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Systems Administrator II

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Information Technology

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Job Summary

The Systems Administrator II is provides administers complex and specialized systems including planning, configuration, advanced troubleshooting, analysis and maintenance with a focus on enabling cutting-edge teaching and research activities. In addition, the Systems Administrator II leads projects and participates in complex projects. The Systems Administrator II works closely with other technical and IT leadership staff providing high-level guidance, mentoring and training which includes the development of other technical employees.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate's degree and four (4) or more years of relevant professional work experience including:
-working with virtualization, containerization, scripting, monitoring, and automation technologies;
-supporting common server and client operating systems applications, and their configuration
-contributing to projects with multiple people and working on multiple projects simultaneously

Relevant combinations of education, training and experience will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and experience within higher education 

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Knowledge of systems administration principles
• Knowledge with IT service management practices
• Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose hardware and software issues
• Ability to pick up new skills and understand new environments quickly
• Ability to provide training to all levels
• Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet goals and deadlines
• Ability to communicate and cooperate effectively with colleagues and users in a diverse environment
• Ability to work both independently and as a team member


Business Hours with weekends or evenings occasionally required

Application instructions


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Job Posted Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols

Rensselaer welcomes undergraduate and graduate students to campus for an in-person academic experience.  To support this experience, all faculty and staff are expected to work onsite, with no remote work allowed.

Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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