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Server Systems Engineer

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 27, 2023

Server Systems Engineer

Job no: 530999

Work type: Classified Staff

Location: Eugene, OR, Portland, OR

Categories: Information Technology, Computer and Information Science

Department: Information Services
Classification: Analyst Programmer 2
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $57,108 - $105,984 per year
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins

February 27, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a complete application including an online application, a cover letter, and resume.

This position is hybrid eligible in Eugene/Springfield or Portland area.

Department Summary

Information Services (IS) is the central information technology unit at the University of Oregon and provides wide ranging services to campus. Information Services consists of four major functional areas: Customer Experience, which serves as the key contact point for interactions with campus clients and customers; Applications & Middleware, which manages and supports applications, integration services, identity management and data management; Information Security, which helps protect virtual or physical information; and Technology Infrastructure, which provides administration and support for the software, hardware, and services needed to support the campus IT environment. Information Services also includes the Advanced Network Technology Center. IS works closely with the Network for Education and Research in Oregon.

Established in 1876, the University of Oregon offers a breadth and depth of curricula with more than 270 academic programs and provides the opportunity to work at a respected research university with a strong holistic, liberal arts foundation. The UO also has a history of political and social involvement that embraces diverse beliefs, cultures, and values, and it is committed to environmental responsibility.

The university is also proud of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, an initiative specifically designed to fast-track scientific discoveries and the process of turning those discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation and beyond. Information Services collaborates with Research and Innovation and our schools and colleges to support the research, teaching, and learning mission of the university.

Eugene is the home of the University of Oregon. Located in the lush Willamette Valley, Eugene is well-known for outdoor pursuits like running, cycling, rafting, and fishing, as well as arts, music, crafts, brewing, winemaking, and community-supported agriculture. With branches in Portland and on the Oregon coast, the UO is deeply connected to Oregon's natural and cultural treasures.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Manager of Systems Automation Services, the Server Systems Engineer will serve in a team environment focused on design, deployment, lifecycle management, and continuous improvement of UO Cloud server computing. Core UO Cloud services include private cloud virtual servers running managed Windows and RedHat operating systems. Additionally, the team operates several management applications to operate private cloud services at an enterprise scale. UO Cloud services are provided within a complex academic and research environment. The Server Systems Engineer works across the Systems Automation Services team to provide technical work leadership involving the design, deployment, lifecycle management, and continuous improvement of UO Cloud services. The Server Systems Engineer will assist the team with best practice design and use of enterprise management tools to efficiently manage UO Cloud services. The Server Systems Engineer possesses technology knowledge in multiple areas and functions as a subject matter expert based on experience.

The Server Systems Engineer assists in the identification of short and long term technology objectives that strategically align needs of the campus community with UO Cloud services. As part of this responsibility the Server Systems Engineer will collaborate with team members to transform high-level direction and strategic inputs into target-state roadmaps that ensure Information Systems is positioned to advance research, academic, and administrative missions.

The Server Systems Engineer will contribute on complex projects and cross-functional technical teams to conduct and deliver technology capabilities. This position develops and facilitates technology planning direction and decisions in conjunction with the Information Services team, university stakeholders, and vendors.

This position may supervise student employees and will be part of an on-call rotation that may be expected to work weekends.

Essential Personnel
This position may provide essential services during times of emergencies and inclement weather. This position may be required to fulfill essential services and functions during these times.

Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired.

Minimum Requirements

This classification requires a basic foundation of knowledge and skills in systems analysis and related programming support functions generally obtained by a bachelor's degree in computer science, or an equivalent amount of training and applied experience.

Professional Competencies

  • Ability to collaborate effectively with UO faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds
  • Effectively represents workgroup and department with internal and external stakeholders
  • Effectively participate in and contribute to technical problem solving across multiple internal and external stakeholder groups
  • Ability to adapt within a rapidly changing technical environment
  • Effective communication and presentation skills, including the ability to convey technical perspectives to a range of organizational audiences
  • Work independently as well as in a team oriented collaborative environment
  • Ability to contribute to multiple workstreams and communicate effectively to meet deadlines, and project milestones

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, electrical engineering, or related field
  • 2+ years' experience using VMware tools to operationalize server provisioning, orchestration, and self-service elements
  • 2+ years' experience using enterprise applications to operationalize lifecycle management for Windows Server and/or RedHat server operating systems (Puppet Enterprise, RedHat Satellite, Microsoft SCCM/ECM, Active Directory)
  • 3+ years' experience supporting Windows Server and/or RedHat server operating systems
  • Experience working with data center network topologies including TCP/IP, switching, routing, VLANs, load-balancing, and firewalls
  • Experience using common programming and scripting languages to codify platform automations and/or API integrations
  • 2+ years' experience working with VMware software defined data center services such as NSX-T Data Center, vRealize Automation, and vRealize Network Insight
  • Experience with private cloud services at a university or similarly complex enterprise environment

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at

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