Fresno State campus

Systems Administrator

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Work type: Staff
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Information Systems & Technology
Position Description

Systems Administrator
(Operating Systems Analyst - Foundation)

Compensation and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $4,166 - $5,000 per month

Full CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,899 - $7,506 per month

  • This is a full-time (equivalent to 40 hours per week), probationary, non-exempt position.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 15 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.


Job Summary

Working under the general direction of the Interim Director/Director of Infrastructure Services and the leadership and direction of OSA Expert-level Leads, Technology Services the Systems Administrators provide technical support, implementation, administration, and lifecycle planning of central servers and applications/services used by the campus community. This includes varying levels of analysis, installation, modification and maintenance of operating systems, utilities, databases, and related software and systems and maintaining the availability, integrity, security, and reliability of assigned systems housed in campus data centers and provisioned from cloud-based service providers.

Incumbents at the foundation level work closely with career and expert level staff to acquire the experience required to be proficient in performing work assignments defined for their position. This position is expected to have most of its ongoing work assignments in one or more of the core functions defined in Major and Secondary Duties below; however, work assignments from a related core function in other IT classifications may also be included. The incumbent is expected to develop basic familiarity with critical systems, participate in on-call responses to issues with those systems, and perform needed maintenance after hours and on weekends as required.

The employee shall allocate priority and time to the duties defined below based upon direction from the manager to whom this employee reports. The manager will communicate these priorities and time allocation at least annually and as necessary.

The incumbent will also be expected to maintain positive professional relationships with members of the workgroup, division, and campus community.


Key Qualifications

  • General knowledge of industry standard systems and infrastructure security practices.
  • Working knowledge of Linux operating systems, systems analysis, and/or systems-level programming in a distributed network environment.
  • General knowledge of enterprise network communications.
  • Knowledge and experience with enterprise storage, including performance and capacity planning.
  • Ability to:
    • Establish and document plans, operations procedures, and as-built specs.
    • Use performance-monitoring software and interpret results.
    • Install and maintain operating systems, utilities, and hardware.
    • Participate with colleagues in applying this body of work to deliver solutions that match the computing needs of the University.
    • Participate in fault isolation and problem solving.
    • Engage in multiple tasks and projects under competing deadlines and maintain flexibility in response to shifting priorities.
  • Strong customer service skills and a proactive, customer focused attitude.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Proficiency using standard campus applications, desktops, and laptops.

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.


Education and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in computer science or related technical field, or four years of equivalent training and experience.
  • One year of experience with Oracle Linux or similar variant.
    • Specialized Skills: (Specialized Skills are required for candidates to be considered for the position.)
      •  Knowledge of Directory Services such as LDAP, Windows Active Directory.
      • Knowledge of SSH, SSL and PKI. Comfortable interacting with the command line interface.
      • Knowledge of network architecture and configuration of protocols and interfaces.
      • Knowledge of Cloud Storage technologies.
    • Preferred Skills:
      • Knowledge of database architecture including database design, structured development, new features, daily operations, programming, and data access.
      • Ability to review and evaluate existing technology for the purpose of creating and implementing change plans.
      • Familiarity with enterprise backup and restore technologies such as IBM Spectrum Protect
      • Ability to research, survey and recommend productivity tools.
      • Ability to develop and execute disaster recovery plans.
      • Knowledge of listserv administration.
      • Familiarity with cloud hosting services such as Google, AWS, Azure, or Rackspace
      • Knowledge of Apache, Tomcat, HTML, XML, JavaScript, CSS, JSON, and SSL certificates.


Department Summary

Technology Services is dedicated to providing a broad range of technology-based planning, resources and services to the students, faculty and staff of California State University, Fresno.


Deadline & Application Instructions

This position is open until filled with an initial application review date of May 19, 2024.

  • Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.

Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resumé/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.


Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.


Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.


COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.  Questions may be sent to


Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)

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