Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0011
Title Sr. Unix/Linux Systems Administrator
Job Type Full Time Regular
Union Unaffiliated
Location Denny
City Seattle
State WA
Work Schedule Monday thru Friday, some on-call support

At The Seattle Times, you'll find work that matters.

The Seattle Times serves the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a difference to our community. As a news media company, we cut through the clutter and provide readers with news and information that is timely, relevant and easy to access in every way they consume it. Founded in 1896, we remain a family-owned business deeply rooted in the community and is committed to principled, investigative news coverage.

The Sr. Unix/Linux Systems Administrator will join a team responsible for the ongoing support of a complex environment of server software and hardware that provides shared computing resources at the departmental, inter-departmental, and corporate level. Provide technical evaluation, recommendations, installations, support and guidance for system software, hardware and supporting utilities.


Primary Functions

• Carefully prepares up-to-date software releases and documentation for operating system and database software and all modifications, or for any systems software developed in­house to ensure the systems are complete, accurate and conform to company standards. Assures documentation availability to operators, programmers, analysts and users as needed.

• Participates in the installation of all new, modifications or enhancements to the system hardware, system software and applications software to ensure minimum impact on existing production systems or systems under development. Works with applications analysts when necessary to assist in the installation of new programs.

• Monitors and analyzes computer system performance and utilization to identify and propose new approaches, methods, or technologies for better, faster, more reliable or less expensive ways to do things.

• Serves as an on-call resource during emergencies, able to perform maintenance duties during off-hour maintenance windows, and has a strong sense of urgency about solving problems and getting work done correctly and thoroughly. Effectively applies technical knowledge to recognize problems, identify underlying causes, and provide solutions. Establishes procedures for recovery from experienced and hypothetical system failures.

• Works well within a team environment to produce optimal outcomes and performance.

• Well adept at creating and maintaining system documentation and change management procedures.


• 7+ years of experience managing Linux systems in complex environments

• Red Hat / CentOS Linux v4.9 to current

• College degree or equivalent experience

• Ability to lift 25 lbs in a data center environment

• Proven team member

Preferred experience:

• NetApp storage infrastructure (7 Mode)

• Competency in Shell, Perl or Python scripting

• VMware technologies (vSphere).

• Cisco (one or more of the following) UCS; DNS; FTP / SFTP

• Linux management in an Active Directory environment

• Solarwinds or Nagios monitoring

• Commvault backup systems

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