Senior Systems Administrator (MT0448, IST3F, GR7)

Job Category: 
Term positions for management and excludeds

Position Summary: 

Supports the IT infrastructure with specific emphasis on the daily operational administration, maintenance and security. Assure the reliability, stability and availability of all IT infrastructure components. Builds and delivers systems to the business and diagnoses issues impacting systems and applications. The Sr. Systems Administrator should have the ability to research, design and implement hardware and software solutions. Provides technical leadership to less experienced team members.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Implement and maintain system management software, as well as research, analyze, and implement software patches and hardware modifications to resolve deficiencies.
  • Perform capacity and resource planning by assessing risks and developing contingency plans.
  • Maintain production change control schedule and, when needed, assist in the change control.
  • Support and schedule operating systems installations and upgrades, as well as layered software packages, in accordance with established IT policies and procedures.
  • Configure and maintain physical and logical components.
  • Monitor, analyze, and tune the technical system to achieve optimal performance levels. 
  • Ensure compliance with established standards, policies, and configuration guidelines.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive technical system configuration and database library of all supporting documentation.
  • Schedules, installs, upgrades and maintains operating systems and software.
  • Recommend strategies on modeling, physical design and application tuning. 
  • Assists in the recommendation of strategies for data center and infrastructure management from business continuity, disaster recovery, monitoring, storage, security.
  • Routinely audits hardware and software, via automation where possible, to ensure compliance with established standards, policies, procedures, and configuration guidelines. 
  • Implements and use backup and restore techniques. 
  • Provide Level 2 and 3 technical support, assist in the evaluation of new products and services, and may manage vendor service level agreements.
  • Mentors less experienced Systems Specialist on an ongoing and often formal basis.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate Degree

Five (5) years’ related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 

Network (Core, internet edge, datacenter, distribution, access layers) and Wireless Architecture with high availability and BC/DR focus.Cisco switches, routers, nexus, VPN, Cisco NextGen Firewalls, ACS, ISE, Cisco UCS. Aruba wireless APs and controllers. F5 load balancers.Efficient IP DNS/DHCP. APC (or others) UPS. PoE devices. Deployment, configuration and customization using network monitoring and provisioning tools: MRTG/CACTI, ICINGA, NetQOS, Libre NMS, Ansible, others. Proficiency in Unix/Linux, Windows, VMware. Working knowledge with GIT, or other version control source code repositories. Security devices: IDS/IPS (Cisco, tipping point), ASA firewalls. Scripting languages: Bash/Korn Shell, Perl, PHP, SQL, Python. Netconf, XML, Yang, SNMP experience is desired. Experience with Cisco/Tail-f NSO is desired. Experience automating SDN/NFV/NFVI Infrastructure is desired. Experience with APIs, orchestration, automation, DevOps, REST for infrastructure orchestration. Protocols and Standards: DNS, DNSv6, TCP/IP, IPv6, DHCP, LAN, WAN, VRF, QOS, VoIP, SNMP, OSPF, BGP, RIP, IPSec, GRE, PKI, SSL, WPA/WPS2, TKIP/AES, 802.11abgn, 802.11ac, RADIUS, FCoE, 802.1X, CERTIFICATION: CCNA, CCNP.Self-motivated team player. Design solutions. English and French, spoken and written.

Additional Information:

Part of the on-call rotation. Schedule may include work outside of usual business hours.

 How To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to IT Services:


McGill University, HR IT Services

688 Sherbrooke Street West, 16th floor

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 3R1


(514) 398-4451


careeropportunity.its [at]

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, IT Services will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at angela.campbell [at] or 514-398-1660.

Information Technology Services
Network and Communications Services
Salary Range: 
(Grade 07) $65,700 – $87,600 (midpoint) - $113,900
Two (2) years
Reporting to: 
Network Infrastructure Manager
Reference no.: