Windows Systems Administrator

Clayton State University
Clayton State University
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Job Title: Windows Systems Administrator
Location: Clayton State University
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 229825
About Us

Located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, Clayton State University offers employees a diverse environment which fosters both professional and personal development. The university is committed to cultivating an environment of engaged, experienced-based learning, enriched by active community service. Clayton State offers multiple Bachelor and Master Degree programs which currently enrolls over 6,900 students in challenging campus and on-line courses.

The campus is situated just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta on 214 beautiful acres, making access to the metropolitan area a breeze. We’ve been named a Top Workplace in Atlanta by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution for six consecutive years. And we also were named one of 79 higher education institutions across the nation in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of 2017 Great Colleges to Work For.

Job Summary The Active Directory and Windows Administrator are the lead Windows Systems Administrator responsible for the configuration, operation, and maintenance of the University’s Enterprise mission-critical Windows domain, Microsoft 365 environment, and various Windows systems. This position works closely with Human Resources to develop and maintain the mechanisms necessary for employee onboarding and exiting and works with various departments in administering application servers.


Primary enterprise systems administrator responsible for the implementation, configuration, maintenance, support, and security of the University’s Windows Active Directory domain which consists of a variety of mission-critical systems which all CSU faculty and staff rely on for day-to-day operations. This includes Active Directory domain controllers, ADFS, creations/deletion/management of network user and system accounts. Microsoft 365 for all faculty, staff, and students, and file and print services for the campus.Ensure normal server performance with a goal of fewer than 60 minutes (.01%) of unscheduled downtime annually.Configures group policies, applies patches and updates to all Windows servers with the goal of having no mission-critical server compromised from blank or guest ids, non-secure passwords, unapplied patches, weak group policies, or configurations, etc.Systems integration programming to automate independent applications that do not directly communicate with each other.Configure and manage enterprise backup system for all of CSU’s ~300 virtual machines and several physical systems to ensure that the University can restore lost files and restore CSU mission-critical systems and data in case of an emergency or disaster.Review existing policy and participates in the development and the recommendation of new security policies, collaborating with the Information Security Officer, network administrators, Director, and Assistant Director of Technology Infrastructure. Work closely with ISO to analyze and mitigate threats to CSY systems.Provide documentation of configurations of servers, including standard running services, the configuration of user privileges, system initialization configuration, and parameters, base software load, etc. Provide documentation of incidents related to the servers, updates performed on the servers, and configuration changes.Provide back-line support for Client Services, Enterprise Applications, CSU web developers, and CSU web application developers. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.Remain current in the fields of networking, security, Windows, and Linux. Attend training, investigate, and implement new technologies, assist in sharing of knowledge with staff members.Configure and manage Clayton State’s virtual infrastructure VMware with other Systems Administrators. This includes patching, upgrading, adding new hosts to the cluster as needed, and racking and cabling new hosts.Maintain the data center with other Systems Administrators. Decommission old servers, move servers as needed, add new servers and cables as needed. Required Qualifications A Bachelor’s degree is required and/or five years of related experience, Windows Server and Active Directory administration required. Microsoft 365 administration experience.

Preferred Qualifications
    Linux systems Administration.Virtualization experiene in a VMware environment.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Expert knowledge of Windows Server required and advanced knowledge of Linux a plus; advanced knowledge of programming and Powershell required. SQL programming knowledge a plus. Knowledge of TCP/IP in an Ethernet environment; advanced knowledge of computer and network security concepts.Outstanding problem-solving skills and the ability to quickly learn new technologies, excellent customer service skills.Ability to work outside normal hours to minimize downtime; ability to communicate advanced technical issues as required; ability to listen and establish and maintain civil and effective working relationships with others as required; ability to follow guidelines, standards, and direction of supervisors with minimal direct supervision required; ability to provide timely, high-quality customer server and receive high customer satisfaction ratings.Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Clayton State University, as determined by Clayton State University in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Clayton State University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. It is the policy of the University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Clayton State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. For questions or more detailed information regarding this policy please contact the Clayton State University Office of Human Resources at (678) 466-4230. Individuals requiring disability related accommodations for participation in any event or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact the Disability Resource Center at: (678) 466-5445.


As an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, Clayton State University has come a long way since its inception 40 years ago.clayton_state_university1.jpg

The University first opened in September 1969 as Clayton Junior College with Dr. Harry S. Downs as founding president and an enrollment of 942 students. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia elevated it to baccalaureate status as Clayton State College in 1986 and university status as Clayton College & State University in 1996. The school’s current designation as Clayton State University was approved in 2005.

clayton_state_university2.jpgSince Downs’ retirement in January 1994, the University has had two presidents; Dr. Richard A. Skinner, who took office upon Downs’ retirement, and Dr. Thomas K. Harden, who took office in June 2000. When Harden was named chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Dr. Thomas J. "Tim" Hynes, Jr., was appointed interim president, starting on May 18, 2009. The current enrollment is in excess of 6,000 students and the school provides a multitude of undergraduate degree credit programs that—in the words of the university’s mission statement—provides "career-oriented education with a solid liberal arts foundation."

In addition to more than doubling its undergraduate degrees over the past 10 years, Clayton State also has added seven graduate programs in the past three years. The first, the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, began in 2006. Since then, the Master of Science in Nursing, the Master of Health Administration and the Master of Business Administration all began in 2007, and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs, MAT - English and MAT - Mathematics, in 2009. The Master of Archival Studies is scheduled to begin in 2010.

The past five years at Clayton State have also been highlighted by the establishment of the first joint state and federal archives facilities adjacent to campus, the institution of a comprehensive strategic planning process, the reaffirmation of the University’s accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the opening of the Clayton State – Fayette instructional site in Peachtree City. In a six week period between August and October 2008, the University dedicated three new buildings; the University’s first student housing, the Student Activities Center and a new building for the AACSB-accredited School of Business.


Clayton State is also home to Spivey Hall, the finest small performance facility in the Southeast. First opened in 1991, Spivey Hall is known locally, nationally and internationally for presenting the best in jazz and classical music as well as an education outreach program that serves tens of thousands of school children from throughout metro Atlanta annually.

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