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Spire Vision is hiring - Systems Administrator



Systems Administrator

Linux system administration, MySQL, Apache, DNS, mail, scripting (Perl/Python/BASH)

Job Description:
Spire Vision has an opening for a Junior or Senior Systems Administrator with MySQL and Linux/Unix skills. We need an intelligent, promising Linux professional to round out our systems administration team and we are open to a range of skill levels. Our offices are onsite in midtown New York City, where the majority of work will take place.

Because we work extensively with open-source technologies, our team wants people with initiative and the ability to research solutions independently. We build custom tools and solutions by pushing off-the-shelf technology to its limits, and you should be comfortable Googling for documentation and solution ideas needed to make something work. We are looking for someone who isn't afraid to dive in and learn new skills. This is an excellent learning opportunity for someone seeking to build or strengthen a strong open-source skill set, and we are willing to train if the candidate is willing to learn.

Also, must love dogs.

ˇ Maintain Linux systems in production environments. Includes monitoring day-to-day system status, diagnosing and fixing failures, and ensuring load capacity.
ˇ Assist the systems administrators in designing and building new infrastructure.
ˇ Assist software developers by configuring and maintaining development and staging systems for testing new code.
ˇ Some on-call responsibilities: Responding to notifications of outages and server faults, including escalation of issues.

Desired Skills: (Not all required, but the more the merrier.)
ˇ Independent thinker and learner: Willingness and ability to assess problems and figure out solutions without extensive handholding.
ˇ Linux systems administration: Designing, building, configuring, and operating Linux systems. Some experience with RPM-based Linux distros required, preferably Red Hat Enterprise or CentOS (versions 3-5).
ˇ Apache HTTP server configuration and administration: Configuration file setup and control of a running web server. Examining logs and diagnosing configuration problems. Exposure to Perl in a web environment (CGI or mod_perl) will be helpful.
ˇ TinyDNS server configuration and administration: Familiarity with the DJB DNS suite, especially TinyDNS. At least a basic understanding of the operations of the DNS, including the name resolution cycle, is required.
ˇ Mail server administration: Some exposure to mail services and delivery concepts. Qmail experience is a plus.
ˇ BASH scripting: Fluent reading/writing BASH scripts, plus understanding of basic shell techniques (job control, etc.).
ˇ Perl scripting: Some exposure to Perl, including the ability to sight-read other programmers' code and participate in code reviews. DBI experience, in particular, will be very helpful.
ˇ Python/PHP/Ruby/etc.: Any additional scripting language skills, especially related to web applications, are highly valued.
ˇ MySQL server configuration and administration: Configuration file setup and control of a running database server. Examining logs, diagnosing configuration problems, changing user authentication parameters, and addressing load issues. Basic SQL query writing skills are a plus.
ˇ Rsync file transfer utility.

Why you should apply:
If thoughts of pioneering the latest online marketing trends and technologies to build a company get you revved up; if you are inspired by working among the best in the field, apply to join the Spire Vision team. As a fast growing, dynamic and innovative online marketing agency, Spire Vision offers opportunities that are potentially limitless. By combining online innovation, technology and creative with proven direct marketing strategies, we conceive, enable and execute the big ideas that drive revenue And we know it takes phenomenal people to make it all happen.

That's why we are dedicated to building a culture based on inspiration, team accomplishment and career development and why we are aggressively looking to bring on new and talented people. Whether you're a marketing marvel, a wiz with numbers, a promotions phenomenon or an artful designer, we hope you'll consider bringing your talents to Spire Vision, where the creative, the passionate and the motivated find the career they were always meant to have.

About Spire Vision:
Spire Vision is a fast growing, dynamic and innovative online marketing agency that helps advertisers profitably connect with potential customers through multiple online channels. We specialize in database management and help companies market to and monetize their customer databases via email marketing. We combine proven direct marketing tactics with online innovation and analysis to create an incremental and lucrative profit stream for our clients. As a direct marketing driven company, we rely heavily on our team to drive revenue, manage key relationships with advertisers, and continue to find new and inventive ways to improve results for our clients.  We are building our business and our partnerships for the long term and pride ourselves on honest, straight-forward communication.

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