Systems Administrator, Senior

Job description

Job Title: Systems Administrator, Senior
Location: Information Tech Services
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 605311
Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU’s culture of excellence.

Core Values One NAU side by side Student Centered | Integrity | Diversity | Service | Discovery | Excellence Northern Arizona University

Special Information

Systems Administrator, Senior position may be eligible for remote/non-traditional office.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

Job Description

The Systems Administrator, Senior is responsible for administering NAU’s server environment and associated services in a 7x24 environment. They will work as a member of a team of Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Linux System Administrators responsible for maintaining NAU's critical services, and will be expected to provide subject matter expertise for their area of focus.

Under general supervision, primary responsibilities of this position include:

• Install and maintain enterprise server hardware.

• Install, configure, and maintain Microsoft Windows and/or Red Hat Linux Server operating systems in stand-alone, virtualized, and cloud environments.

• Maintain high level of reliability, availability, system security, and integrity on all systems.

• Document software, hardware and account configurations.

• Serve as escalation point and subject matter expert to ITS staff and other departments as needed.

• May supervise and/or coordinate activities of full-time intermediate and/or student staff.

• Participate in long-term forecasting and strategic planning of technologies.

• Conform to all incident, problem, and change management policies.

• Provide routine maintenance of Windows and Linux operating system and layered products. Install service packs, new products and apply maintenance and fixes to products.

• Write scripts as needed to assist in automation of administrative tasks.

• Participate in 7x24 on-call schedule to provide support for servers/services. Must be able to respond to emergencies by being on-site within 30 minutes under normal circumstances.

• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field; AND,

• 3-5 years of relevant experience; OR

• A combination of related education, experience, and training.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience installing, configuring, and maintaining Windows and/or Linux Server operating systems using “configuration as code” technologies such as Ansible, Chef, and PowerShell DSC.

• Hyper-V standalone and highly available administration is desirable.

• Expertise in migration and administration of cloud-hosted technologies, such as: Docker, Kubernetes, Azure DevOps, and/or Azure AppService is desirable.

• Experience with load balancing solutions and implementation is desirable.

• Experience working with Cisco Firewall Services is desirable.

• Experience with log aggregation technologies, preferably SPLUNK is desirable.

• Experience working in a 7x24 on-call environment is desirable.

• Ability to identify tasks which require automation and automate them.

• Ability to work with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

• Excellent communication skills, customer service, team working, and business judgment are desirable.

• Ability to identify tasks which require automation and automate them.

• Ability to work with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

• Ability to document and train peer staff on new/existing technologies

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Experience with Microsoft Windows and/or Red Hat Linux Server installations, maintenance, and administration.

• A thorough understanding of a Windows-based and/or Linux operating system; understands file and network security, can use performance analysis to tune systems.

• A thorough understanding of networking/distributed computing environment concepts; understands principles of routing, client/server programming.

• Ability to solve problems quickly and completely.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus and NAU-Fort Defiance as these campuses have on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities.

If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The incumbent is eligible for overtime pay or compensatory time according to University policy. Further, the employee must submit timesheets that accurately reflect all hours worked.


This is a Classified Staff (CLS) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System; paid vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified dependents. More information on benefits at NAU is available on the Human Resources benefits website. Classified Staff employees are in a probationary status for their first six months at NAU.

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). New employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the pay period following their enrollment, after their employment date. Employees will have 31 days from their start date to enroll in benefits. Additionally, new employees will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 6 months after the new employee's start date.

Learning and Development

Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development. New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days. If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.

Application Deadline

April 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page. You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the Human Resources website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 7/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time