Systems Administrator

Pennsylvania (US)
06 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
05 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.

The Windows Infrastructure and Services (WINS) team at the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) is seeking a talented Windows system administrator to join our team. Key responsibilities include managing Active Directory, file and print services, IIS, and Microsoft SQL server, along with other Windows Server-based applications and functions.
Acting as a member of the SAS Computing Windows Infrastructure and Services (WINS) team, design, maintain and manage the Windows server systems serving the School as a whole, as well as providing backup capacity for those serving the Social Science Computing clients. This will include servers in a largely virtualized environment and associated storage, database, networking and security systems, as well as some desktop management and other related activities in an Active Directory environment.
All work is to be conducted in close coordination with other team members, and in accord with the standard practices developed by the team. Act as team lead on a variety of IT projects, including infrastructure upgrades and ongoing work to improve security and monitoring and overall reliability of all involved systems. Participate in and at times lead efforts to design and implement cloud-hosted solutions to supplement and/or replace current on-premise systems.
Along with the other members of the WINS team, share on-call rotation for occasional emergency on-site response during evening and weekend hours and conduct some planned maintenance and upgrade work during off hours as required.

Proven ability to design, implement and maintain Windows Server based systems to provide highly reliable, secure and efficient operation utilizing Active Directory technologies. Experience with database management and advanced storage, networking and security systems, preferably in a virtualized environment. required. Experience in higher education IT highly preferred. Proven ability to manage projects and develop innovative IT solutions in support of academic and research activities highly preferred.
Enthusiasm for working collaboratively with faculty, graduate students, research staff, and SAS Computing colleagues. Ability to manage a large number of ongoing projects simultaneously, working with teammates to triage problems and execute solutions.
System Administrator B:
- A Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
- Demonstrated systems administration, management and troubleshooting ability
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team, taking a lead role at times
System Administrator SR:
- A Bachelor’s Degree and 5 years to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
- Demonstrated advanced systems administration, management and troubleshooting ability
- Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team, generally taking a lead role
- Experience in managing other technical staff preferred

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