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Department: BFA Photography & Video
Job Type: Full-Time
Available From: Sep 1, 2021
Reports To: Digital Lab Manager, Director of Operations, and C

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Senior Systems Administrator works independently to install and configure server systems, create system client images, and deployment for Macintosh-based network architecture. They are responsible for daily operations, implementation, maintenance, and the continuous operation of all technology-related issues for the 400+ students, faculty, and staff of the BFA Photography & Video department. They maintain collaborative, positive, and professional relationships within the digital team and support faculty and staff across the department with a service-oriented approach to providing technical support.

WORK SCHEDULE: M-F, 8:30am - 4:30pm (Full Time)


Server, Network, and Systems Administration:

  • Recommend, plan and implement network architecture, future computer lab expansions, and technological Departmental growth pertaining to networking, server, and client systems, and
  • Develop, deploy and test server and local and networked client systems
  • Install, configure and maintain servers and related network hardware
  • Recommend and plan departmental network architecture and equipment needs
  • Liaison between IT, Canvas Admin, Provost Office, Networking Services department, and BFA Photography and Video department
  • Coordinate with Digital Lab Manager to analyze and evaluate networking, server, client system usage in regards to current and future
  • Perform routine maintenance checks and update installs on servers, local and networked client systems
  • Create and maintain backup of Departmental digital assets including administrative/staff computers and Extensis Portfolio server

Technical Support & Maintenance:

  • Installation and maintenance of all software, hardware, and peripherals (printers and scanners)
  • Provide computer hardware and software support for digital labs, administrative, faculty, staff, and chair within the department
  • Address and solve student issues in respect to desktop, software, hardware, networking, and peripheral equipment needs
  • Enforce policies and procedures for computer lab facilities
  • Assist with managing off-site equipment repairs
  • Advanced hardware and software troubleshooting
  • Assist students with lab related technologies
  • Assist with maintaining a color management system for student and faculty use
  • Ensure compatibility of all software and hardware
  • Assist in implementing and maintaining digital asset management system
  • Keep current with all annual software maintenance contracts, licenses, and renewals
  • Manage remote backup system for the Chair and Assistant to the Chair

Departmental Support:

  • Streamline and determine digital submission requirements for various student projects and opportunities
  • Maintain a digital archive and database of all matriculated student and alumni artwork
  • Liaison with outside vendors; Filemaker, Apple products, and other server solutions
  • Attend regular meetings with departmental leadership
  • Provide project reports
  • Continually evaluating departmental technological needs and provide solutions for streamlining systems
  • Stay current on trending imaging technologies


  • Conduct workshop for students on digital lab policies and procedures
  • Train lab assistants in effective communication methods, general troubleshooting, promoting a more effective and efficient working environment


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional
  • Expert knowledge of Apple MacOS and MacOS Server required; knowledge of Unix MacOS server structures a plus
  • 5-7 years experience preferred required
  • Apple Certification preferred
  • Educational environment experience preferred
  • Expert Knowledge of Apple Remote Desktop
  • Essential skills include creating system images, deploying images over a network, and creating custom scripts and applications to handle preference, hardware, and software conflicts required
  • Expert knowledge of standards-based web design methodologies and technologies
  • Expert Ability to troubleshooting software and hardware skills a must
  • Working Expert Knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, Adobe products, Microsoft products and other similar digital imaging packages required
  • Working knowledge of FileMaker Pro
  • Knowledge of Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, and DSLR related equipment, VR, AR, and alternative imaging processes such as laser engraving and 3D printing
  • Working knowledge of JAMF Pro is helpful
  • Experience with traditional and digital photography
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with students and faculty to resolve problems
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Flexible with one's work schedule (Schedule is subject to change)
  • Proficiency with Google Suite family products
  • Knowledge of current and forthcoming trends in 4K and 8K video workflow



Please click on the link to apply: https://www.applicantpro.com/openings/sva/jobs/1952823-318330

Cover letter and resume required.

No walk-ins or phone calls, please.


The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principle of the College. SVA enjoys a community that represents a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply.