. Experience with RPM packaging and distribution. Prior experience working in an academic research library. Working Conditions • Must be able to lift 30 pounds • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible • Normal office environment • Occasional weekend work required • Occasional travel required These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. Salary and Benefits Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 15 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training. Environment Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Lilly, and Music and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such has health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: Application Send cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references to: Teresa Tillman, Library Human Resources, at Please include SYSTEMS ADMIN in the subject line. Review of applications will begin in mid-October and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed. An electronic resume should also be submitted at - refer to Requisition #400443030.

Duke University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and actively seeks to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

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Published: Monday, October 11, 2010 11:47 UTC

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