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Senior Systems Administrator


This is a Full-time position in Fairfax, VA posted November 21, 2021.

ECS is seeking a Sr. Systems Administrator to work Remote.

Job Description:
ECS is seeking a Senior Systems Administrator with a Full Secret – IT-1 or Top-Secret Clearance to work in the Columbia, Maryland, area (preferred). Remote work candidates will also be considered. The selected candidate will be a highly motivated individual who works well as part of multi-disciplinary Agile teams in support of both operational support, system configuration, and software development activities. Candidate must have strong analytical, troubleshooting skills. Candidate should have experience in performing a variety of routine and advanced project tasks applied to specialized systems administration activities. Tasks involve the standup, configuration, optimization, STIG checks, log audits and support of enterprise application within a sensitive network.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for directing the work of other system administrators to provide the day-to-day system administration to include; system and resource optimization and user assistance.
  • Supervise and manage the daily activities of configuration and operation of business systems.
  • Optimize system operation and resource utilization and perform system capacity analysis and planning.
  • Document, track, and monitor problems to ensure a timely resolution.
  • Provide support for incident, problem, and request management processes leveraging the ITIL service framework and best-business practices.
  • Interact with network services, software systems engineering, and/or recreate user problems to resolve operating difficulties.
  • Identify, research, and resolve technical problems.
  • Perform all procedures necessary to ensure the safety of information systems assets and to protect systems from intentional or inadvertent access or destruction.
  • Perform a variety of systems administration tasks and activities that are broad in nature including STIG checks, ACAS scan reviews, log audits, and general system maintenance.
  • Manually apply patches that have been tested and approved as needed.
  • Responsible for all activities related to the administration of Windows Server environments.
  • Assist a development team with the installation and administration of development, test, and operational environments.
  • Monitor and manage system resources, including CPU usage, disk usage, and response times to maintain operating efficiency.
  • Increase system administrator efficiency and accuracy via the use of automated tools and scripts, develop system administrator procedures and conduct system administrator training and skill assessment.
  • Provide on-demand assistance, within normal duty hours, when questions arise.
  • Other duties may include maintaining system documentation, tuning system performance, installing system wide software, and allocating mass storage space.
  • Interact with users and evaluates vendor products.
  • Make recommendations to purchase hardware and software, coordinates installation and provides backup recovery.
  • Develop and monitor policies and standards for allocation related to the use of computing resources.
  • Work under general direction and provides technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems.

Physical Demands:
While performing duties of the job, incumbent will be exposed to Normal demands associated with an office environment. Ability to work on computer for long periods, and communicate with individuals by telephone, email, and face to face. This position requires incumbent to have the ability to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear. Employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust and focus.

Work Environment:
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Required Skills:

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must have a Secret Clearance
    • Final Secret w/ SSBI / IT-1 / All personnel requiring IT-1 access under this contract/order shall undergo a favorably adjudicated Tier 5 (T5) investigation (formerly known as a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)) as a minimum requirement. OR Top Secret / IT-1
  • BA/BS in a technical discipline with at least 10 years of experience required.
  • Experience working with Cloud Service Providers such as AWS and Azure and utilizing cloud based DevSecOps services.
  • Experience securing applications via CI/CD pipelines leveraging static code. analysis, unit and integration testing, dependency analysis, etc.
  • Experience with Bash and Powershell scripting.
  • Experience with Java upgrades, libraries, and diagnostics.
  • Experience with Tomcat installation, configuration, and upgrades.
  • Experience using Jira, ITSM, or other trouble ticket management software.
  • General technical understanding of how to deploy web application changes at the server level.
  • Availability to support mission requirements after core business hours, particularly Thursday evenings.
  • Some experience participating in software testing activities.
  • Excellent communication and customer service and support skills.
  • Proven track record of positive stakeholder interaction / collaboration.
  • CompTIA Security+ CE or other DOD 8570 IAT II certification preferred.

Desired Skills:

  • Top Secret preferred
  • 8+ years of experience demonstrating technical depth and experience in, relevant discipline(s) and/or application(s).
  • Demonstrated experience in providing DevSecOps implementation using technologies such as Terraform, Kubernetes, Docker, Istio, Jenkins, and GitLab CI.
  • Experience with administrative tools used to monitor application servers, particularly AppDynamics.
  • Experience with Oracle and/or Cassandra databases.
  • Experience using security vulnerability scanning software (ie SonarQube or Fortify).
  • Ability to read and comply with ACAS vulnerability assessment scans.
  • Experience with cluster/load balancer architecture.
  • Experience with Kinetic Data and/or ServiceNow applications.

ECS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate or allow discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. ECS promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.

ECS is a leading mid-sized provider of technology services to the United States Federal Government. We are focused on people, values and purpose. Every day, our 3000+ employees focus on providing their technical talent to support the Federal Agencies and Departments of the US Government to serve, protect and defend the American People.