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System Administrator (K-State Libraries)

Apply now Department: 3670003040 Hale Library
Job no: 503340
Work type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Computer Science / Information Technology, Library

General Description of Position:

The Systems Administrator's work will center on developing technical infrastructure on Linux platforms to support projects related to repository development, Web services, Scholarly publishing and content management systems.  To support the University’s goal of becoming a top-50 public research university by 2025, we are looking for a dynamic individual to offer exceptional customer service to library staff and patrons and advance with us to the next level.

Information about the College/Unit:

Kansas State University Libraries in Manhattan, Kansas are an ambitious organization that aims to be an innovator in library services. Our people are the most important asset in the pursuit of achieving our goals. Therefore, we actively recruit talented individuals with diverse skill sets, backgrounds, and ways of thinking. We seek strong communicators who relish productive collaborations with friendly colleagues. As our organization strongly believes in innovation, we especially value creative problem-solvers who thrive in an environment of change and have the ability to inspire others, and that have a strong interest in emerging technologies. The Libraries have a vision to grow, and we are very supportive of our staff’s professional development. In addition to four specialized branch libraries, Hale Library, the main library, is a splendid building located in the center of the university’s picturesque campus, with a spacious interior that creates a comfortable and relaxing work environment. If this sounds like a place that suits your personality and work style, and if you are someone who would like to be an active part of a library’s exciting growth, please consider applying for the following position.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.

The Successful Candidate will:

  • Maintain the hardware, and software infrastructure in the Library Linux environment, including application support, using industry best practices and adhering to departmental guidelines. Install and configure server operating systems and related software while ensuring that data best practices, digital security standards and best practices, and departmental procedures are followed. Advise the Assistant Director, Library IT Services on industry best practices, as well as situational best practices, and alert the Assistant Director to problems as they arise.
  • Perform shell scripting and server-side scripting in the appropriate, designated languages.
  • Liaison with the Campus IT units to coordinate management of the network connections and shared infrastructure elements, and ensure high levels of integration with the IT efforts of the University. Play an active role in the development and deployment of new technologies.
  • Consult with application developers and other library departments to diagnose and troubleshoot system problems and recommend hardware/software purchases for back-end system support.
  • Work collaboratively with other library staff and faculty, external open source community, and vendor support staff in a team-based approach. Work in a team to manage system and application administration, maintaining up-to-date system documentation and managing code in a version-control system.
  • This position will be frequently required to maintain an on-call status. This position may require remote work, and may require support and recovery of systems outside of the normal working hours of the department.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate's degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, or related field PLUS minimum of three years of full time development and server administration experience in a Linux environment OR if no Associate’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, or related field, seven years of full time development and server administration experience in a Linux environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of a common, server-side scripting language, such as PHP, Perl, or Bash scripting.
  • Demonstrated ability to create automated, server-side processes using server-side scripting.
  • Demonstrated experience administering web servers, including Apache and Tomcat, and database servers, including PostgreSQL and MySQL.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing and supporting open source applications.
  • Demonstrated experience in server virtualization.
  • Strong customer service attitude; enthusiasm for working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment.
  • BS Degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • Extensive experience in creating automation scripts and tying systems together using server-side scripting, APIs, and similar tools.
  • Experience working with library applications such as Alma, DSpace, Drupal, etc.
  • Familiarity with long term storage options for archiving purposes
  • Experience working with authorization/authentication mechanisms, such as Shibboleth, LDAP, CAS.
  • Experience supporting a versioning system, preferably GIT.
  • Experience supporting locally built, custom web applications.
  • Experience with development frameworks.
  • Experience rapidly learning new technologies in a dynamic environment.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to a completed application, please attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2018

Salary Range/ Pay Rate:

$ 53,515 - $ 85,623 Annual Salary.  

Actual salary will be determined based on the candidate's experience, education, internal equity and departmental funding. Salary offers are typically made between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range. The range indicated includes both the typical hiring range and potential future progression.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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