Senior System Administrator

Oct 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Senior System Administrator

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The Systems Administrator is a member of the University IT Infrastructure Operations group and is primarily responsible for infrastructure systems support. The systems are comprised of Linux, VMware, and Storage infrastructures, both on premise and in AWS. The Systems Administrator will report to the manager of Enterprise Systems Administration.

The University IT Infrastructure Operations group is responsible for the architecture, administration and operations of central infrastructure for tier-1 administrative systems at Stanford University and for defining, maintaining, and optimizing technology strategy and architecture to meet the business goals and objectives of the University. The group's duties include system administration (Linux and Windows), storage administration, information security, advising on best practices and technical solutions, the investigation and strategic planning of emerging technologies, and maintaining the technology and architecture roadmap for Administrative Systems at Stanford University.

A successful candidate will have demonstrated experience with architecting, installing, securing, and maintaining stable production, development and test infrastructures in support of ERP or similar large-scale (500+ servers) systems.

  • Design, develop, install, and maintain operating systems, utilities, and applications software on computing systems.
  • Resolve system emergencies with significant impact on the integrity of user data and systems.
  • Design, configure, implement, and maintain system security strategies, policies, and procedures.
  • Establish software/hardware standards and systems policies and procedures.
  • Engage in long-term strategic planning with regard to systems development and integration.
  • Conceptualize and implement systems within broad technical or structural frameworks.
  • Perform capacity planning for system configuration, software services, network services, load distribution, and service interrelationships among computer systems.
  • Act as a technical expert or lead for local computer system administration.
  • Act as project leader on large-scale computing projects in which strong technical, directional, and personal leadership is necessary; assign and oversee the work of other system administrators as needed.
  • Manage vendor relationships and cost effective hardware and software maintenance agreements with vendors.
* - Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in using AWS tools and technologies such as such as Amazon CloudWatch, tagging, and Trusted Advisor; monitor the health of EC2 environment, AWS services and customized application.
  • Experience in design and implement on AWS infrastructure with AWS CodeDeploy, AWS Opsworks, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon EC2 Container Service, and Amazon EC2 Container Registry.
  • Extended experience in setting up Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Elastic Load Balancing and Auto Scaling
  • Experience with complex multi-system platforms and vendors.
  • Experience coordinating multi-system and computing environments in independent computing facilities.
  • Experience developing/implementing a business continuation and disaster recovery plan.
  • Proven ability to develop appropriate plans to meet computing needs.
  • Expert ability to program in multiple programming languages in multiple operating systems.
  • Proven ability to lead and work on large/complex system deployment projects in a team environment.
  • Advanced knowledge of security trends and best practices.


  • Self-motivated and able to work effectively in a team environment. Ability to set and accomplish goals, meet deadlines, and deliver high quality infrastructure with limited management oversight.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills; the demonstrated ability to approach complex problems logically and systematically. Makes use of independent research and self-directed learning to solve operational issues and implementation obstacles.
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and verbal skills.
  • Exposed to high voltage electricity data center, noise >80dB TWA
  • exposed to on-call rotation, extended hours and weekends.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,
We are not able to provide relocation or sponsorship for this position.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job: Information Technology Services

Location: Business Affairs: Administrative Systems (IT)
Schedule: Full-time
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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