Metro (Los Angeles): Database/System Administrator

Posted by | January 11, 2012 | Web Pro Job Tips


Location: Los Angeles


Request for Proposals: Database / System Administration Services
Metro Communications is seeking proposals for Database/ Systems Administration Services to migrate our current databases and web system offsite. The qualified candidate will work on a project basis to assist Metro’s Web Team migrate, deploy, and maintain innovative transportation applications for Los Angelenos and to keep our web servers humming 24/7.
We seek a contractor with operational admin experience of at least 5 years and certification in one of the following Linux families: BSD, Debian, RHEL. Strong Linux and Unix experience, including programming in Python or Perl (intermediate to expert), additional programming (Python, Ruby, C/C++, Apache Module, Kernel Module). The selected candidate will work with the web team in Metro’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters deploying applications and websites for multiple platforms. We seek a contractor who is highly organized and thrives on solving problems.
Services will be provided as an independent contractor and do not include employee benefits. We are seeking a minimum commitment of one year with option to renew determined by Metro.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. It serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country’s largest, most populous counties. More than 9.6 million people – nearly one-third of California’s residents – live, work, and play within its 1,433-square-mile service area.
Transit customers are attaining their information from various platforms and devices – and it is important for Metro to present our information optimized for these channels effectively. Metro wishes to deploy an offsite web system with 99% uptime to enable our riders real-time and core information to ride our system.
Scope of Work
  • Perform all duties to keep our site happy day, night, and weekends by installing, configuring, and maintaining operating system and system software; maintain software installations and upgrades across redundant web and database servers.
  • Implement configuration management (puppet, cfengine); version control, distribution (Subversion/CVS/Git and dpkg/rpm); alternative web servers/caches (varnish); and web daemons: NGINX, Lighttpd, MySQL/Postgres, etc.
  • Implement system monitoring on application and database servers; manage legacy servers (Windows IIS 2003 and 2008); perform client performance tuning (i/o, CPU, RAM, caching).
  • Implement server clustering and high availability in general; maintain usable backups.
  • Collaborate with Metro’s web team to ensure full integration into web framework.
  • Meet with web team and Communications staff for project kickoffs, reviews, and/or file delivery.
Phase 1
  1. Report demonstrating understanding of current database / web systems (databases, application servers, media servers, load balancing, backup servers, software stack, etc).
  2. Project plan/schedule for overhaul and migration of current web systems to offsite hosting (databases, application servers, media servers, load balancing, backup servers, software stack, etc).
  3. Set-up, migration, configuration, implementation, testing, quality assurance of rebuilding Metro’s complete web systems offsite.
  4. Implementation of load balancing, fail-over, and usable back-up systems.
  5. Implementation of database replication system and process.
  6. System monitoring on all application and database servers.
Phase 2
Maintenance of all items delivered, along with ongoing database/web system administration services as needed. Services may include maintenance and new development:
  • Updating web server / database system software
  • Modifications to web server / database system software
Compensation & Terms
  • Metro will pay against submitted invoices per terms of the contract:– Phase 1: Invoices based on delivery of items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 — Phase 2: Invoices based on hourly rate
  • Independent Contractor’s compensation shall commensurate with qualifications and experience and subject to negotiation with Metro.
  • Insurance is required to work at Metro; specifics will be discussed at time of selection.
  • Services will be provided as an independent contractor and does not include employee benefits. 
Period of Performance
  • Independent contractor shall complete work by June 30, 2013, unless this Contract is terminated earlier or extended by Metro, as provided in the Contract.
  • Phase 1 should be complete within 4 months of award of contract.
  • Metro may extend the Period of Performance at its sole discretion by exercising up to two one year extensions by issuance of an appropriately funded modification to the Contract.
  • Funding for this Contract is based upon availability of funds as determined by Metro’s fiscal budget which runs from July 1 through June 30 of each fiscal year. If funding is not approved for any subsequent fiscal year during which the Contract is in effect, Metro will issue a stop work notice.
Submittal Requirements
Interested candidates are requested to submit the following materials via email only:
  • Letter of Interest (why you are interested and why you would be the most qualified proposer)
  • Qualifications and experience (resume and references)
  • Samples of work (portfolio and links)
  • Phase 1 fee proposal (include fee per each deliverable)
  • Phase 2 hourly rate
Evaluation Criteria
Note: highly qualified candidates may be invited for an interview.
  1. System Admin Skill Set
  2. System Admin Experience
  3. References and Availability
  4. Fee Proposal
Proposal Deadline
Submit proposal requirements via email only as outlined above by Friday, December 16, 2011, 10AM PST.
Attn: Doug Goodwin, Lead Developer
Subject: DB/SysAdmin Services
Questions: You may contact Doug Goodwin with questions via email.
Please, no off-shore or job placement services.

To apply: Attn: Doug Goodwin, Lead Developer
Subject: DB/SysAdmin Services

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