System/Storage Administrator


The System/Storage Administrator is responsible for all aspects of a complex, mission-critical operating systems environment including installation, administration, security, monitoring, tuning, backup/restore, migration, and support, problem determination and resolution as well as storage management and design.



The System Administrator performs the following high-level activities within the context of the assigned operating system environment:

·         Design, development, implementation, advising/consulting
·         Administration, management, maintenance and support
·         Problem determination and resolution
·         Install, configure, test and implement servers and operating system software, hardware, system monitoring and management software tools, and disk subsystems and arrays;
·         Install and test operating system patches, releases, upgrades and fixes;
·         Automate routine system maintenance tasks;
·         Provide technical leadership to appropriate personnel on complex system administration activities;
·         Advise and support applications development staff during the design and implementation of software and on performing application problem troubleshooting and resolution;
·         Ensure newly installed applications are functioning correctly;
·         Evaluate products and upgrades for appropriateness;
·         Coordinate with business development personnel on proposals and work estimates involving highly complex system administration projects and solutions;
·         Design and implement:
o    system upgrade strategies
o    backup/restore plans
o    disaster recovery plans
o    storage strategies
·         Ensure all quality assurance reviews are completed successfully.
·         Perform systems administration functions for enterprise server platforms, operating systems and storage;
·         Manage and maintain servers and operating system software, hardware, devices, system monitoring and management software tools, and disk subsystems and arrays;
·         Monitor system alerts, events, disk usage, changes and activities that may impact function, performance or security;
·         Perform backup and recovery processes and ensure successful completion;
·         Develop and maintain high-quality documentation on the system design and configuration of the assigned environments;
·         Plan for and respond to service outages and other problems;
·         Conduct routine audits of hardware, software and storage environments and strategies to ensure compliance with established standards, policies, procedures and configuration guidelines;
·         Conduct capacity planning reviews and approve capacity plans formulated by less experienced personnel.
Problem Determination and Resolution:
·         Perform technical evaluations and analysis to prevent problems;
·         Research, troubleshoot and resolve failures and other problems that may involve a combination of hardware, operating system, network, storage, internally developed and vendor application software and database structure configuration, resource conflict and/or interoperating problems;
·         Make adjustments, install fixes and perform tuning to resolve problems and achieve optimal performance.
Other Duties
·         Monitor trends and developments in systems management and storage technologies;
·         Consult with vendors and other sources on industry and product direction, functionality and capabilities;
·         Collaborate effectively and work closely within a coordinated team environment;
·         Mentor and provide guidance to less experienced personnel;
·         Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in management information systems, computer science, business administration, engineering or a closely related field;
·         5 years of progressively responsible experience in the design, implementation and administration of complex operating system environments (or an equivalent combination of training and experience);
·         Significant experience with and strong understanding of Linux and AIX (relevant certifications a plus);
·         Significant experience with and strong understanding of IBM DS/Storage Manager, TSM and EMC (relevant certifications a plus);
·         Understanding of fiber and fabric;
·         Excellent technical and analytical problem solving skills;
·         Strong interpersonal and communications skills;
·         Active TS/SCI clearance with ability to maintain clearance;
·         Ability to guide and mentor the work of less experienced personnel;
·         Ability to collaborate effectively and work closely within a coordinated team environment;
·         Experience with:
o        Linux and AIX
o        GCC, RPM and other open source software
o        RISC, Powerchip, x86 based hardware
o        RAID strategies and implementation
o        Ability to configure TCP/IP, network interfaces, and IP security
o        Strong experience in perl and shell scripting
o        Familiarity with Apache/Tomcat/WebSphere Application Server
o        Familiarity with RDBMS
o        Training and experience pursuant to CNSSI 4013, Intermediate Level
o        LAN protocols, what else??
o        Security tools such as patch management, host-based IDS, network admission controls, discretionary and mandatory access controls.