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South Dakota State University
Division of Technology & Security
South Dakota
Posted: 05/3/2022
Director of Systems Administration

South Dakota State University (SDSU) Division of Technology and Security is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Director of Systems Administration. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us in managing our systems infrastructure. This is a 12-month, 100% time, benefit eligible position. This position is supervised by Assistant Vice President of Information Technology.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.


The Director of Systems Administration is responsible for systems administration, operations maintenance, and associated activities of platforms installed throughout the university. This position ensures the operation of the university meets defined service levels. The Director of Systems Administrator is responsible for applying security principles, practices, and procedures to maintain compliance with applicable security regulations.

This position will be a hands-on Director and direct the work of the Systems Administration team to ensure proper delivery, maintenance, and monitoring of all IT systems and services. The Director of Systems Administration will operate complex enterprise areas within the University’s network-based systems and applications such as: email, storage, backup, database, web, virtual, infrastructure hardware and specialized application server systems.


· Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or a closely related field completed by first day of employment;

  • Experience with Microsoft server operating systems 2016 and newer;
  • Experience with infrastructure services including administration of Active Directory architecture;
  • Experience with implementing and maintaining current server hardware;
  • Experience with virtualization and server-based computing platforms (VMware vSphere);
  • Experience with client/server applications (preferably including IIS, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint);
  • Experience with enterprise storage technologies (preferably NetApp);
  • Experience planning and executing projects;
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences;
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


· More than 5 years of demonstrated systems management including systems software and hardware operations experience;

· Demonstrated leadership in developing or leading for 5 or more years;

· Experience with ITSM systems;

  • Knowledge of applicable data privacy practices and laws;
  • Highly self-motivated and directed with precise attention to detail;
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities;
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.


$72,168 base salary, based on experience, education, and equity


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State University is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by May 20, 2022.


South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Joe Ports at 605-688-6488 or

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or any other status that may become protected in the offering of all educational programs and employment. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.