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Systems Administrator (Rocklin Campus)
Sierra College in Rocklin, California
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Date Posted 10/08/2019
Admin-Instructional Technology And Design
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Systems Administrator (Rocklin Campus) 1920-10

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Rocklin Campus



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Systems Administrator 1920-10

Information & Instructional Technology Division

Rocklin Campus


Sierra College is seeking a full-time Systems Administrator in the Information & Instructional Technology Division. Sierra College is a Community College located near Sacramento, California where a heavy emphasis is placed on academic excellence and student success. Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the evolving needs of the students and communities that it serves. The Sierra Community College District covers more than 3,200 square miles and serves the Northern California foothill counties of Placer and Nevada, as well as parts of El Dorado and Sacramento. We serve over 18,000 students throughout the region in both on-ground and online courses, including students at our main Rocklin Campus as well as at three centers located in Grass Valley, Tahoe/Truckee, and Roseville.


Sierra College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and students and values the rich, diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. A strong candidate for this position must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds. This includes persons with disabilities, various gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as individuals from historically underrepresented communities and other groups. Our District is committed to providing strategies for success and proactive student-centered practices and policies focused on eliminating equity gaps.


As an institution, Sierra College is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, learner-centered practices and policies that fully engage the college community.  The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives. Currently, Sierra College enrolls 18,300 students per term: 26% of Sierra College’s students are Latinx, 3% are African-American, 2% are Filipino, 5% are Asian-American, 1% are Native American, 6% are multiracial and 57% are White. As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Sierra College understands that it has a great responsibility to the educational attainment and economic well-being of our students.


The successful candidate will join a College dedicated to the use of culturally responsive strategies and methods that meet the varying needs of our students, faculty, staff and surrounding community, while ensuring a successful learning environment. Sierra College demonstrates its commitment to equity by supporting ongoing professional development for students, faculty, and staff. These opportunities include trainings and workshops on equity and inclusion, SC4 (Sierra College Community, Creativity, Culture, and Collaboration Training), active Academic Senate standing committees concerned with student success and equity, a Presidential Equity Advisory Committee (PEAC), culturally responsive student engagement centers, support for our undocumented and AB540 students, campus-wide equity summits, a robust set of programs, events, and conferences related to equity-mindedness and supporting the success of our diverse students.


Under general supervision, the Systems Administrator ensures continuous and efficient functioning of District host, network, and web servers; coordinates and performs ongoing administration of an integrated operating system that includes security management, exchange, structured query language, and system servers; evaluates system requirements, input/output processes, and working parameters for hardware and software compatibility; and performs a variety of tasks relative to the assigned area of responsibility.



Required Documents

Please include a cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications listed on the job announcement, including:

  1. The ways in which your education, training, and/or work experience enable you to do the job of Systems Administrator. Address each of the types of knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the vacancy announcement for this position. Use specific examples.

  2. Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity within the community college population, including individuals with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice in IT and in the campus community.


Candidates must submit a Sierra College Online Application available at:



DEADLINE:    OPEN UNTIL FILLED. We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Resumes are not required but may be included if applicant so desires. Please note that letters of reference may be utilized during the reference checking process, but will not be provided to the hiring committee.




Other terms and conditions of employment are specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreements on file in the District Human Resources Department.  Position description of record on file in the Human Resources Department.


*Sierra Community College District currently operates campuses in Rocklin, Roseville, Truckee and Grass Valley.   In its management of a multi-campus environment, the District reserves right of assignment including the right to change assignment locations and shift assignments based on District need.  Although this position may currently reside at the Rocklin campus, the assignment location may be subject to change as needed.  Additionally, the district reserves the right to cancel, revise or re-announce this position as well as any and all positions at any time. 



Sierra College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination and the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.





ROCKLIN, CA  95677

(916) 660-7105 / hr@sierracollege.edu


Persons with questions regarding reasonable accommodation of physical and other disabilities should contact the Sierra College Human Resources Department at (916) 660-7105.

Salary & Benefit Information:



Salary & Benefits:  $35.90 hour, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year.   Current work hours are subject to change in accordance with pertinent provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.  Family coverage health, dental and vision insurance, P.E.R.S. retirement system, income protection, life insurance, sick leave, vacation, and holidays as provided according to District policy.





Representative Duties - The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Plans, researches, installs, configures, tests, and monitors operating software for District-wide servers and networks; installs and maintains software upgrades and releases.

  2. Monitors systems, network, web, and database performance, analyzing performance statistics, and modifying systems or database operating parameters; maintains data files and monitors system configuration.

  3. Designs, implements, and administers access security and permissions for use of hardware and software; establishes and enforces District server standards and protocols.

  4. Determines the type and frequency of backups for systems and database files; designs, writes, and tests backup and recovery procedures; reviews backup procedures with department staff members; oversees and performs backups.

  5. Schedules system downtime with end users and technical staff members to facilitate hardware and software upgrades, changeovers, and backups.

  6. Formulates and implements systems and database tuning strategies; monitors disk space availability, removing, relocating, or adjusting files to optimize space.

  7. Ports applications and data from one platform to another; installs, integrates and tunes software systems and databases; implements data conversions and transitions from old to new systems; maintains application software.

