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Senior Systems Administrator

About CBC

We're Hiring!

At CBC/Radio-Canada, we’re all about creating content that informs, entertains and connects Canadians on multiple platforms and from coast to coast to coast. Want to be part of all this, and think you have the ability and drive to keep pace with this exciting, ever-changing industry? Then we hope you’ll consider this posting, check out our job-listings, and explore the possibilities of working with us. Whether it be in front of the camera, on mic, online or behind the scenes, you would be joining a team that thrives on making the connections and telling the stories that are important to Canadians.

Senior Systems Administrator


The opportunity

If you want to enter the world of digital media and be part of the change and growth of one of Canada’s long- established and respected broadcasters, this is your chance. CBC Media Technology and Infrastructure Services (MTIS) is looking for a Senior Systems Administrator.

There are very few places where you can work at this scale. Our infrastructure supports the millions of Canadians who visit the CBC’s digital properties every month. During major events, like the Olympics, a federal election or a major news event, our audience grows exponentially. We want a Senior Systems Administrator who is excited to help our teams develop infrastructure that allows millions of Canadians to have the experience they come to expect from us.

Our new Senior Systems Administrator will be responsible for introducing and advocating tools, systems, workflows and processes across both MTIS and CBC Digital Operations. While strong core development, systems and infrastructure skills are ideal for this role, we welcome people who feel they can contribute in non-traditional ways.

If you're passionate about Canada and you love technology, learning and bringing out the best in others, you’ll love working at CBC.

Who you are and where are you now?

You have a background in both system administration and software development. You are looking for an opportunity to combine your  expertise into a Senior Systems Administrator role. You want a chance to support multiple teams simultaneously while introducing best practices and process optimization and make a greater impact. You want to increase your work-life balance at a company that has a positive and supportive culture where you can grow your skills and your career and channel your passion for quality and collaboration as a technology and culture advocate, embedding yourself within our culture of continuous learning and improvement.

You want an opportunity to be a contributing member to our innovation. As we shift infrastructure to gain a competitive advantage for CBC, you will play a key role building the iterations needed to keep Canadians engaged.

What’s in it for you?

Cutting edge tech. CBC has more than 25 digital sites, all of which are mandated to reach Canadians online everywhere and every way, with a high emphasis on mobile devices. To achieve that goal, with no down-time, takes a robust infrastructure, powerful technologies, reliable solutions and rewarding work. All of which requires stringent automated testing and processes. Java, JEE and Python are just part of our rich technology landscape.

Belonging. CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian institution. By joining our dynamic Digital Operations team, you will be exposed to the best of all worlds. Corporate. Public. Startup. You will be part of a team that embraces diversity and at its core, truly cares about the country and the world.

Career growth. CBC is fully invested in our people. Whatever it is you want to pursue whether it’s a new programming language or a technical solution, whether it’s expanding your Agile knowledge or building an audience-facing platform. We will provide you with the time, resources and championing that you need to keep your career here rewarding.

How you will make a difference, you will:
  • Implement. You will implement and perform network and instance monitoring. You will follow appropriate remediation tasks in the case of an identified fault.
  • Maximize performance. You will analyze and optimize system configurations and network structures to maximize performance.
  • Support. You will troubleshoot internal software development and operations related issues and provide technical support.
  • Maintain. You will ensure the smooth and efficient running of the infrastructure responsible for the operation and development of our audience and internal facing digital assets.
  • Be on-call. You will participate in occasional on-call support for after-hours support coverage.
  • Advocate.Your role will include educating teams and individuals on the benefits and successes of following certain processes and using specific tools. You will strive for - and encourage- collaboration and consistency across teams.
  • Contribute. You will contribute systems expertise to the project planning process including estimating and process improvements
  • Perfect. You will strive at all times to do work using best practices – through experience or experimentation.
Why join us? CBC/Radio-Canada reflects the Canadian identity and promotes democracy. We are rooted in the communities we serve and committed to sharing stories as Canadians live them, each and every day. We strive to speak in the voices of the country and support social and economic innovation. We live these external values. They are the foundation of our employee culture. A diverse culture of collaboration, learning and continuous improvement. Collaboration. We follow lean startup principles, and use an Agile approach. Our dedicated people managers work closely with every individual to ensure we are leveraging their strengths, championing their ideas and supporting their pursuit of new skills and career progression. Our team members are given opportunities to collaborate cross-functionally across multiple projects. Learning. From simply buying a book or recommending a course to one-on ones, our leadership team is focused on creating an atmosphere where people feel fulfilled. We embrace experimentation as a means to learn. Continuous improvement. What can you innovate in 8 hours a week? Our Digital department at CBC recognizes just how smart, creative and inventive our team members are. Everyone is given the opportunity to choose personal projects on which to spend 20% of their time. From prototyping new UI/UX for our content to setting up dev environments to experiment on. From reviewing Apple Developer videos and learning new programming languages to creating improved search functions for our media. From updating old code to building unit testing tools. Your 20% time is yours to allocate in a productive and professionally gratifying way. To Apply: Think this job is meant for you but worried you don’t have it all? At CBC we know that not everyone takes the same path when it comes to building their skills. Hands-on experience, intelligence, innovation, a passion for learning and a team-focused approach can combine to form the best set of qualifications. If you feel you meet all or most of the qualifications we are seeking; and you are excited by the possibility of growing our company, take a chance and express your interest here. Apply here or learn more. In becoming the leader in expressing Canadian culture and enriching democratic life, we need to be as diverse in every way as the country we serve, both within our workforce and on air. As an employer, we value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada's public broadcaster.

Job Requirements

  • The education. A Computer Science, Engineering degree or equivalent is preferred, but we know not everyone gains their programming skills this way.
  • The hands-on expertise. You have a balanced blend of experience in system administration, release deployment and development. You can empathize with a developer’s needs and tools. You can work with product teams to understand their needs and build infrastructure. You are a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) or you have the equivalent experience. You understand the modern aspects of cloud technology - modelling, deployment, storage, optimization and management - in Google and Azure.
  • You have experience with Java, PHP, Javascript, PostgresSQL
  • You have experience with Atlassian tools such as JIRA, Confluence, Crowd, Bitbucket, Bamboo, Fisheye
  • You have experience with VMWare Virtualization and cloud hosting services
  • You have experience with Shell scripting skills (intermediate)
  • You have experience with Hosted CMS and microCMS systems
  • You have experience with Working in a broadcast media environment
  • You have experience with Content Delivery Networks such as Akamai
  • The passion. You have a passion for quality, well-defined processes and technology. You are enthusiastic about the opportunity to link the three pieces together. You are motivated by efficiency.
  • The ownership. You can be counted on to deliver the best solution. You take ownership of your work, your tasks, your timelines. You never lose sight of the big picture.
  • The drive. You want to be challenged and you are constantly seeking new opportunities to learn, gain and apply new skills and knowledge.
  • The communication skills. You know how to listen and relay empathy and understanding for diverse perspectives.
  • The confidence and the humility. Your powers of observation help you understand your audience and communicate with the right level of detail.
  • The patience. You understand that new ideas need strict planning for successful implementation and adoption.
  • The creativity and adaptability. You can adapt quickly, innovate solutions and embrace the new while accepting the ambiguous.


Location: Toronto, Ontario
Type: Full Time
Number of Openings: 1

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