Systems Administrator

Systems Administrator–HOWARD UNIVERSITY

SALARY GRADE:            HU-13


The purpose of this position is to install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet system or a segment of a network system. Maintain network hardware and software. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May supervise other network support and client server specialists and plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures.


Responsible for orienting and training others, and assigning and reviewing their work.  May also be responsible for acting in a lead or senior capacity over other positions performing essentially the same work, or related technical tasks and reporting to a higher level on a formal basis.

NATURE AND SCOPE:  Internal contacts generally include administrators, faculty, students and staff. External contacts generally include vendors, consultants, visitors and the general public.


Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all configurations. Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations. Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary. Plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures to protect data, software, and hardware. Configure, monitor, and maintain email applications or virus protection software. Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks, and to coordinate computer network access and use. Load computer tapes and disks, and install software and printer paper or forms.
Design, configure, and test computer hardware, networking software and operating system software.
Monitor network performance to determine whether adjustments need to be made, and to determine where changes will need to be made in the future. Confer with network users about how to solve existing system problems.

Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field and 5-7 years of related work experience. 12 years of related work experience may be substituted in lieu of educational qualifications.