IT Network Administrator

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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Bard College and Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock is seeking candidates who will be able to assume a wide range of network administration and other duties. Our most important qualifications for this position are motivation, desire and ability to learn a wide array of tasks including technical configuration, maintenance, customization of many complex hardware devices and systems, and the ability to work collaboratively and constructively in a team-based work environment.

This position reports to the Director of Instructional Technology and has significant interaction and involvement with members of the college community and outside vendors, and collaborates with colleagues from other institutions.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is a residential undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences that strives to cultivate and maintain a welcoming environment of equity and inclusion. Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only four-year college specifically designed for younger scholars. Located in Great Barrington, the college is a unit of Bard College located in Annandale-on-Hudson in New York. In 2014, Simon’s Rock opened Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock, a two-year high school program for 9th and 10th graders on the path to starting college early.

In addition to providing equal employment opportunities for all qualified persons, the College is committed to seeking qualified women and people of color for its faculty and professional staff.

As is stated above, the ideal candidate for this position need not have extensive prior experience relating to all the skills listed below. Much more important than any specific knowledge is an eagerness and ability to learn. The willingness to embrace technical challenges with a positive attitude, to work in a small team environment, and to learn new programming languages, hardware platforms and developing coding/configuration skills are the most important skills for this job.

Research shows that Women and People of Color do not apply when they feel they do not meet all of the qualifications of a position. If you feel as if you do not meet the qualifications listed, but are still interested, please contact us at [email protected]. As currently envisioned, this is an entry-level position.

Responsibilities will eventually include most of the following:
  • Monitor and maintain stable, functional and secure data and telephone networks.
  • Monitor and manage network traffic, analyzing and troubleshooting problems as they occur.
  • Investigate, recommend and implement new hardware and software solutions.
  • Monitor and oversee the configuration, maintenance, and updating of network switches, routers, firewalls, and other network hardware/software; install or oversee the installation of ethernet and fiber optic cabling.
  • Monitor and analyze bandwidth utilization to optimize use and performance.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain network monitoring as necessary for security and malware detection.
  • Monitor network performance to determine whether adjustments need to be made; determine where network repairs, upgrades, and enhancements are warranted; implement changes and improvements.
  • Troubleshoot outages or interruptions in network service; analyze and resolve wiring, hardware, and software issues.
  • Plan the introduction of updated and new services on campus; facilitate network communications within and outside campus.
  • Configure campus phone systems to provide robust service to faculty, staff and students on campus.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve telephone hardware and wiring issues, working with other IT staff and with vendor technicians.
  • Investigate new network hardware and software technology; recommend the acquisition of new technology; plan for the introduction of and the implementation of new hardware and software.
  • Obtain configurations and quotes from vendors; work closely with senior staff inside and outside the ITS department to develop justification, pricing and funding alternatives.

Position Requirements:
  • Affinity for learning how to manipulate and maintain complex systems and hardware platforms.
  • Willingness to push the bounds of one’s comfort level with regard to exploring systems, hardware, code and technical environments that may initially appear opaque and/or highly complex.
  • Desire to learn and self start.
  • Ability to physically lift and carry 25 pounds.
  • Ability and willingness to work on ladders and also in tight quarters in order to install or service equipment deployed around campus.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment.
  • Ability and willingness to be on periodic emergency on-call rotation as well as occasional night, weekend and very early morning work (e.g., for system upgrades).
  • Communicate with the College community (faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents of students) regarding issues and topics related to the campus network and services.
  • Work together with other members of the ITS department to plan and schedule upgrades to important systems and infrastructure while minimizing downtime.
  • Coordinate closely with the System Administrator, Director of Instructional Technology, Director of User Services and other staff to ensure smooth functioning of systems and network.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Highly desirable qualifications:
  • Associates degree in Information Technology, Networking or Computer and IT Security
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related technical area or equivalent experience.
  • Previous technical experience including system and network administration.
  • In depth knowledge of network and telephone hardware and software.
  • Familiarity with Cisco Catalyst and HP Procurve switches and routers, Cisco ASA, Cisco Meraki Wireless, Windows Desktop and Server, Mac OS, Linux Servers (CentOS), Virtualization and/or Samsung OfficeServ PBX.
  • Interest in and/or experience with cloud-based platforms, such as Amazon Web Services

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates of all races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and socioeconomic levels.

This is a full-time, 12 month-a-year, on-going position with excellent employee benefits. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Please send a letter of interest, resume and contact information for four references to Charlie Derr, Director of Instructional Technology at [email protected]. No phone calls please.



Undergraduate Degrees

Bard offers courses of study in four divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—and in interdivisional programs and concentrations. Students may also earn a five-year B.S./B.A. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following undergraduate degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College; and through the Bard Prison Initiative at six correctional institutions in New York State.

Graduate Degrees

More than 200 students are seeking graduate degrees: M.A. in curatorial studies, M.Music in vocal arts, conducting, and curatorial, critical, and performance studies, and M.S. in environmental policy, climate science and policy, and economic theory and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in Sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. M.Music degrees are also offered at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Early Colleges

Bard's early colleges educate the next generation of thought leaders, preparing them to be lifetime learners. Bard High School Early Colleges in New York City, Newark, New Jersey, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Bard Early College New Orleans and Bard Early College at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy all serve the needs of highly motivated younger students.

International Degrees

Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College); American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University; as well as dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

Cultural Life

Campus life in Annandale is vibrant, with world-class performing arts venues; continuous and varied student activities; and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and in New York City. Students choose from more than a hundred active clubs on campus, and new clubs begin every semester. The Bard College athletic teams are the Raptors. The College’s colors are red and white. The critically acclaimed Bard Music Festival is presented on campus each summer, exploring the life and work of a single composer through chamber music, choral and orchestral performances, symposia, panel discussions, and preconcert talks. Since 2003 the festival has been part of Bard SummerScape, which annually presents operas, films, and theatrical productions that complement the festival’s theme.

Outstanding Faculty

Bard's undergraduate faculty-to-student ratio is 1:10 and courses are taught by full faculty members. Among the many distinguished faculty at Bard College are five MacArthur Fellows—poets John Ashbery and Ann Lauterbach, novelist and memoirist Norman Manea, painter and multimedia artist Judy Pfaff, and journalist Mark Danner. Other notable faculty members include soprano Dawn Upshaw, journalist Ian Buruma, composers Joan Tower and George Tsontakis, poet Robert Kelly, and writers Luc Sante and Francine Prose. Over the years, four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature have taught at Bard—Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, José Saramago, and Orhan Pamuk. 









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