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System Administrator

Focus School Software is a fast-growing school management software company. We thrive on creating some of the most innovative features on the market today, helping educators to meet their evolving needs in classrooms, district management, state reporting compliance, and other facets of student-centered education and technology.

Currently, Focus is looking for energetic, creative, and experienced candidates who can help us succeed in our mission to serve an increasing number of districts across the nation. We keep our clients’ needs at the forefront of everything we do, and as a company who understands the hard work of today’s educators, Focus looks for employees who share our values towards education. Focus School Software is looking to expand our team by hiring a System Administrator.

Job Requirements/Skills:

Professional experience with RHEL, CentOS or another similar Linux operating system
Comfortable supporting complete PHP web stacks (Linux, Apache, Nginx, PHP-FPM, PostgreSQL, or any combination of the above)
Able to troubleshoot hardware issues in remote hosting environment: different RAID levels, iSCSI, memory error, IP/KVM
Excellent knowledge of HTTP, DNS, SSL, SSH and BASH
Workable knowledge of SQL/database management (backup, restore, disaster recovery)
Know well at least one scripting language: BASH, Perl, Python, Ruby or PHP, etc.
Nice to have: experience with cPanel, Puppet, Subversion, Isyncd, Gluster, nginx, FreelPA, PHP-FPM, monitoring systems including Nagios and/or Icinga (v1 or v2)
High traffic web environment, load-balancing and fail-over experience is a huge plus

Job Duties include:

Administration of Linux servers and PostgreSQL databases
Investigate and fix performance/stability issues
Manage and improve backup system, compile and test disaster recovery scenarios
Write scripts and code to automate various systems maintenance tasks
Manage and expand configuration management system (Puppet)
Support various software like DNS, email, CRM, Subversion, authentication, monitoring system, …
Research new technologies to optimize server farm management and software development process
Customer support on systems and network related issues

Team Description:
The Server Admin Team oversees the servers running systems used daily by millions of users. Our company maintains about 100 production sites.  The majority are hosted by us, but we must also support customer-hosted applications. The main focus of the team is to provide responsive sites 24/7.

Our 3 sys admins use a variety of tools: Nagios, NGINX, KVM, Puppet, PHP-FPM, Postgres, etc. The team works out of the downtown St. Pete office together, but share an extra half-day off per week to accommodate a rolling on-call schedule in case of emergency. The team interacts with other teams: Management, Engineering, Support when new environments are needed or if there are problems accessing backups, etc. The team interacts occasionally with customers recommending appropriate levels of hardware and setup.

Focus School Software’s compensation package offers the following benefits:

Medical Insurance
Dental Insurance
Life Insurance
Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
Paid Holidays
Paid Vacation and Sick Time
Casual dress code
Paid parking in downtown St Pete
Free lunch on Fridays

How to apply

The Application Process:
If you think that you are the right candidate for one of our openings, simply take these steps:

  1. Tell us about yourself. Everyone is special; write a small cover letter telling us how you are special and what sets you apart from the rest.
  2. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through our online application.
  3. An HR Rep will review your letter, resume and quiz, if applicable, and get in touch with you shortly. If we think you might be a good candidate, we will bring you into our office for an interview to get to know each other a little better.
  4. We won’t keep you waiting too long. If we think you are a fit, we will typically let you know within a few days.
  5. Come to work on your first day and meet all of your new friends, decorate your desk, and let us take you out for Thai, a Focus tradition.

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