University of Pennsylvania — Senior Systems Administrator – Division of Finance

Senior Systems Administrator – Division of Finance

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Senior Systems Administrator – Division of Finance

Job Profile Title
Systems Administrator C

Job Description Summary
The Senior System Administrator specifies server hardware and cloud computing technologies, and also establishes server and application configurations. The role designs system security, monitor security events, manages incident response procedures and manage virtual environments.

Develops/modifies VBS scripts for use across systems, manages MS SQL databases with best practice maintenance procedures, tracks storage trends and makes recommendations to application developers to optimize SQL queries.

Improves change management processes and researches next-generation cloud solutions. Manage imaging systems (Perceptive Content, Kofax, OnBase, etc.) with latest updates and patches. Implements interfaces among servers, plans operating system upgrade strategy, manages system performance in response to changing environment and usage patterns. Responds to problems with machine room facilities. Leads multiple server projects, serves as subject matter expert on multiple technologies, and mentors more junior staff.

In the Division of Finance, we recognize diversity and inclusion is paramount to a positive and thriving work environment; it is a business imperative. We are committed to actively fostering diversity, inclusion and cultural competency throughout our operational efforts in the Division of Finance. This role will be critical in supporting those efforts and demonstrating behaviors and competencies that reflect Penn's values.

We take pride in the myriad ways that diversity enriches our curriculum, and the cultural and social life of our campus. Penn's commitment to achieving eminence through diversity is ultimately a commitment to creating a more vibrant university so that our graduates will be both stimulated and empowered to shape a better world.

Job Description

  • Meets directly with staff to gather requirements for server systems to specific server hardware/virtual/cloud, establishes server configuration and application configuration.
  • Develops scripts for use across systems, modifies and improves change management processes, and researches next-generation cloud solutions. Implements interfaces among servers, plans operating system upgrade strategy, implements data stores, and manages system performance in response to changing environment and usage patterns.
  • Manage MS SQL Databases with best practice maintenance procedures, track storage trends and make recommendations to application developers to optimize SQL queries.
  • Manage VMWare environment of VDI and VMWare servers and make recommendations to optimize performance and track growth; provide 2nd level support for VDI users
  • Plan, execute, and oversee departmental computing initiatives and projects
  • Manage Fortigate firewalls with best security practices. Policy and network modifications as needed.
  • Manage server infrastructure including modular chassis, blades, fiber switches, and SAN storage.
  • Participate in and shape organization-wide computing initiatives
  • Perform additional duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years of back-end application and server infrastructure deployment and maintenance, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • The successful candidate will have strong writing/communications skills, and a solid command of common programming languages, user interfaces, integration methods, and development lifecycles.
  • Demonstrated expertise in systems analysis, design, and the ability to quickly learn and apply new technologies is required. Extended experience with Active Directory and Windows OS servers and workstations is also desired.
  • The ability to work independently with limited direct supervision in a self-motivated and self-directed manner required; ability to work as a member of a team required.
  • 5-7 years of experience in network and firewall administration (Fortinet preferred).
  • 5-7 years of Windows Server and SQL Server experience (2012-2019).
  • 5-7 years of Active Directory management experience.
  • 5-7 years of VMware experience.
  • 5-7 years of SAN storage experience.
  • 2-3 years of Cloud computing experience (AWS/Azure)
  • At least one of the following industry certifications is preferred: MCSA Server 2012 or above, Fortinet NSE certified Administrator, or VMware Certified.
  • VBS scripting experience preferred.
  • Proven network analysis and diagnostic skills, ability to implement quick and effective solutions to network problems.
  • Advanced knowledge of Windows Server and VMware vSphere.
  • Proven ability to quickly learn new technologies.
  • Successful at working in a team culture.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be detail-oriented and accurate. Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Demonstrated organizational and prioritization skills, along with the ability to work within tight and often conflicting deadlines. Must be flexible, show effective judgement, discretion and have the ability to handle confidential information technology matters.
  • Work effectively in a highly matrixed and decentralized environment with the ability to navigate through ambiguity and demonstrate appreciation and support for diversity, inclusion and belonging in a constantly evolving academic/higher education environment.

Job Location – City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Division of Finance

Pay Range
$50,684.00 – $138,391.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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