[Jobposts] Democracy Now! seeks F/T Systems Administrator

julie crosby julie at democracynow.org
Tue Aug 26 22:31:15 UTC 2008

Immediate opening for full-time Systems Administrator

Democracy Now! is a daily, non-profit, national, independent news hour 
based in New York City. Our public website, which is is visited by tens 
of thousands of users daily, features the news hour every day in a 
variety of video, audio, and transcript formats, and also features a 
store selling copies of the program. Internally, we maintain a 
heterogeneous network of client and server computers to process, store, 
and record the show and its components and to support our general office 
and distribution operations. Democracy Now! is hiring a full-time 
Systems Administrator with extensive Linux experience to maintain, 
support, and extend these systems.


* Implement, maintain, and monitor the computer network and internal 
servers, including our internet connection, firewall, and shared printer 
* Provide desktop technical support to staff and volunteers, primarily 
on an Apple OS X platform.
* Coordinate with external consultants and service providers who are 
responsible for some aspects of our technical operations.
* Architect and, where practical, develop web sites and applications for 
public and internal use.
* Research and suggest cost effective products and solutions which may 
improve organizational workflow.


As a small organization with limited IT staff but diverse technological 
needs, we seek to hire someone who can work with a wide variety of 
technologies and quickly learn new technologies.

Experience configuring and maintaining GNU/Linux servers and an ability 
to create and maintain bash shell scripts are essential. The ideal 
candidate will also have experience with some or all of the following 
technologies: Free Software media processing tools including ffmpeg, 
mencoder, sox, dvgrab, and MP4Box; programming languages including Perl, 
Ruby on Rails, and Python; Apple OS X and Microsoft Windows desktop and 
application support, ideally including Final Cut Pro and Filemaker Pro; 
version-control systems such as Subversion and git; firewall maintenance 
with OpenBSD and pf; and web technologies including HTML, CSS, and XML.

Also essential are the abilities to manage several simultaneous projects 
and to research, select, and integrate new technologies. Experience in a 
non-profit or media environment is preferred, as is an interest in 
independent media and non-commercial television.

This is a full-time New York City-based position with benefits and 
salary based on experience. Applicants should be authorized to work in 
the US and prepared to pay their own relocation expenses. Democracy Now! 
is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively recruits women, people of 
color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and 
sexual identities.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter (PDF or plain text 
formats only) to job (at) democracynow (dot) org with “Systems 
Administrator” as the subject. No phone calls.

Posted by: Julie Crosby, General Manager

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