Bethel University

Senior Systems Architect

Posted Date 1 week ago(3/9/2018 10:03 AM)
Position Number
# of Openings
Info Technology Services
FLSA Status
Months per year
Benefit Eligible
Benefit Eligible

Job Summary

Leads the evaluation of existing systems and technologies and development of strategic solutions, documenting relevant architectural models or views that show how the current and future needs of Bethel University’s IT infrastructure will be met in an efficient, sustainable, agile, and adaptable manner.


  • Provide technical leadership in ITS Infrastructure environment.
  • Ensure documentation is well done and complete.
  • Produce both detailed technical work and system level architecture designs.
  • Develop architecture strategies, integration of technologies and plan for future capacity. Ensure high performance, scalable systems that fit well together and work with other integrated 
  • Establish performance, clustering, sizing and configuration standards for the system builds and help drive system architecture, performance engineering practices and methodologies.
  • Investigate and troubleshoot complex production issues, handle performance tuning and manage issues in network and systems infrastructure.
  • Oversee related platforms and ensure alignment with organizational goals.
  • Provide leadership with server virtualization systems.
  • Identify and Access Management Administration. 
  • Participate in the testing process through test review and analysis of potential technical solutions.
  • Work closely with internal and external product managers and development engineering in a highly collaborative environment. 

Required Skills

  • Must have excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills.
  • Must have the ability to execute and resolve multiple project deliverables and problems.
  • Must be able to serve as a technical lead and mentor within the Infrastructure team; understand/troubleshoot WiFi, LAN, and WAN problems, and campus cabling including Coax, Copper and Fiber.
  • Must have experience managing Identity and Access Management frameworks and various storage technologies (SAN/NAS/DAS).
  • Must understand the TCP/IP protocol suite.
  • Possessing experience with the following is preferred:
    • Novell Identity Manager, Novell eDirectory
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux/Unix and Windows Server
    • SAN, Dell Servers, VMware vSphere
    • ARP, DHCP, DNS, BGP, OSPF, Spanning Tree, and NAT protocols
    • Cisco Networks, Palo Alto, Infoblox DNS/DHCP, Extreme Routers, Cisco ASA User VPN and Avaya VOIP, PC and Mac

Required Experience

7+ years of successful and progressively responsible IT experience, including technical leadership role(s). 7+ years of successful experience in IT resulting in both a broad breadth as well as depth of technical understanding. Experience in project management preferred.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline. Master’s Degree is preferred.

Additional Information

  • This position is 1.0 FTE.
  • Must be able to work at a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to occasionally lift up to 40 lbs. as part of installing/uninstalling network equipment in communication racks. 
  • Must be willing to travel occasionally within the Twin Cities area and other Bethel campus’ nationally for meetings with other institutions, partners, and vendors. 


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