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Systems Administrator - Windows

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The Nature Conservancy
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Arlington, VA

The Nature Conservancy


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Published 13 days ago

competitive

About Us

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

 

Position Summary

The Systems Administrator position is part of a small, high-performing team supporting over 300 servers and over 4,000 users. Our goal is to ensure that our systems are reliable, secure, and responsive, enabling effective conservation and operations for TNC staff, volunteers, and partners. 

This position has a focus of administering our core Microsoft-based systems such as Office365 (Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Azure AD), Active Directory, and Citrix, within a small team of systems administrators who share responsibility for these systems. The position’s primary technical focus is Office365 services and Active Directory, and its functional focus is operations, with an emphasis on managing and supporting our Windows environments. The position also has some involvement in planning and upgrading existing systems and services, engineering and implementing operational improvements, and implementing new systems as specified by the Senior Systems Administrators.

 

Engineering and Project Support

  • Establish hardware upgrade requirements by understanding and anticipating business needs and goals over the proposed system lifecycle of existing systems.
  • Test procedures for new or upgraded servers/systems including installation, upgrades and disaster recovery.
  • Provide informal technical leadership on small systems, development projects, and facilitate effective technical or other decisions within diverse, consensus-based project teams.

 

Operations and Support

  • Perform daily system monitoring, verifying the integrity and availability of all hardware, server resources, enterprise systems and key processes, reviewing system/security logs, and verifying completion of scheduled jobs such as backups. Take action as needed on any issues identified.
  • Shared/rotating responsibility for responding to after-hours pager alerts from monitoring systems.
  • Repair and recover from hardware or software failures. Coordinate and communicate with impacted constituencies for Tier I or II issues, escalate to principal SA/management for Tier III.

 

Maintenance

  • Perform maintenance or problem remediation activities during Wednesday early morning and / or monthly Saturday maintenance windows.
  • Apply OS/application patches and service packs on a regular basis, and upgrade administrative tools and utilities and other third-party software.
  • Maintain operational, configuration, or other documentation / procedures.
  • Coordinate 3rd party vendor site visits for small scale application or server maintenance.

 

SA Project Management

  • Manage small scale assigned projects, including tracking objectives, milestones, constituent communication and hardware and staff resource coordination.

 

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with a technical major such as engineering or computer science, or equivalent work experience and demonstrated proficiency in technical analysis and written technical documentation.
  • 1 1/2 years’ experience [SC1] administering a complex Active Directory environment of at least 1000 users, including at least three of the following:
  • Maintaining a multi-site AD forest with Enterprise Administrator-level privileges.
  • Creating and deploying new GPOs, as well as maintaining existing GPOs in a multi-site domain/forest.
  • Maintaining an AD/Windows-based PKI (Certificate Authority)
  • Performing tests of authoritative and non-authoritative AD recovery procedures.
  • Performed migration of a multi-site or multi-domain (or both) Active Directory forest to Windows 2012 R2 or Windows 2016.
  • Provisioning of AD access to outside parties and cloud platforms
  • Experience with Microsoft DNS, DHCP, File and Print Services, Failover Clustering, SQL Server
  •  [SC1]Degree and # of years can not be changed. For this job the years is 1 ½ years

About Us

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Arlington, VA
Associated Location
4245 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203

How to Apply

To view the full position description and apply, please visit https://careers.nature.org. Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will remain open until filled. If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Please visit our career center for a full list of all our open positions globally – new positions are posted often!

To view the full position description and apply, please visit https://careers.nature.org. Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will remain…

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