Systems Administrator 1455 (Formerly Systems Programmer) (D) (Revised 4-2-24)

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$124,486 to $146,494; $107,782 to $157,581; and $116,802 to $170,735

The salary in the Department of Water and Power is $124,340 to $154,491; $134,070 to $166,559; and $148,248 to $184,182.


  • Candidates from the eligible list are normally appointed to vacancies in the lower pay grade positions.
  • Annual salary is at the start of the pay range. The current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the hiring department before accepting a job offer.
  • For information regarding reciprocity between the City of Los Angeles departments and LADWP, go to

A Systems Administrator evaluates, develops, maintains, implements, and modifies operating systems, hardware, middleware, software, storage, and networking in a business applications environment; performs hardware-software studies; designs and implements systems architecture; analyzes systems problems and optimizes systems performance; performs systems upgrades; follows Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and security best practices for incident, change and release management, and all aspects of network and server operations; provides technical assistance to other data processing personnel and user divisions or departments; may supervise and direct the work of employees engaged in such activities; applies sound supervisory principles and techniques in building and maintaining an effective work force; and fulfills equal employment opportunity responsibilities.


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university; and two (2) years of full-time paid systems implementation experience in either: 1) installing, configuring, maintaining, performance tuning, patching, troubleshooting and securing enterprise level servers and networks; or 2) planning, configuring, and implementing enterprise systems and applications operating over large computing networks serving local and remote facilities; or 3) preparing programs by analyzing specifications developed by systems professionals and determining computer processing requirements, systems and/or programming flowcharts, code programs, and software solutions; or
  • Two years of full-time paid experience with the City of Los Angeles as a Programmer Analyst; or
  • Four years of full-time paid systems implementation experience with the City of Los Angeles as a Systems Analyst with experience in either 1) installing, configuring, maintaining, performance tuning, patching, and securing enterprise level servers; or 2) planning, configuring, and implementing enterprise systems and applications operating over large computing networks serving local and remote facilities.


  • Additional full-time paid experience as described above in Requirement No. 1 may be substituted on a year for year basis for the required bachelor’s degree noted in Requirement No.1. One academic year is equivalent to 30 semester or 45 quarter units.
  • Some positions may require a valid California driver’s license. Candidates may not be eligible for appointment to these positions if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).
  • Applicants completing the examination process may be contacted by the Personnel Department to provide required proof of qualifying degree and/or course work. Applicants who wish to expedite this process may attach a copy of their qualifying degree in the Attachments section of the on-line application at the time of filing.


In accordance with Charter Section 1010 (b) and Civil Service Rule 5.31, selective certification will be used for some positions that require special skills and/or training in one or more of the following areas. For such positions, only applicants possessing the specific professional certification(s) at the time of filing, may be considered.

A copy of the Certificate of Completion mustbe submitted at the time of filing. The certificate must be attached to the on-line application BEFORE the application is submitted. If the certificate is attached AFTER the on-line application has been submitted, it will not be available to the City and applicants WILL NOT be credited with having submitted the certificate. Applicants who fail to submit the certificate at the time of filing by not attaching it to the on-line application will not be considered for this part of selective certification.

  • AWS Certified Advanced Networking – Specialty
  • AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty
  • AWS Certified Big Data – Specialty
  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • AWS Certified Developer – Associate
  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional
  • AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty
  • AWS Certified Security – Specialty
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate
  • CCIE Data Center
  • CCIE Security
  • CCIE Wireless
  • CCNP Data Center
  • CCNP Routing and Switching
  • CCNP Wireless
  • CCNP Security
  • CCSA
  • CCSE
  • Certification as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
  • Certification as a Checkpoint Certified Security Administrator (CCSA) or as a Checkpoint Certified Security Expert
  • Certification as a CISCO Certified DevNet Associate
  • Certification as a CISCO Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or as a CISCO Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE).
  • Certification as a Cisco Certified Security Professional or as a CISCO Certified Internetwork Expert in Security.
  • Certification as a DNS/BIND Associate
  • Certification as a Global Information Assurance Certification (G9ac) Security Essentials (GSEC)
  • Certification as a Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) on Windows server platform.
  • Certification as an Oracle 9i/10g/11g or latest version or as an Oracle Database 10g/11g or latest version of Administrator Certified Master.
  • Certification as CompTIA Security +
  • Certified other Database Provider (such as Microsoft SQL) CCIE Routing and Switching
  • Certified with other Linus/Unix Operating System Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)
  • Certified with other Linux/Unit Operating System
  • Certified with other Network Provider (such as Juniper.)
  • CISCO Certified DevNet Professional
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Specialist
  • Core Infrastructure
  • Data center Virtualization 2019 (VCP-DCV 2019); VMWare Certified Advanced Professional 6.5
  • Data Center Virtualization; Cloud Management (VCAP-CMA) (VCP6.5-DCV); Network virtualization (VCP-NV)
  • Financial Management Certified Implementation Specialist
  • IBM Certified Database Administrator – DB2 for z/OS
  • IBM Certified Deployment Professional Certification as a Sun Certified System Administrator for the Solaris Operating System.
  • IBM Certified Infrastructure Deployment Professional – Maximo Asset Management v7.X VMWare certified Professional
  • IBM Certified System Administrator
  • IBM Certified System Administrator – DB2 for z/OS
  • Java Enterprise
  • Microsoft Certified : Azure Administrator Associate
  • Oracle Certified Professional
  • Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Master (OCM)
  • Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional (OCP)
  • Oracle Database 9i/10/11g Administrator Certified Associate (OCA)
  • Oracle Database 9i/10/11g Administrator Certified Professional (OCP)
  • Oracle Database Certified Associate (OCA)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12
  • Oracle Solaris11
  • Oracle WebCenter Certified Implementation Specialist’ Oracle Certified Associate
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  • Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Administrator
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Certified Implementation Specialist; Oracle Certified Professional
  • PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Certified Implementation Specialist
  • PeopleSoft People Tools 8.5 Certified Implementation Specialist
  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA)
  • SAP Certified Technology Associate – System Administration (Max DB) with SAP NetWeaver 7.4
  • VM Certified Advanced Professional
  • WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V9.0


