Cloud Platform Systems Administrator

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • May 14, 2024
Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Systems Admin/Programmer v

Job Description:

UF Information Technology (UFIT) is currently seeking a professional level Cloud Platform Systems Administrator interested in applying their technical expertise to fast-paced, customer-focused production support and development environments as part of the Infrastructure and Communication Technology Technology department, a unit within UFIT. These environments run in a LEED certified data center housing several thousand servers and petabytes of storage.

Employment with UFIT provides an excellent opportunity to work with other employees who are dedicated and focused on understanding and interpreting the technological needs of the University of Florida’s innovative and inspirational community.

As part of the Infrastructure and Communication Technology (ICT) unit, you will lead medium to large-sized projects and direct teams responsible for maintenance, installation, configuration, and deployment of advanced hardware and software systems. You and your team will participate in managing UF Data Centers and delivering hosted server, storage, virtualization, database, email or related systems. These systems connect University of Florida campuses and research sites to the world via high-speed data, video, WI-FI, telecommunications, and VoIP services.

This role provides opportunities to architect and design advanced system solutions, define enterprise standards, recommend new initiatives, and help UFIT align with industry trends. You’ll also collaborate with managers and technical peers and serve as a vital mentor to junior colleagues.

About UF Information Technology

UF Information Technology comprises eight departments reporting to the Vice President and Chief Information Officer: Academic Technology; Applications, Development, and Integrations; Business Center; Customer Experience and Resource Planning; Data Platform and Analytics; Information Security Office; Infrastructure and Communication Technology; and Research Computing. With established governance advisory committees and a set of well-defined, transparent processes aiding decision-making, UFIT strives to provide exceptional IT services in support of UF’s mission. For more information about UFIT and its goals and governance, visit

Learn more about UFIT at and @GoGatorsUFIT.

About the University of Florida

The University of Florida (UF) is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive land grant university, with an enrollment of over 50,000 students and was ranked 6th in the country among public universities (US News and World Report 2023 rankings) and 1st among public institutions in the Wall Street Journal 2023 survey. UF is in Gainesville, a city of approximately 150,000 residents in North-Central Florida, 50 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, 67 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and within a 2-hour drive to large metropolitan areas (Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville). The beautiful climate and extensive nearby parks and recreational areas afford year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and nature photography. UF’s large college sports programs, museums, and performing arts center support various activities and cultural events for residents to enjoy. Alachua County schools are highly rated and offer various programs, including magnet schools and an international baccalaureate program. Learn more about what Gainesville has to offer at Visit Gainesville.


Full-time TEAMS employees will accrue vacation leave at a rate of 6.769 hours biweekly/22 days annually and sick leave at 4 hours biweekly/13 days annually. In addition, employees are eligible for ten paid holidays each year.

Vacation-accruing TEAMS employees are eligible for four personal leave days/32 hours per year, assuming full-time status, and are intended to give the flexibility to enable units to close from December 26 to 31, when possible, determined on a unit-by-unit basis.

In addition to paid time off, the University of Florida offers a very competitive benefits package.

Achieving a top-6 public university ranking means we prioritize employing and working with people with various experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives to discover new ways to leverage technology for teaching, learning, research, and the business needs of a comprehensive land-grant institution.

Expected Salary:

$108,000 – $118,000; commensurate based on education and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area and six years of relevant experience; or a high school diploma or equivalent and ten years of relevant experience. Appropriate college coursework may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience.

Appropriate college coursework or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience but does not negate the minimum degree requirement(s).

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess the following experience and skills:

Demonstrated expertise in:

  • Managing enterprise implementations of hypervisor systems such as VMware
  • Installing, managing, updating, and troubleshooting ESXi hypervisor
  • Conducting performance analysis for the hypervisor host and/or their guests in the areas of CPU, Memory and I/O utilization
  • Deployment of cloud resources in one or more of the public clouds (i.e. AWS, GCP, Azure)
  • Implementation of observability tools to monitor the performance of on-premises and cloud-based systems and optimize resources to ensure cost-effectiveness and high availability.

Knowledge of/Experience with:

  • Requirement's analysis, capacity planning, software development, and programming
  • Project and risk management methods and techniques
  • ITIL and IT Service Management (ITSM) (Change Management)
  • Microsoft Windows Server operating system installation and support procedures
  • Linux (Red Hat, CentOS, Ubuntu) operating system installation and support procedures
  • Integration with authentication systems such as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), Kerberos, or Active Directory
  • Managing physical hardware such as HPE Synergy/ProLiant and Cisco UCS
  • Enterprise backup systems including Rubrik
  • Configuration management tools such as ansible, puppet, and chef
  • Orchestration tools such as Terraform
  • Scripting languages such as Python, PowerShell
  • Rest API scripting and automation
  • Source/version control platforms such as Gitlab, GitHub
  • Building automation pipelines using GitLab CI, GitHub Actions, Jenkins
  • Creating and maintaining effective technical documentation


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong ability to communicate goals /objectives and use active feedback to improve services
  • Ability to observe, detect, identify and resolve complex technical challenges and communicate resolutions in a clear, concise and complete manner
  • Ability to successfully work with various teams on large projects and maintain the confidentiality, integrity and availability of UFIT services
Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position requires U.S. work authorization.

This role will be based in one of our Gainesville offices and may include a hybrid schedule of 3 days in the office (Wednesday required), and 2 days remote.

Applicants are required to submit the following with their application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Professional References (Minimum of 3)

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No