Systems Administrator

Bowie MD Leidos


Leidos Defense Systems is seeking a Systems Administrator to work in our Bowie, MD office. You will be part of an IT and engineering team responsible for the design, deployment, maintenance, configuration management, monitoring, and trouble shooting of an expanding infrastructure supporting a multi-platform, multi-site, high availability, secure, real-time network.

The work to be performed will require that the candidate be able to work comfortably at several levels of support from resolving networks problems, through the installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of network equipment, software, and services from commercial vendors. Provide updates to management for strategic planning purposes. 

Projects and tasks will be assigned and at times self-initiated requiring independent judgement in balancing of resources, schedules, work hours, as well as travel to regional sites to obtain results. Work will require ability to manage the risk for PC workstations and peripherals, and ancillary equipment.

Primary Responsibilities

The selected individual will be responsible for performing daily system administration and O&M support activities in support of a complex network environment with geographically distributed systems. The position entails the daily sustainment of existing computing and network systems at various locations, with a particular focus on the set-up and maintenance of an off-site location. Will be responsible for monitoring infrastructure systems, applications, and processes, and for ensuring that all issues are identified, tracked, and resolved in a timely manner. She/he will provide support for all infrastructure systems and will respond to hardware and software incidents impacting local users as well as working with and taking direction from senior system administrators, at times working with them remotely from other locations.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Handling IT Help Desk calls and emails, ensuring all interactions are handled timely and in a professional manner.
  • Utilizing enterprise monitoring solutions to identify alarms that have been triggered against the environments.
  • Working with other engineers and technicians in identifying, troubleshooting, and correcting hardware and software issues including network connectivity.
  • Providing technical assistance to companion work groups in support of overlapping projects and maintaining good inter-departmental relations.
  • Communicating with users and publishing status of any system outages, as needed.
  • Proactively contacting customers when infrastructure processes are significantly delayed or may impact their ability to complete a business function on time.
  • Executing the process for managing information assurance vulnerability alerts (IAVAs) and system security scanning for equipment suites in accordance with the System Security Plans for these systems to rapidly and accurately identify and remediate IAVAs.
  • Initiating IAVA responses and system security scans; completing remediation; extending IAVA patches and security updates on various IT and network systems.
  • Participating in the creation and ongoing maintenance of documentation to ensure clear, concise, and accurate information is readily available to assist with incident resolution.
  • Providing support for implementing IT enhancements and undertaking project work. 

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related discipline from an accredited college or university. Four (4) years of additional systems administration experience on projects with similar software processes may be substituted for a bachelor’s degree.

  • Must have direct, hands-on experience aiding users in an IT or similar customer service capacity.
  • Experience providing information for and documenting technical processes.
  • Strong familiarity with Data Center design and configuration (e.g. rack and stack, power, placement, etc.).
  • Experience working on an IT/software program that utilizes complex equipment/systems (ex. Network Switches, Routers, LANs, & cabling, Windows/Linux operating systems, VMware, etc.).
  • Familiarity with IT system optimization, monitoring, and/or other technical set-up and troubleshooting.
  • Capable of responding very quickly to customer inquiries in a clear, concise manner, to include providing detailed and comprehensive status reports and follow-ups.
  • Must be committed to adopting and adhering to best practices including compliance with maintenance windows and change control procedures. 
  • Possess strong analytic abilities and must be meticulous and careful in their work.
  • Must be an independent thinker capable of working proficiently independently as well as within a team.
  • Be able to respond to system administration, operations, and maintenance problems on an as-needed or on-call basis.

      Must be a US citizen and possess and maintain a Secret clearance.

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $87,100.00 – $157,450.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.

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