1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 173913
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 11/05/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years. 

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, a school within the College of the Environment, seeks a Full-time Senior Computing Specialist to support a vibrant and diverse academic community of more than 400 undergraduate students, 150 graduate students, 40 faculty and 300 staff.

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) was established in 1907 as one of the first natural resource programs in the country. Computing resources at SEFS comprise a complex networked environment, including research, administrative and instructional applications, some of which are in off-campus locations. SEFS seeks an experienced systems administrator to serve as our computing resources and network manager.  The primary role of this position is to manage the IT team of 2 computing support staff and ensure computing efficiency and integrity of the operating environment, which currently includes more than 500 devices and multiple servers with concurrent use of 150-200 users.  In performing a wide variety of functions, this position will work closely with faculty and administrative representatives for academic input. The successful applicant must possess technical skill and be able to work patiently and productively with students, staff, and faculty spanning a range of computing expertise and with University of Washington IT to leverage institutional services for the benefit of SEFS. The candidate will interface proactively with the University of Washingtons centralized information technology resources to best serve the SEFS community.

The primary responsibility of the Systems Administrator is monitoring and enhancing the operating environment to ensure optimal performance and availability.  Duties related to this responsibility include:
Coordinate computer activities and resources within SEFS, providing technical support in the day-to-day operations of shared computing resources, (this person will not be expected to support desktops, but to work on the services these desktops rely on)
Coordinate computer activities and resources within SEFS, providing technical support in the day-to-day operations of shared computing resources, (this person will not be expected to support desktops, but to work on the services these desktops rely on)
Supervise the SEFS IT team, consisting of a Computer Services Consultant and a Computer Support Technician who provide front-line desktop support and systems analysis and implementation.
Administration of Windows Domain systems, including groups, user, computer and service accounts
Administration of VMware vSphere and Horizon
Administration of print servers and queues, database servers, license servers
Administration and maintenance of SEFS hosted physical and virtual servers.
Administration of SEFS security systems including Windows updates, door lock infrastructure and security cameras
Schedule repairs, monitor service requests, maintain records and service contracts
Update and maintain various systems and software such as operating systems, security software systems, backup systems, local software utilities, and printing systems

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

Bachelors degree in computer science, information technology or equivalent work experience
At least 4 years of increasing responsibilities while delivering information technology services in a complex environment
At least 2 years of experience delivering highly available services in a Windows Active Directory environment
Must be flexible to monitor SEFS computing infrastructure and occasionally respond to network outages, scheduled installations and maintenance activities during off-hours

Expertise in the following:
Administering a Windows network and domain
Administration of VMware vSphere and Horizon
Active Directory administration. 
Installing and maintaining Windows servers
Windows server print management
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to work independently
Ability to work creatively within given resources to provide best possible computing environment for students, staff and faculty
Demonstrated ability to learn applicable computer system concepts and apply them in a user-oriented environment
Demonstrated ability to communicate highly technical information to end-users in a service-oriented and understandable manner
Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
Flexibility and adaptability to new and ever-changing requirements
Interest in learning and executing how to transition SEFS IT services to cloud environments, where such changes are deemed suitable

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 16, 2020.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

TThe University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


Posted: 2020-02-21 Expires: 2020-09-03

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