Reporting to the Manager, Systems Management Services, the Senior Systems Administrator serves as an expert technical resource and consultant for the planning, design and deployment of major systems, systems maintenance, availability, and security. The incumbent provides senior level technical support for the University's main infrastructure servers and Cloud technology and is required to function as the technical lead for assigned projects and service deployments. The incumbent authors technical documentation, troubleshoots and resolves complex production problems and makes recommendations for systems and process enhancements.
University degree or an equivalent of 4 years recent experience (defined as within the last five years) working at York University and performing the same or similar tasks. This education equivalency is in addition to the experiential requirements outlined below.
Five (5) or more years of continuous and progressive experience in the design, deployment and support of virtual servers and storage architecture that includes extensive experience with:
Networked/distributed computing environment concepts, including basic routing concepts, adding servers to a network, configuring Network File Storage, interaction of different clients (Windows, MAC OS-X) with UNIX and Windows.
Several variants of the UNIX/Linux and Windows operating system (in particular Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Windows Server).
Configuring and monitoring VMware clusters including high availability and distributed resource systems as well as managing/monitoring virtual machines at the host or utilizing vCenter/vRealize.
Public and Private cloud technology including server hosting and virtualization in those environments.Project management training considered a definite asset for being able to work effectively as a team lead. Demonstrated experience in evaluating, implementing and modifying systems.
Advanced skill in Server Virtualization, Public and Private Cloud technology.
Various Linux/Unix Operating Systems, MySQL database, Apache Web Server.
Proficiency with most UNIX/LINUX or Windows system administration including security features.
Proficiency with VMWare/ESX (recent versions) virtualization technology, including the installation and support of ESX and VMWare virtual center as well as exposure to other VMWare products including but not limited to Vrealize, VSAN and NSX.
Expertise with UNIX/LINUX based applications (i.e., apache, sendmail, mysql, php, syslog).
Expert in implementing load balancing and high availability appliances/software for services, servers, and storage devices.
Ability to write scripts in some administrative language (e.g., Perl, Python, Shell or Microsoft scripting languages).- Expert knowledge of most system administration tools and processes, including ITIL, system installation, configuration/upgrading, package builds, printing systems, fundamentals of security, installing third-party software.
Thorough understanding of a UNIX and/or Windows based operating system, including job controls, soft and hard links, distinctions between the kernel and the shell.
Advanced knowledge of system packaging software, (e.g, pkg, deb, rpm), text editors, (e.g., Emacs) and Shells (e.g., C, KSH, Bourne, Bash).
Experience with Automation tools including CI/CD tool suites.
General knowledge of internet applications and protocols (e.g., SSH, TCP/IP, NFS, iSCSI etc.).
Practical knowledge of Intel, x64 workstations, server, and peripheral hardware.
Practical knowledge of storage and backup solutions including NAS, SAN, and DAS including RAID and high availability options. Experience with VMWare Vrealize is an asset.
Certification in the following VMWare VCP, Azure, Oracle Cloud or Amazon Web Services (AWS) or equivalent is an asset.
Excellent analytical skills and evaluative skills. excellent written communications skills.
Excellent oral communication skills to elicit accurate information and respond to inquiries from all levels of the University hierarchy.
Ability to work and communicate with the external community in a professional and business-like manner.
Teaching and instructing others in the use of hardware and software systems.
Ability and willingness to work effectively as a member of a team.
Good organizational skills.
Strong service orientation coupled with an ability to assess the operational significance of a problem and to set priorities accordingly.
Exercising tact and diplomacy.
Display a calm demeanor with effective interpersonal skills.
Attending accurately to details.
Meeting short/long term deadlines.
Setting priorities and working effectively under pressure of high volume.
Ability and willingness to keep up to date with computer system developments and technologies
PLEASE NOTE:This position requires the candidate to produce a verification of degree(s), credentials(s), or equivalencies from accredited institutions and/or international equivalents at the time of interview.
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If not filled by an employee in the YUSA-1 bargaining unit, employees in the YUSA-2 bargaining unit who have applied within the first 5 days from the 'Posted Date' will be given preference.
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