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University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-10
Req: R0025104

The School of Architecture at the University of Virginia is looking for a new Enterprise Systems Lead to be our primary Linux, VMware, and Windows system admin, with a focus on storage systems, virtualization, security, and enterprise services integration. Working with the Director of Information Technology, this position holds primary responsibility for maintaining and developing server systems and architecture, group policy, network integrations, and is the lead for IT security, testing, and threat management.

The position includes three primary areas:

Enterprise Architect and Systems Admin

  • Manage, build, develop, and maintain the school’s server platforms, services, and storage, including hardware, software, virtualization, and third-party contract or cloud systems.
  • Plan and implement strategies for efficiency, versatility, and right-size.
  • Manage and implement backup, failover, and high-availability.
  • Manage and implement logging and data analysis for live-view and diagnostics.

Security Lead

  • Plan and implement security models for departmental enterprise systems and their integration into UVA security policy. Manage firewall systems and active threat control.
  • Stay current on security threats, issues, and approaches.
  • Consult on desktop security and its implications for the enterprise.

Scripting, Automation, and Process Improvement

  • Use and develop scripts, tools, and workflows to achieve all of the above.
  • Help develop and implement business process improvements across the school’s systems.

Our environment is an array of on-prem production server and storage systems, using a combination of Ubuntu Linux (with ZFS), CentOS, VMWare vSphere, and Windows Server. These host over 200 TB of active file storage, backup, web, management and logging, and high-performance virtual-desktop graphics clusters for teaching and research computing.

The School of Architecture is a diverse, technologically rich, and forward-thinking environment with a strong focus on making things and implementing purposeful change throughout the constructed environment. With both standard computing as well as a focus on Computer Aided Design, GIS, digital graphics and media, fabrication, simulation, sensing, data analytics, sustainability, and more, the A-School is a recognized leader in technology and is often first-to-implement in important new areas. Knowledge in these disciplinary areas is not needed for the position, but this is an opportunity to advance, learn, and immerse in an environment of advanced graphics, applied computing, and high-performance research applications.

Required Qualifications:

- A Bachelor’s Degree OR equivalent combination of education, experience, and training

- Demonstrated competency in:

  • Technical diagnostic, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills
  • Server and network administration.
  • The ability and interest to learn new things, explore new ideas, and implement transformative technology

Preferred Qualifications:

- 3 or more years of experience

- Demonstrated competency in:

  • Linux / Unix systems administration and CLI
  • Virtualization (VMWare vSphere, vCenter experience strongly preferred)
  • Windows server administration
  • Firewall and security management
  • Active Directory and Group Policy administration
  • Scripting (unix shell, powershell, python, or equivalents)

The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment per University policy.

salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience


PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0025104".

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, and search for “R0025104”

Complete an application online and attach:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your interest in this position

***Please note that you MUST upload ALL documents into the CV/Resume box.

Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration. ***

For questions about the application process please contact Rhiannon O'Coin, Senior Academic Recruiter,


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does require occasional physical work on server equipment in the data center, including some lifting (50 lbs), and sometimes requires walking across campus to attend meetings and programs.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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