Sunday, July 6 2003

How not to write a job description…

…1995 Edition. This is what happens when your senior sysadmin leaves, and there’s no one left with even a tiny grasp of what the job involves. It happened to OSU-CIS; don’t let it happen to you!

SENIOR COMPUTER SPECIALIST, U-1435-1688-112194, COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; master’s degree in computer science or a related field and eight years of systems administration experience in a UNIX environment, or ten years of systems administration and programming experience in a large heterogeneous UNIX environment or an equivalent combination of education and experience; extensive experience programming in C and Perl; solid understanding of distributed and parallel programming techniques and object-oriented programming; programming with BSD sockets or System V Streams interfaces; extensive experience with all aspects of UNIX systems administration, for example Client-Server techniques, configuration of mail and news systems, system installation and configuration, printing systems, advanced security concepts, third party software installation, diagnostic tools such as etherfind, nfswatch and network analyzers; extensive experience with networking and distributed computing concept and services, such as Network File System (NFS), Network Information Service (NIS or NIS+), Domain Name Service (DNS), extensive knowledge of TCP/IP and routing, Ethernet, token ring, and ATM networks, secure RPC, kerberos and other distributed authentication systems; extensive understanding of advanced concepts in modern operating systems, such as virtual memory, inter-process communication, device drivers and file systems; familiarity with BSD or System V versions of Unix; experience with project management and planning; knowledge of RS-232, 10BaseT; Fiber, Coax, Ethernet and SCSI hardware and cabling; familiarity with new technology, such as multicast backbone and new protocols such as SIP or TUBA; extensive experience smoothly integrating new technology into existing computing environment; familiarity with standards groups such as Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), ATM Forum and POSIX, and recent work in standards for UNIX operating systems, programing languages and networks; knowledge of postscript and postscript printers; knowledge of TeX and Metafont; experience writing purchase justifications, technical reports, project design and planning documentation, user and reference documentation; experience training users and making technical presentations; experienced with Sun and HP hardware and software desired; experience with and knowledge of distributed administration models, such as Distributed Computing Environment (DCE), Distributed Management Environment (DME), Tivoli, CA-Unicenter and other related systems; experience with and knowledge of UNIX security tools, such as COPS, Internet Security Scanner (ISS), Tripwire, Texas A&M TAMU package and others; experience installing and administering Sybase release 4.9 or 10 desired; experience with programming in Tcl/Tk, Wafe, other languages and application toolkits desired; experience in X11 programming desired; conducts research and development for operation and integration of heterogeneous UNIX Operating Systems and Systems Performance enhancements; develops requirements; plans and completes detail design, implementation, testing and documentation of distributed and/or parallel processing programs; performs systems administration of heterogeneous distributed UNIX machines for IICF. Salary range begins at: $37,272.