System Administrator (GCCS-J)

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Job Title: System Administrator (GCCS-J)

Job Location: Afghanistan

Security Clearance: Active, in-scope US Government issued Secret clearance

Due to the nature of the work and contract requirements, US Citizenship required.

Job Responsibilities:

Trace Systems is actively recruiting for a Systems Administrator to join our team in Afghanistan. This role will participate as a member of integrated government/contractor team of technical and functional experts in the conduct of Global Command and Command System – Joint (GCCS-J) administration; software application support, configuration management support, and IT support services supporting U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) GCCS architecture.  Provide onsite support for systems/services operated and maintained by the Server Maintenance Team and the Global Command and Control System (GCCS) Technical Support Team.  Prepare, update, and maintain accreditation packages for new or existing systems and equipment.  Maintain and publish current network information to include trend analysis of common problems and system performance, average device and service uptime, service outage durations and frequencies, and trouble ticket status updates.  Monitor servers, applications, and services to facilitate early detection of incidents, impending outages or degradations.


The contractor shall be responsible for ensuring system availability and reliability of the Global Command and Control System - Joint (GCCS-J) and related GCCS Family of Systems (FoS) on U.S. and Coalition networks.  Duties to include:

  • Responsible for maintenance, troubleshooting, installation, configuration, and the implementation of existing and future versions of the GCCS FoS. 
  • Coordinate with local and remote users, workgroup managers, and communications focal point personnel to resolve computer software and hardware problems. 
  • Conduct planning activities to include upgrades, enhancements, and replacements of software and hardware.  
  • Perform necessary actions required to respond to GCCS FoS problem reports. 
  • Perform system, security, and operational testing/evaluation events in coordination with other stakeholders (DISA, Joint Staff, CENTCOM, etc.) to determine suitability to field for future releases. 
  • Attending GCCS-related Technical Exchange Meetings (TEMs) and other conferences or meetings.
  • Provide technical support including IA and Client/Server installation for interoperability of the ABCS including: links to Command Post of the Future (CPOF) COP (Common Operational Picture) management through the use of GCCS-A/J, C2PC, I3 (Integrated Intelligence and Imagery), ICSF (Integrated C4I Systems Framework), AGILE Client, JOPES, Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (TBMD), and various GCCS-J subsystems. 
  • Provide recommendations, and network synchronization tools solutions regarding integrating the C2 systems applications into the existing architecture, processes and procedures. 
  • Load and configure all hardware and software; establish and maintain user accounts, files and profiles; troubleshoot and resolve system aberrations; and, as required, identify and report network malfunctions to those responsible for its maintenance. 
  • Provide management, system administration, planning, and operational support for all C2 servers and client assets, including UNIX systems, TBMCS, MAAP-TK, GCCS-J, JADOCS, VMware, and Citrix.  Tasks include but are not limited to: auditing system logs; password changes; authoring/deploying group policies and user account maintenance; install, maintain and administer software based on commercial operating systems such as Windows XP/7/10, Solaris, Linux, Unix, and Windows Server 2008/2012/2013.  Load C2 system application software and patches. 
  • Install, configure and maintain rack mounted and stand workstations/servers. 
  • Manage local system backup. 
  • Manage remote system backup connections and utilities (e.g. SnapMirror). 
  • Perform Configuration Management and Project Management and ensure IA compliance for all GCCS FoS assets.
  • Set up administrator and service accounts, maintain system documentation, tune system performance. 
  • Perform systems administration, software application support, configuration management support, and IT support services for the support of GCCS-J which includes the suite of applications; Active Directory, DNS, Exchange, Time Server, Agile Client, Joint Targeting Toolbox (JTT) and Joint Command and Control Common User Interface (JC2CUI).  
  • Support infrastructures in a mixed Windows/UNIX environment and Red Hat Linux.  
  • Modify and maintain UNIX/Linux & Windows Hardware & Software configurations
  • Implement and maintain Window desktops.  
  • Analyze system faults, troubleshoot and run diagnostic tests on operating systems and hardware to detect problems.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years of technical working knowledge of Basic UNIX, Web Logic, Solaris 8 and 10, LINUX, Red Hat, VMware, and Windows Operating Systems/Servers and supported systems IAVAs.  Experience operating and maintaining systems in virtualized environments.  Understand Active Directory.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of basic computer hardware and software fundamentals.  Have a good understanding of basic hardware configurations and troubleshooting techniques.  Must show experience with DHCP and DNS concepts for troubleshooting purposes and understand basic networking concepts.
  • Experience installing, configuring and administering GCCS-A/J servers and clients and the family of associated applications.  Must have demonstrated experience with systems including: CPOF, Agile Client, C2PC, I3, ICSF, JOPES, TBMD, JADOCS, JTT, C2BMC, IPL, and/or JOPES.  Ability to integrate these systems and their applications with one another, as well as other Army Battle Field Command Systems (ABCS) and joint platform systems.
  • Experience accessing and evaluating information technology systems and making recommendations to management about incorporating systems into the enterprise architecture.  Critical thinking – ability to visualize and articulate end-to-end systems solutions.  Must be capable of performing complex tasks related to military operations at the Combatant Command staff level.
  •  Active, in-scope US Government issued Secret clearance

  • Due to the nature of the work and contract requirements, US Citizenship required.

  • Position requires a current DoD 8750 IAT-II Base Certification such as CompTIA Security+(on or before active Security+ "Lifetime" clause date) or CompTIA Security+CE, CCNA Security, CySA+, etc.
  • Candidate must have or be able to obtain within the first 6 months a DoD 8750 IAT-II Computing Environment (CE) Certification for Linux or Active or Legacy Windows Server.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Red Hat Certified Systems Administrator (RHCSA) certification.
  • Certifications or formal training for: Solaris, UNIX, LINUX. 
  • Active or Legacy Certification for Microsoft Server.
  • Prior military experience with GCCS-A/J, or other related intelligence gathering / all-source data systems
  • Military or civilian experience with GCCS, especially GCCS-J.
  • Familiarity with Agile software development methodology.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and 3+ years of related systems/network troubleshooting experience are required; OR, High School equivalent and 7+ years of experience.

Trace Systems

Trace Systems, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, was founded to support and defend our nation's security interests at home and abroad–– whenever and wherever. We provide cybersecurity, intelligence, communications, networking and information technology services, systems, and solutions to the United States Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and Department of Homeland Security.


To Apply: We invite you to put your talents to work by joining a growing team of dynamic professionals here at Trace Systems! Be part of a culture at our leading edge company where you can achieve great things while fostering a satisfying and rewarding career progression. Please apply directly through the website at:      #jointracesystems


Trace Systems is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age (40 or older), genetic information, disability or veteran status. 


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