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Fairleigh Dickinson University Systems Administrator (Linux) in Teaneck, New Jersey

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the Director of Systems, the Systems Administrator (Linux) deploys, maintains, and troubleshoots all data center systems. This includes, but is not limited to, permissions, modifications, configuration, backups, restores, provisioning of resources, and other related activities. The Systems Administrator (Linux) participates in system builds, installations, and maintenance. The Systems Administrator (Linux) monitors the daily health of the operating systems and responds to backup related issues.


  1. Builds, manages, configures and monitors Linux Operating Systems in a virtual infrastructure. This includes management of security tools for anti-malware and firewall.

  2. Supports and maintains RedHat Server 6, 7, 8, 9 and newer versions in an Active Directory environment.

  3. Supports and manages WordPress, Apache, Nginx and other Linux web publishing platforms.

  4. Ensure risk and vulnerability mitigation via automated patch management.

  5. Configures and Supports web load balancer for delivering enterprise web applications.

  6. Ensures all changes are made in accordance with FDU’s change control, security, and risk assessment policies.

  7. Performs various functions related to website maintenance, performance, and reporting as needed.

  8. Analyzes information and evaluates results to recommend process improvements, choose effective solutions, and solve problems.

  9. Follows Change Management process for all changes to production systems, including documenting all changes made to systems.

  10. Provides end-user support, which includes the resolution of support tickets assigned to the department.

  11. Maintains a working knowledge of continuing developments in the field of Computer Security.

  12. Maintains broad technical knowledge of current and emerging technologies.

  13. Flexibility to work required hours to address critical department needs, on-call 24 hours per day, 365 days per year with defined response time 24 hours, except when on vacation.

  14. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science required or equivalent plus 2 years’ experience in Linux Systems Administration. RedHat certification a plus.

  2. Ability to perform skilled work in the installation, maintenance, diagnostics, and troubleshooting of RedHat Linux systems.

  3. Strong knowledge of setting up, maintaining, and monitoring system hardware in data centers with minimal guidance.

  4. Experience utilizing RedHat enterprise management tool as RedHat Ansible Automation and RedHat Satellite.

  5. Experience with PowerShell and shell scripting.

  6. Experience with programming languages such as Python, C++, Perl, PHP .

  7. Experience utilizing various backup software in a virtualized environment like Veeam. Ability to review, troubleshoot and restore systems from backup software as needed.

  8. Knowledge of VMware vSphere ESXi and support experience with multisite replication and SRM .

  9. Familiarity in working with relational database management systems ( SQL , MySQL).

  10. Knowledge of Microsoft Windows Server 2012/2016/2019 and Windows 10/11 in an Active Directory environment.

  11. Knowledge of Microsoft Active Directory and user account management.

  12. General knowledge of Cloud technologies, Networking, TCP /IP, and networking protocols ( NFS , CIFS , SMB2).

  13. Knowledge and experience in website UX design

  14. Effective organizational skills to meet schedules and timelines. Must be able to work independently and produce deliverables to meet deadlines.

  15. Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and balance priorities with efficient time management skills.

  16. Strong coordination and planning skills with the ability to effectively prioritize tasks and work independently with minimal supervision.

  17. Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment.

  18. Good verbal and written communication skills.

  19. Ability to communicate and interact effectively with all levels of University personnel and students.

  20. Strong analytical skills, attention to detail, and the ability to creatively challenge current methods and procedures.

  21. Independent learner and self-directed; takes the initiative while working within a team context.

  22. Must enjoy researching new technologies, learning, and expanding one’s knowledge.

  23. Ability to lift and carry equipment and supplies to the best of one’s ability.

  24. Ability to work a non-standard schedule.

  25. Valid driver’s license and access to transportation for travel between campuses.

  26. Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. Candidates for hire will be required to sign a waiver authorizing the background check and produce a Social Security Card.

Status: Full-Time

Campus: Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ

Hiring Manager: Christopher Robley

Department: University Systems & Networking-Metro