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Senior Systems Administrator

Denison University
Granville, OH

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Position Type:

Administrative Staff

Classification Title:

Administrative Staff

Position Title:

Senior Systems Administrator




Information Technology Services

Posting Number:

S 121300926

Full or Part Time:

Full Time



Work Schedule:

40 hour per week schedule. Exempt, salaried position.

Basic Function:

The Senior Systems Administrator works within a collaborative IT organization implementing, administering, and supporting virtual and physical servers and their associated systems and services, for both on-premises and cloud environments. The position contributes to area strategy and continuous improvement via research, performance analysis, automation, and process refinement.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Administer virtual and physical Linux and Windows servers for the infrastructure, operations, and cybersecurity team, ensuring efficient, effective, and secure operations (e.g. directory services, storage, file/print, IAM, web, and endpoint/client management)
  • Administer cloud IaaS workloads (AWS) and SaaS services (Google Workspace, etc.)
  • Administering and support systems for provisioning, configuration management, automation (such as Ansible), and other approaches such as IaaS, containerization, process automation, support of agile cloud-based solutions, etc.
  • Administer physical appliances, such as SAN, disk backup, blade chassis, servers, etc.
  • In coordination with Information Security Analyst, manage campus endpoint security services, working with desktop support team to ensure effective operation of software (EPP, EDR)
  • Use scripts (Linux shell, Windows) to automate system administration tasks, user account creation and de-provisioning, and to support service desk team troubleshooting tools
  • Provide tier 2/3 client support as necessary
  • Work with other functional areas within IT to identify, implement, and support effective technology and security solutions
  • Research the latest information technology trends and recommend improvements/enhancements to management
  • Communicate with vendors and peers to keep abreast of emerging products, technologies, and services

Perform other duties as required.
The individual in this position should be available outside of normal work hours to assist in emergency events. As a result, it is expected to be reachable, within reason, via mobile device.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in an IT/CIS or related field, or a professional certificate from a recognized resource (Google, AWS)
  • At least five years of related experience in information technology field
  • Expert knowledge of Linux OS
  • Experience with Windows server administration and troubleshooting
  • Experience with scripting languages, such as Perl, Python, Windows, and Linux shell
  • A solid understanding of operating system fundamentals and diagnostics related to memory utilization, file systems, logical volumes, RAID configurations, and networking
  • Experience with server virtualization technologies (VMware, etc.)
  • Experience with enterprise grade server hardware, storage devices, and backup technologies or managing cloud infrastructure
  • Strong technical background, analytical and problem-solving skills, and communication abilities
  • Must work well independently and with others of varying technical skills levels
  • Experience providing excellent customer service

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Linux variants and system management tools like Anisible, Puppet, or Chef
  • Understanding of TCP/IP, HTTP, DNS/DHCP and SMB protocols
  • Familiarity with directory, authentication and file/print services, such as Active Directory, eDirectory, OpenLDAP, FreeRADIUS, OES, CUPS/iPrint, etc.
  • Experience administering Apache web server and common web applications (WordPress, Apache proxy, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining system integration and automation tools using shell scripts and other scripting languages
  • Project planning and implementation experience
  • Experience with Windows and/or Macintosh endpoint administration
  • Experience with infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environments (GCP, AWS, Azure)
  • Experience administering Office 365 and/or Google Workspace
  • Knowledge and adherence to relevant cybersecurity best practices
  • Industry recognized certification in relation to job duties
  • Evidence of personal focus on refreshing knowledge and learning new skills

Physical Demands:



Cindy Wilkins

Contact Email:

[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Additional Information:

Final candidate must provide documentation of educational degrees or coursework.

Denison University Background Check Statement:

The final candidate will undergo a background check as a conditional offer of employment.

Denison University EEO Statement :

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide. Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


<p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, Denison offers an authentic education in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Founded in 1831, Denison is one of the earliest colleges to be established in the old “Northwest Territory,” west of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Ohio River. Denison is located in Granville, Ohio; 27 miles east of Columbus, the state capital.<img alt="denison_university1.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>Innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in the pursuit of knowledge and the cultivation of independent thinking. And because Denison is a residential college, students are deeply engaged as citizens of the campus community. They learn from one another in a rigorous academic setting, but also in rich social, cultural and political environments.</p> <p>As a residential undergraduate liberal arts college, Denison is among those places that have been called “distinctively American” in their contribution to higher education worldwide. In fact, it is one of a select number of institutions that today defines the type.</p> <p>Confident in the distinction of its graduates and advantaged by unusual resources, Denison has pointedly resisted the tendency in higher education to add layers of graduate degrees, professional schools, and service functions beyond the scope of baccalaureate education of the highest order. Entering its 177th year, Denison has maintained a fully residential campus based upon the well-tested premise that learning flourishes in community.</p> <p>Denison selectively admits successful, confident, and motivated students who seek to take advantage of highly participatory learning within classroom, laboratory, and studio and who expect to learn and grow through their investment in the challenges and opportunities of college life.<br /> The college attracts matriculants from across the country and more than three dozen nations. Denison engages students with outstanding professors in small classes that encourage men and women to take a high degree of personal responsibility for learning. Students pursue a major field of study selected from 39 areas offered by 28 disciplinary departments and interdisciplinary programs in the divisions of Natural Science, Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts as well as complete a sequence of General Education and a personalized curriculum of electives from across the college.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university2.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: left;" typeof="foaf:Image" />A Denison education is not just for a living but for a life. Denison graduates are educated to be curious, resourceful, and reflective. They are expected to begin a life of learning at Denison, not complete it. They are well prepared for the rapidly changing world of the 21st century.</p> <p>Nothing defines a Denison education more than the mutually enriching relationships that develop between students and faculty. The heart of the college is a full-time faculty of almost 200. These men and women, who hold the most advanced degrees in their fields, are selected on the basis of pedagogical and scholarly ability and are encouraged to be innovative teachers whose continuing growth in their discipline through active scholarship allows them to be among the best at their craft. They look forward to the challenge and stimulation of their students even as they seek to draw the best efforts from them. Many Denison students come to regard professors as mentors, who frequently oversee students' independent scholarly projects.</p> <p>Denison’s faculty is committed to undergraduate education. As teacher-scholar-advisers, their principal responsibility is effective teaching informed by the best scholarship. Faculty members place a priority on working closely with students, interactive learning, and partnerships with students in original research. Denison’s low student/faculty ratio allows for close supervision of independent research and collaborative work in small groups and classes.</p> <p><img alt="denison_university3.jpg" src="" style="border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right;" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p>At Denison, men and women learn and grow in community, and the residential character of the campus is more than a convenience but a way of engaging the full student body in a shared enterprise. The college actively seeks academically superior students who bring diverse talents, interests, backgrounds, and experiences, believing that out of the classroom as well as within learning takes place by sharing, questioning, and growing together. Denison students have unusual opportunities to participate in the arts, in athletics and recreation, in service to others beyond the campus, in student organizational life, and in campus governance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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