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Linux System Administrator

McLean, VA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Altamira delivers a variety of analytic and engineering capabilities to the US National Security community, but the tech culture and the caliber of the individuals that bring these capabilities to fruition are what really sets us apart. We’re a curious, responsive, dedicated bunch spread across many corporate cultures. Dayton, OH is highly focused on the Space-based mission set with a heavy emphasis on sensor exploitation and analysis; Tampa, FL focuses on ‘art-of-the-possible’ analytics of all kinds with an emphasis on graph technologies, NLP, and wrangling complex data sets; and all forces converge at our headquarters in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area where we host our tech events and support engineering and analytic missions across several IC and DOD agencies.

While our work occurs in different states and different mission domains, we’ve got systems engineering and administration at the heart of every operation. Our specialties are data science and analytics, data engineering, software engineering, end-to-end analytic solutions architecture, and systems engineering. We’ve also got some awesome benefits like the Altamira Healthy Living program, with ongoing competitions and a flexible spending stipend for health and wellness-related items. 

Location: Mclean, Virginia

Required Clearance: TS/SCI (CI POLYGRAPH preferred or will be sponsored and processed by Altamira)

The Role: Altamira requires system administration support for the development, testing, deployment, operation, and maintenance of various mission critical applications and services. A primary focus of this position is to develop, configure, and support tools to monitor the health of a large data transfer and message processing infrastructure. While the software development team is responsible for the development and customization of the applications, our client requires administration and enhancement of a data metrics collection and dashboarding system to allow simplified operator supervision of the performance of the overall system.  The position requires knowledge of SNMP monitoring, data metrics collection in a diverse architecture.


Candidates will work in a Linux-centric environment for a Cross Domain Solution (CDS) contributing to its sustainment and evolution. This position requires the application of expertise on multiple complex scripting, development, and work-around assignments that may be broad in nature and require originality and innovation in determining how to accomplish tasks. Qualified candidates will have appreciable latitude in developing methodology and presenting solutions to problems and contribute to deliverables.


Linux system administration experience conducting user account management, application update repository maintenance, experienced in the creation and management of Ansible playbooks for the automation of tasks, maintenance and usage of Git repositories and version control. Eagerness to learn and contribute to the overall enhancement of the existing tasks for the maintenance of the system and support applications.

Top Skills Details:

  • Red Hat Linux 7/8
  • Ansible
  • Git version control
  • Docker
  • Experience with virtualization technologies such VMWare ESXi and ProxMox
  • Administration of time series databases for metric collection such as InfluxDB
  • Configuration of dashboarding application such as Grafana
  • Python and Bash scripting
  • Experience with Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

Additional Skills & Qualifications:

Active monitoring and sustaining the operations of geographically distributed Linux-based applications to meet service level agreements. This is to include patching, debugging, and the creation of workaround solutions. Incident response management for the CDS solutions. Interface with federal personnel to communicate SLA metrics and remediation of incidents. Scripting and possible software development to automate Operations and Maintenance. Potential development of sensors to accelerate the detection of failed systems. Development of documentation for operations, sustainment, and user guides.


Altamira is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.  We focus on recruiting talented, self-motivated employees that find a way to get things done.  Join our team of experts as we engineer national security!


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