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Systems Administrator

Clark University
Worcester, MA

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Category:: Staff and Administrators
Department:: 2150 (IT-Information Technology Servic)
Locations:: Worcester, MA
Posted:: Aug 11, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time - Exempt
Ref. No.:: 199903
Position ID:: 135121

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

Clark University's Information Technology Services Department seeks to fill the position of Systems Administrator. Reporting to the Systems Administration Manager, the successful candidate will maintain enterprise-level computing infrastructure to ensure a reliable, secure and available computing environment for the Clark community. They will collaborate with a team of systems administrators and other ITS Staff to provide this service, troubleshoot problems and to provide an integrated, easy-to-use environment.

  • As part of a team of System Administrators, maintaining hardware and software for enterprise level Linux and Windows computing (both virtualized and physical systems) and coordinating all aspects of maintenance, working with other members of the Clark community as required, to ensure availability.
  • Provide redundancy and cross training in different systems administrations roles.
  • Provide technical support and serve as an escalation point to resolve system and/or application issues and monitor, resolve and/or coordinate the resolution of escalated trouble tickets.
  • Perform general server administration duties including installing, configuring, and testing servers, applying appropriate service packs and hot fixes, automating operational procedures, performing maintenance of user accounts and system security policies, creating and updating documentation, creating and implementing monitoring systems, implementing daily backup procedures and executing recovery procedures when necessary.
  • Respond to emergencies or outages as needed; schedule maintenance when appropriate; recommend modifications to systems or services, including upgrades, additions, or deletions and provide analysis and justification for recommendation, which may include operational data, feasibility, technological motivations, customer demand or need.
  • Develop and/or contribute to and review user-related documentation on ITS services, support standards and security policies as developed by technical support staff; assist with the preparation and maintenance of documentation for system operations, services, policies and backup/recovery procedures.
  • Serve as application administrator for a subset of the enterprise applications inventory as delegated by the manager, providing installation, upgrades, troubleshooting, and liaising with software vendors and stakeholders.
  • Stay abreast of appropriate hardware and software news and features through various web sites, magazines, internet news and email lists.
  • Perform other duties as needed by the department and defined by the supervisor.


The qualified and successful candidate will:

  • Hold a BS in computer science or related discipline (comparable work experience may be considered in lieu of the specified degree requirement).
  • Have a solid background in Linux Systems Administration, preferably with RedHat / CentOS
  • Have functional knowledge of standards-based networking applications, account management processes, and Active Directory, as well as DNS, DHCP, HTTP, NFS, SAMBA, ADFS, SAML, etc.
  • Have experience with Microsoft 365 and Azure Administration.
  • Have experience with at least one scripting language, such as PowerShell, Python, Bash or Perl.
  • Be able to work both independently and as part of team, to work concurrently on multiple tasks and projects, and to communicate progress/problems to appropriate personnel effectively.
  • Have strong documentation, communication and customer service skills, the ability to communicate effectively with people at varying levels of computer literacy, and the ability to establish collaborative working relationships at all contact levels of the university.
  • Have strong analytical and active listening skills, as well as a high degree of integrity relative to computer security and confidentiality of information.
  • Have prior experience working with and contributing to a diverse workplace with the ability to interact effectively with a broad range of constituents on campus.
  • Be able to work nights and weekends on an as-needed basis.

Preferred/Additional Qualifications:

  • Applicable industry certifications.
  • High Performance Computing and Windows Server system administration experience, including Active Directory, Hyper-V, and containerization.
  • Experience with orchestration and automation in the datacenter, including tools like Ansible, Salt, Puppet, SCCM, SCVMM, or other automation platforms is a plus.
  • Experience with Splunk (or other managed logging infrastructure), data center security, and enterprise networking is also preferred.

This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.

Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.

Additional Information:

Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

See the FAQ for using our online system. Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.

Already have a Clark University Careers Account? Login to your account to add documents or update your account.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

A successful background check is required upon acceptance.


Working at Clark University

A relentless force for positive change

Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed to scholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention. Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day.

Located in the heart of New England — Worcester, Massachusetts — Clark University educates its approximately 2,200 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort.

A university on the cutting edge of higher education

Clark is a world-class research university that is small by design, giving students the rare opportunity to contribute to pioneering research projects and to benefit from hands-on experience, close collaboration with peers, and the individual mentorship of faculty.

LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of higher education,  compelling students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and preparing them for lives and careers of consequence. Clark is the only university to make the development of “capacities of effective practice” an explicit learning requirement for its undergraduates. Critical to success in today’s world, these capacities include imagination, self-directedness, resilience, and the ability to manage diversity and uncertainty. A Clark education reflects a belief in the enduring value of liberal education, as well as the University’s efforts to more deeply attune students’ learning experiences to the profound changes underway in our economy, our society, and our democracy.

The Clark graduate experience reflects the importance of “engaged scholarship” — an innovative educational approach that connects students to the people and organizations intimately familiar with (and working to address) the issues they are passionate about, and that places a premium on effecting measurable outcomes.

Committed to research that advance knowledge and impacts society

The Clark University faculty is composed of world-renowned researchers who foster a culture of excellence in the next generation. At Clark, faculty and students are given the freedom and flexibility to pursue projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The University’s focused areas of research excellence are backed by strong Ph.D. and master’s degree programs that engage graduate students from around the world in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark faculty, students, and staff continually develop new ways of thinking and acting that have a positive impact on the lives — and livelihoods — of people throughout the world.

Clark's research profile is enhanced by the presence of a variety of research institutes and centers that build on a foundation of interdisciplinary scholarship: the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Higgins School of Humanities, the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education and the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Redefining our place in the world by immersing our community in it

Clark has redefined what it means to be a university in today’s interconnected world, forging robust partnerships with universities, educators, researchers, and business and community leaders at home and abroad, enabling its faculty and students to conduct in-depth research, work collaboratively to take on global concerns, and make a tangible difference. This diverse community of educators, researchers, and scholars challenge and inspire each other with their perspectives, insights, and determination. They are creative thinkers eager to defy conventional wisdom, devise inventive solutions to complex problems, and roll up their sleeves to get things done.

Clark itself plays a critical role in the health and well-being of its urban community, known as Main South, through the University Park Partnership — a national model for neighborhood revitalization. Working in tandem with the city of Worcester, Clark has been a change agent in the areas of housing and physical rehabilitation, education, economic development and social and recreational opportunities for residents. The University Park Campus School, which Clark operates in collaboration with the Worcester Public Schools, boasts an estimable record of high achievement and was recognized by President Barack Obama for its record of academic success.

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