System Administrator

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Classification:Information Systems Professional 3A
Grade:Grade 80
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Office Information Technology
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Information Systems/Technology

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska is seeking a candidate to join our OIT Systems Engineering Team. Our mission is to protect, provide for, and progress the software and systems behind many of the University of Alaska's services. Like many system admins, we keep important, critical systems up and running despite bandwidth outages and configuration errors. However, the team also develops new products including, full-stack web applications, simulators, distributed data migrations, and next-gen monitoring to name a few. Not only do we have fun projects like that, but our regular workday involves a lot of DevOp practices and Lean IT processes. We also manage thousands of computers (all University-owned computers, laptops, and tablets), package our own installers, manage the licensing for University owned software, as well as the servers and infrastructure for many of the University's services.


15Project Management & Strategic Planning-- Serve as an subject matter expert or project lead for system operation upgrades and changes. Consults with and advises unit/department staff of complex problems, innovative approaches and new technologies. Responsible to conceptualize more efficient enterprise level desktop management solutions, design and implement the solution, mentor and train staff and support staff in IT operations and maintenance. Responsible for the installation, configuration, maintenance of server platforms. Plan and coordinate system hardware and software for servers using the Unix/Lìnux/Mac/Wìndows Server operating systems. Systems support of various enterprise and MAU specific applications. Responsible to analyze/repair, using established policies/procedures and independently researched analysis/procedures, any issues noted by customers or via maintenance that would result in a system outage or non-use of systems/applications. Independently identifies risks and opportunities with no pre-existing processes or resolutions and drafts projects or policies for higher level approval. Implements enterprise grade solutions requiring expert programing, analysis and communications across multiple University campuses consisting of varying network topologies and user groups. Identifies and implements previously unknown security remediations and hardening to limit University liabilities across network communications and University digital data repositories with little or no direction. Perform technician information systems tasks requiring expertise and/or specialized knowledge in both information systems and non-information systems technical disciplines, including utilization of standard procedures/policies and non-standard procedures. Responsible to ensure security, account maintenance practices, job assignments are conducted in a timely manner. Also, responsible for advising organization leadership of strategic opportunities or gaps and can serve as part of departmental leadership.Essential
35Documentation and Communication-- Responsible to develop and edit computer related technical and administrative documentation, publications and organization policy, ensuring new applications are documented prior to deployment. Updating documentation regarding network drawings, system updates, application updates and known issues for supported systems and multi- layered applications. Documentation will often define and/or change operations for technical staff throughout the University System. Communicates documentation with other University of Alaska System staff in support of the enterprise and may be responsible for marketing documentation as needed.Essential
50System Engineering and Design -- Responsible for the design, installation, configuration, and maintenance of systems crucial to supporting thousands of endpoint devices, such as Active Directory, Systems Center Suite, WSUS, ASUS, Windows Deployment Services, VMWare ESX server farm infrastructure, enterprise antivirus applications, and JAMF Software''s Casper Suite. Also serves as lead engineer on said systems directing policy and procedures utilized by IT staff on systems. Makes recommendations regarding training and equipment needed for system enhancements. Maintains security of computer identifications and/or passwords that control access for the entirety of the University’s user base. Coordinates, and implements security measures to safeguard information in computer against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure; regulates access to computer data files, monitors data file use, and updates security files. Monitors system logs and intrusion software for attempted intrusions, reports any identified attempts to supervisor. Performs forensic investigation on any compromised systems and provides results to security officer. Serve as the subject matter expert for scripting on Unix/Linux/Mac/Windows server/desktop environment utilizing ASP, VBScript, Power Shell, and Batch or applicable versions of Perl to enhance system productivity. Additionally, responsible to perform custom scripting as per customer requests or organization need to enhance system/application performance or user experience at the University System scope level.Essential


  • Identifies,analyzes and resolves significant problems at a system wide level.
  • Problem resolution requires expert analysis of multiple components or conflicting issues.
  • Applies broad understanding of program, organization, system and/or client needs to resolve highly complex problems.
  • Identifies new services and opportunities for process improvement.
  • Independently evaluates and meets complex organizational, program or system needs in assigned area.
  • Expert resource for multiple subject matters.
  • Can be a team or project leader.
  • Provides input to long-range strategic plans.
  • Plans and directs activities/functions for multiple operations, programs or projects.
  • Projects typically impact critical programs, operations, systems, major work groups, or multiple functional areas and have direct, immediate impact on University business continuity.
  • Interpret, and applies complex rules and regulations as well as drafts changes to organizational policy and regulation for higher level approval.

Describe any other special skills/knowledge needed for this position (e.g. additional training, heavy lifting).

  • MS Certified Systems Engineer preferred.
  • MS SCCM certification preferred
  • Certified JSS Administrator preferred
  • Service management certification required, advanced service management certification preferred


Describe any preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position.

Extensive knowledge of Windows Operating Systems, 7,8,2008R2,2012. Expert knowledge of MAC OS; Unix. Knowledge of networking protocols and procedures, intermediate level. Windows NT and Network Administration. Programming knowledge for integration of multi-layered applications and specialized applications. Ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel effectively. Ability to work at the enterprise level.

Review Date: April 6, 2018

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.   During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at:

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAF Campus is a tobacco free campus.  For more information, please go to:

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

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