The main function of a systems administrator is to install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN) and Internet system or a segment of a network system. A typical systems administrator is responsible for monitoring network to ensure network availability to all system users and perform necessary maintenance to support network availability.
- Direct staff to perform data backups and disaster recovery operations.
- Direct staff to diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary.
- Review and approve the planning and implementation of network security measures to protect data, software, and hardware.
- Review and approve the configuration of email applications or virus protection software.
- Review and approve the design, configuration and testing of computer hardware, networking software and operating system software.
- Monitor network performance to determine whether adjustments need to be made, and counsel organization on where changes will need to be made in the future.
- Verbal and written communication skills, problem solving skills, customer service and interpersonal skills.
- Strong ability to work independently and manage one’s time.
- Strong mentoring skills necessary to provide support and constructive performance feedback.
- Strong ability to identify, interpret and evaluate system and network requirements.
- Strong knowledge of computer hardware and software as it related to LAN/WAN.
- Associate's degree in computer related field required. Bachelor's degree in computer science preferred.
- 8-10 years experience required.