Senior Systems Administrator

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POST DATE 8/23/2016
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Stanford University Stanford, CA

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Stanford University

Senior Systems Administrator

Job Number: 72188

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

The Senior Systems Administrator is a member of the Digital Library Systems & Services (DLSS) systems team (Systeam). The incumbent will primarily focus on supporting and upgrading our existing TSM and NetApp environments, and implementing new backup, storage and cloud-based solutions for the Libraries.

This position will perform difficult or complex programming and integration work that span knowledge domains. This work may include writing puppet manifests, designing and integrating new backup and storage technologies into existing workflows, and working with Stanford infrastructure tools such as remctl, webauth and Shibboleth.

The Senior Systems Administrator reports to the Technology Infrastructure Manager, DLSS.


Design, configure, implement, and maintain existing and future backup and storage systems.
Support developers in an Agile software development environment, including responding to help requests filed via JIRA and modeling development best practices.
Resolve system emergencies with significant impact on the integrity of user data and systems, including participation in the on-call rotation.
Establish software/hardware standards and systems policies and procedures.
Engage in long-term strategic planning with regard to backup, storage and cloud-based initiatives.
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


Education & Experience:

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

Relevant experience may include:

Experience administering systems using Puppet.
Experience managing backups using Tivoli Storage Manager.
Experience managing NetApp storage arrays.
Experience with Shibboleth IdP.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

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.


Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
Frequently sitting.
Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 21 40 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Exposed to high voltage electricity, noise 80dB TWA, confined spaces, hot temperatures, heavy metals.
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,

Job: Information Technology Services

Location: University Libraries

Schedule: Full-time

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