Senior Windows Server Administrator | Minnestar

Minnesota IT Services

Working Title: Senior Windows Server Administrator
Job Class: Information Technology Specialist 4
Agency: Minnesota IT Services

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 03/20/2024
  • Closing Date: 03/26/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota IT Services
  • Division/Unit: Office of Enterprise Tech
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $34.95 – $57.65 / hourly; $72,975 – $120,373 / annually
  • Job Class Option: Systems Software
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Administrative
  • Telework Eligible: Yes #LI-Hybrid
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Join the 2,500+ professionals of Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) who connect Minnesotans to services that will improve their lives. This position will be part of the Enterprise Services team, which delivers a full suite of services to state agencies, boards, councils, and commissions, and many central services to local government partners. 

Job Summary

This position will administer critical management of information systems used by all divisions within MNIT Services and MNIT’s customers.  The incumbent will lead day to day maintenance efforts as well as projects across the Enterprise, including physical and virtual servers on prem and in the cloud (Azure), to ensure stable continued operations in a compliant manner and to deliver feature and capacity enhancements through projects as required.

Responsibilities include managing major technologies and/or supporting technologies as follows:

  • Provide expertise in analysis of network computing operations, maintenance, and support
  • Lead system rebuild/replacement projects, utilizing a Cloud-First strategy
  • Meet with MNIT stake holders to elicit needs, establish project plans, and agree upon strategies
  • Act as a point of escalation to lower tiers of support for server hardware and software and administration
  • Server activity monitoring
  • Provide additional support for managing, troubleshooting, and ensuring the stability of the MNIT Enterprise server infrastructure and MNIT Enterprise Active Directory
  • Infrastructure and configuration according to industry best practices and security requirements
  • Ensure that all systems have malware/antivirus protection as is appropriate
  • Plan for, test, and implement infrastructure firmware, operating system, and driver patching
  • Evaluate security recommendations for server build standards
  • Server backup and restore
  • Server IIS Support

This position is currently eligible for full-time telework:  

  • Telework for Minnesota IT Services allows an employee to perform work from a telework location and an employee may be required to be in the office based on business needs and other dependencies in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Only candidates located in Minnesota and bordering states (Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin) are telework eligible.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must clearly demonstrate all of the following qualifications in their resume: 

Position requires a minimum of four (4) years of IT related experience. Experience must include:

  • Advanced knowledge of Window Server administration.
  • Knowledge and experience with Azure DevOps, including Infrastructure as Code and Configuration Management.
  • Experience and knowledge of Microsoft Server Clustering planning, deployment and management.
  • Administration of Windows Servers in Azure and other cloud platforms.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Operating System scripting, including batch file creation, PowerShell, command-line registry manipulation, scheduled tasks and command-based configuration.
  • Sophisticated troubleshooting ability, including the ability to create and test hypotheses based on relative likelihood, a willingness and ability to creatively consider all possible causes for a problem and test appropriately.   Advanced experience in problem diagnosis, remediation and testing.
  • Ability to deliver effective verbal or written messages that facilitate a mutual understanding on both parties.
  • Customer service skills that include active listening, empathy, and problem-solving.

A master’s degree in Information Technology or an IT related field substitutes for three (3) years of experience, OR an IT related bachelor’s degree substitutes for two (2) years, OR an IT related associate’s degree substitutes for one (1) year.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Active Directory and Group Policy implementation and best practices.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Windows server operating systems, including installation, configuration, monitoring and maintenance of the operating system(s).
  • Experience and understanding of server administrator concepts, including server creation, physical server conversions and host server operations.
  • Effective customer service skills, including the ability to interact frequently with end-users and other staff.
  • Clear and concise communication with MNIT staff and end-users, including the ability to effectively present technical concepts to both technical and non-technical staff to ensure their understanding.

Additional Requirements

It is the policy of Minnesota IT Services that a successful candidate must pass all legally required checks prior to employment which may consist of the following:

  • SEMA4 Records Check (applies to current and past state employees only)
  • Criminal History Check
  • Reference Check
  • Social Security and Address Verification
  • Education Verification
  • Other legally required checks

Minnesota IT Services will not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Job Type: Full-time
Compensation: $34.95 - $57.65 / hourly - $72,975 - $120,373 / annually
Compensation Type: Salaried
Location: St Paul, MN - Telework
Posted by Karla Larson on March 20, 2024