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Sr. Storage & Systems Administrator - Enterprise Services 

Category Information Technology  

At Systems & Technology Research (STR), we harness the power of technology to solve challenging national security problems. Our nation's military and intelligence services employ advanced technologies at all echelons, from central commands to battlefields, to create strategic and tactical advantage. Our mission is to provide this advantage through the development and delivery of innovative sensors and information processing capabilities. Recent applications include analysis of social media and discovery of activities and patterns of life in massive data sets.

The Position:

Senior Storage & Systems Administrator to support the STR Enterprise Infrastructure, Information Assurance (IA) team and program technical staff for ongoing and emerging programs based on information technology requirements. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in storage and backup engineering and administration, in particular with Network Attached Storage (NAS) utilizing NetApp technologies.

Job Description:

Storage and Backup Systems

  • Storage and Backup design, implementation, upgrades and operation of all of STR’s storage and backup infrastructure
  • Understanding of the security requirements of properly managing storage, backups and the associated data and access controls
  • Configuration of Network attached storage (NAS) for Virtualization backend and backups, SAN, iSCSI, NFS
  • Knowledge of systems administration, virtualization and their interactions with the storage and backup infrastructure
  • Ability to specify storage and backup requirements, estimate cost, and provide quotes to meet project needs and budget alignment
  • Design, develop, and support storage and backup deployments for systems in air-gapped networks; ensure storage availability and capacity planning
  • Ability to troubleshoot complex interactions in storage, servers, networks and databases in collaboration with other systems administrators and technical teams
  • Ability to properly sanitize storage and backup data in compliance with government regulations and best practices
  • Manage backup and recovery operations for multiple locations
  • Maintain highly secured storage systems through proper configuration and system access monitoring
  • Maintenance (including patching & upgrades) of all storage and backup hardware and software; troubleshoot host/server failures and related issues; perform routine data backups; documenting maintenance actions taken; infrastructure diagrams; document and prepare security migrations
  • Rapidly respond to patch management requirements by assessing risk, devising plans, and executing plans to all storage, backups and associated components
  • Monitoring and alerting of all storage devices
  • Documenting all storage and backup infrastructure, processes and procedures

Data Center Operations and Disaster Recovery

  • Principal member of team overseeing Data Center/Server Room operations: System provisioning, monitoring/alerting, network configuration, administration of Linux, Windows, VMWare and vSphere
  • Conduct internal reviews of infrastructure components and recommendations for improvements
  • Ensure smooth deployment of new applications across the enterprise storage infrastructure and ensure that the data is protected to meet appropriate service levels
  • Disaster Recovery planning, implementation and operations
  • Ensure high availability of all critical applications while meeting or exceeding Service Level Agreements (SLA)
  • Propose service levels, data types, recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO) that align with a business impact analysis outcome to meet company objectives
  • Establish and validate full functionality of disaster recovery environment for critical business applications
  • Work closely with technical teams to detect storage faults and performance issues and proactively implement monitoring services and alerts to prevent future occurrences

Project Management

  • Lead, manage and execute projects approved by the Government and documented in the ticketing system
  • Manage the overall execution of projects by serving as the technical lead and subject matter expert and being accountable for the project outcome
  • Interact with other system administrators, technology engineers, service providers to meet project and program goals
  • Develop and maintain technical documentation
Position Requirements

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of progressive technical (hands-on) experience related to storage and system administration, Information Assurance/Cyber Engineering requirements, determination, development, and implementation
  • Strong working knowledge of Linux and/or Windows operating systems and administration
  • Strong working knowledge of Storage and Backup infrastructure of NetApp and Backup Exec
  • Strong problem-solving and communication skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Good knowledge of at least one scripting language
  • Ability to mentor more junior members
  • Ability to cooperate and work in a team; lead projects with a team of peers
  • Bachelor's Degree or better in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering or related technical field preferred or equivalent experience
  • Experience performing patch updates and vulnerability remediation of storage and backup environments

Desired Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of understanding of LAN/WAN networks
  • Knowledge of information system security techniques
  • Experience with security features and/or vulnerability of various operating systems as defined by NIST, DISA (STIGs), and USCYBERCOM. Experience with network and system security administration, including operating system security configuration and account management best practices for Linux (CentOS, Ubuntu, RedHat), Window Server, Windows clients, Microsoft Exchange, and CISCO systems
  • Current U.S. Government Top Secret clearance with SCI eligibility or willingness to be submitted for clearance
  • DoDI 8570.01-M IAT/IAM Level-II Compliant Certification (such as Security+ or CISSP) a plus
  • Experience working on U.S. Government contract proposals as an Information Assurance/Information Security Engineering subject matter expert a plus
  • Self-starter requiring limited direction and supervision
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple customer requests in a fast paced, deadline driven environment
  • Willing to travel occasionally to other office locations

STR seeks to provide an outstanding work environment for its employees with excellent benefits and competitive compensation. Full-time employees enjoy 401(k), profit sharing, health and welfare benefits, subsidies for training and conference attendance to foster continued learning and development, and a casual yet technically challenging work environment.

STR is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce where all employees, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, neurodiversity, or other personal characteristics, feel valued, included, and empowered to achieve their best. We recognize that each employee’s backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are essential for providing our customers with innovative solutions to challenging national security problems. STR’s commitment to attracting, retaining, and engaging talented and diverse professionals is demonstrated by our participation, sponsorship, and support in local and national minority organizations.

About the Organization Systems & Technology Research (STR) is a rapidly growing technology company with locations north of Boston, MA, Arlington, VA and near Dayton, OH. We specialize in advanced research and development for defense, intelligence, and national security, trying to understand how to protect our society: from stopping malicious botnet attacks, to understanding cyber vulnerabilities, providing next generation sensors, radar, sonar, communications, and electronic warfare to developing artificial intelligence algorithms and analytics to make sense of the complexity that is exploding around us.

STR is committed to creating a collaborative learning environment that supports deep technical understanding and recognizes the contributions and achievements of all team members. Our work is challenging, but you go home at night knowing that you pushed the forefront of technology and made the world a little safer. We recognize that the world is changing, that it is becoming more connected than ever before, making things change faster than before, and reshaping society in the process. We all want to understand this changing world and leave it better for our work.

We're not just any company. Our people, culture, and attitude along with their unique set of skills, experiences, and perspectives put us on a trajectory to change the world. We can't do it alone, though - we need fellow trailblazers. If you are one, join our team and help to keep our society safe!

EOE Statement STR is fully dedicated to hiring the most qualified candidate regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any portion of the employment process, email us at and provide your name, phone number and email address.

US Citizenship is required for all positions.

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