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Senior Operating Systems Analyst (Operating Systems Analyst - Expert)

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time

San Diego State University has placed this recruitment on hold. The position will remain open and we will continue to accept applications.  While the recruitment is on hold, we do not anticipate providing applicants with status updates.  If it is determined that this position will continue in the recruitment process, the Talent Acquisition team will contact you via email regarding your next steps. 


If you are seeking immediate employment, please return to the Job Opportunities page. 


Position Summary

The person filling this position oversees the CESAR Labs for the department, and acts as the Senior Operating Systems Analyst, providing oversight of three technical staff members: an Operating Systems Analyst, an Analyst/Programmer, and an Information Technology consultant, as well as some students. Also responsible for developing and implementing plans and work flows related to server installation and maintenance, coordinating and scheduling projects, assigning and following up on tasks and acting as a liaison between IT staff and campus community. Position also serves as the license coordinator and technical contact for all Esri software and enterprise applications across campus as well as multiple other geographic information science and technology software packages.

Support staff in the department consists of two full-time Operating Systems Analysts, one full-time Information Technology Consultant, one Analyst/Programmer, and two Administrative Support Coordinator IIs.  The department chair supervises these staff members.  Additionally, several Graduate Research Assistants are assigned to the Center for Earth Systems Analysis research (CESAR) supervised by the Operating Systems Analysts, the Information Technology Consultant., and the Analyst/Programmer.

The Senior Operating Systems Analyst (OSA) oversees the day-to-day operations of the CESAR, SAL, VIS Lab, Finch, and Physical Lab facilities as well as all faculty, staff, and student computers within the Department of Geography. CESAR (Center for Earth Systems Analysis Research), SAL (Richard Wright Spatial Analysis Laboratory), VIS (Visualization laboratory), Finch (William Finch Remote Sensing Laboratory), and the Qualitative Geography Laboratories are computer facilities operated exclusively by the Department of Geography and contain state-of-the-art computing and other technological resources used for academic instruction as well as ongoing research projects within the department. In addition, the Senior OSA oversees 55 high-end computer lab workstations, department faculty and student office computers; high-capacity network attached storage systems; large format plotters and scanners; high-end GNSS units; and other miscellaneous field equipment used for various classes and research projects. Incumbent provides in-depth levels of hardware support, software support, programming in an assortment of languages, knowledge of geographic data and use and substantial knowledge of and experience with geographic information systems (GIS) and image processing (IP) application software to this uniquely technical department within a largely non-technical college.

For more information regarding the Geography department, please click here.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Education and Experience

To enter this classification, a basic foundation of knowledge and skills in operating systems programs, maintenance, and systems administration features is a prerequisite. This foundation would normally be obtained through a bachelor’s degree, preferably in computer science, mathematics, or a related technical field, or equivalent technical training and/or experience. Foundation knowledge and skills for the Operating Systems Analyst include a working knowledge of the assigned computer operating systems, systems analysis, and systems-level programming.

Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills

  • Experience installing, configuring, securing, deploying, and maintaining ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS desktop, and the ArcGIS Enterprise stack (including all of its related components)
  • Experience with database administration (PostgreSQL, SQL Server, and others)
  • Five or more years of experience and knowledge of Intel-based server hardware.
  • Five or more years of experience and knowledge of PC and Apple desktop hardware.
  • Five or more years of experience installing, configuring, securing, maintaining, and troubleshooting Linux variants, MS Windows and macOS operating systems.
  • Extensive experience working with MS Windows Server 2012/2016/2019 (Server Core and Standard). 
  • Extensive experience working with Linux Server. 
  • Ability to install, configure, and operate administration/monitoring software. 
  • Experience with virtualized infrastructures (servers and desktop environments)
  • Experience with VMware components (VMware Infrastructure, vSphere/ESXi, vSphere Administration Client).
  • Experience installing, configuring, securing, and maintaining SAN (Storage Area Network) hardware and software. 
  • Experience provisioning SAN storage and defining storage pools.
  • Experience configuring and maintaining fabrics and zones within a fiber channel network. 
  • Experience installing, configuring, and operating backup/archival hardware and software.
  • Experience with geospatial data and GIS project management. 
  • Knowledge of peripheral hardware (printers, large-format plotters, large-format scanners, monitors, external hard drives).
  • Knowledge of programming languages (Python, Java, Perl, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, CSS, Unix shell scripting, DOS batch file programming)
  • Knowledge of GNSS concepts, hardware, and software. 
  • Ability to differentiate between hardware, software, and network problems.
  • Ability to independently identify and research problems.
  • Experience developing and implementing a Backup Management and Disaster Recovery plan
  • Design and administration experience with Windows Active Directory (2008/2012/2016) and Group Policy management.
  • Experience with Dell Enterprise-class equipment, including but not limited to PowerEdge servers, PowerVault storage and backup units, UPS systems, network infrastructure equipment, and rack infrastructure equipment. 
  • Experience installing and maintaining image processing software (e.g. ERDAS Imagine, ENVI, eCognition, Metashape and TerrSet)
  • Experience with various open source software
  • Experience with version control software (e.g., Git, GitHub, Subversion)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of all technical levels
  • Ability to prioritize and delegate tasks and perform supervisory and management functions as part of a team;
  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt to rapidly changing priorities and environments
  • Ability to present technical information before large groups of faculty, staff, and student

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $9,793 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $6,249 - $12,100 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources. 

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on April 3, 2020. To receive full consideration, apply by April 2, 2020. The position will remain open until filled.

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. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Meracle Cothron at 619-594-1139.

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