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Unix Administrator

Posted 10 days ago

MATRIX is seeking an Unix Administrator for our client headquartered in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Our client is a national provider of student financial aid services, serving millions of students and thousands of schools through its loan guaranty, loan servicing, financial aid processing, outreach and other student aid programs. You will be responsible for the day-to-day support and administration of virtualized Unix environments in both on-prem and Cloud/AWS configurations. Focus is on AIX/RHEL administration, third party software application installation and configuration, support for multiple flavors of enterprise class storage, and hardware maintenance. You will collaborate closely with developers and other technology personnel to develop, migrate, and manage services within our technology stack. 


  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 support for troubleshooting customer related technical issues within the on-premise and Cloud environments
  • Perform hardware and software installations, upgrades, and maintenance
  • Provide technical assistance with installation of third-party software
  • Maintain documentation for all related software, hardware, and procedures
  • Build and maintain virtual servers on IBM pSeries, VMware platforms, and in Cloud environments
  • Schedule and facilitate major third-party software application upgrades
  • Maintain operational stability while enforcing security controls
  • Create advanced shell scripts for automating various operating system/software functions
  • Utilize automation tools such as Terraform, Ansible, or similar
  • Assist in upgrading, installing, and configuring cloud solutions for Windows and Linux servers
  • Manage development repositories, build automation and application deployment activities
  • Deliver continuous improvement of recipes, scripts, and templates for reproducible deployments
  • Test backup media recoverability on a quarterly basis
  • Oversee Disaster Recovery backup processing and resolve issues with nightly backups scheduled through Tivoli Storage Manager, and various other backup/recovery solutions
  • Work with internal customers to develop suitable Backup/Recovery solutions to meet their SLA’s
  • Conduct monitoring and reporting for IBM and Dell/EMC storage subsystems, as well as fiber switch fabrics, EMC DataDomain, EMC Isilon, and S3 / On-Prem cloud storage
  • Create and assign disks to virtualized hosts. Knowledge of various storage and file sharing protocols (e.g. Fiber Channel, ISCSI, NFS, and CIFS)
  • Use and knowledge of various storage management tools, such as IBM TPC/Network Advisor, EMC OneFS, Rocket Servergraph, Networker NDMP, and Superna Spyglass
  • Troubleshoot various production/implementation issues using a variety tools to perform root cause analysis and recommend solutions based on findings

Required Skills:

  • Associates degree or certification in computer science/information technology and 3-5 years of experience OR currently enrolled in computer information systems degree program or looking to complete experience requirements for a degree program or is working full time in an IT career.
  • Knowledge of both on-prem and Cloud flavors of Unix, x86/Intel environments, Storage Area Networks, and Disaster Recovery strategies.
  • Working knowledge of networking concepts and moderate shell scripting experience.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical people effectively.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully delivering complex initiatives, meeting quality and time expectations.
  • Must be able to communicate at a highly technical level in order to work effectively with peers and other I/T staff.
Desired Skills:
  • Previous Federal Government experience
  • One or more Microsoft or Amazon cloud certifications
  • Experience with at least one configuration technology including: Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Docker, Kubernetes, etc.
  • 1 - 2 years of relevant hands-on cloud experience in administering Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure.
  • Experience implementing, migrating, managing, and operating systems/applications in an enterprise cloud computing environment
  • Experience writing technical documentation, especially in relation to AWS and Azure Cloud architecture
  • Experience with network and/or systems administration in Linux/Unix and/or Windows environments