Linux Systems Administrator (Operating Systems Analyst - Career) (501749)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full Time Information Technology and Communication Services

Job Description


Position Summary

The Information Technology Division celebrates diverse backgrounds and perspectives. We understand representation is essential to our success, which is why we strive to recruit and retain highly-skilled, compassionate team members. By prioritizing listening and learning, engaging in critical conversations, and thoughtfully considering the needs of our different populations, we are creating a culture of belonging. We aim to offer opportunities for advancement and foster an inclusive environment so all are valued and empowered to thrive. Please read more about the IT Division here.

IT Infrastructure Operations (ITIO) is responsible for the university's data center infrastructure, cloud infrastructure, virtualization infrastructure, backup infrastructure, Linux and Windows server operating systems administration, Active Directory infrastructure, enterprise endpoint management systems, and Police Department server infrastructure.

The Linux Systems Administrator serves within the IT Infrastructure Operations department. Responsibilities include server systems administration, security, automation, scripting, backup, monitoring, and disaster recovery for systems in on-premises data centers and in public cloud environments. This position collaborates with IT groups within SDSU and the CSU to develop automation strategies and to integrate on-premises computing infrastructure and systems with cloud infrastructure and services.

The person holding this position is required to complete a State of California Department of Justice Live Scan.

For more information regarding IT Infrastructure Operations (ITIO), click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base) benefits-eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Education and Experience

To enter this classification, a basic foundation of knowledge and skills in operating systems programs, maintenance, and systems administration features is a prerequisite. This foundation would normally be obtained through a bachelor's degree, preferably in information technology, computer science, or a related technical field, or equivalent technical training and/or experience. Foundation knowledge and skills for the Operating Systems Analyst include a working knowledge of the assigned computer operating systems, systems analysis, and systems-level programming.

Specialized Skills
  • Three (3) years of experience with Linux server administration.
  • Intermediate to advanced skill level in Shell, Perl, or Python scripting
  • Experience with configuration management tools such as Ansible, Puppet, or similar.
  • Experience supporting multi-tiered systems with web, application, and database tiers.
  • Experience supporting servers in a virtualized environment such as VMware or similar.
  • Knowledge of TCP/IP networking.
  • Experience with enterprise backup and recovery systems such as Veeam, CommVault or similar.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Linux certification
  • Cloud certification such as AWS and Azure

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $8,333 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,372 - $10,792 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on July 21, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by July 20, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Meracle Cothron at

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Diego, California 92182 United States View Map