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Systems Administrator

Columbia College

Systems Administrator

  • 529514
  • Morningside
  • Columbia College
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Sep 14 2022
  • Grade 10
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

The Systems Administrator supports the software, hardware, and cloud services that comprise the CCIT technology infrastructure.  Under the direction of the Director, Systems and Infrastructure, the incumbent is responsible for administration of hardware, software and cloud services including, but not limited to, physical hosts, virtual machines and storage appliances. In conjunction with the Systems and Infrastructure team, the Systems Administrator maintains and monitors  this infrastructure to ensure highly available and scalable services. 


  • Assists with day-to-day maintenance and general health of College IT infrastructure, including log reviews and responding to incidents in real-time.
  • Contributes to the administration and support of College IT infrastructure, including hardware, software, and cloud services.
  • Administers physical and virtual servers, including regular and unexpected security updates and patches.
  • Contributes to regular backups for all systems and applications on regular intervals, and regularly verifies backups for integrity, consistency, and restorability.
  • Contributes to securing all physical and virtual equipment, regularly verifying systems against standard operating procedures. 
  • Executes and monitors custom scripts and testing procedures to ensure operational reliability.
  • Establishes, maintains and manages user accounts; installs, modifies and maintains systems and utility software on servers.
  • Assists with , new system and application implementation plans under the direction of the Director.
  • Assists with migration of on-premises applications to cloud infrastructure.
  • Writes and maintains documentation for all aspects of the CCIT infrastructure.
  • Monitors multiple communications channels, including email, chat, monitoring systems, and issue trackers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent required. 
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks under short and changing deadlines, while ensuring timely and accurate execution.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Outstanding attention to detail, as well as ability to keep College goals in mind when working on projects.
  • Excellent analytical, oral and written communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills required.
  • Experience with organizing and documenting work via a ticketing system, such as Jira, Bugzilla, ServiceNow, etc.
  • Ability to monitor and use multiple communication channels simultaneously.
  • Must have the ability to exercise sound judgment, discretion and tact in a professional setting.
  • Experience with:
    • Windows Server
    • Active Directory and Group Policy management
    • Scripting languages such as PowerShell
    • Network protocols including TCP/IP, DNS, and DHCP

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with:
    • Cloud service providers, particularly Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    • UNIX/Linux (RHEL) systems administration
    • Backup systems for physical and virtual hardware, e.g CommVault, Veeam
    • Monitoring tools, e.g. Nagios, Zabbix
    • Microsoft SQL Server
    • NAS/SAN hardware and software, e.g. NetApp hardware and Clustered Data OnTap (cDOT)

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