University of Pennsylvania SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR SR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 87-29339


School Name Division of Finance

Org Student Financial Services

Posted to the Web 07/10/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade D

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule M-F, 9-5

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

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.

School/Center Overview

The Division of Finance is responsible for an array of centralized financial functions of the University. Our various departments are responsible for administrative services that support financial accounting and disbursement activities, research administration, external and internal investments, cash and debt management, risk management and student registration and financial aid.


The Division of Finance is undergoing significant change with existing technology and application infrastructure, including the harmonization of two disparate, highly complex technical environments that were recently merged under a single IT support function. To help our team realize successful harmonization of both legacy computing environments, the division’s IT Services team is seeking to hire an experienced systems administrator. The Senior Systems Administrator in this position assists with evaluating, recommending, troubleshooting, and maintaining back-end server and virtualized infrastructure. The Senior Systems Administrator will also be responsible for establishing various server and application configurations, the design and management of infrastructure security and incident response, and lead or contribute to a wide array of IT projects necessary to support nearly 300 customers in 12 technically complex business areas. The Senior Systems Administrator will develop and modify application scripts, manage MS SQL databases, track data storage trends, and research next-generation cloud solutions, where applicable. Ongoing management of the division’s virtualized environment and imaging systems (Perceptive Content, Kofax, OnBase, etc.) will also be key responsibilities of this position, in addition to supporting any number of more than 50 software applications used to manage the division’s financial operations. As part of the IT Services infrastructure team, the Administrator will also be responsible for implementing interfaces among servers, plan operating system upgrades, manage system performance in response to changing environment and usage patterns, disaster recovery planning, and response to problems reported out of the division’s server room facilities on and near the main university campus The Senior System Administrator will lead multiple server projects, serve as subject matter expert on multiple technologies, and mentor the junior staff.


Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of back-end application and server infrastructure deployment and maintenance, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, are required; 5-7 years of experience strongly preferred. The successful candidate will have strong writing/communications skills, and a solid command of common programming languages, user interfaces, integration methods, and development life cycles. 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.

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.

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  • Do you have at least 5 years of IT systems experience?

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Applicant Documents

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  • Resume

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