Senior System Administrator

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


Suffolk University is delighted to announce a career opportunity as a Senior System Administration within the Information Technology Services Infrastructure group.  We are seeking a highly motivated Senior System Administrator with significant experience managing, deploying, and maintaining Servers, Storage, and Virtualization technologies. The candidate will be responsible for troubleshooting system issues, suggesting enhancements to improve system performance as well as writing system scripts for daily administration and supporting documentation to automate repeatable tasks. Install new software releases, system upgrades, evaluate and install patches and resolve software and hardware-related problems.

This position is located in Boston, Massachusetts.  There is an opportunity to work a hybrid schedule (two days off-campus/remote and three days on campus in downtown Boston.)

The successful candidate will also be tasked with performing system backups and recovery as well as maintaining data files and monitoring system configuration to ensure data integrity. The Senior System Administrator will assist with securing and hardening infrastructure technologies and creating/maintaining system procedural and technical documentation. 

Responsible for applying technology and designing system architectures to align with organizational strategic business objectives. This position will be responsible for the optimal performance of the University’s technical infrastructure and delivery of services to our users. Consult with project managers, analysts, programmers, administrators, and other IT professionals on issues such as system design, limitations and capabilities, and system performance requirements. Researches new technologies and applies new ideas to enterprise business needs. Performs post-mortem problem investigations to identify and correct inconsistencies and problems with operating system and application installations.

Principal Responsibilities: 

  • Assumes management responsibility for systems, including, but not limited to, Windows, AIX, and Linux platforms housing various applications.
  • Provision and maintain Windows and Linux servers for production/test/development use.  Coordinate with the stakeholders in the configuration and deployment of required servers.
  • Manage the use of Linux/Unix-based monitoring tools, such as Nagios and Nmon, and patch management and update tools such as yum, apt and dnf.
  • Perform standard administration tasks including monitoring, installations/upgrades of the operating system and applicable application software.
  • Manage and update the AIX NIM (Network Install Manager) server.  Use of NIM server to deploy updates to AIX lpars.
  • Manage and make Use of IBM HMC to manage the lpars.
  • Troubleshoot, investigate and resolve operating system issues.
  • Create procedures for technical processes.
  • Document all production changes in the ServiceNow change management module.
  • Manage file transfer integrations to and from remote servers. For example, the secure transmission of sensitive information to the bank by sftp and public key authentication.
  • Perform and complete requests for services. (E.g. backups/restores, patch application, user account maintenance, etc.)
  • Monitor and maintain hardware components, working with the vendor for support when necessary.
  • Perform proactive measures, such as system tuning, to maintain a stable, efficient allocation of resources.
  • Utilize basic project management skills to assist in the development of plans/timelines for projects.  Provide status reports and exchange relevant information with management and other members of the ITS staff.
  • Work closely with the network team to maintain/improve/troubleshoot various components when needed.
  • Work closely with the Senior Enterprise System Admin(ERP)/DBA to ensure that the Colleague environments maintain 100% uptime.
  • Work closely with and support the ITS Applications team on data flow to external applications.
  • In coordination with other ITS Infrastructure team members, monitor Data Center environment (HVAC and Power) and Coordinate with facilities services and vendors to ensure the Data Center maintains reasonably optimal conditions.
  • Effectively uses online monitoring tools such as Schneider APC interfaces such StructureWare and Symmetra.


  • Bachelors’ Degree in Computer Science and/or equivalent combination of experience.
  • 5+ years of proven knowledge working with server and storage hardware, software, including VMware, HP Server, EMC VNX, ExtremeIO, and PURE Storage Systems, AIX, Windows, Linux servers.
  • 5+ years’ experience with VMware / Microsoft Server related experience or equivalency.
  • Significant and current experience administering AIX.  Must have the ability to perform the IBM/AIX tasks previously outlined in the responsibilities. Our current version of AIX Version is 7.2 and the current platform is Power 9 running on an IBM e950 in the primary datacenter and Power7 on an IBM p770 at the DR Site.
  • Experience writing shell scripting in ksh and bash.
  • Knowledge of various webserver packages such as Apache and Tomcat, and the software used by webservers.
  • Knowledge of the various monitoring tools such as Nagios and IBM’s nmon, as well as load testing tools such as Apache JMeter, NewRelic, Ipswitch’s IMacro.
  • Knowledge of the principals of ITIL framework and the lifecycle stages.
  • A desire to expand and improve professional/technical knowledge and competency. This can be demonstrated by belonging to and participating in professional organizations, attending seminars, attending classes or tutorials, researching technical documents, etc.
  • Knowledge of networking concepts (TCP/IP, DNS, etc.).
  • Knowledge of database management systems such as MySQL, and PostGress.
  • Ability to work independently and proactively.
  • Demonstrated analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Some on-call responsibilities for the position are expected and required, anticipated frequency will depend on the situation.

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.