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Technical Support Specialist

Job description

Technical Support Specialist

Job no: 493649
Work type: Full time
Location: Harper College Main Campus (Palatine)
Categories: Professional/ Technical
Salary: $52,833 - $66,041
Division: Finance & Administrative Services
Department: Information Technology

Schedule Information

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Hours per Week



Health, Dental, Life & Disability Insurance; Sick, Vacation, and Holiday pay; Personal Business; Educational Assistance: Tuition Waivers at Harper & Professional Expense

Work Conditions

Work is primarily indoors. Physical activities include light to medium work of up to 50 lbs. which includes lifting and moving computers, audio visual hardware, peripherals and related furniture or equipment. Some tasks will require the use of a ladder.

Duties of Position

Responsible for providing college-wide training, support and delivery of technological solutions. Responsible for support and implementation of end user technology needs. Serves as a liaison between the user community and Information Technology, providing outstanding customer service in person, online, or by phone. As directed, provides supervision and mentoring to employees from various employee groups.

Provides onsite, phone, email, and chat support for end user systems and applications. Provides outstanding customer service and empathy during all customer encounters.

Installs operating system, software, hardware equipment, and firmware on desktops, laptops, printers, lecterns and other infrastructure systems.

Identifies, diagnoses, repairs, and resolves technical hardware and software issues in a timely manner.

Facilitates the continuous and reliable operation and performs general preventative maintenance tasks on software, computers, laptops, printers, projectors, classroom technology, and other hardware and peripheral equipment used by various departments.

Installs, upgrades, supports, maintains, and troubleshoots software, computers, laptops, printers, projectors, classroom technology, and other hardware and peripheral equipment used by various departments.

Utilizes ticketing system to document and prioritize work following Information Technology standard operating procedures. Logs all related interactions as well as answer, troubleshoot and document support calls and emails.

Completes work on assigned tickets, projects, and tasks, documenting, tracking, and monitoring the problem to ensure a timely resolution.

Moves computers, laptops, monitors, printers, and associated equipment. Coordinates with Facilities Management as needed for any moves, construction and installation projects.

Stays current with relevant Harper College systems, information, changes and updates.

Stays up to date with higher educational IT trends, software, and hardware.

Contributes to technical support documentation of resolutions, processes, and procedures. Participates in the development, implementation, and communication of guidelines and procedures for the usage, deployment and management of systems and software supported by Information Technology.

Interacts with systems administrators, software systems engineering, and applications development to restore service and perform root cause analysis to correct core problem as needed.

Maintains appropriate asset management data and purchasing documentation utilizing approved Harper College systems. Tracks software, hardware and peripheral equipment from acquisition to retirement.

Investigates appropriate technology requests for software, hardware and peripheral equipment. Research, assess, and evaluate technology-related needs. Recommends appropriate software, hardware, and peripheral equipment for implementation.

Evaluates and recommends new software, hardware, and services to enhance functionality and reduce user problems.

Tests, configures, and implements new hardware, software and other modifications to existing equipment and systems.

Responsible for security, integrity, and reliability of desktop systems. Reports any violation of the Acceptable Use Policy.

Schedules software deployment packages for unattended installation to desktops, laptops, and off-network laptops and computers. Develops software deployment packages as needed.

Uses programming knowledge to write programs that facilitate a user friendly environment e.g. batch files, Extron, Access, Powershell, etc.

Works with vendor support contacts to resolve technical problems with desktop computing equipment and software. Manage hardware repair and replacement process.

Facilitates communication between the end-user and Information Technology.

Assists as appropriate with projects involving Information Technology.

Functions as professional and technical mentor to staff whenever necessary.

Participates in technical setups for standard classroom, lab or office needs as well as for special events which may include a laptop, projector, desktop, microphones and telephones.

Provides computer-related training and technical assistance to employees on Harper College technology.

Provides System Administration support for the various client groups using the Service Desk ticketing system.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree (Preferred)- Associate Degree or three (3) years of equivalent experience. Related certifications a plus including current Microsoft Windows operating system, Microsoft Office Suite, CompTIA A+, Help Desk Institute, ITIL.

Experience Requirements

Proficiency in a wide variety of operating systems.

Proficiency with basic software packages for PC, and MAC based systems.

Understanding of support tools.

3-4 years of desktop support experience.

At least 3 years’ Experience in similar role.

Strong Desktop Support skills and 2-5 years relevant IT Support experience.

Supported 400+ user community for 1-2 years.

Ability to support PC, Laptops, Printers and other equipment.

Able to work with minimal supervision and within a team oriented environment.

Analysis, troubleshooting and excellent communication skills.

Be familiar with opening up hardware to replace parts (hard drives, memory, screens, keyboards).

Computer OS / peripherals troubleshooting.

Excellent analytical skills with a demonstrated ability to plan, organize, prioritize and complete work assignments.

Excellent customer relation skills (communication, setting and meeting expectations, listening, etc.).

Experience troubleshooting and replacing hardware on both desktop and laptop PCs.

Experience troubleshooting and using Windows based operating systems in a large environment.

Experience troubleshooting basic network, software, printing problems.

Good working knowledge of common office equipment, printers, projectors televisions etc.

Must be able to multi-task; remain clearly focused on several tasks at once.

Successful at working in a team culture.

Understand networking basics-tcp/ip, dhcp, dns.

Windows Support experience including applications such as MS Office.

Experience in mobile device troubleshooting and application support.

Experience in higher education or a campus environment a plus.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given
to applications received on or before: August 30, 2019.

Required Documents:

***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.
* Employment sponsorship is not available.

Advertised: August 15, 2019 Central Daylight Time
Applications close:




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Posted: 8/16/2019
Application Due: 11/14/2019
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