Bluestaq LLC
  • Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • 121363-186792 per year
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Principal Systems Administrator

Position Type: Full Time

Salary Range: In compliance with Colorado's Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, the salary range for this role is $121,363 - $186,792. Final compensation for this role will be determined by various factors such as a candidate's relevant work experience, skills, certifications, and geographic location.

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is not a remote position.

Additional Compensation: This position is eligible for an end-of-year bonus.

Employment Benefits: Bluestaq offers a wide range of competitive benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Paid Leave, and 401k. For more information regarding Bluestaq benefits, please visit

About Bluestaq:

Bluestaq starts with our people.

Are you ready for the best job you've ever had?

At Bluestaq, we've rapidly built a culture around ownership, trust, community, and innovation. Bluestaq is dedicated to cultivating a growth environment where our team feels valued, works with a purpose of mission, is personally rewarded, and is professionally challenged.

Bluestaq is an emerging technology company founded in 2018 to streamline global operations using cutting-edge enterprise software and mission analytics. Bluestaq develops and transforms its enterprise systems and secures disparate data to solve our customers' most critical challenges. Today, Bluestaq primarily provides the U.S. Department of Defense and the nation's intelligence community with advanced software systems. Our name, Bluestaq, originates from "blue" a military term for friendly forces, and "staq" referring to a software stack.

Let's talk about our team's accolades in just four years! Inc. Magazine just recognized Bluestaq as ranking #630 out of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America! We've also been recognized as an Inc. Magazine's 2022 and 2021 Best Workplaces and are a 2021 Colorado Inno on Fire Company and a 2020 Colorado Company to Watch. Bluestaq was honored by the Colorado Technology Association as the 2019 Emerging Tech Company of the Year and named Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC 2019 New Company of the Year. For the third consecutive year, Bluestaq landed on the Colorado Springs Gazette Best Workplaces in Colorado Springs (2019 - 2021) and Built In's Best Places to Work Lists: Best Places to Work in Colorado, Best Small Companies to Work for in Colorado, and Best Paying Companies in Colorado (2020 - 2022). Our team is award-winning and ahhhmazing!

Looking for a phenomenal quality of life? Colorado Springs was named the #2 Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report 2022, #2 Top 10 Cities Where Tech Strength Defies the Pandemic by LinkedIn, and one of the Top 10 Best-Performing Cities 2022 by the Milken Institute.

Why join Bluestaq in Colorado Springs?

  • Lifestyle Amenities - coffee shops, craft breweries, boutiques, locally-owned restaurants
  • Nature - more than 100 parks and ample outdoor sporting opportunities
  • Weather - Colorado Springs boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year
  • Laid-back atmosphere - an accessible alternative to the faced-paced Denver lifestyle

Position Description:

As a Principal Systems Administrator, you will be charged with the primary responsibility for maintaining and supporting the integrity of our system networks by providing technical support and configuration management. The ideal Systems Administrator on the Bluestaq team is a customer-service-driven, professional person who can manage day-to-day operations and provide tech support to system end-users. You'll be a member of a team performing daily maintenance, monitoring, troubleshooting applications, networking problems, and systems issues on both cloud-hosted and on-premises platforms to ensure our enterprise software is functioning smoothly. Bluestaq Systems Administrators are charged with software and computer installations and upgrades, routine automation, cybersecurity risk mitigation, and technical support. A Principal Systems Administrator has deep, hands-on experience with system administration tools and processes and a broad introduction to systems administration best practices and productivity skills. Systems Administrators will work at client sites. This position will support 24/7 operations.

  • Requires active DOD Secret or Top Secret Clearance.
  • 12+ years of systems administration/information technology experience with an Associate degree OR a High School Diploma/GED with 2 additional years of experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
  • Requires 3-5 years' experience supervising systems administrator professionals.
  • 6 years of experience in networking system development and support.
  • Expert knowledge of Linux and Windows systems administration.
  • Experience in active directory.
  • Hands-on networking knowledge.
  • Managed help desk service systems and processes.
  • Worked with cloud-based concepts and the AWS component stack.
  • Experience using cloud identity and access management tools.
  • Advanced knowledge of system vulnerabilities and security issues.
  • Experience with troubleshooting and debugging skills, with a passion for problem-solving and investigation.
  • Ability to apply systems administration skills and knowledge to approach new problems in creative ways.
  • Understands basic software development concepts.
  • Ability to communicate scope and state of work, including articulating roadblocks.
  • Proactive and thoughtful in seeking clarification and asking questions.
  • Finds the right balance between persevering on a problem and asking for help.
  • Takes responsibility for their personal development, and has a growth mindset.
  • Displays a strong sense of ownership for projects.
  • Willing to support 24/7 operations and shift work.
  • CISSP Certification.

Desired Qualifications and Skills:


Desired Education:12+ years of systems administration/information technology experience with an Associate degree OR a High School Diploma/GED with 2 additional years of experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.

Clearance Requirement: This position requires the ability to obtain a TS/SCI Clearance. To be eligible for a clearance, US Citizenship is required, and an employee must agree to participate in a background screen and credit check.

Relocation: This position does not offer relocation. Candidates must live in the immediate area or relocate at their own expense.

Bluestaq is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by state or local law.

Bluestaq will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities and employees whose work requirements interfere with a religious belief unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to Bluestaq or a direct threat. Employees needing such accommodation are instructed to contact Human Resources immediately at

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