System Administrator
Slate Magazine - Washington, DC

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Role Summary

We’re looking for an experienced Unix/Linux systems administrator to manage our systems. The best sysadmins are those that know that if they’re in the spotlight, they’re not doing their job correctly. We want somebody with the ability to identify and implement improvements to our process and infrastructure so that our editorial team and our readers never know that Slate has a top notch systems administrator. We want a systems administrator who doesn’t get called in the middle of the night because he or she has worked with the development team to ensure that systems run smoothly, are monitored properly, and have built-in redundancy. We also want somebody who will gladly take the occasional overnight phone call due to pride of work.

*Essential duties include*:

  • Analyzing existing infrastructure and identifying weak links and areas for improvement
  • Managing backups and restore tests
  • Developing standard virtual machine images
  • Deploying and taking down instances and storage on Amazon Web Services as needed
  • Working with development teams to develop policies which accommodate needs for both system stability and development flexibility
  • Documenting systems and processes


Bachelor’s degree or related work experience in systems administration, programming, or a related field.

*Required Skills*:
*Solid experience administering Linux systems
*Experience with Amazon Web Services
*Experience with high-traffic web sites
*Strong written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail
*Strong organizational and analytical skills

*Preferred Skills*:
*Experience with java-based web applications
*Experience with Apache and MySQL

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you.

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