Systems Administrator

Job Level
Mid-level position
Job Category
Administrator / Manager (of network or database)
  • Information Technology
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Network / Systems

Department Description

Finance, Operations and Administration represents a large and diverse portfolio of services essential to the health, safety, compliance and oversight of the entire UC Davis campus. This position is one of two Senior Systems Administrators for FOA, who consult and implement complex solutions for FOA and campus wide projects and initiatives. This includes the managed infrastructure for over 1600 workstations, both PC and Mac, running a diverse set of software applications, infrastructures and protocols. Additionally, this position manages aspects of a physical and virtual server farm of approximately 300 servers.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Administrative IT Systems Architect, this position is responsible for ensuring the availability and security of mission critical infrastructures and information systems within Finance, Operations and Administration. Supported departments include multiple administrative and public safety departments, supporting systems for internal use within FOA and providing critical functions to the entire campus. Supported systems also contain highly sensitive and regulated data.

Lead and manage complex technical projects involving a broad range of systems and architectures and with campus wide impact. Conduct advanced analysis and participate in strategic planning to support highly complex IT investments. Perform advanced hardware and software platform analysis and consultation. Analyze, recommend, design and implement highly complex technical systems in support of business needs.

Provide technical leadership in managing a complex and predominantly Windows based infrastructure, including legacy systems in a highly distributed application development and data environment. Understand, manage and troubleshoot all technical layers from physical to the application layer. Advocate for and implement best practice approaches in system administration including standardization and orchestration to achieve reduced complexity and enhanced efficiency.

Develop and implement security controls and configuration standards that align with industry standards and campus security policy. Protect FOA managed systems by identifying and mitigating risks and vulnerabilities. Assure system availability by following change management practices and communicating with stakeholders for validation.

Conduct advanced performance monitoring; write highly complex orchestration scripts; and provide expert technical support to resolve highly complex issues for FOA systems.


Salary Range

$79,300.00 - $177,700.00 Budgeted salary range between 90K to 108K

No. of Positions


Appointment Type


Percentage of Time

Fulltime, 100%

Shift Hours

Monday- Friday


UC Davis

Union Representation


Benefits Eligible


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  • Lift computers/equipment weighing up to 50lbs.

  • Spend extended periods of time sitting in front of a computer terminal and typing on a keyboard.


  • This position will be required to work occasional evenings and weekends to avoid end-user downtime and to meet deadlines.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License.

  • Employee is personally responsible for following safety guidelines and procedures.

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space. Additional information and specifics regarding the policy are available at



  • Experience leading and performing system and application administration duties in a predominantly Windows based and complex enterprise environment.

  • Experience and advanced knowledge of building technical infrastructures in support of business needs.

  • Extensive experience with Windows server operating systems, virtualization, Active Directory, networking and firewalls.

  • Extensive experience and knowledge of scripting languages to support orchestration of systems, applications and databases.

  • Experience with and knowledge of information security principles and practices as applied to systems, hardware and software.

  • Experience in managing technical projects including prioritization and time management.

  • Interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to effectively collaborate with a diverse group of individuals.


  • Experience supporting continuous integration and release management frameworks and implementing build and deployment routines. Examples include Bamboo, Jenkins/Hudson, and Travis.

  • Experience with software repository management, usage, and understanding of best practices for maintaining software repositories. Specific experience with git (Bitbucket) and svn.

  • Experience and knowledge of Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).

  • BS in Computer Science or MIS or equivalent experience.

  • Experience with IT service management in a decentralized enterprise environment.


Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

EEO/AA Statement

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.