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Sr. Unix/Linux Administrator

The Seattle Times, a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization, is looking for an experienced Sr. Unix/Linux Administrator to serve as our resident subject-matter expert in our IT department. On the Systems team, you will join the group responsible for the ongoing support of our complex environment of server software and hardware. You should be comfortable overseeing our shared computing resources at the departmental, inter-departmental, and corporate level. Ideally, you are adept at providing technical evaluation, recommendations, installations, support and guidance for system software, hardware and supporting utilities.



  • Carefully prepares up-to-date software releases and documentation for operating system and database software and all modifications (in-house or otherwise) are complete, accurate and conform to company standards.
  • Assures documentation availability to operators, programmers, analysts and users as needed.
  • Participates in the installation of new or enhanced hardware, software and applications software to ensure minimum impact on existing systems.
  • Monitors and analyzes computer system performance and utilization to identify and propose new approaches, methods, or technologies for greater (and cheaper) efficiency.
  • Serves as an on-call resource during emergencies, able to perform maintenance duties during off-hour maintenance windows, and has a strong sense of urgency about solving problems correctly.
  • Effectively applies technical knowledge to recognize problems, identify underlying causes, and provide solutions.
  • Establishes procedures for recovery from experienced and hypothetical system failures.
  • Works well within a team environment to produce optimal outcomes and performance.
  • Well adept at creating and maintaining system documentation and change management procedures.



  • Experience: At least seven years’ experience managing Linux systems in complex environments.
  • Education: Four year degree (or equivalent combination of work experience and/or education)
  • Red Hat / CentOS Linux v4.9 to current
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds in a data center environment
  • Proven team member, able to work with internal clients and external vendors as needed
  • Strong communication and problem solving skills


Preferred experience:

  • NetApp storage infrastructure (7 Mode)
  • Competency in Shell, Perl or Python scripting
  • VMware technologies (vSphere).



This position requires a criminal background check on a post-offer basis as a condition of employment.


Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times continues its tradition as a family-owned, independent newspaper that cuts through the clutter and provides readers with timely, relevant news. As the largest newsroom in the Pacific Northwest, we serve the region with thoughtful journalism that makes a real difference in our community. And as a media solutions company, we combine cutting-edge digital capabilities and service with the values and integrity of respected traditional media… with an established audience of 1.9 million. At The Seattle Times, you’ll find work that matters.


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