Systems Administrator

University of Saskatchewan - Saskatoon, SK (30+ days ago)

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Systems Administrator (req5140)

The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority.

Department: ICT Enterprise Systems
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Permanent
Employment Group: ASPA
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $62,850.00 - 98,205.00 per annum (Information Technology/Phase 2). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date: 10/25/2019
Closing Date: Until Filled
Number of Openings: 1

Primary Purpose:
The System Administrator, support and administration on ICT systems, including Unix Administration, large storage systems, backup servers, tape libraries, and blade farms, which underpin the teaching, learning, research and administrative goals of the university. The System Administrator position ensures that Unix based systems, storage and backup resources are highly available, effectively administered, patched, secured, repaired and maintained. In consultation with the Systems team, the Systems Administrator helps guide the implementation of technical solutions to provide stable systems, storage and backup to the University.

Nature of Work:
This position is involved in the effective operation, design and enhancement of the institutional systems, storage, blade farms and backup systems, including performing urgent maintenance on failed systems, infrastructure, implementing advanced computing systems, highly available and redundant storage design, and assist in the long-term analysis on future directions for storage and backups.

The role will include hardware installation and maintenance and software installation and configuration. The System Administrator requires keen attention to detail and careful, measured action; as an administrator on a variety of Unix based systems, large data storage systems, there is considerable impact associated with errors that compromise data. The position requires the ability to work effectively both independently and as a collaborative team member, and to appropriately prioritize response to a wide variety of time-sensitive tasks. Periodic evening or weekend work is involved, which will be balanced with flex time considerations.

Accountabilities:
Ensure the reliability, performance, integrity, and security of the institution’s systems, including storage systems and backup systems;
Work collaboratively with colleagues to provide effective feedback on Unix systems, storage and backup systems;
Provide technical support for storage and backups in a highly virtualized environment;
Design, architect, install and configure storage and backup solutions, as well as the applications to manage these solutions;
Apply patches and firmware and perform orderly upgrades of Unix systems, storage and backup environments;
Establish and maintain documentation and operating procedure that will be used by all other systems team members;
Maintain accurate accounting of time and expenses on projects and assignments;
Communicate progress and issues regularly with colleagues, stakeholders, clients and the ICT leadership team;
Develop and execute effective change management practices to optimize the benefits and minimize disruption to the Universities teaching, research and administration systems;
Support team performance at a high level by effectively communicating expectations, providing feedback, and participating in coaching and mentorship;
Participate in the proposal, discussion and execution of services;
Ensure liability and risk are responsibly mitigated by remaining current with best practices and managing contract and licensing relationships, including making recommendations on auditing practices.

Qualifications:
Education:
A University degree in Computer Science. A graduate-level degree is an asset. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Experience:
A minimum of seven years’ experience as a Unix Systems Administrator, in the large-scale SAN storage architecture (both Fibre Channel and iSCSI) and Enterprise Backup architecture (Petabyte-scale for both storage and backup);
Demonstrated ability to design new storage and backup systems and their implementation and support;
Experience with Powershell, VMware PowerCLI or similar scripting to automate routine tasks;
Experience in source control using GIT and Puppet management of OS's and Systems infrastructure.
Familiarity with management of the following iSCSI SAN storage systems:
Dell Compellent, EMC Unity and other iSCSI storage and Dell NAS devices
Familiarity with management of the following Enterprise backup solutions:
Veeam, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager as well as others
Familiarity with datacenter networking, firewalling and physical connectivity;
Knowledge of Blades & Chassis (Dell and others) and Servers;
Experience with iSCSI storage networks design and effective usage.
Recent work experience at a senior level in system administration at a post-secondary institution and supporting a large (10,000 or more) user population, is an asset.
Experience as a Unix administrator (Redhat Linux would be an asset)
Experience in Vmware administration preferred in our highly virtualized environment would be an asset
Experience in Infrastructure Automation Tools like NSX and vRA/vRealize would be an asset.

Skills:
Ability to provide technical support within a team;
Extremely strong analytical and problem solving skills;
Effective interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal;
Proven ability to work on multiple projects and with competing priorities.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. The University must, however, comply with federal immigration requirements. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.