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(Remote) Linux System Administrator - Information Technology Services

West Virginia University
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West Virginia University Information Technology Services is currently accepting applications for a Linux System Administrator.

About the Opportunity

As a Linux System Administrator, you will install, configure, and support of Linux based systems.

We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:

  • 37.5-hour work week.
  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
  • 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year or more based on years of service (employee leave)
  • 18 sick days per year (for when you're ill, for when you need time to care for sick family, for your own, or your family's, regularly scheduled medical appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as well as others considered to be members of your household living under the same roof)
  • WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits.
  • 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ's.
  • Wellness programs
What you'll do:
  • Participate in an on-call rotation to deliver support to end users, address operational issues, coordinate vendor support, and internal escalation of events.
  • Perform other necessary and appropriate tasks as directed by ITS management.
  • Identify and help drive improvements to technical processes
  • Assist with automation processes using shell scripts, Ansible, GIT, and CI/CD pipelines. 
  • Assist team members with users/stakeholders to instruct and help advise in automating their workloads.
  • Collaborate and help build utilities and tools for internal use that enable Systems Engineering to operate at high speed and wide scale
  • Participate in meeting WVU's goals of migrating operations to cloud infrastructure. Typical tasks include migrating physical systems to virtual, migration of on premises systems to cloud, monitoring resource consumption to ensure proper sizing, refactoring legacy systems to use modern cloud native technologies, etc.  This will be done as a team effort with Systems Engineering, Cloud Infrastructure, and Infrastructure Architects.
  • Learn and leverage groundbreaking technologies.
  • Collaborate with members of the Systems Engineering and complete or participate in completing tasks defined or distributed by senior members. This may include collaborating with other ITS groups, vendors, and customers across WVU to gather requirements and successfully complete tickets or tasks.
  • Assist senior members with tasks relating to project work.  This may include tasks like building servers or working on documentation and automation that will help with the support and implementation of enterprise systems.  These directives may come outside of the ticketing system

  • Bachelor's degree (B.S. or B.A.) in Computer Science, Electrical/Computer Engineering, or related field and/or equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • A minimum of experience of two (2) years of combined experience involving:
    • Unix/Linux Systems Administration. 
    • Virtualization and/or cloud technologies and administration.
    • Recent Red Hat Enterprise Linux experience strongly preferred
    • Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA), or the ability to acquire the RHCSA within the first year of employment.
    • Additional certifications relevant to Linux/UNIX, Windows, AWS, VMware, Azure administration or related technologies are preferred.
  • Self-motivated and ability to take instruction from senior members, while demonstrating the ability to prioritize competing tasks/projects.
  • Strong desire to learn, assess, and apply information whether about technology, people, processes, academia landscape, etc. Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with peers and other University organizations and vendors .
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Linux/UNIX Experience configuring, managing, or troubleshooting systems at scale (cloud, virtualization, distributed networks, colocation.)
  • Knowledge of a scripting language (Shell, Python, PowerShell, etc).
  • Familiarity with networking concepts and troubleshooting techniques (e.g., TCP/IP, VPN, Firewalls)
  • Technical problem investigation, analysis, and finding/implementing solutions in a timely manner.
  • Ability to use VMware, AWS, and Azure technologies.
  • Understands and implements best practices relating to system design and business process documentation.
  • Red Hat systems administration knowledge, particularly Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  • Maintain an active awareness of the current IT industry security landscape, and effectively communicate potential threats with senior members of the team.
  • Ability to provide remote end user support.
  • Ability to execute server recovery procedures.
  • Windows Server administration experience
  • Experience with Configuration Management Software (ex. Chef, Ansible, Puppet)

About WVU

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.  

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position. 

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb. 

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU's academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

To learn more about West Virginia University, visit View current career opportunities at

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.


Job Posting: Apr 3, 2024

Posting Classification: Non-Classified

Exemption Status: Exempt

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Schedule: Full-time
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