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System Administrator

Carleton College
Job Location:
Northfield, Minnesota
Network/System Administrator
The System Administrator position at Carleton College resides within our central Information Technology Services Department and has the primary responsibility for about 100 Linux servers running a wide variety of applications, from DNS, DHCP, and Apache to MySQL, OpenLDAP, Oracle, and Moodle. This position shares on-call responsibilities with four other staff on a rotating basis. Although system maintenance is increasingly automated, occasional off-hours work may be required.

You must meet one of the following education and experience: 

An Associate Degree and 5 years of experience supporting Linux/UNIX systems


Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of experience supporting Linux/UNIX systems

In addition to meeting one of the above-required education and years of experience, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A thorough understanding of core network protocols (DNS, HTTP, etc)
  • Proficiency in Scripting in Bash, Python, Perl, or similar
  • Customer-focused communication skills appropriate for Carleton’s diverse student body, faculty, and staff
  • Self-direction and project execution in a small, flat team environment
  • Ability to solve problems both independently and in a team environment
Essential Duties of the position:
  • Serve as the Linux expert within the system administration team
  • Install, configure, secure, and maintain a wide variety of Linux servers and applications
  • Work closely with others in IT to ensure effective data security, business continuity, and performance; partner with the rest of the system administration team to manage our enterprise storage and backup systems.
  • Provide strategic long-term thinking around the Linux environment, its sustainability, and maintainability.
  • Stay abreast of new technologies to support Carleton’s Linux environment.
  • Provide advanced assistance and support to the helpdesk and end-users as needed
  • Collaborate with system and network administrators at our partner college, St Olaf, to forge a shared storage and virtualization infrastructure
NOTE: The above-outlined position description is not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
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