Senior Unix Administrator

US-NY-New York
2 months ago
Job ID
Information Technology - All Openings
Emp Status
Regular Full-Time
Hours per Week


Under general direction of the Director of Customer Support Services, the Unix Administrator oversees the configuration, installation, testing, and troubleshooting of physical and virtual AIX, Unix, and Linux server infrastructure and operating systems. Responsibilities also include management of vendors, auditing, periodic checks to ensure smooth functioning of all the hardware components and software applications, configuring and maintaining directory services, data services, file sharing services, and resource sharing services. Participate in the development and support of Open Systems architecture and strategy across a large multi-vendor platform environment (HP, IBM, Oracle, UNIX). Manage multiple complex projects simultaneously while performing day to day operations.




  • Strong AIX and Red Hat Linux administration skills.
  • Strong knowledge of IBM Power VM, VIO upgrades, migrations and patching.
  • Strong shell-scripting experience (sh, ksh, csh shells, Perl, etc.).
  • Expert troubleshooting abilities.
  • Understanding of data center infrastructure technologies including Disaster Recovery procedures.
  • Experienced with virtual machine technology and topologies.
  • Experience with backup and recovery.
  • Understanding of operational and support processes and best practices.
  • Desire to stay up to date on technologies and best practices.
  • Good written and oral communications skills.
  • Provide 24/7 support as needed and during emergencies.
  • Monitoring network and server operations.
  • Provisioning and troubleshooting virtual machines.
  • Evaluate or recommend server hardware or software.
  • Identify or address interoperability requirements.
  • Implement updates, upgrades, and patches in a timely manner to limit loss of service.
  • Identify, standardize, and communicate levels of access and security.
  • Document installation or configuration procedures to allow maintenance and repetition.
  • Test backup or recovery plans regularly and resolve any problems.
  • Test issues such as system integration, performance, and system security on a regular schedule or after any major program modifications.


The following skill sets are highly desirable and preferred


  • Knowledge of security policies and experience implementing security controls.
  • Knowledge of VMware
  • Knowledge on IBM Monitoring tools (Tivoli, Netcool, Impact, etc.)
  • Advanced Unix shell programming skills.
  • High Availability cluster technologies and virtualization skills.
  • Working knowledge of SSL
  • IBM application monitoring skills.
  • Working knowledge of AIX system performance tuning.


EDUCATION - Required

  • BA in computer science/information technology (or equivalent experience)
  • Minimum Years of Experience/ Type of Experience: Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the use, support and maintenance of IBM Power systems, x86 Systems, software, networks, and related hardware.


Hospital for Special Surgery offers a unique work environment, diverse job types and extraordinary career opportunities.


HSS encourages and supports professional growth and development, recognizes individual contributions, and offers unique and highly competitive compensation packages. This is how we attract and retain highly skilled professionals, renowned for their leadership and vision in clinical care, teaching, research & development.

Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. In the most recent U.S. News & World Report “American’s Best Hospitals” issue, HSS ranks #1 in orthopedics and #3 in rheumatology. In addition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center has honored HSS with three consecutive designations of Magnet® recognition.


Values: …excellence, integrity, compassion, respect, teamwork, quality, safety, innovations, education, efficiency…

Vision: …lead the world as the most innovative source of medical care, the premier research institution, and the most trusted educator…

Mission: …provide the highest quality patient care, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all and to advance the science...through research and education…


HSS is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at

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