23 days old

Linux Systems Administrator

Portland State University
Portland, Oregon 97201
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift

Portland State University (PSU) enhances the intellectual, social, cultural, and economic qualities of urban life by providing access to a quality liberal arts education. PSU is located in beautiful, vibrant downtown Portland, easily accessible by bike and public transit, and surrounded by many restaurants, food carts, parks, and local businesses. We hope you will consider joining us and experience  our motto in action: Let Knowledge Serve the City.

PSU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) -- recently ranked one of the Best Places to Work in IT (https://www.computerworld.com/bestplaces/detail/1434)-- empowers students, faculty, and staff through technology. Our number one value is our employees: we actively encourage a healthy work-life balance and strive to support our employees professionally and personally. This is fostered through many avenues. We strongly support professional development, and there are many opportunities on campus and in the local Portland area. PSU offers a sizable tuition discount and we encourage our staff to take advantage of this, be it for pursuing a degree or personal interest. In OIT, we believe that this type of support creates a positive environment for our employees both at work and in their personal lives. We are a department of dynamic, engaged, collaborative, and communicative people, and seek to attract more of the same. Read more about why we’re a great place to work at https://www.pdx.edu/oit/employment

The Technology Infrastructure (TI) department is responsible for the computing and network infrastructure used by faculty, staff, and students campus-wide. Our mission is to champion customer satisfaction by providing fast, reliable, and secure IT infrastructure and services.

In this position, you will be part of a DevOps team with a focus on continuous integration of enterprise Linux solutions both in our local data center and in the cloud. You will prototype and pilot new locally hosted and cloud systems which can include specifying hardware, specifying and installing operating systems, integrating commercial and public software packages, and significant scripting and automation using Puppet, Python, and shell scripts. Your work will offer many opportunities for close collaboration with other Linux team members, with other teams throughout the Office of Information Technology, and with individuals and teams across the university. As you define new solutions, you will provide training to teams across the university.

Primary job duties will include

  • Provide systems administration for multiple locally hosted and cloud Linux-based systems including ERP, identity management, directory services, email, web, storage, and others

  • Develop and implement new Linux-based systems

  • Isolate, research, and resolve problems for critical Linux-based systems

  • Document new systems, new operational methods, and changes to existing systems and methods

  • Ensure minimal downtime and provide systems support in times of emergency by participating in a paid, on-call rotation

  • Assist the Associate Director of TI and the Linux Platform Team manager with regular technical operations and special projects

Skills and Requirements

  • Possess intellectual curiosity and a drive for excellence

  • Able to work in a collaborative, technical, team-driven environment

  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical staff

  • Project management skills and good personal time-management habits

  • Able to work in a fast-paced, production environment

  • Willing and able to provide off-hours support

  • Experience with enterprise Linux server administration

  • Experience working with Open Source software systems

  • Scripting/coding skills in one or more of: Python, Ruby, Java, Perl, or PHP

  • Shell scripting skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science (or related field) and 2 years IT experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job

  • Able to work with sensitive/confidential information and to handle such information as required by Federal, State, and PSU/OIT/TI regulations/policies

Key Cultural Competencies

  • Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.

  • Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.

  • Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.

  • Adheres to all PSU policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

The starting annual salary rate for this position will be between $55,000 and $65,000/year with an excellent benefits package including 95% premium-paid healthcare for employees and family members; significantly reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse, or dependent at any of the seven Oregon public universities (details and restrictions apply); and a generous vacation and retirement package. PSU contributes approximately 13% of your compensation to retirement with no requirement for a matching contribution from employees. Wellness offerings include an extensive and affordable recreation center and free classes on topics such as investing, sustainability, and saving for retirement. More information on compensation and benefits can be found at:http://pdx.edu/hr/core-benefits. For a comprehensive view of the monetary value of the PSU benefits package, visit the Total Compensation Calculator at https://www.pdx.edu/hr/psu-total-compensation-calculator.


If this sounds like an exciting opportunity for you, please read the qualifications in the full job announcement and apply by clicking the 'Apply Now' bar above ad.

If you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position or once you receive a position with Portland State University, please call 503-725-4926 or email [email protected]


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