Systems Administrator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
10 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
07 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Working Title Systems Administrator

Research Professional  No Posting Number 201700124AP Position Type Admin Professional/Research Professional Number of Vacancies 1 Work Hours/Week 40 Proposed Annual Salary Range Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications Desired Start Date 06/15/2017 Position End Date (if temporary) Open Posting Date 03/10/2017 Open Until Filled Yes To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 04/05/2017 Description of Work Unit

Housing and Dining Services (HDS) Technology Services provides staff, residents, and guests with a reliable, efficient, and secure computer network, including all related technology resources and business solutions. We promote the effective and responsible use of current technology through excellent customer service, education, and technology expertise. HDS is part of the Division of Student Affairs (DSA) at Colorado State University (CSU).

Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities. Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting, and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty, and staff.
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Position Summary

The Systems Administrator position is part of a collaborative team of IT professionals within the Systems Group that provides an efficient, secure, and reliable computing environment for 8000+ residents and 1200+ staff within the department of Housing and Dining Services (HDS). This position is responsible for enabling strategic IT initiatives by providing server, network and storage infrastructure, and implementing primarily Microsoft Windows Server-based applications and server suites.

Required Job Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in CS, CIS or related field
• OR Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field plus two additional years of work experience as a systems administrator
• At least two years of professional experience in an enterprise-level system administration role, resulting in proficiency in some of the following, or similar, technologies:
o Microsoft Active Directory
o Microsoft Hyper-V
o Microsoft SQL Server
o Microsoft Failover Clustering
o Microsoft SharePoint
o Microsoft Internet Information Services
o Microsoft System Center products (specifically: Data Protection Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Configuration Manager, or Operations Manager)
o Linux (e.g. CentOS)

Preferred Job Qualifications

o Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, and allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
o Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, manage, and complete multiple tasks on a daily basis in a high volume work environment.
o Proven critical thinking skills with a demonstrated ability to identify, analyze, and resolve issues through data collection, research, and troubleshooting.
o Demonstrated ability to drive results and lead projects/tasks to successful completion.
o Experience with:
o Most or all of the technologies listed in Minimum Qualifications (above)
o Computrition, CBord, or similar Dining Services software and systems
o Windows PowerShell scripting
o Relational database design and maintenance, SQL fluency, specific to MS SQL Server
o HP Blade System technologies
o Dell EqualLogic SAN products
o Implementing/maintaining computer/network security and firewalls
o Project management
o Change Management
o Experience with enterprise-level systems administration duties of a Windows domain using 2012 or higher domain controllers
o Expertise with these Microsoft Windows Server technologies: Group Policy, DHCP, file and print services, and Windows scripting
o Excellent verbal and written communication skills
o Excellent interpersonal skills
o Evidence of past successes working in a collaborative team environment of IT professionals
o Experience in a higher education IT environment
o Advanced degree and/or related professional industry certifications

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category System/network administration Duty/Responsibility

Collaborate in the daily system/network administration activities of the Systems Group team by responding to escalated user work orders that need in-depth troubleshooting and technical expertise, contact/interact with vendor technical support to provide necessary logs, diagnostics, and testing to resolve all issues, and work to complete assigned system or project tasks in support of divisional/departmental initiatives and business needs.

Percentage Of Time 25 Job Duty Category Server Systems Infrastructure Duty/Responsibility

Design, implement, and maintain both physical and virtual server systems infrastructure, some of which are in a clustered or load balanced environment. This requires understanding department business needs, researching solutions, becoming proficient in related server technologies and collaborating with Systems Group staff, in support of strategic divisional/departmental initiatives and business needs.

Percentage Of Time 25 Job Duty Category Backup Support Duty/Responsibility

Provide primary lead or backup (cross-training) support of systems services and specific business critical applications through developed competency in the relevant technologies and utilizing Project Management and Change Management processes to ensure reliable production-level system services.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Monitoring Services Duty/Responsibility

Be proactive in monitoring complex systems and service infrastructure utilizing best practices, health monitoring systems and alerting systems to identify issues and develop production change requests to resolve problems. At times monitoring, troubleshooting and incident handling may require after-hours response, some of which may need to be on-site.

Percentage Of Time 20 Job Duty Category Training Duty/Responsibility

Help train other Technology Services team members to become proficient in strategic technologies, create and maintain appropriate documentation, and be a strong contributor to cross-training, mentoring, technical guidance and direction to professional IT staff and student technician/intern positions.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Other Duty/Responsibility

Perform other duties as assigned

Percentage Of Time 5 Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm MT, April 5, 2017.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with the duties, and minimum and preferred qualifications; a current resume; and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of the candidate.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License - State of CO Search Contact Susan Gloeckner,, 970-491-2367 EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3 Maximum Requested 3 Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in CS, CIS, or related field OR a Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field plus two additional years of work experience as a systems administrator?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have at least two years of professional experience in an enterprise-level system administration role, resulting in proficiency in some of the following, or similar, technologies: Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Failover Clustering, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Internet Information Services, Microsoft System Center products (specifically: Data Protection Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Configuration Manager, or Operations Manager), and Linux (e.g. CentOS)?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of Professional References

Optional Documents