Senior Systems Engineer / Architect
Blackboard Mobile - San Francisco, CA

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  • Not eligible for Visa candidates Supporting the hundreds of thousands of students, faculty and alumni who use our products, our state-of-the-art Mobile infrastructure systems handle significant and growing volumes of data from ingestion to delivery. We°re looking for a seasoned Sr. Systems Engineer to join our growing DevOps and Reliability Team. The ideal candidate will have extensive hands-on experience administering Linux-based, open-source infrastructure systems with an eye on automation, preferably in support of highly available web and mobile applications.
Most importantly, the right individual will be highly motivated, with a positive, “can-do ” attitude and a passion for delivering technical solutions in a fast-paced environment. The Responsibilities of the Senior Systems Engineer include: • Operating and maintaining Blackboards Mobile ’s application ecosystem, cloud and physical Infrastructure • Participating in architecting Blackboard Mobile ’s cloud infrastructure for new products • Leveraging current and cutting edge technologies while testing bleeding edge technologies for future use • Supporting and building upon system automation, deployment, and continuous integration tools • Configuring, monitoring and administrating Linux and Mac OS X systems and middleware • Performing daily " monthly maintenance tasks such as patching, upgrades, security updates, etc. • Automating repetitive tasks whenever possible • Troubleshooting and resolving issues related to mobile applications development and deployment • Creating and maintaining documentation • Participating in 24/7 on-call rotation SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS: Reporting to the Senior DevOps and Relability Manager for project direction and mentoring, the Senior Systems Engineer will serve as a critical contributor to the ongoing success of Blackboard Mobile. The key qualifications for this role are: REQUIREMENTS: • Self-starter, desire to thrive in a fast-paced environment • 5+ years of professional Linux-based system administration (CentOS, RHEL, Ubuntu) • Experience with system configuration management and automation tools (Chef, Ansible, Capistrano, etc) • Experience with continuous integration tools (Bamboo, Jenkins, etc) • Clear understanding of networking technologies (Load Balancers, Firewalls, Switches, etc) • Experience configuring, monitoring, and performance-tuning database systems (MySQL, Postgres, MongoDB) in a high-availability, high-transactional environment • Experience architecting and building high availability systems • Experience with open source technologies and the desire to give back to the community • Expertise in configuring and administering LAMP stack environments • Experience performing and automating systems maintenance tasks using open source tools • Hands on experience administering and supporting an environment with multiple servers (50+ servers) • Experience with one or more scripting languages (PHP, Ruby, Python, etc) • Experience with synchronous and asynchronous queuing systems (RabbitMQ, ActiveMQ, etc) • Experience with cloud based hosting (Rackspace, AWS, etc) • Experience with cloud and virtualization platforms like VMWare, Xen, Hyper-V, Openstack • Solid understanding of current web and internet technologies like Apache, Tomcat, Nginx, Memcache, Varnish, CDN, Dynamic DNS • Excellent communication skills, capable of conducting technical discussions in English DESIRED: • Previous work experience in a start-up environment • Bachelor°s degree in Engineering preferred, but proven industry experience without a degree will still be considered • Experience using and administering software version control systems (SVN, Git, etc.) • Familiarity with Atlassian Suite (Confluence, JIRA, etc.) • Ability to conduct team presentations and/or trainings Who We Are Blackboard Mobile is a division of Blackboard Inc., a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improves the experience of millions of students and faculty for each of our client institutions around the world, every day.

We pride ourselves on creating well-designed mobile solutions for two important education products: Blackboard Mobile Learn is a product that allows students and faculty to access teaching and learning wherever and whenever they want through a variety of mobile devices - developed in natively for the iPad, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. Blackboard Mobile Central enables delivery of a rich set of campus life services and content in mobile apps uniquely branded for each institution. With an iOS device, Android, or other device with a mobile web browser, users across the globe can navigate course catalogs and campus maps, get real-time updates on their course schedules, campus events, news, and sports teams, and access many more features! Some of our Great Benefits!

  • San Francisco office in the heart of Jackson Square – surrounded by North Beach, the FiDi, " Chinatown. • Competitive salary. • Full benefits, 401K matching. • Flexible work schedule - we want you to create amazing products, not punch a ticket.
  • Use of top of the line mobile phones and iMac with Cinema Display. • Subsidized public transportation hellip;.or bike to work! • Fully stocked snacks " drinks, espresso, bagel-bar Fridays, and a flowing keg. • We are a pet friendly environment, so there are occasional office dogs roaming around!
  • Perks such as ping-pong, pool table, video games, office yoga, happy hours, patio grilling, nerf darts, and endless choices of surround-sound music. We like to have fun, too! *Not able to consider candidates requiring current or future Sponsorship to work in the US