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System Administrator II, Linux and Google Apps

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Posting Details

Requisition Information

Open Date 09/14/2017
Close Date

Classification Information

Classification Title Systems Administrator II, Linux and Google Apps
Division Library & Information Technology Services
Department Strategic Digital Infrastructure
FLSA Status Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)
Career/Pay Band 2C/2D based on levels of education and experience
Work Schedule Full Year
If Other, specify months
Full Time vs Part Time Full Time
Appointment Regular
If Term, specify number of years
Primary Function

The position works as a team member in the Strategic Digital Infrastructure department to support a computing infrastructure that includes a variety of servers, storage, and supporting equipment in the institution’s data center and in the cloud. Specifically, this position is primarily responsible for the system administration of 40+ Linux servers, Google Apps for Education, and Blackboard. This position will also act as the secondary systems administration for the university’s 40+ Windows servers.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities

Linux System administration duties:
• Primary administrator for Linux systems.
• Provision, deploy and secure new Linux-based servers as needed.
• Establishes, maintains and manages user server accounts.
• Application of regular system upgrades and patches in test and production environments.
• Recognizes and troubleshoots problems with Linux server.
• Assists with resolving technical problem for the Linux lab as needed..
• Reviews logs daily and promptly notifies Director of Strategic Digital Infrastructure of any suspicious behavior or breaches.

Primary administrator for Google Apps for Education including managing email accounts and distribution lists.

Primary administrator for Blackboard including integration support with Banner.

Secondary systems administrator for Enterprise Microsoft environment, including Active Directory and Windows servers.

Perform scheduled system upgrades and respond to emergencies/outages outside of business hours.

Judgment Required Judgment and discretion as to the use of established policies are required to perform the essential duties of this position.
Budgetary Responsibility None
Machines & Equipment Used

Computers, servers, data center.

Job Specifications/Position Qualifications (minimum)


Bachelor’s degree in a technology-related field plus related experience.


3+ years experience in a technical position with regular systems administration duties including installing, configuring, securing, and maintaining Linux servers required.
2+ years experience working administering Google Apps preferred
Experience in a higher education environment is preferred.
Experience with Linux computer operations and familiarity with shell programming and scripting with languages such as Perl, Python, and Linux shell.
Familiarity with application software such as Apache or Tomcat.
Experience with Windows Server and VMware desirable.

Job Related Skills

Strong grasp of MySql databases, LAMP setup, Linux, Macintosh and Windows operating system.
Ability to use professional knowledge to analyze information and resolve problems.
Demonstrable diagnostic and troubleshooting skills.
Ability to simultaneously manage and organize several projects and regular duties.
Able to analyze situations and issues and determine solutions.
Ability to articulate clearly to constituents in all levels of the organization.
High-level collaborator who can work with other areas of the organization to complete projects.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to participate in a shared 24×7 on-call capacity for critical systems.


Google Apps Administration Certification preferred
Linux + Certification or similar certification preferred

Personal Interaction/Communications

Student Contact

Daily in person, phone and email or other electronic means of communication.


Daily in person, phone and email or other electronic means of communication.


Sometimes; vendors.

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervision Received This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with supervisor.
Positions Directly Supervised


Positions Indirectly Supervised


Confidential Information

Confidential Information

Student grades as well as other private information and sensitive data for faculty, staff and students.

Work Environment

Working Environment

Normal office environment; Work hours are M-F from 8 AM – 5 PM. This position will share 24/7/365 on call with other members of the Strategic Digital Infrastructure team.

University Employment Information

University Information

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

EEO Statement

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents