Network & Information Systems Specialist

Job Level
Entry-level position
Job Category
Specialist / Associate
  • Technology
  • Information Technology
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Information Technology
  • Network / Systems

The Brearley School, an independent girls’ school serving over 770 students K-12, welcomes candidates for a Network & Information Systems Specialist. The Network and Information Systems Specialist assumes the primary responsibility for the optimal performance and overall site reliability of the Brearley School's network and server infrastructure. Working in a highly supportive and collaborative environment, the Network and Information Systems Specialist works closely with the Director of Technology and other Technology Department members to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff consistently receive the technical resources needed to support the academic and intellectual rigor of its programs. 

We invite interested candidates to apply for this position by completing an application and uploading a cover letter and resume at

 Duties and Responsibilities: 

  Your Daily Responsibilities 

  • Detect, diagnose and resolve antivirus, malware, and other computer security issues.

  • Monitor servers, backups, networks, firewalls, and security event logs.

  • Resolve network, wireless, and server connectivity issues for students, faculty, and staff.

  • Provide event and assembly support with special network requirements (e.g., graduation).

  • Resolve network issues related to classroom audiovisual needs (e.g., videoconferencing).

Your Monthly Responsibilities 

  • Actively maintain and monitor the campus’s physical networking infrastructure.

  • Actively maintain and monitor the campus's local area and wide area networks.

  • Manage relationships with vendors and managed service providers.

  • Work with managed service providers to patch servers during maintenance windows.

  • Create, populate, update and maintain an infrastructure operations dashboard for analyzing trends and identifying potential issues and problems.

Your Yearly Responsibilities 

  • Recommend campus infrastructure upgrades concerning capacity planning and budgeting.

  • Create, update and maintain Active Directory and email accounts for faculty, staff, and students.

  • Update and maintain campus documentation, network maps, and operating procedures.

  • Train and inform other department members on issues related to infrastructure.

Your Summertime Responsibilities 

  • Manage projects related to the testing, upgrading, and optimizing core infrastructure components.Potential projects include, but are not limited to, upgrading physical wiring and networking, routers and switches, wireless network optimization, local and wide area network optimization, and phone system upgrade and optimization. 

  Your Mission-Focused Responsibilities 

  • Participate in and contribute to activities that pertain to the school community and mission(e.g. student assemblies, faculty/staff meetings, equity leadership groups) 

  • Serve on and contribute to special school committees and subcommittees (e.g. administrative technology and crisis committees).

  • Contribute “tips and tricks” articles to department professional development newsletter.


Technical Knowledge & Skills Required: 

You should have had two to five years of experience working in a systems or network administration capacity, preferably in an academic setting. You should also be comfortable with learning or familiar supporting the following: 

  • Windows file/print servers and VMWare virtual server infrastructure. 

  • Citrix application server environments or similar machine virtualization environments. 

  • Directory services such as Active Directory, ADFS, and LDAP. 

  • Aruba and Brocade edge switches and routers. 

  • Aruba and Extreme Network wireless management centers. 

  • Sophos Cloud and Cisco Umbrella cloud security platforms. 

  • Sonicwall Supermassive firewalls. 

  • Code42, Veeam, Dell/Synology NAS and AWS for management of local and offsite data backups. 

  • Alienvault/AT&T Cybersecurity or any comparable security event logging interface. 

  • Avaya IP Office or any comparable VOIP phone solution. 

  • Security camera, access control and building management systems. 

Ideal Qualities:    

You are ideally:  

  • Adaptable and responsive to the ebb and flow of a typical school day. 

  • Equally comfortable working with kids of all ages or computers of all ages. 

  • Passionate about mission-focused academic institutions and deep learning experiences. 

  • An excellent writer and communicator of technical issues to non-technical people. 

  • A highly analytical, precise, detail-oriented worker. 

  • Innovative with respect to solving problems and finding solutions. 

  • An effective multi-tasker and project manager. 

  • Self-motivated with respect to learning new tools, techniques, and concepts. 

  • Organized and able to set and re-set priorities. 

  • Ready to say “I don’t know, but I’ll find out!” and demonstrate follow-through on those words. 

  • Appreciative of every school employee’s role as an educator. 

  • Willing to stop to tie a shoe, provide gentle guidance for lunchroom behavior, or help an Upper School student with an independent project. 


The salary range for this position is $85,000 - $95,000, depending on experience.

The Brearley School is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to hiring exceptional, dedicated professionals of diverse backgrounds. We consider qualified individuals for employment with the school regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other state or federal protected classification.