Systems Design Specialist 4 (System Design Specialist)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Information Technology
Full/Part Time:


The Solution Engagement Team in Infrastructure, a unit of Enterprise IT, is seeking a highly motivated and specialized Systems Design Specialist with a passion for providing professional customer service and operational excellence. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent problem solving skills, adapt to and quickly learn new systems and technologies, and uphold a commitment to security best practices. Primary duties include: consulting with and responding to customer requests; Linux and Windows server administration; migration and management of virtual machines within VMware/ESXi environment; managing, upgrading, and refreshing software; following ITSM processes (Incident, Request, Change); collaborating with peers in the evaluation, development, and implementation of new and improved systems and solutions; and participating in continuous service improvement. Engagements often bring existing solutions into a new data center environment, therefore the successful candidate must have moderate knowledge of data manipulation via structured queries and regular expressions and automation (python scripting and ansible). Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus eight years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field preferred. Experience with network monitoring applications, switching fabrics and VXLAN preferred, as well as work-related background with enterprise LANs, authentication methods, VLANs, Spanning Tree, and Layer 3 switching. Firewall administration and experience with the Brocade VDX/Juniper product line is desired. The required knowledge, skills and behaviors for this position include: collaborating with and supporting team members; strong verbal and written communication skills, including documentation and knowledge base articles; be proactive in providing superior customer service to groups that depend on the service; have a strong desire to analyze/diagnose problems, be flexible, and maintain critical thinking abilities under pressure; possess strong time-management and organizational skills. 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