System Administrator

The Center for Investigative Reporting engages and empowers the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling that sparks action, improves lives and protects our democracy. Reveal – our website, public radio program, podcast and social media platforms – is where we publish our multiplatform work. We are recognized for our excellence, creativity and impact.

CIR is looking for a system administrator to provide technical support for internal staff and manage existing infrastructure and internal systems. You will research, diagnose and resolve software and hardware issues and coordinate referrals to appropriate outside service providers when needed. You also will analyze, design, develop, document and test network operations, among other duties.

As a key stakeholder in the security of our work, you will be responsible for conducting security trainings for journalists, keeping up to date on the most recent developments and security practices for journalists, and advising our legal and editorial teams on security questions.

The ideal candidate for this position will have the ability and desire to deal with both high-level IT solutions and coaching and problem solving for the technologically challenged. An interest in and curiosity about investigative reporting is a plus, as our need to stay on top of security and privacy measures and concerns is of utmost importance to our mission and work.

The following experience is desirable for this position:

  • 3+ years working in a support environment that includes a strong working knowledge of Mac OS X, Linux and Windows systems
  • Knowledge of OS X imaging practices
  • General knowledge of databases and cloud computing services (AWS)
  • Solid familiarity with Bash and the Linux/Unix command line
  • Working knowledge of office infrastructure systems (file servers, web hosts, Wi-Fi, etc.).
  • Familiarity with Google Admin Tools
  • Audio/video system support for radio and video production teams
  • Experience with open source tools (pfSense, OpenVPN, Proxmox, Samba, NFS, etc.).

Qualified candidates will have strong interpersonal skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills to successfully interact with staff members in a polite, mature and professional manner. You must be accurate, thorough and have great attention to detail, along with the ability to manage time, prioritize and shift quickly among various responsibilities. You should be fully capable of working independently and be able to lift up to 50 pounds (though there are usually people around who are willing and able help). While we strive for all employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance, there are times when this position must be available for on-call emergency support.

This position is full time; based in Emeryville, California; and offers competitive wages and benefits. To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter, including compensation requirements.

Due to the volume of resumes, we will contact only those applicants with whom we would like to speak.

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System Administrator
Center for Investigative Reporting