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Job Req ID:  18992

Sr Systems Administrator


General Position Summary:
In accordance with institutional policies and standards responsible for administration, configuration, scripting, maintenance, performance, implementation, security and support of various departmental and components of enterprise wide platforms, including the installation and testing of new software, operating systems, related utilities/services, and hardware products as well as the integration of new products and /or software release upgrades into the current environment.  Conducts systems performance evaluations, monitoring, patch management and security evaluations.  Analyzes user needs in various computer environments (including but not limited to mainframe, Windows, and mid-range) and documents the needs so they can be evaluated for solutions.  Ensures that all systems environments are maintained in an efficient and cost-effective manner.   


Job Scope/Complexity:

Under limited guidance, responsible for full life-cycle of small to medium sized moderately complex projects. Demonstrate strong ability in technology and/or strong understanding of the business/clinical/education process.  Build and maintain client relationships through positive interactions.  Small and medium projects typically are applications/systems with 21-500 concurrent users requiring uptime commensurate with divisional/entity, research, education, or business systems.  Impacts of outages will cause disruption such as implementation of downtime procedures and disruption of business/education/research operations.   Disruptions may be mitigated by manual workarounds and/or can await recovery. 

Project scope can span an entire department, division, or enterprise-wide level.  For enterprise-wide level typical projects impact the broader customer base of Johns Hopkins and its most mission critical systems.  Projects often require interaction with various departments and teams both within and outside the department.  


Job Responsibilities:

The responsibilities listed below are typical examples of the work performed by this position. Not all duties assigned to this position are included, nor is it expected that everyone in this position will be assigned every job responsibility.



  1. Design business, clinical, education, or infrastructure solutions by meeting with customers to observe and understand current processes and the issue related to those processes.  Provide written documentation and diagrams of findings to share with the client and other IT colleagues.
  2. Design solutions that conform to institutional policies, standards, and guidelines, and infrastructure environment and to vendor and industry best practices to deliver a quality product.
  3. Recommend infrastructure applications that reside between end user applications and hardware operating systems by working with vendors, customers, and other sources (i.e., open source or Internet2 initiatives) to provide configurable tools to the customers.



  1. Install and configure server hardware and operating systems by following technical documentation to provide a working product.
  2. Evaluate, implement, and manage appropriate software and hardware solutions by using best practices for the environment to ensure system integrity.
  3. Install and configure infrastructure applications by following product installation and configuration directions and industry best practices to deliver a solution to the customers.
  4. Implement a schedule of system backups and archive operations by using best practices for the environment to ensure data/media recoverability.



  1. Provide server level administration (manage HW/SW, maintenance, upgrades and patches, account maintenance, backups and recoveries and assist users) by following documented procedures to ensure a stable environment.
  2. Monitor and tune the system by following documentation and procedures to achieve optimum performance levels.
  3. Develop scripts and solutions by using departmental standards to automate systems management.
  4. Perform system software upgrades including planning and scheduling, testing, and coordination by following documentation and departmental standards to provide a stable product for the environment.
  5. Audit and maintain user access and authorization by following access and authorization documentation to provide for system security.
  6. Generate and maintain periodic and ongoing system specific reports by using appropriate tools to assess system performance, integrity and capacity in order to deliver a stable environment to the users.
  7. Follow and maintain IT security awareness and best practices by understanding security principles as they pertain to environments supported in order to deliver secure solutions to customers.
  8. Utilize system management and monitoring tools and incident tracking systems by following documentation and standards to detect incidents, take corrective actions, and determine root cause.
  9. Monitor changes and resolve any incidents by responding to problems as they occur, by reviewing all processing and output of the newly implemented solution, and by proactively ensuring the solution works successfully in order to satisfy the customer requirements and to provide a smooth transition to the new solution.



  1. Implement changes while adhering to the change management policies and procedures in order to deliver a successful solution to the customer. Communicate to all parties the nature, significance, and risk factors. 
  2. Evaluate vendor proposals by reviewing requirements for the product to select the most appropriate vendor.
  3. Assist vendors, consultants, and inside Enterprise groups in developing applications by meeting with the team on a regular basis to deliver quality products to customers.
  4. Participate in scheduled project team meetings by attending all meeting to provide input to the project team.
  5. Create and maintain documentation by writing audience-appropriate materials to serve as technical and/or end user reference.
  6. Test all changes by using the appropriate test scenarios to ensure all delivered solutions work as expected and errors are handled in a meaningful way.  Contribute and make recommendations to the development of test scenarios.


Required Education: Bachelor’s degree.  Additional experience can be substituted for education.

Required Experience:    Three years related experience.  Additional education can be substituted for experience.

Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits or 18 graduate degree credits = 1 year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college coursework may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.


Preferred Job Qualifications:

  • Knowledge in the assigned IT environments.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities (KSA’s):

  1. Must possess all requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities as posted in the supplemental section.
  2. Must demonstrate strong critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills.
  3. Ability to work on multiple priorities effectively.
  4. Ability to prioritize conflicting demands.
  5. Ability to execute assigned project tasks within established schedule.
  6. Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  7. Ability to communicate effectively in the service of users and colleagues.
  8. Writes and communicates clearly and concisely.
  9. Possesses sound documentation skills.
  10. Ability to maintain confidentiality
  11. Must demonstrate exemplary customer service skills.


Classified Title: Sr. Systems Administrator 
Working Title: Sr Systems Administrator  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 02-MD:Mount Washington Campus 
Department name: 10000014-IT@JH Enterprise Services 
Personnel area: University Administration


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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