Systems Design Specialist (Technology Lead)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – K – Exempt
  • 04 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
University Police
University Police and Public Safety
Full/Part Time:


University Police and Public Safety (UPPS) is currently seeking a technology lead for their Commonwealth-wide operations. This includes direct responsibility for all local, unique hardware and software such as computer aided dispatch stations, voice recorders, fingerprinting, and body cameras. The technology lead will the primary liaison for UPPS leadership and staff to other IT organizations within Penn State and local municipalities. As such, responsibilities includes indirect support for software and hardware managed by external entities such as specialized networking, computer aided dispatch, records management, and virtual desktops. The technology lead will provide IT expertise to UPPS staff and be the university expert in police-related technology needs and solutions. The technology lead will be responsible for planning and managing the UPPS IT budget. They may participate in procurement activities and manage student, part-time, or consultant staff. They will be responsible for planning and managing small scale projects that don't have an F&B project manager assigned. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. This position will require a wide breadth of technical experience in the application of technology in operational settings. Knowledge and application of security technologies and techniques is required due to sensitive criminal justice information processing. Excellent communication and influence skills are required to manage relationships with internal staff and external providers. Planning and basic project management skills are required. A customer service attitude, flexibility, and innovation are crucial abilities required of this position. UPPS is a 24x7 operation with a life-safety mission and this position requires on-call support. Penn State and the University Police and Public Safety are committed to fostering diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088