UNIX Systems Administrator or Senior UNIX Systems Administrator

UNIX Systems Administrator or Senior UNIX Systems Administrator
Technology Services at Illinois
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Technology Services at Illinois is the provider of campus-wide computing, networking, communications technology, and instructional technology services supporting academic and research activities of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our mission is to provide a strong, agile, and customer needs-oriented organization by providing cost-effective, value-added IT services and solutions.

Technology Services has an opening for UNIX Systems Administrator or Senior UNIX Systems Administrator to configure and maintain production UNIX servers which provide critical foundations for large-scale online learning and research.  This support requires, but is not limited to Linux system management, scripted automation of common tasks, and adherence to UNIX security best practices.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide expertise and service to campus teaching and research initiatives, including but not limited to learning management systems, video streaming services, online learning, and massive open online courses.
  • Write scripts in Perl and Bourne Shell.
  • Maintain system database files (groups, hosts, email aliases).
  • Configure commonly used services including Apache and SSH.
  • Understand system access control and security aspects of critical systems.
  • Demonstrate in day-to-day work adherence to security best practices and Technology Services access control and security policies.
  • Establish and maintain suitable resource and performance monitoring on all systems for which employee is responsible.
  • Participate in patch lifecycle.
  • Monitor and coordinate with customers on monthly patching for all systems under management.
  • Demonstrate day-to-day adherence with change control precepts and practices.
  • Train users in applications and operating system fundamentals.
  • Write technical operating system documentation.
  • Ensure excellent Customer Service throughout the Enterprise Systems Operations group.
  • Understand the overall processes and procedures of the organization and make recommendations in the continual improvement of those processes and procedures, providing for management analysis and recommendations on continual improvement.
  • Act as an advocate for Technology Services customers in service planning and deployment across the organization.
  • Resolve customer satisfaction issues.
  • Work non-traditional hours and respond to on-call requests to provide 24 x 7 service availability.

Additional Major Duties and Responsibilities for Senior UNIX Systems Administrator

  • Effectively use relational database management systems.
  • Apply knowledge and understand the differences between kernel and user spaces.
  • Write purchase justifications.
  • Install third-party software.
  • Solve technical systems problems quickly and automate processes.
  • Continued effort in demonstrating a good understanding of industry standards and best practices.
  • Participate or lead small team efforts within Technology Services.
  • Ensure excellent Customer Service throughout the Enterprise Systems Operations group.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Minimum of one year of professional experience as a UNIX System Administrator, preferably supporting Red Hat Enterprise Linux or related distribution.
  • Experience in operating system and application administration in a UNIX environment.
  • Experience using a configuration management system.
  • Experience scripting common or repeated tasks.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability in effective communication and collaborating in a high performance team environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service.
  • Experience in participating in diverse workgroups.
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours, respond to on-call requests.

Education and Experience Requirements for Senior UNIX Systems Administrator

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum five years of professional experience as a UNIX System Administrator, preferably supporting Red Hat Enterprise Linux or related distribution.
  • Experience in operating system and application administration in a UNIX environment.
  • Demonstrated experience and strong understanding of configuration management concepts and tools.
  • Strong familiarity with regular expressions.
  • Experience scripting common or repeated tasks.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience using RAID and LVM.
  • Experience using relational database management systems.
  • Demonstrated ability in effective communication and collaborating in a high performance team environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service.
  • Experience in participating in diverse workgroups.
  • Ability to work non-traditional hours, respond to on-call requests.

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, including Computer Science, Engineering, Information Technology, or other relevant field
  • Understand operating systems including but not limited to job control, soft and hard links, and distinctions between the kernel and the user environment.
  • Knowledge of configuration management concepts and tools.
  • Basic familiarity with regular expressions.

Knowledge Requirements for Senior UNIX Systems Administrator

  • Knowledge with advanced configuration for common services.

Preferred Knowledge Requirements for Senior UNIX Systems Administrator

  • Knowledge of Dev/Ops culture/practices and processes for delivering applications.
  • Knowledge of cloud computing concepts and methods of providing services & applications.
  • Basic project management knowledge and practices.

Appointment Status and Salary

This position is a regular, full-time, twelve-month academic professional appointment and includes salary and a benefits package (24 vacation days, 12 sick days, health, dental, vision, SURS retirement).   For other University provided benefits, please go to: https://nessie.uihr.uillinois.edu.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  There will be no relocation costs included in this package.  The start date will be as soon as possible after the close date.

To Apply

For full consideration, applications should be received by October 8, 2017. Please create a candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload in one file a letter of application and resume.  The online application will require names and contact information for three professional references.  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. 

For further information about this position, please contact Rhonda Miller at techsvc-hr@illinois.edu or call (217) 333-4222.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu