IT Architecture Manager III (UPDATED)

Tucson, AZ
Jan 06, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

Please Note: the duties of this job has been slightly modified.
The Lunar & Planetary Laboratory and Department of Planetary Sciences is seeking an experienced IT Architecture Manager III to join our support team. This position will supervise a team of Systems Administrators, directing the design, configuration, and operation of the LPL network, computing systems, and data processing infrastructure.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities:

Primary Duties andResponsibilities:

  • Administers and maintains LPL's hardware and software systems
  • Serves as technical lead for the installation, operation, and troubleshooting of computing and networking hardware and software.
  • Tracks resource and management loads to anticipate and prepare for LPL's computing requirements, streamlining operations as needed.
  • Provides leadership and direction in the identification and solution of hardware, software, and network issues.
  • Serves as technical lead for system security issues, including evaluations, system design, auditing, and documentation of system security and disaster recovery.
  • Performs hardware and software evaluations, vendor negotiations, cost analyses, and purchases.
  • Creates and manages systems acquisition and implementation schedules, including timelines for installation, maintenance, and upgrades.
  • Budgets hardware and software acquisitions, support license renewals, and annual operating costs. Maintains budget updates and manages expenditures within cost constraints.


  • Coordinates IT operations throughout LPL, providing direction and expertise to missions, laboratories, and theoretical investigations, including: PIRL, HiRISE, OSIRIS-REx, Catalina Sky Survey, Spacewatch and Kuiper Materials Imaging and Characterization Facility
  • Confers with University Information Technology Services (UITS), Principal Investigators, scientists, system leads, and the LPL user base regarding the operation and development of LPL computing infrastructure. Participates as a member of the LPL Computer Committee.
  • Prepares periodic reports and presents data, problem descriptions, and recommendations on the operation and growth of the LPL core infrastructure to LPL faculty and management
  • Facilitates employee learning and development, driving performance, engagement and retention.

Skills &Abilities:

  • Excellent problem solving and analysis skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A professional demeanor and demonstrated interpersonal skills are required for working with all levels of users, including faculty, staff, students, and postdoctoral fellows, as well as with other IT staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years of related work experience, including 3 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ten years of experience as a systems/network administrator in a complex heterogeneous environment.
Experience administering Linux, Solaris, and Windows servers.
Experience with server virtualization (VMware ESXi, Hyper-V, or Solaris zones).
Experience administering high-availability servers, mail servers, and storage arrays.
Experience in understanding of information security principles and best practices.
Experience troubleshooting complex switched networks
Experience in at least one scripting language (bash, csh, Bourne shell, Perl, PHP, or Python)
Experiencing administering macOS and Windows 10 desktop environments.
Experience mentoring and supervising information technology professionals.
Experience supporting users with a wide range of technical backgrounds.



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:

Information Technology

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

IT Architecture

Job Function:

Information Technology

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Thomas Zega
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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