Systems Administrator

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

Lakeside School, an independent coeducational day school located in north Seattle, Washington, is currently recruiting for a system administrator to join our technology team.  Reporting to the Director of Technology, this position is responsible for the technical design, planning, implementation, and the highest level of performance tuning and recovery procedures for mission critical enterprise server and data systems. The system administrator serves as a technical expert in the area of system administration for complex operating systems and databases, recommends the redesign and configuration of operating systems and system applications, investigates and analyzes feasibility of system requirements and develops system specifications. Additionally, the system administrator troubleshoots technical problems in areas of responsibility.  This is a full time (1.0 FTE) full year exempt appointment beginning as soon as possible. 


  • Ensures high availability and acceptable levels of performance of mission critical host computer resources

  • Configure, manage and troubleshoot the school’s email, calendaring and hosted Exchange services through Microsoft’s Office 365

  • Setup, configure, manage and troubleshoot the school’s various Microsoft Windows servers, including Domain Controller, SQL server, print server, web server (IIS), file server and VMWare virtual servers

  • Setup, configure and manage effective backup systems for all school-related data

  • Oversee the synchronization of data between multiple applications and databases, including Veracross, SQL server, Finalsite, and Google Apps for Education

  • Manage user accounts, creates and monitors system services and processes, provides capacity planning and performance management for multiple systems from different vendors

  • Manages the data center and computer host systems including hardware, software and equipment such as air-conditioning system, UPS (uninterrupted power system)

  • Provide direction to and collaborate with network manager/security officer

  • Backup network manager/security officer as needed

Requirements and Qualifications

Technical Skills

  • Extensive experience managing enterprise communications, preferably Office 365

  • Experience synchronizing enterprise systems data with 3rd party and SQL data

  • Extensive experience finding and writing scripts to manage enterprise data, preferably with using Powershell to manage Office 365, Active Directory, SQL

  • Expert knowledge of Windows server and domain management, including Active Directory and VMWare architectures

  • Expert SQL skills, including experience managing Microsoft SQL server, effective use of stored procedures, and scripting data import and export

  • Extensive experience moving data between disparate data stores using a variety of scripting tools. Experience using published API’s to export and import data

  • Experience synchronizing user accounts between multiple systems. Current school systems include Active Directory, Office 365, Haiku, Google Apps for Education, Veracross, and Follet Destiny

  • Experience with school information management systems, Veracross preferred

  • Knowledge of and experience with cloud based digital services and communication systems, preferably Azure Active Directory

  • Preferred: Knowledge of and experience with Google Apps for Education (GAFE), Google Apps Active Directory Sync (GAADS), Google Apps Password Sync (GAPS)

  • Preferred: Knowledge of .NET/C# web application development

Organizational Skills

  • Ability to manage multiple projects in an ever changing technological environment

  • Apply design thinking and user centric perspectives to solving technical and human interface issues

Communication Skills

  • Service-oriented disposition

  • Effective facilitator and team builder

  • Compassionate translator of technical processes to non-technical users (able to talk respectfully with a variety of audiences including teachers, students, parents). Exhibits patience and tenacity in addressing and solving technology related issues

Education and Certifications

  • Undergraduate degree required, graduate degree preferred

  • Microsoft MCSE certification preferred

  • CISCO or other equivalent network computing certification preferred

Physical and Environmental Requirements and Factors

  • Lift and move heavy objects up to 50 pounds with and without assistance (objects will sometimes be elevated from floor level to above the shoulders)

  • Potentially bend, crouch, and maneuver body under desks and/or office equipment

  • Move quickly from the Upper School campus to the Middle School campus

  • May be exposed to high computer related noise levels, paper and equipment generated dust

  • Use of cleaning fluids and other materials for cleaning equipment

  • Works with electric, electronic and mechanical equipment

  • Exposure to computer screen occurs on a regular basis

  • Prolonged sitting for up to 8 hours per day

  • Willingness to work evenings, weekends as needed to complete tasks and solve problems

Compensation and Benefits

Lakeside School is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding faculty candidates who will add to the racial, cultural, economic and gender diversity of our school community.  We provide a competitive compensation package which includes, but is not limited to, a monthly salary, excellent health and welfare benefits, access to funds for professional development, housing down payment assistance program, and school-provided lunches.  Additionally, Lakeside offers faculty and staff opportunities to participate in non-classroom teaching programs such as Global Service Learning, Summer School, coaching, etc., for extra compensation.

Additional Information

Lakeside School was founded in 1919, and currently enrolls 838 students in grades 5 through 12 from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds. 

The School’s Mission and shared commitment of all Lakeside employees is to develop in intellectually capable young people the creative minds, healthy bodies, and ethical spirits to contribute wisdom, compassion, and leadership to a global society.  We provide a rigorous, dynamic academic program through which effective educators lead students to take responsibility for learning.  We are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community and in the joy and importance of lifelong learning.

Application process

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history via the online application located on Lakeside’s website ( From the home page chose About US / Employment / View and Apply For Available Jobs.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled. 


Lakeside School is an equal opportunity employer seeking to diversify its workplace.