[jobs] Democracy Now! Hiring sysadmin

John Wallach john at democracynow.org
Thu Jun 19 09:20:32 EDT 2014

Systems Administrator
Democracy Now! seeks a reliable, innovative and friendly Systems
Administrator to run day-to-day IT operations. Our Systems Administrator
is responsible for maintaining and monitoring office infrastructure as
well as mission critical broadcast systems that we rely upon to produce
and distribute our award winning news hour. Democracy Now! has a
heterogeneous mix of primarily Linux and OS X systems and requires a
system administrator experienced with both operating systems.

Maintain servers and network infrastructure that ingest, play out and
transcode video for broadcast and Internet viewing
Support all office IT including desktop support, printers, various
shipping appliances and basic PBX support
Provide technical support for internal and external users (user base
with very diverse background and skillsets), including on-site support
for 8am ET broadcast
Evaluate and/or recommend purchases
Liaise with vendors and service providers
Respond to critical outages after hours
Core Requirements
Comfort with most aspects of operating system administration; for
example, managing processes and services, configuration of mail systems,
system installation and configuration, printer systems, and fundamentals
of security
Supporting web environment (ruby, mysql, nginx) in collaboration with others
Familiarity with storage systems including: RAID, LVM, SMART, SATA/SAS
and FC
A solid understanding of the operating systems in use at the site
(Linux, OS X and Windows); understanding of paging and swapping,
inter-process communication, devices and what device drivers do, and
filesystem concepts
Familiarity with fundamental networking/distributed computing
environment concepts; ability to configure file sharing (AFP/SAMBA;
providing DNS services; understanding of basic routing concepts);
Strong bash scripting experience
Experience with Linux (server distributions based on apt preferable), OS
X, sh/bash scripting, essential command line tools (grep, awk, sed, nc,
etc.), mencoder/mplayer/ffmpeg
Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to write purchase
justifications, train users in complex topics
Independent problem-solving, self-direction
Works well alone or on a team
Desirable Background and Skills
Familiarity with Democracy Now!
Programming background in any applicable language
Ability to do minimal debugging and modification of C or Java programs
Experience with bacula, nginx, Ruby on Rails, FORK, mysql, qmail,
JIRA/Confluence, java web apps, asterisk
Familiarity with mpeg container and various video codecs
This full-time New York City-based position with compensation based upon
experience. Democracy Now! is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply
Submit the following to systemsadmin [at] democracynow [dot] org with
the subject line “Systems Administrator” before 5 pm ET on July 3, 2014.
No phone calls.

A complete chronological resume, including dates of employment.
The names and contact information for two references.
A cover letter that includes answers to the following questions:
1. Why are you compelled to apply for this position?
2. How do your experience and talents fit the criteria laid out in the
job announcement?
3. How did you hear about this position?

John Wallach
Systems Administrator
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Democracy Now!

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