Linux Systems Administrator

Penn State

University Park, PA

Job posting number: #7085893

Posted: September 22, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a Systems Administrator to serve as a technical expert for complex systems and identify solutions to issues of system/service interruption, lead and oversee departmental projects while building and maintaining project management skills, and investigate, analyze, and recommend new operating systems. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

Provide expertise to the design, planning, implementation, operation, and security of systems

Lead and/or provide technical guidance to staff and teams

Develop processes and practices for design, maintenance, and operation of systems to ensure consistent and reliable operation to meet the business needs

Participate in the architecture and design of systems

Develop and maintain automation to support operational efficiency and system consistency

Develop the configuration of systems, applications, and security environment; review policy and assign responsibility for security implementation

Assess and strengthen measures to control access to and use of critical assets

Implement new systems or create new solutions to existing systems to increase performance

Investigate and analyze system requirements and develop system specifications

Design and perform major upgrades to installed operating systems and applications

Provide oversight and management for new or existing systems, upgrades, and maintenance

Manage vendor relationships; consult with vendors to resolve system issues

Analyze the cost/benefit of emerging technology

Develop and provide training to IT staff and end users

May serve as designated Service Manager for a large enterprise service

May supervise staff members, including hiring, development, and performance management

This position typically requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher plus 8 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

The following background checks must be successfully completed for this position:

This position will require successful completion of standard background checks. 

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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