Systems Design Specialist (DevOps Developer)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – K – Exempt
  • 04 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Information Technology
Application Infrastructure
Full/Part Time:


The Web Applications Team in Infrastructure, a unit of Enterprise IT, is looking for a highly motivated and specialized strong System Design Specialist with passion for providing professional customer service and operational excellence. The successful candidate will work as a member of our Web Applications team in support of university-wide systems and services. Responsibilities include the design, development, configuration, and administration of highly available web application software (e.g., Web servers, business intelligence middleware, Java application servers, CI/CD software); design for performance, scale, and high availability; perform performance testing; implement the latest IT and security best practices for modern infrastructure and software management (e.g., Infrastructure as Code, GitOps, immutable infrastructure, containerization); collaborate with the Virtualization team to design, build and improve current technologies and implement new virtualization technologies; provide systems integration expertise during the design/development phase to integrate cloud platforms; automate routine and repetitive tasks to streamline operations and create efficiencies. This position is based out of University Park, PA and offers the flexibility to work remotely up to 3 days per week. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. The required knowledge, skills and behaviors for this position include: Collaborating with and supporting peer team members, strong verbal and written communication skills, including documentation for teams, knowledge base, and training; be proactive in providing superior customer service to groups that depend on the systems; have a strong desire to diagnose and analyze problems, be flexible, and maintain critical thinking abilities under pressure; possess strong time-management and organizational skills; have experience working with Python, Perl, Bash, or other scripting languages; and have experience with production systems administration on Linux based platforms.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088