Linux System Administrator

Potsdam, NY
Aug 21, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Details

Position Information

Job TitleLinux System AdministratorPosting NumberStaff 2014000997FLSAExemptLevelFull-time/ Part-timeFull-timeIs this a temporary Position?No Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

This position is for a talented, passionate individual with the skill and desire to contribute to an outstanding IT team. Provides technical experience as part of a team that proactively monitors, maintains and grows the technical infrastructure that supports the daily operations of the University. The Linux System Administrator reports to the Director of Network Services and Information Security.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Installs, upgrades and maintains operating systems on requisite hardware and virtual machine platforms
  • Performs computer hardware maintenance
  • Implements system upgrades and patches
  • Automates administration tasks through scripting
  • Assist in the maintenance of data center infrastructure
  • Recommend related policies and procedures
  • Participate in a 24×7 on-call system administrator rotation
  • System administration duties for a portion of the campus server environment
  • Leverage experience and judgment to accomplish goals with a moderate degree of supervision; exercises some independent decision making as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned

Essential Skills:

  • Understanding of operating systems, server and storage hardware infrastructure or Linux operating system administration
  • Basic knowledge of Windows Server operating system administration
  • Basic knowledge of networking technologies and implementations
  • Time and task management for self
  • Ability to identify and de-conflict priorities
  • Tenacious problem-solving abilities
  • Participate as a member of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills with a true desire to help fellow employees
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

This position is eligible to be filled at either of the University’s Potsdam, NY or Schenectady, NY campuses. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Minimum Qualifications:
Include Education,
Experience, and Skills
  • Completion of secondary education (high school) or equivalent
  • Two to four years of Linux or UNIX system and/or network administration or equivalent education
  • Administration of a variety of hardware, software, server and network platforms in a production environment
  • System administration within a virtualization technology
  • Demonstrated use of scripting language native to platform
Preferred Qualifications:
Include Education,
Experience, and Skills
  • B.S. degree in Information Systems or similar concentration
  • More than five years of system administration
  • Independent system administration of multiple Windows, Linux or UNIX systems in a 24×7 production environment
  • Knowledge of databases and database management
  • Demonstrated use of scripting language for automation or configuration management
Physical Demands

Physical Demands:
The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequently sit and use a computer for extended periods of time
  • Occasionally lift and/or carry more than 50 pounds
  • Occasionally stoop, bend, crouch or reach in small spaces
  • Occasionally climb or descend stairs
  • Occasionally work in space temperature of more than 80 degrees for extended periods of time
  • Occasionally climb portable ladder of more than six feet in height
  • Occasionally climb fixed ladder of more than 12 feet in height

Clarkson is committed to complying with the guidelines set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Posting Detail Information

Close DateOpen Date08/20/2019Open Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions for this Posting

An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Clarkson actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities.

All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal records).

Reference Request Details

Maximum Number of Reference Requests3Minimum Number of Reference Requests0Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Academic Keys
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Clarkson Website
    • Massena-Potsdam Courier Observer
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • IM Diversity
    • Insight Into Diversity
    • JTPA
    • LinkedIn
    • New York Job Bank
    • North Country This Week
    • St. Lawrence Plaindealer
    • Veterans Administration
    • Watertown Daily Times
    • Ogdensburg Journal
    • Employee Referral
    • Alumni Referral
    • Conference Referral
    • Indeed
    • List-serv
    • Discipline specific journals
    • Discipline specific website
    • Times Union
    • Other
    • I do not wish to answer
  2. * What is the highest level of education you currently hold?
    • High School/GED
    • Associate
    • Bachelor
    • Master's
    • ABD (All but dissertation)
    • Ph.D.
  3. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • one to two
    • three to five
    • six to eight
    • eight or more
  4. * Do you have a least 2-4 years of system and/or network administration experience?
    • yes
    • no
  5. * How do you embrace Diversity?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Letter of Recommendation 3

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