ITS 4 - Windows System Administrator

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Mar 10, 2017
Apr 09, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

This position will participate in full life-cycle management of all Minnesota State Windows Server Systems enterprise-wide (on-premises and Azure-based) with heavy emphasis on Azure based services.  Responsibilities include research, evaluation, prototyping, design, engineering, implementation, installation, configuration, backup and recovery, performance monitoring, operational security, maintenance, scripting, troubleshooting and documentation of systems in order to ensure optimal use and high availability of services provided by Minnesota State’s Infrastructurem,group. The incumbent works closely with campus staff, enterprise service desk, wide area network, other system administrators, database staff, project managers and vendors to coordinate support of all systems on all stages of the life cycle.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Five years of Windows® systems administration including experience working with utilities, scripting languages and systems security used in Windows® environments.

  • Three years of Azure administration

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field or a related field or a combination of equivalent education and experience

  • Solid PowerShell scripting abilities and experience in using it for Azure automation

  • Experience with server administration to include virtual and physical servers, disaster recovery and data backups.

  • Advanced knowledge of networking fundamentals sufficient to direct decisions related to integration of services and security of an enterprise network.

  • Ability to mitigate risk and understand the ramifications and impact that decisions have at a systems level; manage time and resources and effectively; and balance multiple, competing priorities.

  • Communication skills sufficient to: (1) mentor other IT staff (2) write clear and concise documentation (3) present complex technical concepts to audiences that may include ITS staff locally and on campuses as well as mangers and system leadership.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five years of Azure administration

  • Possesses industry-recognized certifications such as MCSE, MCSA, VCAP and/or VCP. MCSA: Cloud Platform or commitment to obtain it is a big plus

  • Experience with Desired State Configuration (DSC) used for Azure Automation

  • Experience with Linux systems administration

  • Proven track record of deploying highly available services, preferably for large organizations

  • Experience with monitoring software and an ability to correlate metrics from disparate systems in order to troubleshoot issues or indicate performance deficiencies






Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift 30 pounds and work in tight spaces


Additional Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of the following:

  • Written exam as part of the interview process


In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (Minnesota State) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to Minnesota State’s vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.


Minnesota State offers an excellent work environment along with competitive compensation and benefits including tuition reimbursement. If you are interested, get all the details including salary information from our online job posting on the State of Minnesota’s Employment site at by searching for:

Job Family: Information Technology Careers

Department: MN State Colleges & Universities

Location: St. Paul

Job ID:  12031


Application deadline is March 23, 2017. No late applications will be considered. Please submit your resume and application online per the instructions in the individual job postings.


The Minnesota State System is an Equal Opportunity employer and educator.

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