Anyone job-seeking for a sysadmin position?

Tyler Aviss tjaviss-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at
Fri Jul 25 20:35:39 UTC 2008

Anyone looking for a sysadmin-type position that has good
understanding of webserver as well as some understanding of
Knowledge of FreeBSD is definately an asset (most of our servers have
been moved to BSD over 'nix). Sorry for the crappy formatting, I'm
pasting this from a word doc...


Technical Skills

5+ years as Unix System Administration - involving complex customization
5+ years experience using Apache
Experience using Nagios, Cacti
Experience with SQL-Server and MySQL databases
5+ years of Shell, Perl scripting experiences
Experienced in implementing large, high-availability systems
Experienced in database clustering would be a plus
Networking experience (including SNMP monitoring, load balancers)
Experience with Global Caching Solutions would be beneficial
ITIL experience is an asset

Key Responsibilities Include:

Initiates, reviews, monitors and advises on effectiveness of existing
computer and related systems equipment and performance of platform and
database technologies within the IT Department.

Responsible for maintenance of websites, databases, email and associated systems

Manage storage of large volumes of data, images, email – including
creating and maintaining archiving strategies

Provide production support for medium and high-volume web applications

Monitor and maintain proper backup procedures including tape rotation

Initiate or review security policies to insure secure office and
production environments

Conduct preventative maintenance on production web, DB and email
servers, development and staging servers, load balancers and firewalls

Administer email, DNS, scheduled jobs and partner data transfer processes.

Provide technical support through deployment of patches or updates to
applications or data

Respond to emerging situations on our sites/forums and applications to
preserve functionality and performance

Be "on-call" during non-business hours in case of emergencies

Provide CTO with advice on all matters required to support efficient operations


Candidates should posses at a diploma in Computer Science or
equivalent job experience.

A very good understanding of email systems and protocols is essential
as is a strong systems and tools development background.

The ability to work in a fast paced environment while adhering to
deadlines and committing to high quality performance is necessary in
the Systems Administrator role.

Additionally incumbents must have or be able to:

Ability to exercise independent judgment.
Ability to conceptualize, visualize, prototype and design applications.
Use the most appropriate tools to develop the required application,
upgrade, modification and/or enhancement.
Analyze user requests or specifications provided to determine the
precise requirements. Interview key users to ensure an accurate
understanding of the requirements that includes application upgrade,
modification and/or enhancement, as necessary.
Assist users in acceptance testing of newly developed application,
modifications or upgrades.
Prepare complete documentation on the application, upgrade,
modification or enhancements produced.
Coordinate and work with programmers on projects.
Estimate the effort and time required for development, tests, and
implementation of projects.
Liaise with all team members and other teams to obtain regular reports
on the projects status.
Troubleshoot when problems arise within applications.

Incumbent must be able to communicate clearly and concisely, both
verbally and in writing any information related to systems planning
and execution. The role demands effective collaboration and the
ability to take initiative to meet operational demands. The Incumbent
will be expected to support the corporate priorities and direction,
producing sound analyses and practical recommendations where

Excellent Project Management skills.
Ability to clearly explain objectives, requirements and directions to others.
Good interpersonal skills to ascertain appropriate measures when problems arise
Good organizational and time management skills.
Ability to quickly learn new technologies and disseminate information
to other personnel, including non-technical people.
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