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FSF seeks full-time senior GNU/Linux systems administrator

The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded GNU/Linux systems
administrator who enjoys learning and problem-solving. (S)he will be
familiar with the free software community and how it works, and will
be more interested in making a substantial contribution to software
freedom and having employment consistent with ethical ideals than
obtaining the highest salary.

This is an opportunity to work for the organization that started the
GNU Project, authored the GPL, and launched the free software
movement. The position includes frequent contact with many of the core
developers of various GNU software packages, and currently reports to
the Executive Director.

Together, the senior systems administrators have a
great deal of influence over technology decisions within the FSF.

The job must be worked on-site at the FSF's downtown Boston offices.
Both a phone interview and an in-person, on-site interview will be
required. Relocation expenses are negotiable.

### Example systems administration tasks include:

  * Be a lead voice in the Foundation's software system decision-making
  * Install and maintain fully free GNU/Linux systems on servers,
    desktops, laptops, and embedded devices
  * Support GNU developers and FSF staff in their use of FSF-owned systems
  * Monitor and improve system security and network infrastructure
  * Spec and purchase new equipment
  * Coordinate work of volunteer systems administrators
  * Learn about and work with cutting-edge free technologies like Coreboot
  * Blog publicly about the technologies and techniques used at the FSF

### Programming is occasionally required, such as:

  * Fix bugs and submit patches upstream for the software used at the FSF
  * Design and write new software when existing software doesn't fit the
  * Improve and maintain existing custom software

### Useful specific experience includes:

  * 5 years experience as a GNU/Linux (or other Unix-like) systems
  * 3+ years experience with at least two programming languages
  * 2+ years experience with an apt-based GNU/Linux distribution
  * 1+ years experience with SQL (preferably PostgreSQL or MySQL)
  * Undergraduate college degree, or in lieu of degree, substantially
    more experience than that listed above
  * A portfolio of contributions to free software projects

### Expected technical skills are:

  * Expert knowledge of systems administration for GNU/Linux with
    apt-based distributions
  * In-depth understanding of key network protocols such as TCP/IP, BGP,
  * In-depth understanding of key system components such as
    virtualization, automated systems management, software RAID, MTAs,
  * Familiarity with at least two of Perl, PHP, Python or Ruby. High
    proficiency (expert preferred) in at least one of these languages
  * Thorough knowledge of network and system security, especially as
    related to the kernel Linux and common Internet services
  * Knowledge of network routing and related services in GNU/Linux, such
    as iptables and stateful firewalls.
  * Ability to design SQL databases
  * Ability to spec, purchase, assemble, and debug components for
    custom-build server systems

### We will prefer candidates with additional skills, such as:

  * In-depth knowledge of CiviCRM, Xen, Puppet, Exim, Spamassassin,
    Mailman, Quagga, Apache, RT, Coreboot, Squid, Zope, Plone,
    Semantic Mediawiki, CAS, Django, SQL Ledger
  * Knowledge of version control systems: Bazaar, Git, Subversion, CVS
  * Soldering, making your own Ethernet cable, extremely high Nethack scores

### We also require:

  * A willingness to learn and understand how political and
    philosophical positions of an organization impact computing
  * An ability to work as part of a team and to handle and coordinate
    contributions from a volunteer core
  * Being open-minded and tolerant of others

### To apply:

The FSF is a 501(c)(3) charity that operates under a union contract
which fixes the position's salary each year (currently at $57,512). We
offer a supportive work environment including a 40-hour work week norm,
full family health insurance, partial dental coverage, paid vacation and
holidays, and flexible working hours.

We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to promoting a diverse
workplace, and do not discriminate based on gender, sex, race, color,
religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual

To apply, e-mail your cover letter and resume in a free format to
<hiring@fsf.org>. You must include "FT Systems Administrator" in the
subject line.

The position is available immediately, and we will be accepting
applications until it is filled.

John Sullivan
Free Software Foundation
Executive Director
GPG Key: 61A0963B

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