Linux Administrator

Cambridge, Massachusetts | Freelance | Job ID #60645 |
Posted Last Month

Educational Institution in Boston is seeking a Linux Systems Admin to join them for a contract to likely PERM opportunity.

The Linux Systems Administrator shares responsibility with other administrators for the management of enterprise servers and storage systems supporting the School’s academic, administrative and research communities.


  • Manage the daily operations and maintenance of servers and related infrastructure supporting enterprise applications, administrative databases, file and print services, DHCP, and security management software suite
  • Ensure the security and reliability of systems and related infrastructure by timely patching and upgrade of Linux and Windows systems; schedule and coordinate monthly and quarterly patching (Unix with Windows)
  • Perform general system configuration, maintenance, and optimization of server, storage and backup infrastructure
  • Oversee the management & maintenance of Active Directory services
  • Ensure the ongoing security and reliability of directory services; recommend best practices in the application of security policies and schema management; and collaborate on the integration of applications and databases with directory services
  • Support datacenter backup operations. Ensure the integrity of the backups; conduct performance tuning; recommend media and application upgrades; consult with vendor technical support to troubleshoot and resolve issues; and integrate new systems into backup network
  • Collaborate with the Associate Director of Infrastructure and Systems on the maintenance and management of the datacenter network, including firewall, vlans, VMware infrastructure, storage network, and DHCP & DNS services
  • Serve as a primary technical resource for Office 365 email and collaboration suite
  • Liaise with the University’s Information Technology (HUIT) Windows, Unified Communications and Identity Management teams to identify and resolve service and access issues
  • Work closely with GSE’s Service Center staff to troubleshoot end user issues and coordinate remediation efforts
  • Oversee the endpoint management systems (SCCM/JAMF) and security management software suite (Crowdstrike) to ensure endpoints are appropriately secured, inventoried and software is up-to-date
  • Provide guidance and best practices for the desktop support staff on leveraging these technologies
  • Participate in the evaluation, testing and implementation of new technology platforms
  • Ensure standardized processes and procedures are documented and followed to maintain integrity of systems and consistency of service
  • Participate in cross-functional initiatives impacting GSE’s network infrastructure; troubleshoot network connectivity issues, work with HUIT NOC on problem resolution and integration issues

Strategic Activities

  • Create roadmaps for assigned projects and tasking
  • Develop and recommend strategies for cloud migration, disaster recovery and business continuity


  • Any desktop imaging experience (SCCM or MDT)
  • Six plus years’ experience administering, securing and tuning enterprise systems (Windows, Unix and Linux), storage and backup systems, and datacenter networks
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS EC2, S3, RDs)
  • Strong experience configuring and maintaining systems hardware and software, including blade and rack servers; storage solutions, filesystems and protocols (SAN, NAS, iSCSI, SMB and CIFS); and backup technologies (tape libraries, removable media, archiving, snapshots and deduplication)
  • Strong experience managing and securing Windows networking and Active Directory services, including LDAP, Kerberos, CA and DNS
  • Strong PowerShell or VBScript experience for automating processes required
  • Strong working knowledge of OSI model, network protocols, physical & virtual switching, and firewall technologies
  • Prior experience supporting VMware 4.x or 5.x environments
  • Proven experience managing datacenter firewalls
  • Experience conducting vulnerability scans and coordinating remediation efforts
  • Excellent troubleshooting and diagnostic skills

Employer Details:

  • Onward Search is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in an employment with regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to be considered for employment. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • Onward Search offers medical, dental, vision benefits, as well as a 401k program, for all eligible full time temporary assignments.
  • Onward Search is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • Onward Search is a drug-free workplace.


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