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Systems Administrator – AS/400

Job ID 7349
Job Location Bethesda - MD
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time

Systems Administrator – AS/400 provides support to the Chief Technology Officer, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Clinical Center Department of Transfusion Medicine (DTM) Center For Cellular Engineering (CCE).  This position performs the maintenance and administration of IBM iSeries servers including message handling, command line utilities, work management, job and print control, device management, system configuration, system security, backup and restore, and file transfer integration. NIH is currently on V7/R1 operating system and this position supports the plans to upgrade to a V8 Operating System.


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.


Assists in daily administration of IBM iSeries computer hardware and software.


Assists in installation, configuration and maintenance of IBM iSeries hardware, software, networked devices, journaling, and IBM iAccess software.


Develops, documents and maintains procedures for system utilities such as backup/restore, performance tuning and configuration of environments as well as incremental backups as required.


Loads and tests operating system and application software releases and fixes in development/test, productions environments, load application software patches, performance and tuning utilities.


Documents and implements application-specific security groups and classes.


Provides cross training for other team members on the use of IBM administrative skills.


Prepares and submits a Bi-weekly status report.


Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to any training made available by the company.


Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output. Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.


Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.



Bachelor's degree and a minimum of ten (10) years relevant technical experience, or equivalent combination of education / experience. Experience supporting iSeries hardware, Software and networked devices.





Proficient working knowledge of systems administration processes with ability to quickly grasp systems

Ability to administer highly reliable systems solutions for delivering required business capabilities

Ability to resourcefully utilize available tools and resources to resolve issues

Effective verbal and written communication skills

Excellent customer service and collaboration skills

Detail-oriented with proven analytical and problem-solving skills

Ability to prioritize tasks and to be self-motivated

Ability meet high volume demands in a timely manner

Ability to manage projects and to lead others in the completion of tasks

Ability to effectively work both individually and in a team environment



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.



Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer, and/or controls. Required to speak and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Exposed to general office noise with computers printers and light traffic.