Senior Systems Engineer

Denver, CO
Jun 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Located in uptown Denver, University Information Systems (UIS) provides technical services and a portfolio of secure, reliable and cost effective enterprise applications to the University of Colorado campuses and the Office of the President. UIS is committed to excellence in customer service and technical expertise.

This position participates on numerous project teams. It could lead technical projects/ with assigned staff, conduct technical architecture analysis and produce technical strategy recommendations, informs/advises project managers and stakeholders about project plans and implementation, designs/builds/maintains technology infrastructure, supports system rollouts, monitoring system performance, responds to and troubleshoots escalated operational issues, and manages customer and user relationships.

The University of Colorado is committed to recruiting and supporting diversity and equality in education and employment. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans.

This position is exempt from the Colorado classified system.

Essential Function of the Position

  • Executes IT operational objectives by maintaining current systems, evaluating, recommending, testing and installing new technology, contributing information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews, preparing and completing action plans, implementing production changes, quality and customer-service standards, resolving problems, completing audits, identifying trends, determining system improvements for the IT infrastructure
  • Establishes system specifications by conferring with customers and team members; analyzing workflow, access, information, and security requirements; designing system infrastructure.
  • Establishes system by planning and executing the selection, installation, configuration, and testing of server and storage hardware, virtualization software, LAN and WAN networks, and operating and system management systems; defining system and operational policies and procedures.
  • Provides information by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and trends in technologies for demand management and capacity/strategic planning.
  • Maintains system performance by performing system monitoring and analysis, and performance tuning; troubleshooting system hardware, software, networks and operating and system management systems; designing and running system load/stress testing; escalating problems to vendor as needed.
  • Secures system by developing system access, monitoring, control, and evaluation; establishing and testing disaster recovery policies and procedures; completing back-ups; maintaining documentation.
  • Articulate technology currency and upgrades for systems, storage, and network devices by conferring with vendors and services; developing, testing, evaluating, and installing enhancements and new software.
  • Provides subject matter expertise for the individuals within the infrastructure team
  • Protects organization's value by keeping information confidential
  • Accomplishes organization goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in education opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in professional organizations
  • Will work with principal business units to forecast existing workload growth and to assess new project impacts

Supervision Received and Exercised

This position reports to the Assistant Director of Enterprise Cloud Services - Infrastructure. The position of Sr. Systems Engineer has no supervisory responsibilities.

Who we are: System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with an office in Broomfield and a few smaller offices located on the campuses. This position is located in Denver. Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty.

What we offer:

Salary: The salary range for this position is $100,000 - $110,000.

Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. Information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at


Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in computer science, engineering or other related field. A combination of education, industry certifications, and related experience may substitute for the degree on a year for year basis.
  • At least 5 years of proven experience in the following technologies:
    • Deploying and supporting large Exchange messaging environments, including Office 365
    • Windows Server, Active Directory, and Group Policy Management
    • VMware, specifically vSphere 5.0 or above in mid-large size environments (500+ VM's)
    • Experience with enterprise Storage Area Network (SAN) implementation and administration
    • Proficient scripting skills; preferably PowerShell
    • Proficient in using MS Office and Visio for the management of tasks & documentation purposes
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule and react to business needs, including rotational on-call status
    • Problem solving and communication skills, along with the ability to work independently, as well as part of a cross-functional team
  • At least 3 years of proven experience in the following:
    • System Center; specifically Configuration Manager
    • Networking; datacenter, core, and branch office route, switch, and/or telephony equipment (VoIP)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working experience in a DevOps environment using Puppet, Chef, Ansible, or related tools
  • Experience with cloud, containerization, and virtualization skills using tools such as AWS, Azure, OpenStack, and/or Docker
  • Cybersecurity best practices; NIST Framework
  • ITIL
  • IT Disaster Recovery

Special Instructions to Applicants:For full consideration, completed applications must be received by Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Those who do not apply by June 21, 2017 may or may not be considered. Reference checking is a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including email addresses, for up to five references as part of the search process for this position. *Please note: All application materials must be submitted through CU Careers; emailed materials will not be considered.*

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires a verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:You must attach a resume, cover letter, and list of references to your application as three separate documents. Please ensure you check the "Job Specific Attachments" box next the each document on the "Required Documents" page of the application for the appropriate documents to be attached. For full consideration, please apply by June 21, 2017.

Job Category: Information Technology

Primary Location: Denver

Department: S0001 -- System Administration - 50119 - University Information Systems

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jun 8, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Lauren Morain

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00702613


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