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Systems Administrator

HE Product Development | Arlington, VA

Job Description

Hobsons helps educators, administrators, students, and families maximize success through every stage of the learning lifecycle. Hobsons’ personalized learning, academic planning, post-secondary enrollment, and student support solutions serve millions of students across more than 7,500 schools, colleges, and universities worldwide.


Systems Administrator


Job Summary

Hobsons is seeking a Systems Administrator.  Candidate will be responsible for maintaining a complex infrastructure for the delivery of Hobsons products, with a focus on Linux Administration, but also will be required to support many different technology components within the Hobsons infrastructure.


We are currently seeking a Systems Administrator to work in either our Arlington, VA or Oakland, CA office.  Candidate can work from home, but should be available to work part-time in the office.    


Essential Functions/Responsibilities

  • Install new/rebuild existing servers and configure hardware, peripherals, services, settings, directories, storage, etc. in accordance with standards and project/operational requirements
  • Perform daily system monitoring, verifying the integrity and availability of all hardware, server resources, systems and key processes
  • Research and recommend innovative, and where possible automated approaches for system administration tasks.  Identify approaches that leverage our resources and provide economies of scale
  • Perform ongoing performance tuning, hardware upgrades, and resource optimization as required.  Configure CPU, memory, and disk partitions as required
  • Apply OS patches and upgrades on a regular basis, and upgrade administrative tools and utilities. Configure / add new services as necessary
  • Perform periodic performance reporting to support capacity planning


Minimum Qualifications

  • 4-6 years system administration experience
  • Key Success Factors:
    • Troubleshooting
    • Strategic vision with respect to technology
    • Complex thinking
    • Communication
  • Ability to effectively communicate issues and resolutions to all levels of the organization
  • Strong technical aptitude and ability to research & solve complex issues independently
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities while delivering high quality results
  • Strong analytical skills, business planning, and project management skills
  • Collaborates effectively with others to identify and resolve issues
  • 4 year degree technical major, such as engineering or computer science



Experience installing and maintaining the following technology components required:

  • Linux Operating System (various versions)
  • Linux web & middleware products, such as Apache, Tomcat, Nginx, Jboss, Membase
  • Linux Services, such as, Wordpress, Joomla
  • Linux scripting tools, such as Bash, Perl, Python, PHP, and Powershell


Experience with the following technology is preferred, but not required:

  • Sonicwall firewalls
  • F5 Load balancers
  • Riverbed WAN optimizers
  • HP and Dell network switches
  • EMC or Dell Equal Logic SAN Storage
  • VirtualIron or VMWare virtualization software
  • Monitoring tools, such as IPMonitor, Zenoss, Perfmon
  • Database products such as Oracle, MySql or MSSql
  • Cloud services such as AWS, Linode and Rightscale
  • Windows server and IIS
  • Configuration and Software Management tools, such as Chef, Cobbler, Git, Jenkins

We are a hard-working, fun-loving office, and we’re looking for the right fit—someone with great communication skills and a solid work ethic who picks up skills quickly.



Hobsons offers a competitive salary along with an excellent benefits package including:


·           Health Insurance

·           Life and Disability Insurance

·           Dental Plan

·           401K Plan

·           Section 125/Flexible Spending Accounts

·           Generous Holiday and Vacation Schedule



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