Systems Administrator

Fairfax, VA
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Created: June 29, 2022


Systems Administrator


The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media ( at George Mason University is seeking an innovative, full-time Systems Administrator and DevOps team member to work at a dynamic digital humanities center. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and it strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


About the Department:

RRCHNM is a mid-sized team of software developers, designers, and historians that develops open-source historical projects and that creates freely available online resources for teachers, scholars, and the public. The Systems Administrator will work with a small DevOps team to deploy and maintain our technical infrastructure, as well as coordinate closely with project teams. They will thus play a vital role in supporting a technology infrastructure that provides historical and educational content for millions of users as a public good.



The Systems Administrator will maintain and grow the technical infrastructure of the center that includes over a dozen servers that received over 2.6 million visits in 2021 and a complex set of networked connections, storage, databases, software, programming languages, and operating systems. The Systems Administrator will be an integral part of our ongoing sustainability and digital preservation efforts, and will be responsible for ensuring the security and uptime of a major technical operation.


Required Qualifications:

·       Ability to self-start and self-manage daily workload, as well as to collaborate with colleagues in leading RRCHNM’s technical infrastructure;

·       Experience administering production CentOS/RHEL Linux servers and a high availability cluster in a multiuser environment;

·       Experience maintaining high-traffic PHP/MySQL websites;

·       Demonstrated knowledge of Apache, PHP, MySQL, and PostgreSQL administration, Linux security practices (i.e., permissions, iptables, IDS), system monitoring, shell scripting, high availability practices (e.g., load balancing, clustered filesystems), virtualization and containerization, DNS administration, and website optimization;

·       Experience installing, maintaining, and administering content management systems (e.g., WordPress, Omeka);

·       Experience addressing security needs across servers and websites;

·       Experience installing server hardware (e.g., servers, routers, RAID storage);

·       Ability to document technical infrastructure and to communicate clearly with non-technical stakeholders;

·       Ability to liaison with colleagues in GMU’s central Information and Technology Services and GMU’s on-campus data center;

·       Demonstrated troubleshooting abilities (e.g., quickly diagnosing and fixing broken websites); and

·       Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience.


Special Instructions to Applicants  

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 01433z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.


Published: Friday, July 1, 2022 02:32 UTC

Last updated: Friday, July 1, 2022 02:32 UTC