Systems Administrator, VDI

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Job Title Systems Administrator, VDI Department Campus Services Full Time/Part Time Full-Time Requisition Number S19545 Open Date 04/12/2019 Close Date Salary Information

$69,900 – $94,400/year

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Benefits Eligible Yes Eligible for Overtime No Position Summary

As a member of Rice’s Information Technology division, the Systems Administrator will be responsible for providing advanced level support for the establishment and continued efficient operation of the Windows systems supported by Advanced Client Services. The Systems Administrator will work with other Information System staff to integrate systems into the practices and procedures used by Information Systems to support Rice’s computing systems and the campus networking environment. This position will monitor, analyze and debug system issues. The Systems Administrator may be required to interact with Information Technology Executive Committee on specific projects.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree Major/Discipline

Engineering, computer science, or related discipline.

Substitution for Education Requirement

May substitute additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an
equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the education requirement.

Education Preferred Experience Required 3 years Type of Experience

Related experience as a system administrator in a corporate or education environment administering and supporting Virtualization technologies for endpoints and servers (VMware-ESX, vsphere, view, Horizon 6-7,ThinApp) along with administration and support of Windows 7 or higher and Windows Server 2012 or higher.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

- Large scale deployments and upgrades to Windows 10 Enterprise operating systems
- Support and administration Windows Active Directory
- Advanced knowledge of Group Policy (GPO)
- Experience using Microsoft SCCM for application deployment
- Experience with remotely troubleshooting and resolving issues
- Experience utilizing VDI environments in an education environment, preferably for Learning or Research
- Experience with VDI and published applications (VMware Horizon, Citrix Xenapp, Xendesktop,
- Administration and support of Advanced Virtualization technologies (VMware – NSX, AppDefense, vRealize, vSAN)
- Experience configuration and administration of cloud desktop services – Desktop As A Service (DaaS)– Azure Virtual Desktop, AWS Workspaces, Horizon Cloud
- Experience working with systems a highly secure environment following NIST, FERPA, HIPPA and other regulations
- Familiarity with Linux Redhat and Satellite

License/Certification Required License/Certification Preferred

- Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) Certification
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist SCCM Training/Certification
- Microsoft Certified Associate Modern Desktop Administrator
- VMware VCP
- Azure or AWS Training or Certifications

Skills Required

- Ability to manage shared resources and perform moderately complex tasks
- Ability to work well independently and as a team member
- Ability to train to others in applications and operating system fundamentals
- Problem solver and self-starter
- Strong communications skills, and, demonstrated ability to deliver technical presentations in oral and written English
- Ability to find, diagnose and recommend solutions for sophisticated computing/configuration problems
- Ability to identify, develop, test and deploy systems automation efficiencies in routine work tasks and systems administrative functions
- Demonstrated knowledge of IT security practices

Skills Preferred

- Use of MS Excel, Advanced or Expert
- Use of Reporting software (Tableau, Power BI, etc.)
- Scripting/Programming Knowledge and Understanding (Powershell, Batch, Python, Command Line)
- PowerPoint presentation creation, Novice+
- Knowledge of ITIL Framework and processes
- Knowledge of Project Management processes
- Understanding of Business Process Analysis
- Strong customer service and interpersonal skills
- Ability to apply a developed subject matter knowledge to solve common and complex issues within established guidelines and by recommending appropriate variances
- Ability to review application and usage requirements and recommend hardware requirements (CPU, RAM, Storage)
- Ability to review application and usage requirements and recommend network configuration requirements (Logical, Physical)
- Ability to troubleshooting and diagnose network connectivity issues (VPN, Wireless and LAN)
- General knowledge of the Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS cloud infrastructure as a service models
- Understanding of regulatory standards such as NIST, FERPA, HIPPA and others

Internal / External Contacts

- Daily contact with students, faculty, administrative staff and collaborators
- Frequent contact by telephone and in person with vendors to facilitate installation of new products and maintenance of existing system
- Frequent contact with persons employed by Rice University. Some contact with persons not employed by Rice University

Physical Demands

Must be able to move computer equipment, up to 25 pounds.

Working Conditions

- Will be required to carry a cell phone/pager and be reachable during off hours as determined by management
- May be called at night or on weekends to resolve system problems and/or major systems transitions
- Designated as an essential employee to be called upon during emergencies
- Non-smoking environment

Security Sensitive Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/19202 Job Duties

Job Duty Name Essential Functions Description of Job Duty

- Builds, installs, configures, analyzes, tunes, and troubleshoots operating system to achieve optimum performance levels
- Provides technical support for systems users
- Configures and assists in the design of system and network security
- Manages hardware and software for installation, modification, troubleshooting, maintenance, and upgrades of operating systems
- Monitors and analyzes resource usage to recommend / develop enhancements to system capabilities and performance
- Recommends hardware and software upgrades according to growth statistics and disk space forecasts
- Compares, evaluates, and implements new technologies, and integrate systems into the computing environment
- Documents systems infrastructure for users, support and consulting personnel, and developers
- Performs all other duties as assigned

Job Duties

Job Duty Name Additional Duties / Information Description of Job Duty

Virtual Desktop Services
- Manages and administers virtual desktop infrastructure (Horizon) environment
- Creates and/or maintains master images and custom packages for learning and research groups
- Creates and/or deploys software application packages for Learning and Research groups
-Creates and maintains patching deployment schedules
-Works with AD administrators to create, test and deploy configurations using GPO
-Works with other Information System staff to integrate systems into the practices and procedures used by Information Systems to support Rice’s computing systems and the campus virtual desktop environment
- Writes, modifies and uses programs to provide user utilities and system management tools
- Analyzes and debugs failure modes in highly technical systems
- Investigates, retrieves and analyzes data in highly confidential, security sensitive areas
- Increases the reliability and up-time of campus enterprise level IT services
- Monitors and trends service availability and resource usage
- Develops and codes actions to adapt to and correct for possible failure modes
- Designs new services and updates to existing services which include the necessary redundancy to support hardware failures and replacement without impacting service availability, including a detailed analysis of failure modes and their remediation procedures
- Creates and delivers technical presentations in oral and written form
- Evaluates software packages for needs of OS and installation of 3rd party hardware/software on a wide platforms

Cloud Services Administration
- Acts as the POC (Point of Contact) for cloud services that advanced client services is the identified service owner (Desktop as a Service)
- Performs administrative functions required to support assigned cloud services
- Investigates new technical solutions to enhance the service offerings

Endpoint Security
- Administers toolset to identify and mitigate security vulnerabilities, and virus/malware removal

Level 3 Technical Support
- Provides third level system support for faculty, staff, and students
- Consults with the Help Desk on operating issues
- Provides support for heterogeneous systems integration

Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. References/Recommendation Request
Optional Documents
    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or higher in engineering, computer science or related equivalent, or additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the degree?
      • Yes
      • No
    2. * Do you have three or more years of experience as a system administrator in a corporate or education environment administering and supporting Virtualization technologies for endpoints and servers (VMware-ESX, vsphere, view, Horizon 6-7,ThinApp) along with administration and support of Windows 7 or higher and Windows Server 2012 or higher?
      • Yes
      • No
    3. * Please provide the salary or range that you would require or consider for this position.

      (Open Ended Question)

     

     

     

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