Systems Administrator, Principal
University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

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The University of Arizona is accepting applications for the position of Systems Administrator, Principal position within University Information Technology Services Infrastructure Services Development Team. The Systems Administrator, Principal is responsible for supporting the security, integrity, reliability, and efficiency of server and data resources in a large, heterogeneous computing environment. They are responsible for the design, provisioning, monitoring and maintenance of enterprise level system environments to ensure availability, performance and security. They evaluate system capacity and plan for development and expansion and perform roles as project managers, functional team coordinators and mentors.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for eligible employees and their spouses and dependents; access to campus and recreational activities; state retirement; and more!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administers physical and virtual servers in a large, heterogeneous Windows/Unix environment.
  • Supports enterprise level applications and services in an established production environment.
  • Monitors and maintains availability, performance and security of systems software, hardware and related applications.
  • Analyzes, installs, configures and maintains operating, network and other systems software and utilities, servers and other hardware and related applications systems.
  • Adds, removes and integrates software and hardware into existing systems.
  • Tests systems and applications software including the impact of software updates and patches.
  • Troubleshoots hardware and software systems. Optimizes systems performance.
  • Implements computer software and hardware licensing, warranty and vendor service agreements. Applies system updates and configuration changes.
  • Maintains data recoverability. Implements data backup and disaster recovery procedures.
  • Responds to security breaches, service interruptions, and other critical situations to re-establish system functionality.
  • Supports a large virtual workstation environment.
  • Establishes and implements systems guidelines, procedures and standards. Assures standards are consistent with applicable laws, regulations and institutional policies.
  • Ensures availability, performance and security of systems software including operating and network systems and utilities, servers and other hardware, related applications systems and workstations.
  • Coordinates response to security breaches, service interruptions or other critical situations to re-establish system functionality. Monitors, analyzes, develops and implements response to problem trends.
  • Evaluates system capacity; plans for the future system development and expansion and coordination of most critical internal systems with relevant external systems. Recommends hardware and software to meet business needs.
  • Plans, organizes and coordinates all aspects of large and/or complex system administration projects.
  • Schedules, monitors, guides and participates in installing, configuring, analyzing, monitoring, documenting and maintaining systems software, hardware and related applications systems.
  • Coordinates hardware and software licensing, warranty and vendor service agreements. Implements most critical and complex patches and updates.
  • Coordinates user technical/workstation support. Resolves the most complex systems support issues; communicates with vendor(s) as necessary.
  • May supervise full-time employees or their equivalent, on a regular basis, including decisions regarding hiring, evaluation, promotion and termination of employees, or makes related recommendations that are given particular weight.
  • Creates, monitors, modifies and maintains user accounts and implements systems resource use policies.
  • Provides second/third tier support for tickets, email and phone requests.
  • Coordinates systems with other internal/external systems and systems administrators. Participates in planning for system development and expansion. Participates in systems software and/or hardware projects.
  • May manage projects of limited scope or portions of large and/or complex projects. May guide technical staff on a project basis.
  • Participates in on-call rotation.
  • Assumes and performs other duties and responsibilities not specifically outlined herein, but which are logically and properly inherent to the position.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Six years of progressively responsible system administration and/or programming experience including systems analysis, planning and development and at least two years of experience leading technical projects and/or teams; OR,

Associate's degree in Management Information Systems, Computer Information Technology or related field AND five years of progressively responsible system administration and/or programming experience including systems analysis, planning and development and at least two years of experience leading technical projects and/or teams; OR,

Any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Additional Minimum Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Thorough working knowledge of computer and data security concepts.
  • Knowledge of: Administration and operation of Windows Server operating systems; Networking hardware configuration, administration and troubleshooting; Administering high availability environments; LDAP and its application to directory services and security; Configuring and administering email systems; Web services and HTML; MS Windows and UNIX interoperability; Principles of storage area networks; Principles of relational databases.
  • Experience administering Exchange Server 2010/2013 in a large production environment.
  • Experience administering Microsoft SharePoint 2007/2010/2013
  • Advance PowerShell scripting experience.
  • Experience administering Microsoft Clustering Services including geographically dispersed clusters.
  • Experience administering and supporting servers in a VMware infrastructure
  • Experience in a 24x7 support environment.
  • Experience in computing or networking operation in a higher education institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with management and coworkers.
  • Must be willing to adjust to flexible work schedule and ability to work weekends and holidays.
Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

What kind of criminal background check is required for this position?

This position is security sensitive due to title or department and requires a finger-print criminal background check

Supplemental Pre-Employment Screening


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