IT CLIENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST - Tufts Technology Services

Somerville, Middlesex County
Jan 23, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Technology, IT Support & Training

Tufts Technology Services (TTS) is a university-wide service organization dedicated to the strategic planning, implementation, and support of technology products and services that anticipate and meet the academic, research, and business needs of the Tufts community. TTS offers technical leadership and services to our customers with a focus on providing innovative solutions, delivering exceptional customer service, and creating a reliable infrastructure that demonstrates value to the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Tufts University. TTS works in partnership with schools, business units, and other academic support organizations to provide campus-wide IT services in the areas of academic and research technology, enterprise application systems and services, networking and telecommunications, information security, data center operations, web services, classroom and computer lab technology support, and user support, training and outreach. 

Reporting to the Team Lead of IT Client Support Services, the IT Client Support Specialist is responsible for providing effective Tier 2 frontline user support and desktop assistance for Tufts faculty, staff and students as well as technology support and troubleshooting for classrooms and public, instructional, and research computer labs in a multiple building setting. Key responsibilities of this position include responding to a variety of support requests in-person or remotely; performing technical troubleshooting; workstation builds/rebuilds; installing operating systems; software/hardware installs; patching systems and protecting against viruses/malware; and troubleshooting peripheral and mobile devices. In addition, this position will provide support and training for a wide variety of classroom and web/video conferencing technologies; consult with departments to gain an in-depth understanding of their technology needs; provide ad-hoc training to the user community; and regularly create documentation to contribute to the knowledgebase.  S/he will use available technical tools, such as the knowledge base, remote management suite, and a service-management database, to support their work and will often deal with a wide range of users with varying levels of computer familiarity.

Basic Requirements:

  • Associates Degree in related field with 2 years of experience in direct delivery of IT support services OR High School diploma and 3 years of experience in the direct delivery of IT support services.
  • Strong technical skills in the configuration, installation, and troubleshooting of Microsoft Windows (all versions), Mac OS 8.0 and above, Microsoft Office Suite, Mozilla email and web clients, Telnet clients, SSH clients, Antivirus software, TCP/IP, and imaging software and well as experience troubleshooting peripherals (printers, scanners) and handheld devices (mobile, tablets, PDAs).
  • Experience using remote desktop management tools, such as LANDesk Management Suite or Bomgar, etc.
  • Knowledge of desktop security and standards (security/networking).
  • Working knowledge of local area networks and network administration.
  • Experience with IMAP, LDAP, Microsoft ActiveSync, Active Directory and group policies, data recovery tools, Microsoft Exchange, WINS, DHCP, DNS, and TCP/IP.
  • Demonstrated intermediate experience in one or more of the following:
    • Endpoint Systems Management (e.g LANDesk, BigFix Tivoli, Altiris, MS SCCM, Kace, etc.) for lab management, desktop imaging, migration, software packaging, deployment and/or patch management
    • Creating and updating technical support documentation in a formal knowledge base
    • Creating and or delivering end user training on technology
    • Providing dedicated advanced support to executive/VIP clients or scientific/research oriented clients with specialized, non-standard technology needs
    • Performing IT user administration and account management
  • Strong customer service skills including rapid response time, appropriate and timely escalation and problem resolution, and appropriate follow-up communications.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in dealing with a wide range of users with varying levels of computer familiarity.
  • Ability to translate technical instructions into easily understood steps to a diverse client base comprised of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Knowledge and understanding of effective practices for IT service delivery and support.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills including the ability to multi-task, prioritize, and individually manage a changing workload and schedule.
  • Proven ability to perform well under stress when confronted with emergency, critical or unusual customer situations. Ability to maintain a strong sense of urgency.
  • Ability to work in a wide variety of settings and situations including classrooms, labs, and administrative buildings. Must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Ability to quickly learn new technical skills.
  • Ability to interface with vendors for installation and troubleshooting of issues.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MSCE, A+, Network +, CCNA or other industry standard certifications.
  • Experience with IMAP, LDAP, Microsoft ActiveSync, Active Directory and group policies, data recovery tools, Eudora, Microsoft Exchange, patch management solutions, backup strategies, WINS, DHCP, DNS, and TCP/IP.
  • Experience providing technical support and services to classroom and computer lab environments. Experience with DVD/VHS/CD components, Crestron, digital audio and video, projection systems and screens.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

  • May be required to work additional hours when under periods of high call volume or confronted with emergency, critical, or unusual situations that require additional time to troubleshoot and resolve.


Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.