Ben Whelan on 28 Feb 2016 17:54:11 -0800

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[Philadelphia-pm] System Admin job at digital rights group

Hey Philly Perl Mongers,

I work for Access Now, a global human rights organization that defends the internet around the world and we're looking to hire a Systems Admin to help us.

The System Administrator will be responsible for the technical operations needs of our staff and infrastructure which supports Access Now’s programmatic work. They'll be planning and delivering technical solutions as well as communicating to staff with varied levels of technical expertise. We're looking for someone who capable of securing our data and infrastructure in face of significant threats that we face. Will work closely with the tech and operations team. 

I'd love to give more information, please ask - otherwise share this role widely!

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About Access Now

Access Now ( is a growing organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. Our Policy, Technology, and Advocacy teams work together to achieve our mission through our global presence in Europe, Latin America, Middle East North Africa, North America, and beyond.

About the Role

The System Administrator will be responsible for Access Now’s technical operations needs of Access Now’s staff and infrastructure which supports Access Now’s programmatic work.

In this role, you will be planning and delivering technical solutions as well as communicating to staff with varied levels of technical expertise. Due to the nature of Access Now’s work, the organization faces significant potential threats, and therefore, you will need to ensure Access’ staff, infrastructure, and data is secure and available.

This position is housed within the Tech team but will liaise closely with members of the Operations team.

This position will report to the Technology Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain the organization’s tech infrastructure;
  • Support the technical and digital security needs of our global team;
  • Oversee user administration and technical onboarding and offboarding of staff and interns;
  • Contribute to the development of internal security policies, procedures, and controls;
  • Work with regional operations managers to develop relationships with local tech vendors across the organization’s global locations;
  • Responsible for developing and managing physical and virtual assets for the entire organization.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • Work experience in a similar or related role supporting the tech needs of a global company of 30+ people preferred;
  • Strong ability to plan and follow through with projects in an organized and efficient manner;
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to juggle multiple responsibilities and manage priorities;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Experience with Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems for users;
  • Experience with Debian Linux server administration;
  • Experience with Apache, nginx, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, Nagios, Git, XEN virtualization system preferred;
  • Excellent ability to automate tasks and implement tools in a scripting language;
  • Experience in operational security planning and information security policies;
  • Experience with collaborative and project management software;
  • Experience with administration of Request Tracker (RT), including coding in Perl preferred.

Location: This is a full time position ideally based in New York City or Washington DC.

Salary: Based on experience.

To Apply: Please send an email to with the following documents attached:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role, current salary, salary expectations
  • 2 references

Please remember to reference your email application with the subject line: “System Administrator  [Your Name]

Benjamin Whelan
Global Risk and Operations Manager
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