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Windows Systems Administrator

Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
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Amherst College

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Windows Systems Administrator position. The Windows Systems Administrator is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $98,000 - commensurate with experience. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

This position will help run and maintain Amherst College's Windows, Active Directory, and Azure AD systems and servers - including their installation and upgrade paths; user access; industry best-practice design and architecture; and stability and maintenance - all with an emphasis on automation and integration with the existing systems. This role will provide subject-matter expertise on our Windows ecosystem, and make recommendations to our IT management tier about our best course of action. This position will work independently as well as collaboratively with a diverse set of IT and college departments, and detail the resulting architectures with clear documentation.

This position will require some on-campus presence. This position is a member of a diverse workforce participating in the College's efforts to build a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Systems Administration

Access Control

  • Administer security for enterprise systems in collaboration with department security managers in accordance with federal and state regulations and College policy. Manage and document bi-annual security review.

Audit and Accountability

  • Perform log analysis on servers, systems, and network logs
  • Support data collection for audit requests

Security Assessments

  • Conduct security assessments on servers and storage devices, documenting results and preparing reports for senior leadership
  • Conduct forensic examinations on a variety of supported systems.
  • Mitigate identified risks. Ensure devices are tagged appropriately for vulnerability management.
  • Proactively monitor enterprise systems and address those out of compliance with baseline configuration standards.

Configuration Management

  • Manage Active Directory group, user, and computer objects, as well as the AD Schema
  • Maintain configurations and standards for the enterprise Windows server environment, including on-prem and cloud systems
  • Work with the service team to address Group Policy Object standards and host-based protections.

Contingency Planning

  • Collaborate with a diverse group of staff, including IT personnel to prepare and maintain incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity plans and procedures


  • Prepare, exercise, and maintain enterprise servers and perform hardware and software maintenance operations including installation, vulnerability/patch management, configuration and support of server hardware, software and data backup, and disaster recovery
  • Monitor and respond to vulnerability scans within the Windows environment.
  • Ensure mitigation ahead of EOL/EOS situations and, when unable to be avoided, ensure controls are put in place to mitigate risks.
  • Proactively monitor and tune server performance
  • Perform Windows server administration and maintenance
  • Design, troubleshoot, and maintain enterprise virtualization platforms
  • Implement and maintain cloud-based systems
  • Implementation and maintenance of enterprise SAN hardware and software systems

Media Protection

  • Manage enterprise backup systems and strategies

Systems and Services Acquisition

  • Evaluate on-premise and cloud-based systems for applicability in the College enterprise

Information Systems Documentation

  • Maintain technical documentation on supported systems
  • Maintain asset inventory for supported Windows systems, including IP addresses, host names, physical locations, vendors, key contacts, etc.

Life Cycle Support

  • Ensure that changes or modifications to systems are fully documented and thoroughly tested as needed and approved through change management procedures before going into production.


Security Assessments

  • Ensure all integration efforts are conducted using security by design principles

Configuration Management

  • Ensure version control and change management techniques are applied to integration scripts and software
  • Document integrations as part of CMDB/asset inventory
  • Capture and document dependencies for and to upstream/downstream systems

Contingency Planning

  • Maintain all integration scripts and software in a location accessible in the event of an incident response or disaster recovery scenario


  • Review and validate the applicability and security of all integration scripts and software on a periodic basis

Media Protection

  • Ensure all integration scripts and software are appropriately backed up and archived

Systems and Services Acquisition

  • Automate common tasks via scripting or programming
  • Extract and manipulate data from enterprise databases
  • Debug complex processes and perform analytical problem solving
  • Design, develop, implement and maintain mobile device integrations
  • Development of automated server installations
  • Use Active Directory for integrations
  • Collaborate with IT staff to define data requirements for integration efforts

Information Systems Documentation

  • Create and maintain documentation and asset inventory for all integration projects

Application Support

Audit and Accountability

  • Perform log analysis on application logs

Security Assessments

  • Evaluate and configure security permissions within supported applications

Configuration Management

  • Manage application configurations


  • Implement and maintain Citrix Application and Virtual Desktop environments
  • Maintain card access systems
  • Provide application and operating system expertise and work closely with users and IT staff to ensure maximum system uptimes
  • Ensure applications receive security patches and updates ahead of EOS/EOL situations (and where not possible, ensure these risks are adequately mitigated).

Systems and Services Acquisition

  • Provide expertise when consulting with clients on software purchases.

Information Systems Documentation

  • Maintain technical documentation on supported systems

Project Management

  • Provide project management for IT-related projects



  • Bachelor's degree in a technical field, or 5 years of relevant experience in lieu of a degree
  • Experience with the implementation and administration of Active Directory user and group administration
  • Experience with Group Policy design and configuration
  • Experience managing Windows Server OS and domain architecture
  • Experience in PowerShell scripting
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to contributing to an intentionally inclusive culture
  • Good communication and documentation skills


  • Experience with Microsoft Azure and AWS
  • Experience with Ivanti security suite
  • Experience with Citrix installations
  • Familiarity with ITIL best practices
  • Familiarity with VMware

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Posted: 2022-05-03 Expires: 2022-06-03
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