  8. Designs and implements custom applications using batch processing tools or appropriate programming languages, such as shell and kernel-level programming.

  9. Updates and assembles control programs; develops and updates interface programs.

  10. Develops procedures to assist help desk and other staff in operating systems; creates rules for use by programming and applications support staff.

  11. Receives and resolves user help desk calls; documents calls, forwarding work order requests to the appropriate technology staff.

  12. Serves as a point of coordination among organizational units for server and network support; participates in troubleshooting to resolve complex network problems, including connectivity, internet access, email, and file servers.

  13. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of trends in system and network administration, intrusion detection, and assimilating and disseminating technical information to staff members.

  14. Administers the District’s network servers including VLANs, firewall, switches, and routers; configures and corrects system parameters, directory structures, security, and software; assigns and maintains network addresses.

  15. Builds and maintains proxy servers, domain name servers, and email servers; creates mail exchange processes.

  16. Monitors network traffic and implements approaches that optimize network performance and security; evaluates network bandwidth and throughput; maintains system directories and files.

  17. Authorizes server users and maintains accounts, passwords, and permissions.

  18. Analyzes and participates in planning network requirements in areas such as capacity, security, and performance.

  19. Monitors and tunes database SQL server and other relational database system (RDBMS) performance; participates in defining database structures and relationships.

  20. Analyzes, modifies, tests, and debugs existing database structures, systems, and programs; identifies problems and makes modifications to systems and individual programs; analyzes and resolves problems with database applications by consultation with users.

  21. Administers access security to database tables including adding and deleting users, and controlling database login passwords.

  22. Administers the District’s web/application servers including backup, search engines, logs, and documentation; monitors website presence and positioning of key information for access to directories and search engines.

  23. Consults with administrators and staff to establish design and access standards for the website; recommends, applies, and implements web navigation methods; configures servers to control file caching, font and color mapping, and other features.

  24. Coordinates and participates in scripting and programming of website features and applications, including those for processing transactions.

  25. Installs, configures, tests, and administers multi-platform third party applications.

  26. May train and provide work direction to assigned student workers and temporary help as assigned.

  27. Performs related duties as required.



QUALIFICATIONS - The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  • Advanced Linux or equivalent operating system, including installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, shell programming and C programming.

  • Current Linux network operating systems including installation, maintenance, upgrading, troubleshooting and scripting.

  • Host computer database management system concepts, methodologies, analysis, and design.

  • Database design techniques and host computer logical and physical database structures and relationships, including those for networked personal computer systems.

  • Computer network design, installation, configuration, and maintenance procedures and practices, protocols, equipment, specifications, design, and integration.

  • Computer security concepts and methodologies.

  • Domain name servers and mail servers.

  • Standard query language (SQL) extensions and other relational database management systems.

  • Language and writing skill to read, understand, and prepare system documentation and instructions.

  • Math skills to record sums, fractions, and statistical data.

  • Human relations skill to convey technical concepts to others and to facilitate problem solving with individuals and small groups.


Ability to:

  • Administer host computer systems, wide-area networks, web servers, and database structures.

  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot system, database, and application software.

  • Apply various system administration and general software packages/applications for accessing and administering host computer databases and to utilize network utilities for sending and receiving electronic mail.

  • Write programs to support operations and use SQL extensions to access a relational database and library and lexical functions.

  • Design host computer logical and physical database structure and relationships, including those for personal computer and network systems.

  • Work independently and collaboratively, follow logical progressions of program systems and think logically, creatively, and in abstract terms.

  • Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.

  • Analyze and solve technical problems under extreme time pressure.

  • Orient/train other technical staff members in system/computer operations.

  • Read and interpret technical manuals and other documentation.

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.



Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in mathematics, data systems, computer science, or a related field, supplemented by specialized training in applications programming or systems analysis.


Four years of increasingly responsible experience installing and maintaining systems software in an environment using relational database management systems. Industry certifications or experience may substitute for some higher education.

License or Certificate:

Possession of a valid California driver’s license. May require UNIX or equivalent industry certification.



Knowledge of:

  • Advanced Lunix or equivalent operating system, including installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and Shell Scripting.

  • Current SAN Storage technologies.

  • Current Cloud Based Technologies, and Virtualization Technologies.

  • Advanced Linux Admin including NFS, DNS, print management, authentication methods and security.

  • Strong Bash shell scripting a must.

  • Puppet knowledge is a plus.

  • Python knowledge is a plus.

  • F5 and PaloAlto knowledge is a plus.


Ability to:

  • Administer VMWare Environment, blade and clustering technologies.

  • Script routine management tasks in PowerShell and Bash shell.

  • Offload workloads to cloud based services and leverage cloud administrative tools.

  • Expertise in MS Active Directory, and domain management.

  • Maintain and configure monitoring Systems.

  • Effectively document technical designs and procedures.

  • Administer Git Hub/Server and utilize DevOps methodologies with regard to automating server builds and deployments in both on-premise and cloud environments.

  • Network security with ability to administer and gather logging data from networks, servers, firewalls and perform threat analysis, and design and implement proactive defense strategies.

  • VMWare server and SAN configuration and management preferred.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT - The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally walk, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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