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Senior Systems Administrator

Employer
Middlesex College
Location
New Jersey, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 24, 2023
Job Title: Senior Systems Administrator

Salary: $85,666.00 Annually

Department: Information Technology

Pay Grade: ADM7

Reports To: Associate Director, IT Operations

FLSA Status: Exempt

Unit: Administrative

Opening Date: 10/23/2023

Closing Date: Open Until Filled



GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB



The Senior Systems Administrator (Sys Admin) is a hands-on, senior-level Information Technology (IT) role. The position serves as a technical expert in the IT Infrastructure Services team and is responsible for technical design, planning, implementation and maintenance of server and network systems. The Senior Sys Admin is often involved in project activities requiring IT subject matter expertise and in researching, selecting, and implementing new technologies and services. The Senior Sys Admin receives general direction from the Associate Director of IT Operations and is expected to operate and deliver on projects with a high level of autonomy.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Essential Functions:

  1. Provides high level oversight in the design of server and network architectures to support the systems and services provided by the IT Department.
  2. Proactively manages and monitors the College’s network and server infrastructure, reviews performance and resource utilization, and tunes systems to ensure maximum availability, security and performance.
  3. Demonstrates knowledge of network and systems administration work including installation and configuration of network, server and storage hardware, Windows and Linux operating systems, and application level services such as web and database servers.
  4. Administers and supports core infrastructure technologies such as Microsoft Active Directory domains, virtualization hypervisors and management tools, Cisco routing and switching, and various server applications.
  5. Proactively ensures the highest level of systems and infrastructure availability by monitoring server and application performance for potential issues, identifying possible solutions, and working to implement fixes.
  6. Proactively ensures the highest level of systems and infrastructure security by implementing information security program components such as change management and vulnerability management procedures, participating in risk assessment and mitigation processes, and contributing ideas and expertise in strengthening the College information security program.
  7. Uses automation tools and develops custom scripts to increase system efficiency, automate repetitive tasks, simplify server deployment, and lower human intervention on tasks.
  8. Prepares written documentation for department processes and procedures including system builds and configuration, and startup/shutdown procedures for all servers, appliances and system/network applications.
  9. Provides the most experienced tier of IT troubleshooting capability to address fully-escalated requests from IT stakeholders.
  10. Participates in product selection and evaluation, and recommends acquisition of tools or products to enhance system/network performance, add features, or improve service to the College user community.
  11. Acts as a liaison between the IT Department and external vendors, consultants, and suppliers for project work and to resolve problems with supported systems.
  12. Supervises, trains, and mentors students, or other part-time employees that help in the maintenance and support of information technology systems and networks.
  13. Mentors and cross-trains staff in the IT Infrastructure Services department to ensure the continuity in managing all applications and services supported by the department.
  14. Supports IT strategic initiatives by participating in project work and setup and testing of new systems and services.
  15. Stays current with technological developments in system administration technology and recommends ways for Middlesex College to take advantage of new technology.
  16. Performs other duties as assigned.








MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and/or work experience*;
  • Two years of experience installing and configuring Windows Server 2016+ or Linux to perform common roles such as File/Print server, domain controller, web server, or database server;
  • Two years of experience in a VMWare environment with installing software, monitoring performance, developing more effective techniques, and troubleshooting problems; and
  • Active certification in Microsoft, VMware, and/or Cisco.
*An Associate degree is equivalent to 18 months of work experience, whereas a Bachelor's degree is equivalent to four years, and a Master's degree is equivalent to 10 years.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS


  • Hands-on experience in the management in an environment supporting 70+ servers. Strong understanding of Active Directory/LDAP user and group administration; DNS, DHCP, PowerShell
  • A solid understanding of LAN/WAN networking, LAN Routing and Switching design, configuration and troubleshooting, VLAN management & segmentation, IP addressing, and load balancers
  • Solid knowledge in the administration of Microsoft 365 in an enterprise-level environment
  • Hands-on experience in managing an enterprise-level backup solution(s)
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills; and
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.






PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS



The work is sedentary work which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:
  • Hearing 1: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
  • Speaking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
  • Talking 1: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Visual Acuity 1: Have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION



SCHEDULE : Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with occasional evenings and weekends required.



RETIREMENT : Pension Eligible

NJ First Act



Any Middlesex College employee hired after September 1, 2011 will have to meet the New Jersey residency law requirement.

Equal Opportunity Employer



Middlesex College is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, marital status, familial status, religion, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for service in the armed forces of the United States, or disability.

Affirmative Action and Compliance Statement



Middlesex College is firmly committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. The College will implement this policy to assure that the educational programs, activities, services, benefits and employment opportunities offered by the College are available to all persons regardless of sex, race, creed, national origin, ancestry, nationality, color, marital status, civil union or domestic partnership status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity, age, handicap (and/or disability), service in the armed forces, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic tests, or refusal to make available results of genetic tests, in accordance with State and Federal laws. All employees and students are expected to accept these principles and to reflect their spirit in everyday relationships with fellow employees and students. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer, Middlesex College, Chambers Hall, 2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, New Jersey 08818-3050.

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