Applications will only be accepted on-line on the dates listed in the “Application Deadline” section of this bulletin. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the “Apply” icon. On-line job bulletins are also available at


Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.


Applications will only be accepted on-line on the dates listed below:

From Friday, October 4, 2024 to Thursday, October 17, 2024

From Friday, March 7, 2025 to Thursday, March 20, 2025

Additional filing periods may be added based on the City’s hiring needs.

The examination may close without prior notice at any time after a sufficient number of applications have been received. Filing periods may change without prior notice or additional dates may be added, as needed, at a later date. For administrative purposes, filing will close periodically and reopen on the dates noted in the “Application Deadline” section of this bulletin.

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the weighted multiple-choice test in the following order: 1) Los Angeles City promotional applicants who meet the minimum requirements. You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to apply for this examination as a promotional candidate; 2) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles on a part-time or exempt basis who meet the minimum requirements; 3) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs based on a random sampling of those qualified candidates. Applicants not selected to be tested may re-apply in a subsequent filing period in order to be considered for that period’s selection process.


Examination Weight: Multiple-Choice Test . . . . . . . .100%

The examination will consist entirely of a weighted multiple-choice test administered and proctored on-line. In the on-line multiple-choice test, the following competencies may be evaluated: Analytical Ability; Self-Management; Teamwork; Project Management; Job Knowledge, including knowledge of: capabilities, uses, characteristics, and limitations of servers – virtual, physical and cloud, computers and peripheral equipment, operating software systems (Windows, Linux, Unix, MacOS, etc.), software such as assemblers, generators, subroutine libraries, compilers and vendor written application programs; programming languages such as C/C++, Java, .NET – VB, ASP, MVC, C#, PHP, Perl, Hadoop, Python, PowerShell or command languages for distributed and large scale computers and/or network and associated programming aids; Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), Metropolitan and cloud networks, and IP Protocols; Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS); system optimization techniques and performance tuning; storage, backup and disaster recovery procedures, and other business resumption and data protection technologies; framework or detailed plan to prepare documentation, procedures, tests, corrections, and take other steps necessary for the planned implementation and modification of programs; methods to identify security exposures and provide mitigation controls as they apply to information and management information systems including software distribution and patch management in cyber securitysoftware and threats; techniques and tools necessary to support internet, intranet, and cloud application environments; and other necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities.

The multiple-choice test will be proctored and administered on-line during a single session. Candidates invited to participate in the on-line multiple-choice test will be able to take the test from a remote location (i.e., their home) using a computer with a webcam and a reliable internet connection. Candidates will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles outlining the dates and specific steps on how to take the multiple-choice test on-line. Candidates who do not complete and submit the multiple-choice test on-line using a computer by the specified date and time will not be considered further in this examination. Additional test dates may be added as needed.

Additional job analysis information can be obtained by going to and clicking on Competencies under Systems Administrator.

For candidates who apply between October 4, 2024 and October 17, 2024, it is anticipated that the on-line multiple-choice test will be administered between TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2024 AND MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2024.

For candidates who apply between March 7, 2025 and March 20, 2025, it is anticipated that the on-line multiple-choice test will be administered between TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2025 AND MONDAY, MAY 12, 2025.

FAQs for on-line testing are available at . Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, only candidates who demonstrate a hardship may be offered the option to take the multiple-choice test onsite at a City facility.


  • This examination is based on a validation study, and as provided by Civil Service Commission Rule 4.20, the multiple-choice test will not be subject to candidate inspection.
  • As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at
  • Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
  • In conjunction with Civil Service Rules, applicants who are currently eligible City employees or are on a reserve list will be considered Promotional candidates while all other applicants will be considered Open Candidates.
  • The promotional list will ordinarily be used ahead of the open competitive list. However, if open competitive candidates receive a higher score, without military credits, than the highest available promotional candidate, after adding 0.25 of a point seniority credit for each year of service, the Civil Service Commission, upon request of the appointing authority, may approve certification of such open competitive candidates ahead of the promotional candidates.
  • You may take the Systems Administrator multiple-choice test only once every 365 days.
  • Your name may be removed from the open competitive list after six (6) months.
  • Your rank on the eligible list may change as scores of candidates from other administrations of this examination are merged onto one list.
  • A final average score of 70% or higher is required to be placed on the eligible list.
  • In accordance with Civil Service Rule, Sec. 4.24, review periods may be combined. Candidates in the examination process may file protests as provided in Sec. 4.20, 4.22 and 4.23 as applicable and within the required time frame; however, the Personnel Department may respond to and resolve protests prior to the establishment of the eligible list.
  • For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at: .

Notice :

If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.



The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.


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