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Systems & Network Administrator

Albany, NY US District Court - Northern District of New York

Information Technology

Systems & Network Administrator 

The U.S. District Court, Northern District of NY is accepting applications for a full time Systems & Network Administrator position in either Syracuse or Albany. Employment is subject to successful completion of a background investigation including fingerprinting.

Introduction: The Systems & Network Administrator is a member of the shared services IT Department and is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the information technology servers and network infrastructure. This includes the planning, acquisition, application, operation, integration, and maintenance of all automated systems, equipment, and networks operating within the District Court and Probation/Pretrial Office for the Northern District of New York. The incumbent performs both routine and complex systems and network administration duties, including developing standards, recommending network and/or systems infrastructure changes, and coordinating and implementing network security measures. The incumbent is responsible for high-level and long-term design and analysis of the District’s servers and IT systems. The incumbent is responsible for implementing local security policies, processes, and technologies that are consistent with the National Information Security Program as well as for collaborating with other judiciary stakeholders, such as the Administrative Office and other court IT personnel, to identify and collectively advance security initiatives both within and beyond the District’s boundaries. Occasional evening, weekend, and holiday work is required.

Summary of Representative Duties and Responsibilities:
• Advise management on all aspects of network automation needs, objectives, and capabilities, including anticipation of future requirements and potential problems. Develop short and long range automation improvement plans for the court unit; ensuring changes can be implemented with minimal disruption.
• Maintain and support the court’s local area networks (LAN), wide area network (WAN) and virtual network infrastructure (VLAN) technology. This includes routers, switches, firewalls, cabling, and all associated devices. Perform upgrades on existing systems and configure new systems.
• Monitors network infrastructure and components, including all servers and workstations, and implements improvements to performance and security. Acts as an assistant Custodial Officer for inventory management.
• Establish and maintain procedures, protocols, data security, and backup plans. Protect data from loss by designing, monitoring, testing and verifying the disaster recovery plan.
• Provide network analysis and modify, implement, and support VMware infrastructure, Virtual Servers, and storage.
• Maintain COOP and disaster recovery processes as related to network services, server virtualization and VDI.
• Manage and execute implementation plans for major automated systems such as Lotus Domino Server and National Active Directory. Adapt software and create systems documentation; perform testing; and establish operating procedures. Establish security systems for hardware, software, and data. Conduct post-implementation testing to ensure adequacy of systems and applications and recommend changes, as required.
• Establish and maintain system operating procedures, protocols, data security, backup plans, and user permissions. Develop, modify, and maintain local court technical documentation for administered systems, including procedures, policies, and manuals for all supported systems.
• Develop specific system features to satisfy local court unit needs, including developing adaptations to national systems. Participate in the planning for and the acquisition of specific alternate and backup systems for the District.
• Administer VMware server-level virtualization, VMware desktop-level virtualization including virtual desktop hardware, and SQL Server, IIS, and related applications.
• Troubleshoot and resolve complex operational and network-related automation problems and ensure an effective cyclical maintenance program for all office automation equipment, and for the planning, procurement and installation/upgrade of all national systems and applications.
• Work closely with information technology professionals within the district and circuit to ensure operational integration and efficiency. Interact with IT professionals at the AO and counterparts in other districts to exchange information on new developments and refinements.
• Establish and deliver training regarding system use and capabilities to court staff.
• Performs other related duties or special projects, as assigned.

Qualifications: To qualify for the classification level 27, applicants must have at least two years of specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the CL-25, or completion of a bachelor’s degree, or completion of one academic year of graduate study in an IT related field.

To qualify for the classification level 28, applicants must have at least two years of specialized experience, including at least one year equivalent to work at the CL-27 or completion of a master’s degree or two years of graduate study in an IT related field.

Preferred Skills: Applicants should possess strong organizational skills and proven analytical, planning, and problem-solving skills. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and in a team environment. Applicants should also demonstrate integrity, tact, good judgment, initiative, and the ability to work with a wide variety of people with diverse backgrounds.


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