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Linux Systems Manager

Basic Position Information

Job Code: 2235

Title: Linux Systems Manager

Department: Information Technology

Essential Personnel: N

Job Family: Technology Services

Job Sub-Family: Technical Services

FLSA Classification: E

Job Grade: 18

Grade Min: $80,937

Grade Mid: $99,147

UHD Succession Plan: N/A

Criticality of Position: N/A

Career Ladder: In-Range

Campus Security Authority: Y

Screening Committee: N

Motor Vehicle Record Check: N

Job Summary

The Linux Systems Manager manages the strategy, operations, and architecture of Linux and VMware systems, DNS administration, federated authentication services, Dual Factor Authentication, security concerning inbound/outbound transmissions, Enterprise Email security, Disaster Recovery Technology (Zerto), Identity and Access Management Solution, and High Performance Clusters at the university.


  • Oversees the day-to-day operation of the Linux servers including hardware, software support and special projects; applies expertise and experience in Linux administration to improve processes and design solutions
  • Manage the VMware virtualization environment; oversees the installation of upgrades, patches, and new versions of all VMware components (VSphere and VCenter). Act as a technical lead for major initiatives, changes and deployments within the virtual environment; assesses and evaluates current virtual computing infrastructure, and provides recommendations for enhancements
  • Administers, manages, secures, troubleshoots, and supports Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions for the University; provides subject matter expertise on IAM topics; creates and conducts training for staff on the use of IAM related tools and processes
  • Manages, administers, secures, troubleshoots, and supports Federated SAML Single Sign-on (SSO) and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) solutions for the university; provides subject matter expertise on SAML SSO and MFA topics
  • Manages and administers Zerto Disaster Recovery (DR) solution for the university; provides subject matter expertise on the Zerto solution and Linux servers recovery
  • Coordinates the implementation of all technologies for new and existing servers and applications
  • Establishes priorities for direct reports to ensure task completion; coordinates work activities with other managers to meet deadlines and objectives; mentors and conducts training for junior level staff on the use of all managed tools and processes
  • Develop and maintain standard operating procedures; researches and troubleshoots technical issues
  • Builds and configures servers
  • Develops disaster recovery strategies

Marginal Duties

  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports:

  • Full-time Employees

Delegation of Work:

  • Regularly assigns work to subordinate(s)

Supervision Given:

  • Has primary responsibility for conducting performance evaluations and making recommendations for hiring and dismissing employees.


Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of related job experience, including continuing education or training in the field


  • None required

Preferred Qualifications

  • None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Up to date knowledge of Linux and VMware systems, and related trends, issues, and accepted practices


  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; excellent interpersonal and communication skills


  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues; ability to multitask;
  • Ability to use own initiative;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community

Work Location and Physical Demands

Primary Work Location:

  • Works in an office environment.

Physical Demands:

  • Work is performed in a typical interior work environment which does not subject the employee to any unpleasant elements; individual has discretion in relation to walking, standing etc., and has minimal exposure to physical risks
  • Must have precise hand-eye coordination
  • Must have the ability to move items of up to 15lbs

Position Specific Competencies

Commitment to Excellence - UHD

  • Demonstrates a commitment to competently perform his/her job duties and responsibilities within established time frames.
  • Continuously strives to improve work performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her commitments to the university.
  • Contributes to the success of the university by consistently providing quality results in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.


  • Demonstrates high ethical standards of conduct in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Respects and complies with department and university policies, procedures, and work rules.

Respect and Cooperation

  • Treats others with courtesy, respect, and dignity in the workplace.
  • Promotes cooperation through open and honest communications and consideration of others ideas, thoughts, and opinions.


  • Possesses required job skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to competently perform his/her job duties and assignments.


  • Takes responsibility to accomplish job assignments within reasonable deadlines.
  • Willing to accept new projects and/or commitments.
  • Does due diligence to complete projects within specified timeframes and/or fulfill commitments.
  • Arrives to work on time prepared and ready to contribute.


  • Willingly adjusts to changing work assignments or conditions.
  • Open to changes in operational procedures, technology, and/or organizational structure.
  • Views changes as opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Displays a positive attitude to encourage others.
  • Promptly responds to changes in work priorities and/or unexpected circumstances or situations.

Focus on Customer Service

  • Focuses on customer's needs and expectations. (Customers can be students, external constituents, employees, or university guests.)
  • Respectfully ascertains customer's needs and determines appropriate response.
  • Promptly responds by providing requested information, takes appropriate action, or refers customer to appropriate individual or department.
  • If further actions need to be taken, advises customers of realistic timeframes for a response to their request.
  • Follows up with customers on outstanding requests in a timely manner.
  • Tactfully explains to customers why their needs and/or expectations cannot be met if the university does not provide the requested information or services.

Technical Expertise

  • Possesses comprehensive knowledge and skills in a technical area.
  • Effectively applies expertise to troubleshoot existing systems and develop solutions with existing technology.
  • Competent to learn new technologies and integrate them with existing technology.
  • Willing to share expertise and provide technical assistance to others.

Work Leadership

  • Leads the work of assigned staff.
  • Assigns projects and tasks with clear instructions and understanding of work to be performed.
  • Mentors and guides by sharing expertise, knowledge of work rules and procedures, and best practices.
  • Follows up to ensure tasks and projects are completed within reasonable timeframes.

Student Success Indirect Support

  • Contributes to student success by assisting students with anything that supports their student experience, whether directly or indirectly.
  • Helps students navigate their way through the different offices, programs, and services at the university and/or connects students with the appropriate party(ies).
  • Connects students with services or resources that can help them with career exploration, goal selection, and ongoing academic assistance.
  • Helps students build peer support networks.
  • Encourages student participation in out-of-class activities.
  • Provides encouragement and guidance to foster student success.
  • Treats students with respect
  • Maintains the learning environment to ensure quality and/or sound pedagogy.

This job description may not encompass all duties and responsibilities associated with the position.