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Systems Administrator II (Windows and Linux Servers)

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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 responsible for providing systems administration of complex and specialized systems, especially Windows and Linux servers, and common server application.  The incumbent will use their experience with virtualization, scripting, automation, service management and related skills to plan, configure, troubleshoot, analyze and maintain systems, with a focus on enabling cutting-edge teaching and research activities. 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

  • Day to day systems administration for Windows and Linux servers and applications, including design, setup, documentation, maintenance and troubleshooting, backup and restoration
  • Ability to administer common services such as: device management, software deployment, file and print services, asset management, LAMP stack, license, database, version control, backup
  • Experience with technologies such as: virtualization, containerization, scripting, monitoring, automation, TCP/IP networking, Active Directory, Azure, AWS
  • Experience with: IT Service Management (ITSM) including service design, deployment, administration and continual service improvement of IT systems and services
  • 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


Follow the on-screen prompts to create a short online profile. Please be ready to upload your resume and cover letter

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact 

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 primarily onsite.

Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated (and boosted when eligible) 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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