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System Administrator, Arlington, VA, US  ID#16549

Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) is a versatile, tribally owned, SDB providing solutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. CNT has expertise in a wide range of technical disciplines, including global vulnerability assessment, information assurance, intelligence operations, program management and professional services with partners in Information Technology. CNT is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. One-hundred percent of the company’s profits support future business investments and the well-being of the tribe’s citizens through health care, education and job creation, ensuring better lives for Cherokees today and tomorrow.



CNT has an opening for a Systems Administrator (SA) located in Arlington, VA. The Systems Administrator will also support various technical and non-technical team members with their IT needs. The Systems Administrator (SA) will manage all infrastructure for our NPS Operations and Maintenance Support contract. This includes but is not limited to, A Hyper-V 2012 R2 environment currently comprised of 5 physical server and SAN. Environment supports approximately 120 Virtual machines comprised of a mix of Windows 2008, 2012, and 2012R with future plans for 2016 and / or 2019.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Install, configure, and reconfigure computers, servers, Virtual Machines (VMs)
  • Maintenance and patch management of all computers, servers
  • Monitor systems to detect failures, poor performance and determine system availability
  • Troubleshoot system failures, poor performance and correct accordingly to restore system availability
  • Ensure that the production environment is fully functional and is performing as specified
  • Ensure that systems are running and available during the defined hours of operation
  • Schedule systems operations activities and tasks on a recurring basis to minimize user impact and system down time
  • Implement non-emergency service requests during scheduled outages, as prescribed in the O&M Manual
  • Maintain a complete inventory of agency hardware, licensed software and systems.
  • Interface with other functional areas for day-to-day checks/corrections
  • Comply with and enforce Interconnection Security Agreements and Memorandums of Understanding
  • Ensure that service level objectives are kept accurate and are monitored
  • Ensure all processes, manual and automated, are documented in the operating procedures
  • Maintain performance measurements, statistics, and system logs
  • Monitor security controls and performance statistics, report the results, and escalate problems when they occur
  • Perform configuration, security and design reviews/audits to ensure software, system, parameter, and configuration are correct and effectively support the needs of PFMD
  • Maintain hardware operations at primary and alternate processing site
  • Ensure all production and required supporting VMs are replicated to alternate processing site
  • Ensure continuous improvement of alternate processing site so that advanced utilization can be realized
  • Recommend system upgrades and enhancements through online research and direct vendor interaction
  • Secondary Responsibilities:
    • Support applications and database team members as need
    • Support Networking Admin as needed


Supervisory/Management Authority:

This position does not require any supervisory/management authority and responsibilities.


Education and/or Experience:

  • Candidates can be US citizens and/or have a current, valid and permanent US work authorization privileges (Permanent Resident Alien Card Holder). This position cannot accept candidates with any other forms of visas.
  • Must have or be able to be obtain a U.S. Federal Government Public Trust (NACI) clearance.
  • Candidate will be required to undergo a US federal government background investigation and favorably pass a drug screen.
  • A minimum of a BS Degree, preferably in Mathematics, Computer Science, MIS, and/or Engineering
  • Training or additional certifications from Microsoft, RedHat, Oracle, CompTIA (A+, Network +, etc.), are a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal communication. Must be able to communicate via telephone, email, person-person moderately complex or technical information, compose correspondence and reports.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must possess a thorough understanding of Windows Server 2008 through 2019
  • Must possess a thorough understanding of MS Hyper V 2012
  • Must possess an understanding of Networking principles and equipment.
  • Must possess an understanding of web server and web application administration in one or more of the following:
  • IIS
  • ColdFusion
  • WebSphere
  • Must have an understanding of security products including:
  • Antivirus
  • Firewalls
  • Endpoint management
  • Patch management
  • Encryption
  • Operating Systems – Windows, RedHat Enterprise Linux, Hyper-V
  • Knowledge and experience in using Oracle utility tools
  • Aptitude to learn new technologies and support multiple systems
  • Ability to multi-task, work effectively under pressure and prioritize, time manage workload
  • Strong experience with Unix and Windows Operating Systems



Work Environment:

  • This position is primarily performed in a controlled office environment in a secure U.S. Federal government building.


With $400 million in annual revenue, more than 3000 employees and nearly 1,000 federal projects for more than 60 government agencies in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 territories, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) team of companies are well positioned to deliver the expertise needed to solve the world’s most pressing issues. Together, CNB’s companies provide an array of services — from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense — for 12 of the 15 Cabinet departments.

Why consider Cherokee Nation Businesses? The following links can help you learn more about what we do and the many great reasons to join our team!


Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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