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Department: Visual & Critical Studies, Honors and Art History
Job Type: Full-Time
Available From: Jan 14, 2021
Reports To: Department Chair



JOB TITLE:                            Senior Systems Administrator


DEPARTMENT:                   Visual & Critical Studies, Honors and Art History


STATUS:                                   Exempt


REPORTS TO:                         Chair of the Department


POSITION OVERVIEW:        Responsible for daily operations, implementation, maintenance, and continuous operation of all technology-related issues for the students, faculty, and administration of the BFA VCS and Art History departments, and Honors Program while maintaining positive and professional relationships.


WORK SCHEDULE:               M-F, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Full Time)





Server, Network and Systems Administration:


  • Recommend, plan and implement future computer technological for departmental growth pertaining to networking, server, and client systems
  • 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 networking department and academic departments
  • Coordinate with Director of Operations to analyze and evaluate networking, server, and client system usage
  • Perform routine maintenance checks and update installs on servers, local and networked client systems
  • Maintain back up of Departmental digital assets
  • Develop plan for MDM of departmental devices
  • Prepare for long term online classes, including support staff, faculty, and students


Audio/Visual Development & Maintenance:

  • Maintain, repair, and develop life-cycle plans for pre-existing smart classrooms
  • Liaison with college Audio Visual Services department and other departments making use of Art History classrooms for instructional needs
  • Advise and install AV needs for departmental exhibitions
  • Maintain technology library for departmental exhibitions





Technical Support & Maintenance:

  • Address and solve student issues in respect to desktop, software, hardware, and peripheral equipment needs
  • Installation and maintenance of all software, hardware, and peripherals (printers and scanners)
  • Provide computer hardware and software support for computers, printers, studio desktops, faculty, administrative staff, and dept. chair
  • Enforce policies and procedures for departmental equipment lending
  • Assist with coordinating off-site equipment repairs
  • Coordinate with IT department for advanced hardware and software troubleshooting
  • Assist students with questions related to web-specific class projects and related technologies
  • Maintain departments web presence including archived content, managing domains and web hosting, and basic updates

Departmental Support:

  • Research technology and assert recommendations for classes, studios, and administration
  • Curate, expand, and maintain a technology lending library available for staff and students
  • Develop and coordinate with staff and student workers to design and implement all departmental online and multi-media projects including: department website, social outreach, and educational technology
  • Assist in the design and content for promotional materials related to department projects such as: annual open studio, senior thesis exhibition, and various other student opportunities
  • Maintain a digital archive and database of all matriculated student work
  • Liaison with outside vendors and coordinate with director of operations on purchase requests
  • Coordinate departmental support with staff from various administrative and educational departments in the college
  • Maintain repair records, inventories of hardware/software
  • Maintain an organized and clean workspace
  • Attend weekly meetings with the department chair




  • Conduct workshops for new faculty on computer, printer, and studio desktop policies and procedures
  • Train and supervise work-study assistants in effective communication methods, general troubleshooting, promoting a more effective and efficient working environment




·      Bachelor’s degree required

·      Expert knowledge of macOS, MDM, JAMF Pro, Learning Management Software (Instructure Canvas)

·      Experience with Extron or related smart classroom technology

·      Educational environment experience preferred

·      Essential skills include creating system images, creating custom scripts and applications to handle preference, hardware and software conflicts

·      Knowledge of standards-based web development methodologies and technologies

·      Ability to troubleshoot software and hardware a must

·      Basic knowledge in front-end web development technologies

·      Working knowledge of all Adobe Creative Cloud

·      Ability to work independently, be detail-oriented, and understand basic art-making principles

·      Interest in art production and willingness to help students on projects

·      Diplomacy and professionalism when working with individuals via email, over the phone, and in-person

·      Must be a team player with the ability to identify issues and be proactive in driving solutions

·      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)


School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.

Please click on the link to apply: https://www.applicantpro.com/openings/sva/jobs/1640386/NY-New-York/New-York/Senior-Systems-Administrator-Visual-Critical.

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.