System Administrator

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Department: Information Technology
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Information Technology

Department: Information Technology

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

As a System Administrator within the Information Technology Enterprise Application Services group, you will be focused on maintenance and deployment of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows servers running the administrative applications of the University. These servers support software which include, but are not limited to, Ellucian Banner ERP, Campus Card System, Research Microscopes, Sponsored Research Proposal Tracking, WebFOCUS and the Bookstore ERP/point of sale. You will become part of a culture that empowers employees, treats them with respect, and encourages innovation and open communication.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Responsible for installation, maintenance, security, monitoring and troubleshooting of Linux and Windows servers running enterprise software.
2. Manage enterprise-wide web and application systems in a large Red Hat Linux and Windows environment.
3. Evaluate software requirements, analyze server capabilities, recommend optimum server configurations.
4. Work independently.
5. Provide support to developers that are deploying applications.
6. Provide support outside of regular business operating hours including evenings and weekends.
7. Perform other duties and projects as assigned or directed.
8. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
9. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s degree in computer science, management of information systems, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired; or the successful completion of a comparable technology-related degree program within 4 months from hire date as a condition of employment.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated professional expertise managing Linux servers in a lab, corporate, or other professional environment.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Experience in Higher Education
• Professional experience with Windows Server Administration
• Professional experience managing Apache Tomcat
• Professional experience with installation and maintenance of enterprise class applications
• Demonstrated professional experience using a configuration management tool (e.g. Puppet, Ansible, Chef)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated ability to diagnose technical problems and apply standard solutions.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff; with an emphasis on a high degree of customer service satisfaction.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Experience with integration of cloud-based services with on-premise systems

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable. No less than $60,000.

Title of Position Supervisor

Director, Enterprise Application Services

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Additional Information

Michigan Tech IT develops and supports technology solutions that enable Michigan Tech's faculty, students, and staff to excel in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and public service. We’re committed to a diverse and inclusive community. Additional information can be found at

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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