Windows System Administrator – University, MO

Windows System Administrator

Stanford University

University, MO


Windows System Administrator

Administrative Systems is one of Stanford's central IT organizations, providing computing and communication infrastructure and support for the teaching, learning and business activities of the University. We currently seek a Senior Windows System Administrator to provide senior leadership in the design and implementation of the Windows infrastructure and systems.


The Windows System Administrator is a member of the Windows Infrastructure group in Enterprise Technology, and is primarily responsible for the operation, configuration and security of Stanford's Windows infrastructure. This is a key position within University IT, and is expected to provide technical expertise on a range of Windows infrastructure such as Domain Controllers and Active Directory. The position is required to take into account security and operational requirements in a highly distributed technical environment.



The Windows System Administrator will work closely as part of the team to develop, plan, support and secure Stanford's windows infrastructure. He or she will provide technical expertise on the systems design, be responsible for implementation, and be expected to solve unique and complex operational problems with Stanford's Active Directory, Federated Services, and other Windows infrastructure components. He or she will also assist in the management and design of various cloud and on-premise solutions. This position will help to ensure that Stanford's use of windows operating systems is implemented with current best practices, meets the needs of multiple organizations and position us to meet future technological developments both from Microsoft and from the campus community.


Additional responsibilities include:



Design, develop, install, and maintain operating systems, utilities, and applications software on computing systems.

Resolve system emergencies with significant impact on the integrity of user data and systems.

Design, configure, implement, and maintain system security strategies, policies, and procedures.

Design, configure, implement, and maintain system security strategies, policies, and procedures for cloud implementation including the use of Terraform.

Establish software/hardware standards and systems policies and procedures.

Engage in long-term strategic planning with regard to systems development and integration.

Conceptualize and implement systems within broad technical or structural frameworks.

Perform capacity planning for system configuration, software services, network services, load distribution, and service interrelationships among computer systems.

Act as a technical expert or lead for local computer system administration.

Act as project leader on large-scale computing projects in which strong technical, directional, and personal leadership is necessary; assign and oversee the work of other system administrators as needed.

Manage vendor relationships and cost effective hardware and software maintenance agreements with vendors.

Maintaining a general level of expertise in Crowdstrike, Active Directory, Exchange, Office 365, Azure and other Windows based technologies.

Establishing and maintaining key client interaction and support, providing administrative reporting on the infrastructure to University IT management.

Collaborating with other members of University IT, to ensure that our services meet operations requirements for both internal and external clients, and ensuring that standards for consistent documentation are met. The successful candidate will need to work productively as a team member and participate in a collaborative decision making process.

Participating in 24×7 on-call support rotation.

Document and follow processes and procedures for the Windows infrastructure and systems.

Collaborating with the team on future direction and opportunities for new technology.

Establishing equipment requirements and budget proposals, tracking hardware and software expenses against projections, and staying current with platform, application, & industry developments for Windows systems and email systems.

Effective and timely communication with clients both in and outside University IT is required, including understanding client business needs and developing operational strategies to meet these needs.


* – Other duties may also be assigned




Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Experience with complex multi-system platforms and vendors.

Experience coordinating multi-system and computing environments in independent computing facilities.

Experience developing/implementing a business continuation and disaster recovery plan.

Proven ability to develop appropriate plans to meet computing needs.

Expert ability to program in multiple programming languages in multiple operating systems.

Proven ability to lead and work on large/complex system deployment projects in a team environment.

Advanced knowledge of security trends and best practices.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work calmly and effectively in pressure situations and manage time effectively in a changing environment, strong conceptual and logical abilities and strong planning and project abilities.

Demonstrated experience in managing complex environments and ability to focus on customer requirements.

Ability to operate within a collaborative team framework both in the workgroup and across IT Services.

Ability to creatively apply a unique combination of skills & knowledge to the support and maintenance of the Stanford systems environment

Must be able to work as an independent, productive, responsible, self-motivated member of operational and project teams, often simultaneously

Extensive hands-on experience supporting Windows systems in 24 x 7 enterprise environments. Comprehensive understanding of server and networking hardware and infrastructure.

Understanding and experience with information security in a distributed computing environment.



Demonstrated experience supporting a Windows Infrastructure, with strong expertise in Active Directory and email.

Demonstrated experience supporting a Microsoft Exchange environment (both online and on- prem), Office 365, Code Green, Proofpoint and email infrastructure.

Demonstrated experience managing Windows-based systems and services at scale. Experience with maintaining Linux-based systems and services a plus.

Ability to automate common system administration and management tasks through Windows Powershell.

Ability to automate common system administration and management tasks using Terrform for various cloud implementations.

Experience managing systems via Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and System Center Configuration Manager.

Comfort with public speaking is a plus. He or she should be able to give a detailed technical presentation.


Certifications and Licenses:




Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.

Frequently sitting.

Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, reach/work above shoulders, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 21>40 pounds.


* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.



Exposed to high voltage electricity, noise >80dB TWA, confined spaces, hot temperatures, heavy metals.

Extended hours and weekends.



Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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