Senior Systems Administrator

McGill University - Montréal, QC (9 months ago)

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Supports the IT infrastructure with emphasis on the daily operational administration, evolution, maintenance and security. Assures the reliability, stability and availability of all IT infrastructure components. Builds and delivers systems to the business and diagnoses issues impacting systems and applications. Specialized in the management of Windows Server and Microsoft products and services, the senior systems administrator will be working in a team required to maintain and evolve an environment comprised of Active Directory, AD FS, Exchange Online, System Center (SCCM and SCOM) and Windows file servers. Additionally, this person will assist in the management of other services supported by the team such as Identity Management, Unified Communications and Linux server administration. Additionally, this person will assist in the management of other services supported by the team such as Unified Communications (VoIP).

Primary Responsibilities:
Install, configure, and maintain technical systems to support business processing requirements.
Provide Level 2 and 3 technical support, assist in the evaluation of new products and services, and may manage vendor service level agreements.
Install and troubleshoot systems to ensure functional objectives of the business are met.
Implement and maintain system management software, as well as research, analyze, and implement software patches and hardware modifications to resolve deficiencies.
Perform capacity and resource planning by assessing risks and developing contingency plans.
Maintain production change control schedule and, when needed, assist in the change control.
Support and schedule operating systems installations and upgrades, as well as layered software packages, in accordance with established IT policies and procedures.
Configure and maintain physical and logical components.
Monitor, analyze, and tune the technical system to achieve optimal performance levels.
Ensure compliance with established standards, policies, and configuration guidelines.
Develop and maintain a comprehensive technical system configuration and database library of all supporting documentation.
Schedules, installs, upgrades and maintains operating systems and software.
Recommend strategies on modelling, physical design and application tuning.
Assists in the recommendation of strategies for data center and infrastructure management from business continuity, disaster recovery, monitoring, storage, security.
Routinely audits hardware and software to ensure compliance with established standards, policies, procedures, and configuration guidelines.
Implements and use backup and restore techniques.
Mentors less experienced Systems Specialist on an ongoing and often formal basis.
Performs other duties as assigned

Undergraduate Degree

Five (5) years’ related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities:
CERTIFICATION: MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) considered an asset.Email: Exchange Online, Office 365, sendmail, postfix. Identity management: AD FS, Active Directory, SailPoint IdentityIQ. Operating Systems: Windows Server 2016, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Cloud Services: vmWare vSphere, Azure IaaS. Scripting: PowerShell, Ansible. Systems management: System Center Configuration Manager, Group Policies. Monitoring tools: System Center Operations Manager. Unified communication: Skype For Business Server, Cisco Unified Contact Center Express. Networking protocols: TCP/IP, IPv6, DNS, DHCP, LDAP, SMTP.English and French, spoken and written.

Additional Information:
Part of the on-call rotation. Schedule may include work outside of usual business hours.

How to Apply:
Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to IT Services:


McGill University, HR IT Services

688 Sherbrooke Street West, 16th floor

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 3R1


(514) 398-4451


careeropportunity.its [at]

  • Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*
We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, IT Services will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at angela.campbell [at] or 514-398-1660.

Information Technology Services
Network and Communications Services

Salary Range:
(Grade 07) $67,300 - $89,800 (midpoint) - $116,800


One (1) year (renewable)

Reporting to:
Portfolio Manager, Core Infrastructure Applications

Reference no.:

Post Date:
Friday, January 31, 2020