Senior Systems Administrator

Portland, Oregon

Direct Hire

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Job Id: 58608

Senior Systems Administrator
Under direction, performs highly complex duties in the design, development, installation, upgrade, integration, administration and maintenance of the wired and wireless network infrastructure, virtual private cloud, network storage, and DR systems and infrastructure; monitors network servers, equipment and devices for performance and stability; designs, installs and monitors network security devices, software, protocols, and processes; serves as a technical leadership for projects.

This is a hybrid position.

Senior Systems Administrator Responsibilities:
Performs highly complex duties while demonstrating professional mastery of administration and operations. Exposure to or experience with design, development, and integration of complex infrastructure. Supports the companies network and virtualization architecture, including switching, routing, storage, overall network services and network security, and participates in researching technology alternatives and planning for expansion of network capacity to support growth.
Troubleshoots and resolves complex network and storage performance and connectivity problems. Assists in the design, development, installation, integration and maintenance of complex, multi-segment network infrastructure. Installs, upgrades, replaces, configures, integrates, and maintains network hardware, software, and devices, including servers, switches, routers, bridges, gateways and cabling and other wiring equipment; creates, reallocates, or deletes subnets or virtual networks to improve performance and increase security.
Assists in the design and develops, installs, configures, and maintains the companies virtualized private cloud host infrastructure. Configures and maintains data replication to secondary DR “warm backup” site and owns DR/BC processes.
Assists in the design, develops, installs, configures, maintains, and troubleshoots SANs (Storage Area Networks), including all cabling and associated firmware and software; works with storage vendor on major SAN installs, upgrades and troubleshooting of problems.
Assists in the design, conducts site surveys, installs, and maintains wireless access points and associated wireless equipment, devices and software at the corporate office; creates and maintains firewalls and authentication servers and encryption methods to wireless access points; creates and maintains wireless domain services to allow wireless roaming; troubleshoots and resolves wireless interference, connectivity, performance and security problems.
Troubleshoots, diagnoses, and resolves server connectivity and performance issues; administers network standards, including naming conventions and address protocols; monitors, analyzes and manages network traffic and other conditions to achieve optimal performance and uptime; analyzes data to minimize network congestion.
Analyzes network capacity and growth requirements and recommends network infrastructure upgrades and enhancements to meet long-term needs; develops plans for server expansion including rack space, floor space, cooling and power requirements; installs server racks, uninterruptible power supplies and other server support equipment; develops specifications for network hardware, software and cabling upgrades and enhancements.
Assists in the design, installs and administers new security systems and methods; creates and maintains security rights on network resources; maintains and administers the firewall rule base and authentication systems; monitors for network intrusions and security breaches; implements and enforces the enterprise network security policy and remote access standards and guidelines.
Performs project leadership functions for network installation projects; participates in planning and managing large migration and conversion projects; creates network management scripts to automate software installation, workstation management and network resource assignments.
Provides technical advice, solutions, and field training to user support staff; develops tools to assist staff in deploying software, configuring settings and troubleshooting and resolving a variety of workstation and end-user kit problems; performs advanced troubleshooting on network hardware, software and connectivity problems; performs third level problem resolution.
Researches and evaluates hardware and software for compatibility, serviceability, design and performance; develops specifications and recommends the purchase of computer/network related hardware and software.
Develops prototype systems to test for integration, feasibility and reliability; conducts cost benefit analyses; participates in the selection of vendors.
Provides back up support to other members of the systems and user support team.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Senior Systems Administrator Qualifications:
7-10 years of increasingly progressive responsibility in the analysis, design, project delivery, development and administration of network infrastructures, virtual private cloud host configurations and virtual servers, and network storage devices; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Demonstrated proficiency with routers, firewalls, and VPN software.
Wired and wireless network architectures and theory and principles of network design and integration, including topologies, protocols, and network load distribution.
Wired and wireless network security principles, equipment, software, practices, techniques, and tools, including encryption standards and authentication methods.
Principles, methods and techniques for layout, installation, configuration, integration and operation of network systems, components, equipment, and devices.
Principles, practices and methods of network administration and maintenance, including configuration, performance tuning and diagnostic tools.
Principles, methods and techniques for installation, configuration, integration and operation of VoIP network systems, components, equipment, devices, and software.
Principles, methods and techniques for installation, configuration, integration and operation of Storage Area Network systems, components, equipment, devices, and software.
Server hardware and operating system architecture, directory services, characteristics, commands, and components applicable MS Windows servers.
Standard network management software, equipment, tools, and utilities.
Methods and techniques for performing connectivity testing and network analysis and troubleshooting.
Principles, practices and methods of systems administration and maintenance.
Disaster planning and recovery techniques.
Database management systems and software.
Standard programming and scripting languages and utilities applicable to responsibilities.
Experience in working on structured projects using different types of project methodology.

Salary: $90,000k-$120,000k/yr. (DOE)

About VanderHouwen
VanderHouwen is an award-winning, Women-Owned, WBENC certified professional staffing firm. Founded in 1987, VanderHouwen has been successfully placing experienced professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Our recruitment teams are highly specialized in either Technology and IT, Engineering, or Accounting and Finance career markets. Our recruiters value building meaningful, professional relationships with each candidate as well as developing honed knowledge of companies' staffing needs and workplaces. Partner with us to land your next exciting career.

VanderHouwen is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. VanderHouwen does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal civil rights laws.


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