Junior Systems 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 Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Information Systems/Technology

Position Summary:

The Alaska Satellite Facility is seeking a Junior System Administrator who thrives in a fast-paced environment. ASF promotes, facilitates, and participates in the advancement of remote sensing technologies to support national and international Earth science communities. Recently awarded a $50 million dollar/5 year contract with NASA, ASF will continue to archive synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data from various satellites and aircraft to support researchers as part of NASA’s Earth Science Data and Information System. As one of the leaders of NASA’s investigation of Cloud technologies, ASF is well-positioned to explore new technologies and opportunities. ASF’s System Administrator will design, manage, and implement systems and storage for both on-premise and within our Cloud-based operational spaces. ***US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE LIST YOUR CURRENT CITIZENSHIP STATUS IN EITHER YOUR COVER LETTER OR RESUME***


10Effective Communication duties may include: Providing affected parties with adequate prior notification for planned impacts to normal operations. Providing affected parties with follow up notification for planned and unplanned impacts to normal operations. Recording and reporting adequate, appropriate and timely levels of detail regarding the status of work performed. Providing IT customers with timely and adequate feedback regarding the status of relevant issues.Essential
20Work on Technical Projects expanding functionality of existing IT infrastructure may include: Maintaining, deploying and supporting current operating system baselines. Providing timely ancillary support to development staff for designated priority projects. Developing documentation in concert with project development to ensure operational integrity and maintainability of IT systems.Essential
5Planning duties may include: Working with supervisory or management staff to provide technical expertise and assist with decision making or goal settingEssential
65Sustaining the functionality of existing IT infrastructure may include: Maintaining the integrity of non-operational IT infrastructure systems. Troubleshooting, diagnosing, analyzing and resolving non-operational IT system issues. Applying security related patches, updates, and other mitigation techniques in accordance with customer agreements and as needed to ensure the reliable security of IT systems. Providing assistance to end users regarding IT infrastructure and supported end user applications. Provide timely ancillary support to operator staff for designated priority issues. Control and authorize access to IT resources. Update documentation to reflect modifications made to existing IT infrastructure.Essential

Salary Information:

This position is a full-time, term-funded, exempt Grade 80, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.


  • Experience installing, configuring and maintaining desktop information technologies.

  • Experience with Linux, Windows and macOS operating systems.

  • Experience with Windows System Administration.

  • Basic system administration skills.

  • Ability to understand needs of end users.

  • Ability to formulate problem resolution.

  • Ability to work in a team environment with developers, testers and administrators.

  • Effective verbal and technical writing communication skills.

  • Prioritization and organization skills.

  • Ability to write and maintain good technical documentation.

  • Experience implementing or training with IT security best practices and methods.

  • Ability to make decisions on matters of significance and implement these decisions on behalf of the University.

Required Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelors degree in an information technology, software development, or science research field, or equivalent experience.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application Process:

YOU MUST BE A US CITIZEN AND PROVIDE THIS CONFIRMATION IN YOUR RESUME OR COVER LETTER. Remote work is not available for this position. Please also indicate in your cover letter if you live in Fairbanks or are willing to relocate. To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.

To be considered for this position, please submit by 05/10/2021, at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The initial review will begin on 05/11/2021. This posting will be closed once the position is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. Applicants needing a
reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

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.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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