Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$95,000 - $115,000 / Year
Hybrid Remote
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday-Friday

#124456 Systems Administrator 3

Extended Deadline: Tue 10/3/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 8/2/23 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 8/11/23. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


Applies skills as a seasoned, experienced systems infrastructure professional with a full understanding of industry best practices and campus, medical center or Office of the President policies and procedures to resolve a wide range of issues that are moderately complex in scope. Selects methods and techniques to obtain solutions. Evaluates new technologies including performing simple to moderate cost / benefit analyses

The Systems Administrator 3 is responsible for all aspects of the management of Unix servers and services for production and research computing for customers. Analyze, specify, design, and implement operating system and application software solutions in a medium-sized, heterogeneous computing environment made up of standalone, virtualized, and clustered Unix systems. Systems consist of several Unix/Linux variants, including CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat. The incumbent will collaborate significantly with the members of the OEC Infrastructure team, providing Tier III break/fix support, as well as directly and indirectly assisting in the resolution of Tier II and Tier I desktop system issues. The incumbent will also participate actively in strategic planning discussions regarding future state of our infrastructure.

A cover letter is required for a complete application.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training. 5 or more years of Unix system administration experience in a medium-sized or larger production environment preferred. A proportionally higher level of demonstrated work experience may be considered in lieu of a degree and/or formal post secondary education.

  • Ability to elicit and communicate technical and non-technical information in a clear and concise manner. Ability to as an internal consultant providing technical advice, work direction, guidance, and training of other unit personnel.

  • Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team. Demonstrates problem-solving skills. Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines.

  • Basic knowledge of how to apply technologies and systems to meet business needs.

  • Ability to write technical documentation in a clear and concise manner.

  • Understanding of system performance monitoring and actions that can be taken to improve or correct performance.

  • Knowledge of the design, development and application of technology and systems to meet business needs.

  • General knowledge of other areas of IT. Thorough understanding of and experience with systems-related issues and actions that can be taken to improve or correct performance.

  • Demonstrated skills associated with adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs. Demonstrated comprehensive understanding of how system management actions affect other systems, system users and dependent / related functions.

  • Demonstrated experience writing and editing complex scripts used to perform system maintenance and administration.

  • Advanced knowledge of computer security best practices and policies including demonstrated experience securing server-based software.

  • Significant demonstrated experience in and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the administration of multiple Unix server variants. Experience in installation, configuration, evaluation, management and maintenance of all operational components, including open source and commercial applications and monitoring tools employed in a Unix environment.

  • Demonstrated experience with and thorough understanding of hardware platforms used in support of production and research computing environments, including requirements to support large-scale compute clusters and other scientific systems.

  • Demonstrated experience with the integration of Unix systems with various other platforms, including MacOS and Windows, specifically in terms of authentication/authorization systems and services (e.g., Active Directory, LDAP), and common storage services. Thorough knowledge of MacOS in the context of its underlying Unix-based functionality and operation.

  • Demonstrated experience in the planning, configuration, deployment, management, and troubleshooting of software and hardware networking components as they relate to Unix systems and services.

  • Demonstrated experience in the development, modification, maintenance, and debugging of scripts and programs used in the automation of various system management tasks.

  • Thorough knowledge of and experience in the application of all aspects of Unix system security.

  • Understanding of the purpose and structure of the various logging mechanisms, files, and file formats typically used in mainstream Unix systems. Ability to manipulate and process the contents of these log files using standard Unix command line tools.

  • Significant hands on experience in upgrade procedures and patch management for multiple Unix/Linux operating systems and application software running on these environments.

  • Ability to write and explain purchase justifications on technical grounds. Ability to act as vendor liaison in the specification, purchase, delivery, and maintenance of hardware and software systems.

  • Evidence of strong time management and organizational skills; ability to multi-task in the face of significant time constraints, and possibly rapidly shifting, contradictory demands and priorities.

  • Experience in a common programming language and familiarity with basic programming concepts. Example languages include C, C++, and Java.


  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends from time to time as job responsibilities require.

  • The scheduling of vacation time may be contingent upon meeting the coverage needs in this and other OEC functional units.

  • A cover letter is required for a complete application.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $63,400 - $142,800 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $30.36 - $68.39

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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