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Senior Systems Administrator

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Science & Engineering

Position Title Senior Systems Administrator
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The College of Science & Engineering and the Computer Science Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

The Senior System Administrator serves as lead for the technical support group for the Computer Science Department, which is comprised of multiple system administrators and a varied amount of student employees. This role is responsible for achieving the technical needs of the Computer Science Department. They are also the team supervisor for the Computer Science Department’s technical support group, including activities such as employer managerial functions, interfacing with the department to determine needs, and assisting in planning the environment's evolution.

Typical duties include:

  • Serves as team lead and supervisor for the technical support group comprised of multiple system administrators and some varied amount of student employees, including supervisory tasks such as leave approvals, performance evaluations, leading weekly meetings, organizing and prioritizing work tasks, and performing duties during absences;
  • Ensure performance of the network environment and systems by deploying and maintaining network hardware using knowledge of the practical applications of the OSI and TCP/IP models;
  • Conduct operating system diagnostics while leveraging system tracing tools, monitoring resource usage, and performing log analysis to identify and resolve problems independently or in consultation with other technical staff for analysis when needed;
  • Select and procure hardware, software, and other infrastructure needs, working with vendors as needed to resolve problems and monitor service agreements;
  • Independently, or in consultation with others, design, implement, and maintain both logical and physical computing environments, including but not limited to user-facing and backend services, system mappings (UID/GID, DHCP, DNS, etc.), network infrastructure, and other complex deployments spanning multiple operating systems;
  • Principal developer for custom client and server applications using multiple programming languages such as Python, Perl, and C as well as the ability to write scripts in UNIX shell and Microsoft PowerShell, including the responsibility for writing code and ensuring tools and scripts are written clearly, documented, and tracked in a version control system such as git;
  • Build custom virtual machines and other IT environments to support specific curricular needs across multiple disciplines within the field of Computer Science;
Required Qualifications
  • BS in Computer Science or closely related field;
  • At least 3 years of technical experience;
  • At least 2 years of experience in a technical or team lead capacity;
  • Knowledge and at least 2 years programming and configuration experience in Windows and Unix;
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivate team and/or learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of individuals with diverse social identities and backgrounds;
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness at building trust, maintaining positive working relationships with stakeholders, and developing employee engagement.
Preferred Qualifications
  • MS in Computer Science or Computer Engineering
  • Experience with distributed file systems
  • Experience with and or certifications in operating systems, networks, and security
  • Experience in and knowledge of web-based and cloud technologies
  • Experience working in or with an educational community
  • Experience working with a diverse population.
Special Conditions All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.
Salary Starting salary range is $84,307- $99,524, commensurate with experience; includes an excellent benefits package
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins January 21, 2022; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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