Help Desk Specialist

Job Level
Entry-level position
Job Category
Specialist / Associate
  • Information Technology
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Support / Help desk

About St. John’s Prep 

St. John’s Prep is an inclusive, Catholic, Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School for young men in grades 6 through 12. Founded on the Xaverian values of compassion, humility, simplicity, trust, and zeal, we educate students to be, do and stand for good in the world. We enroll approximately 1,500 students from more than 90 communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Position Overview and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Managing Director of IS in the Information Services Department, the Help Desk Specialist is the first point of contact for Help Desk support and phone support, setup, maintenance, and repair of computer systems and audio/video equipment at St. John’s Preparatory School. Works with staff, faculty, and students in grades 6 through 12 to make sure that all end-user equipment is in excellent running condition. This is a full-time, 12-month, hourly position. There will be expectations for night and weekend work at overtime pay. 

Skills and Competencies 

  • Hardware and Software Support 
  • Provide first level phone and desktop support including problem resolution for software applications, hardware, and peripheral devices. 
  • Troubleshoot and perform minor repairs in response to hardware and software problems. 
  • Support the setup of all new Apple hardware, especially iMacs, MacBooks, Apple TVs and iPads. 
  • Support the software management system (currently Jamf ). 
  • Assist in maintaining an inventory of all hardware, software and electronic media.
  • Troubleshoot and maintain copiers and printers throughout campus. 
  • Troubleshoot and maintain the phones on campus (both digital and analog). 
  • Campus Support
    • Provide technical support for all faculty, staff, and student devices.
    • Manage help desk ticketing system, including the appropriate assignment of support tickets to members of the Information Services Department. 
    • Assist in the preparation of documentation on hardware and software, maintenance practices, and problem resolutions. 
    • Provide end-user support for Wireless network connections. 
  • Audio-Video
  • Support audio/video setup for events on and off-campus that may require after hours support.
  • Audio/video support for projectors, Zoom Rooms, AppleTVs, audio systems, and cabling in classrooms. 
  • Update and maintain the school’s internal video archive. 
  • Additional Responsibilities 
  • Meet with members of the Information Services Department on a regular basis to assess needs and recommend suitable technology. 
  • Work with members in the Information Services Department to carry out all summer updates, maintenance, equipment replacement, and troubleshooting in preparation for the school year. 

Education and Experience
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required to perform these essential duties. This list is intended to be illustrative, but not exhaustive. 

  • A high school diploma. 
  • Formal training in computer maintenance and repair. Professional desktop support experience preferred. Apple certifications and A+ certification desired. Please note, if you do not have the Apple and A+ certifications, it will be a job requirement to achieve them. 
  • Competency with the following operating systems: macOS 10.14 to 10.16, and Windows10, and Apple iOS. 
  • Competency with the following software: Google Suite, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Office, and the Adobe Creative Suite. 
  • An understanding of TCP/IP and ethernet networking. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate with faculty, staff, and students regarding technology use both in person, over the phone, and in writing. 


Physical Requirements:

  • Standing/sitting for long periods of time.
  • Bending, lifting, pushing, kneeling, crouching, crawling, stooping.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to reach at and above shoulder height to access higher areas of equipment, etc.
  • Must be capable of adapting to frequent changes in position throughout the workday.
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone.
  • Use of hands and fingers for manipulation, and using computer keyboard, educational tools, play equipment, and perform first aid and CPR.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and depth perception.


St. John’s Prep is committed to building a diverse and inclusive campus community. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups. We seek applicants who demonstrate a commitment to multiculturalism and diversity that is manifested in classroom practice, student engagement, interpersonal communication, and curricular decisions. For more information about our academic, spiritual and student life programs, please visit 

How to Apply

Interested candidates are asked to apply via the online Application for Employment found on the Employment page of Candidates will need to upload a cover letter and resumé. Please, no phone calls.