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Computer Science Systems Administrator

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
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The Department of Computer Science (CS) at the College of William and Mary has an immediate opening for a System Administrator (SA) position.

The Computer Science SA position aids the Computer Science department and assists in creating an environment that promotes experimentation and stretches the limits of the technology. Reporting to Information Technology, the Computer Science SA will manage the computing resources for the Department of Computer Science including those associated with the Computational Operations Research program. Resources include a network of about 150 computers, primarily Linux, with about 25 Mac OSX and a smaller number of Windows machines. The W&M Department of Computer Science is a collegial department of 17 tenure-track and 5 teaching faculty with a strong commitment to both teaching and research.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Participates in technical planning for the Computer Science Department
  • Manages and supports the hardware, network, and software for teaching and research needs. Hardware installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, and replacement. Operating system installation and basic configuration. Monitoring and configuring backups and ensuring system integrity.
  • Installs, supports, and ensures the interoperability of various compilers, architecture simulators, experimental database servers, mathematical software, and production software.
  • Provides a secure and fault tolerant environment. Monitoring system resource utilization (CPU, memory, disk, network) and workload to ensure effective use of the systems. Maintains physical and network security as well an operating environment conducive to the academic pursuits of the Computer Science department.
  • Manages user accounts. Performs software installation and maintenance. Assists faculty and students with system related questions and problems.
  • Provides operations and routine system administration support for the Computer Science office servers and desktop/laptop systems (Linux, Mac and Windows environments).
  • Manages the update cycle of the hardware. Work with the offices of Procurement and Property Management in support of the computer life cycle needs of Computer Science. Maintains a detailed equipment inventory.
  • Develops, documents, and communicates plans and procedures involved in the above tasks. Ensures alignment with the academic mission of the department.


The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related technical field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of Linux/Unix/OSX server application technologies (e.g. backup technologies, system monitoring solutions) and various systems services and protocols.
  • Extensive knowledge of current Linux OS configurations, with demonstrated technical abilities and teamwork skills.
  • Demonstrated skill implementing and managing OS security environments and server configurations
  • Ability to learn new and emerging technologies
  • Ability to ensure security of systems with a keen understanding of cyber-security and fault tolerance.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with the proven ability to interact effectively with internal and external customer services and work in a collaborative manner.


  • Extensive experience configuring and managing networked Unix environments with a particular focus on computer and network security.
  • Experience producing technical and procedural documentation.
  • Experience administering Linux/Unix systems from the command line.


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