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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research System Administrator II in United States

Job Description Summary: This is a system administration position with Enterprise Core Services (ECS) and is responsible for the installation, maintenance, administration, troubleshooting, and enhancement of computing systems, operating systems, and other system software and hardware. This individual will work directly with the Enterprise and Information Platforms (EIP) group within ECS, the NCAR/UCAR Service Desk (NUSD), and other systems administrators throughout the organization, and will be responsible for the development and documentation of procedures used for large scale management of operating systems and software installation, troubleshooting issues escalated from NUSD, and working with organization-wide configuration management teams to support Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, and Linuxb workstation computers.

Position Details:

Visa Sponsored Job:


Relocation Assistance Eligible:


Job Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Position Type & Term:

Full time, Regular

Compensation Range:

Salary Range $79,698 - $99,624

Final salary and rates are based on education, experience, skills relevant to the role.

Application Notes

Application Deadline:

  • This position will be posted until Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 11:59 PM MT.

Required application materials: (preferably in PDF Format)

  • Resumé

  • Cover letter

  • Questionnaire

Background Checks: Conducted for candidates selected for hire. Learn more ( .

Work Location: This position is hybrid, requiring at least three days in-person at our Boulder, CO locations (Mesa Lab and Foothills Labs). Regardless of flexible work arrangements, UCAR requires ALL positions to be performed within the U.S., excluding U.S. Territories.

What You Will Do

Here is a brief summary of what one would expect to be generally responsible for in this role.

User support (40%):

  • Works in conjunction with NUSD to provide daily support for users in a heterogeneous environment consisting of Apple, Microsoft, and Linux systems. Collaborates and works closely with organization-wide configuration management engineering teams to develop, document, and implement solutions and tools to manage desktop systems at scale and to train NUSD in those procedures. Consults with users regarding problems that have been escalated by NUSD. Investigates and solves operating system or hardware level problems independently. Assists users in defining and implementing special applications and hardware requirements.

​General Systems Administration (40%):

  • Works with tools such as JAMF Pro, MECM, Intune, and Ansible to automate desktop installations and management with a primary focus on Apple hardware and macOS. Creates processes that automate routine tasks. Is an active contributor to group discussions regarding the direction of computer systems and support and may lead smaller technical teams. Manages the yearly bulk computer deployment. Develops and maintains inventory management processes. Communicates with vendors regarding software licensing or hardware. Investigate new cloud computing technologies relative to systems management. Manages backup technologies and assists with deployment strategies.

Research new hardware and software products to improve end user computing and systems administration tasks (10%).

Makes recommendations on solutions and best practices. Creates and maintains on-line documentation about the computing environment that targets users, NUSD, and other systems administrators (10%).

Who We'd Love To Join Our Team

Successful candidates will ensure their application materials speak to the following criteria:Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in computer-related field and progressive relevant experience, which is typically gained by four to eight years

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Strong customer service skills and ability to work effectively with a variety of people.

  • Complete understanding and experience of Apple macOS systems administration.

  • Complete understanding of JAMF Pro

  • Skill and knowledge in enterprise software support platforms.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

  • Demonstrated knowledge Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Intune..

  • Skilled in TCP/IP networking.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of PC hardware

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skilled at addressing macOS security issues and best practices.

  • Ability to work in a team environment and communicate effectively with team members.


  • Apple Certified Technician

  • 1-2 years’ experience in systems administration in a networked computing environment.

  • Experience with bulk purchase and acquisition of systems.

    Benefits Overview

    UCAR affirms its commitment to employees through competitive benefits ( . In addition to medical, dental, vision, retirement, and life insurance, UCAR offers a variety of programs focused on work-life balance and professional, and personal development. These include:

  • Tuition Assistance, time off allowance to attend classes, and other professional development opportunities

  • UCAR contributes 10% of your eligible pay into your retirement account; 100% fully vested on day one

  • Starting minimum accrual of 20 days of personal time off each year (prorated for less than full-time positions)

  • 10 paid holidays

  • 10 days of sick leave each year

  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave

  • Short-term medical leave paid at 100% of your regular salary

  • EcoPass for local Colorado residents to use the Denver and Boulder-area transit system at no cost

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Our organization is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and fostering a culture where everyone feels welcome and supported. To learn more about these efforts, visit the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan ( and our Diversity & Inclusion: A Welcoming Workplace ( site.

    Research shows that women and people of color are less likely to apply for a position if they do not meet almost 100% of the desired skills and experience . Please note this is not necessary! If you meet the minimum requirements and have a passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We can provide on-the-job training for the rest!

    Some Final Considerations

    At UCAR|NCAR|UCP, you will work alongside a dedicated team of professionals conducting critical research and community outreach to solve complex Earth system science problems including climate change, air pollution, extreme weather, floods, drought, wildfires, and space weather, all with the goal of improving human life and reducing economic loss. Each of us, from scientists to the professionals who support their work, serves the public and a collaborative community of scientists in our mission to understand the complex processes that make up the Earth system, from the ocean floor to the Sun’s core.

Flexible Work

At UCAR, we are committed to supporting our mission by giving staff the flexibility to find the schedule and location that works best to maintain their own work-life circumstances and reach their full potential as professionals. Many positions within our organization are eligible for fully on-site, hybrid, fully-remote and/or flexible work schedules.

Equal Opportunity Employer

UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at UCAR.

Export Control

All positions are required to comply with U.S. export compliance regulations work location requirements regarding access to facilities and research systems.

Visa Wait Times

Please consider the length of visa procurement when applying for this posting, understanding that you will not be able to begin employment until you are able to get a visa and enter the U.S.