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Systems Administrator

Systems Administrator


Position Purpose


The System Administrator (SA) is responsible for effective provisioning, installation/configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related infrastructure. This individual participates in technical research and development to enable continuing innovation within the infrastructure. This individual ensures that system hardware, operating systems, software systems, and related procedures adhere to organizational values, enabling staff, volunteers, and Partners.

This individual will assist project teams with technical issues in the Initiation and Planning phases of our standard Project Management Methodology. These activities include the definition of needs, benefits, and technical strategy; research & development within the project life-cycle; technical analysis and design; and support of operations staff in executing, testing and rolling-out the solutions. Participation on projects is focused on smoothing the transition of projects from development staff to production staff by performing operations activities within the project life-cycle.

This individual is accountable for the following systems: Linux and Windows systems that support ERP infrastructure; Linux, Windows and Application systems that support Asset Management; Responsibilities on these systems include SA engineering and provisioning, operations and support, maintenance and research and development to ensure continual innovation.

SA Engineering and Provisioning

1. Engineering of SA-related solutions for various project and operational needs.

2. Install new / rebuild existing servers and configure hardware, peripherals, services, settings, directories, storage, etc. in accordance with standards and project/operational requirements.

3. Install and configure systems such as supports ERP infrastructure applications or Asset Management applications.

4. Develop and maintain installation and configuration procedures.

5. Contribute to and maintain system standards.

6. Research and recommend innovative, and where possible automated approaches for system administration tasks.  Identify approaches that leverage our resources and provide economies of scale.

Operations and Support

7. Perform daily system monitoring, verifying the integrity and availability of all hardware, server resources, systems and key processes, reviewing system and application logs, and verifying completion of scheduled jobs such as backups.

8. Perform regular security monitoring to identify any possible intrusions.

9. Perform daily backup operations, ensuring all required file systems and system data are successfully backed up to the appropriate media, recovery tapes or disks are created, and media is recycled and sent off site as necessary.

10. Perform regular file archival and purge as necessary.

11. Create, change, and delete user accounts per request.

12. Provide Tier III/other support per request from various constituencies.  Investigate and troubleshoot issues.

13. Repair and recover from hardware or software failures.  Coordinate and communicate with impacted constituencies.


14. Apply OS patches and upgrades on a regular basis, and upgrade administrative tools and utilities. Configure / add new services as necessary.

15. Upgrade and configure system software that supports ERP infrastructure applications or Asset Management applications per project or operational needs.

16. Maintain operational, configuration, or other procedures.

17. Perform periodic performance reporting to support capacity planning.

18. Perform ongoing performance tuning, hardware upgrades, and resource optimization as required.  Configure CPU, memory, and disk partitions as required.

19. Maintain data center environmental and monitoring equipment.




Education and Experience

  • knowledge of business processes i.e. accounting, sales, purchasing, inventory, manufacturing & shipping
  • 3 years of Linux System Administration experience (Ubuntu/Debian preferred)
  • 3 years of Python experience (2.7 and 3.5 are the versions currently in use internally)
  • 1 year of Postgres experience
  • 1 year Odoo implementation, maintenance, and administration preferred (Willing to make exceptions for a right-minded individual)
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to get clear and concise specifications from end users and colleagues
  • Ability to communicate goals and expectations to end users and colleagues



Performance Based Competencies

Excellent mathematics, IT and mechanics skills; ability to analyze complex problems and assess solutions; good project management skills; ability to meet deadlines; excellent communication skills; excellent team working and people skills.




Work Environment and Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is also required to walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee must have the ability to climb a ladder, stair or scaffold and maneuver in and on buildings and other structures. As such, one must be able to respond to both audible and visible alarms. The employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions that are hot, cold and/or wet. The employee is occasionally exposed to hazardous plants, insects, reptiles, and other animals.


Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are typically Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm, with an occasional night and/or weekend.


All EKG's employees are expected to

  • Provide the highest possible level of service to clients
  • Promote teamwork and cooperative effort among employees
  • Maintain safe practices
  • Abide by EKG’s policies and procedures, as they may from time to time be updated.



The job duties, elements, responsibilities, skills, functions, experience, educational factors and the requirements and conditions listed in this job description are representative only and not exhaustive of the tasks that an employee may be required to perform. The employer reserves the right to revise this job description at any time and to require employees to perform other tasks as circumstances or conditions of its business, competitive considerations, or work environment change.


Emerald Kingdom Greenhouse provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Emerald Kingdom Greenhouse complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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