Systems Administrator (3 Positions)

University at Albany

About University at Albany:
Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany’s broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of approximately 17,000 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State’s capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:
Information Technology Services (ITS) at the University at Albany seeks applicants for a Systems Administrator to support the academic, research, and business needs of this vibrant institution. Candidates with any technical background will be considered for their potential to learn and grow in this position. The successful candidate has an interest in technology and the intellectual curiosity to learn to build complex environments for a wide variety of disciplines and departments. She/He/They have keen analytical skills and are driven to solve problems and acquire new knowledge to inform and build a computing environment commensurate with the needs of a public research university.

The Systems Administrator will work as part of a group of IT professionals who play a key role in design, development, maintenance, and implementation of applications and infrastructure systems to provide secure and robust platforms. She/He/They will have exposure to physical and virtual environments, and on-premises and cloud-based applications.

The Systems Administrator collaborates across ITS, providing input and expertise for a range of services such as email, web, identity and access management, teaching and learning, and research and advanced computing.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The Systems Administrator will provide day-to-day operational support for assigned systems including patching, upgrading, configuration management, system backups, continuous monitoring, and performance management.
  • Engage in the design and build of solutions that align with architectural norms, industry best practices, ITS standards, and meet project and operational requirements.
  • Develop and maintain build/configuration and operational procedures.
  • Actively seek and implement automations and systems that increase throughput and decrease operational expense.
  • Plan, design, build, implement, and support a growing array of cloud automation tools and services.
  • Maintain subject matter expertise by staying current with industry trends and following a professional development plan.
  • Contribute to the development of architectural blueprints, templates, tools, system standards, and technical roadmaps.
  • Maintain security posture in accordance with industry best practice and ITS policies and procedures.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Effectively and proactively communicate with peers and management.
  • Be available to provide scheduled support and consultation outside normal business hours, including occasional evenings, holidays, or weekends, within reasonable professional obligation and expectation.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education (DOE) or internationally recognized accrediting organization.
  • Four (4) years of relevant experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.
  • Interest in design, planning, and implementation of infrastructure components including servers, storage, and network.
  • Interest in administration of Linux servers.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an ability to develop inclusive and equitable relationships within our diverse campus community
  • Applicants must demonstrate an ability to support diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and belonging relative to their role

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Linux system administration.
  • Experience with enterprise networking.
  • Experience with enterprise storage solutions.

Additional Information:
Professional Rank and Salary Range: Senior Programmer/Analyst, SL4; $85,000-95,000

Special Notes: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This position has the potential for telecommuting up to 50%.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University’s crime statistics for the past three years; and disclosures regarding the University’s current campus security policies. The University at Albany’s Annual Security Report is available in portable document format [PDF] by clicking this link

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Application Instructions:
Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications
  • Contact information for three professional references

Note: After submitting your resume/CV, the subsequent pages give you instructions for uploading additional documents (i.e. cover letter etc.).

This posting will remain open until the position is filled.

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