Sr. Linux System Administrator (Ref: VJL0016)
International Programming & Systems Inc. - San Francisco, CA

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The Role

The company is currently seeking a Sr. systems administrator to join its IT Operations team. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in the implementation of scalable networks of heterogeneous systems and in working as a member of a small team. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability in automating systems administration tasks and authoring policies and procedures that support 24x7 operations. This position includes off hours, on-call responsibilities.

The most important job requirement is the ability, experience, and desire to provide a computationally intensive service, non-stop. Your troubleshooting skills should be top-notch, and your communication skills should be strong. We'd like to see experience in at least a few key areas: performance analysis, rapid scalability, infrastructure/support systems and network engineering.

This is a senior-level Linux Systems Administrator position, and as such we are not only looking for somebody with broad experience, but also the go-getter attitude to take initiative and take some big projects from inception to large-scale production deployment. Your contributions will be crucial to our success.


Rotating 24x7 on-call support

Configuration and management of Linux systems (physical and virtual) and networking devices

Automate everything in sight; be horrified by the idea of manual, repetitious labor (Puppet, Yum, etc.)

Monitoring service stability and end to end performance tuning

Maintaining tools to aid in automation of alerting and deployment (Nagios, Cacti, etc.)

Developing, implementing, deploying, and supporting advanced virtualization and data storage strategies

The Right Person

Minimum 5+ years of experience working in system administration with at least 3+ years working a high traffic, public facing production environment

Extraordinary troubleshooting abilities

Solid Linux fundamentals including networking, file systems, security, and the kernel

Solid knowledge of VMware, NFS, NIS, NAS/SAN’s, Puppet, Kickstart and Yum

Cross-functional experience in networking, SANs, global load balancing, and databases

Solid knowledge of protocols such as: HTTP, SMTP, SNMP, DNS

Solid scripting experience (Perl, Python, or Ruby), including large-scale tools that support the day-to-day operations of a service delivery platform

Solid knowledge of LVM, SAN, NAS, RAID, EXT3 & 4

Familiar with Cacti, Nagios, Ganglia, or other monitoring and metrics tools

Knowledgeable in TCP/IP, VLANs, OSPF, IPSEC, BGP, Cisco IOS,

Ability to learn quickly and adapt to a fast-paced, growing and evolving service delivery system

Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects through their entire life cycle

Acts as interface between systems group & end users

Excellent communication skills

Knowledge of: PillarData SAN/NAS, Gluster, Drobo, Caruso and GIT a desirable plus.


This is a small, high-growth company, which means tremendous challenges and opportunities. We are looking for smart people who learn fast, solve problems, and get the job done. Our products and services are focused on the user experience, so you'll need to be user-focused as well.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance (PPO or HMO options)
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Employer paid life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • Flexible Spending Account (both medical and dependent care)
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 15 days paid time off per year (with tenure-based increases after two years)
  • Free lunch on Wednesdays