University of California

Oakland, CA, USA

Full time

$105.5-200.7k (annually)


Aug 26

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Department Overview

As a security first organization, Technology Delivery Services (TDS) is part of the Information Technology (IT) Department. The TDS teams include Information Security, Planning (architecture and PMO), Application Development, HR & Payroll Development, Infrastructure, and Client Services teams. We maintain an innovative, inclusive, and supportive work environment.

Position Summary

The UCOP Infrastructure Operations team is growing and searching for an energetic, self-starter to serve in a new Cloud Operations Specialist role. This position will play a primary role in the support and optimization of UCOP's Windows OS hosts residing in AWS and on-premise in our San Diego datacenter.

The Sr. Cloud Operations Specialist will provide oversight, operational support and maintenance of all the system components systems hosted in AWS and on-prem systems. The ideal candidate will also assist in growing and developing AWS expertise within the Infrastructure Operations team as we move our on-prem environment into the AWS cloud space. The ideal candidate will have significant Windows Server Administration experience, SCCM, Microsoft AD experience, and AWS cloud experience. The position requires a background rooted in customer service, extensive collaboration with cross functional teams, and excellent time management skills.

Key Responsibilities

50% Responsible for system performance analysis, tuning, OS patching and capacity planning efforts across UCOP’s systems residing on-premise and in AWS. Investigate, analyze, test and make recommendations regarding technology improvements, best practices, standardization, scaling, upgrades, cost optimizations and modifications to the infrastructure and cloud services to help realize cloud benefits. Perform complex analysis to acquire, install, modify, and support operating systems, software, databases, scripts, utilities, tools, and security standards. Must stay current on updates to AWS service offerings in order to recommend the best solutions.

20% Perform detailed analysis of unit and user needs, documentation of requirements, risk assessment and translation into proper system and process requirement specifications. Standardize and improve scalability, stability, efficiency, costs, and security for all aspects of UCOP’s systems hosted in AWS.

20% Utilize excellent interpersonal skills sufficient to work with both technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization. Elicit, communicate, present, and train technical and non- technical team members with information in a clear and concise manner.

10% Understand and apply industry, community, department and unit practices, standards, policies and procedures in depth. May serve as technical lead for a team of IT professionals working on multiple projects of moderate to broad scope.


Required Qualifications

  • Min 8 years of experience in a related IT role.

Skills And Abilities

Required Qualifications

  • Significant, hands-on experience and an understanding of best practices of Windows Server Administration, VMware, SCCM and Active Directory, experience with AWS (or Azure) cloud services, focusing on hosts, storage and security. (i.e. EC2, S3, Security Groups). Experience with Terreform and git for cloud deployments and some experience with Cloud migrations.
  • Ability to learn new technical skills/services quickly through comprehensive research and analysis and the ability to produce clear and concise recommendations and guidance.
  • Advanced knowledge of business and process analysis functions.
  • Knowledge of the design, development and application of technology and systems to address cross functional team business needs.
  • Works independently, as part of a team, or collaboratively with team members and maintains cooperative environment fostering continuous teaching and learning while meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels of the organization as well as executive-level management.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with AWS cloud services.
  • Disaster Recovery practices and planning experience.
  • Experience with Rubrik, Datadog monitoring, netapp, and AWS Code Pipelines
  • Knowledge of AWS Systems Manager and Cloud OpsWorks (Puppet) or Ansible.
  • Previous experience in a role managing or designing centralized technology services that meets the needs of cross-functional teams across enterprise application solutions, preferably in higher education environment.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Licenses and Certifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate or Professional.

Job Title

Systems Administrator 4

Job Code


Salary Grade

Grade 25


$140,000 - $163,000

Full Salary Range:

$105,500 - $200,700

The University of California, Office of the President, is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range shows the growth potential for this position and the pay scale is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position.

How To Apply

Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.

Additional Info

Applicants who wish to work fully remote from within CA, hybrid, or onsite will be considered. Must reside in California (or be willing to relocate within 12 months).


The first review date for this job is (9/15/2023) . The position will be open until filled.


Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy

August 2021 Update: The University of California has issued a policy requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID -19 before physically accessing the University location or programs. Upon hire into a UCOP position, you will be provided detailed instructions on how to comply with this policy including access to the COVID vaccination at no cost. New hires to UCOP who work onsite or will come onsite for any activities at a UCOP or other UC location must comply with this policy within 8 weeks after their start date. The policy allows for employees to request approval for an exception or deferral. UC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy


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