Systems Engineer
Johns Hopkins University Department of Information Technology
United States

Job Req ID: 16441
Systems Engineer

General Position Summary:

In accordance with institutional policies and standards responsible for administration, programming, maintenance, performance, implementation, security and support of various departmental and enterprise wide platforms, including the installation and testing of new software, operating systems, related utilities/services, and hardware products as well as the integration of new products and /or software release upgrades into the current environment. Conducts systems performance evaluations, monitoring, patch management and security evaluations. Analyzes user needs in various computer environments (including but not limited to mainframe, Windows, and mid-range) and makes recommendations for products and services that meet those needs. Ensures that all systems environments are maintained in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Job Scope/Complexity:

Develop solutions based on extensive technical knowledge, skills and experience; influence clients towards innovative/integrated solutions. Responsible for full life-cycle of medium to large sized complex projects; strong technical skills; strong ability to understand complex business processes. Complex and large projects typically are applications/systems with 501-3000 concurrent users requiring uptime commensurate with Clinical, Business critical, Education critical or Enterprise systems. Impacts of outages will cause major disruption such as implementation of downtime procedures, major disruption of business operations, and/or cascades to more than 7 systems/applications. Disruptions are without obvious or simple workarounds. Build and maintain client relationships through positive interactions. May provide assistance to lower level positions. Project scope can span an entire department, division, or enterprise-wide level. For enterprise-wide level typical projects impact the broader customer base of Johns Hopkins and its most mission critical systems. Projects often require interaction with various departments and teams both within and outside the department. Work is complex.


Job Responsibilities:

The responsibilities listed below are typical examples of the work performed by this position. Not all duties assigned to this position are included, nor is it expected that everyone in this position will be assigned every job responsibility.


Design complex business, clinical, education, or infrastructure solutions by meeting with customers to observe and understand current processes and the issue related to those processes. Provide written documentation and diagrams of findings to share with the client and other IT colleagues.
Design complex solutions that conform to institutional policies, standards, and guidelines, and infrastructure environment and to vendor and industry best practices to deliver a quality product.
Select infrastructure applications that reside between end user applications and hardware operating systems by working with vendors, customers, and other sources (i.e., opensource or Internet2 initiatives) to provide configurable tools to the customers.
Develop new methods to improve service processes, performance, and functionality by examining existing systems management tools and processes.
Research, recommend, and implement new technologies based on the value to the institutions.
Works with vendor processes and product to improve the quality and fit for the institutions. Typically establishes product mastery, and demonstrates initiative for improvements.



Install and configure complex server hardware and operating systems by following technical documentation to provide a working product.
Evaluate, implement, and manage appropriate complex software and hardware solutions by using best practices for the environment to ensure system integrity.
Install and configure infrastructure applications by following product installation and configuration directions and industry best practices to deliver a solution to the customers.
Implement a schedule of system backups and archive operations by using best practices for the environment to ensure data/media recoverability.



Provide complex server level administration (manage HW/SW, maintenance, upgrades and patches, account maintenance, backups and recoveries and assist users) by following documented procedures to ensure a stable environment.
Monitor and tune the system by following documentation and procedures to achieve optimum performance levels.
Develop complex scripts and solutions by using departmental standards to automate systems management.
Perform complex system software upgrades including planning and scheduling, testing, and coordination by following documentation and departmental standards to provide a stable product for the environment.
Design and/or integrate security authorization and access control. Audit and maintain user access and authorization by following access and authorization documentation to provide for system security.
Generate and maintain complex periodic and ongoing system specific reports by using appropriate tools to assess system performance, integrity and capacity in order to deliver a stable environment to the users.
Follow and maintain IT security awareness and best practices by understanding security principles as they pertain to environments supported in order to deliver secure solutions to customers.
Utilize system management and monitoring tools and incident tracking systems by following documentation and standards to detect incidents, take corrective actions, and determine root cause.
Monitor changes and resolve any incidents by responding to problems as they occur, by reviewing all processing and output of the newly implemented solution, and by proactively ensuring the solution works successfully in order to satisfy the customer requirements and to provide a smooth transition to the new solution.



Implement changes while adhering to the change management policies and procedures in order to deliver a successful solution to the customer. Communicate to all parties the nature, significance, and risk factors.
With assistance of the project team, develop RFP's from requirements gathered by following institutional and purchasing guidelines in order to present well documented requirements to potential vendors for proposed solutions.
Evaluate vendor proposals by reviewing requirements for the product to select the most appropriate vendor.
Assist vendors, consultants, and inside Enterprise groups in developing applications by meeting with the team on a regular basis to deliver quality products to customers.
Participate in scheduled project team meetings by attending all meeting to provide input to the project team.
Author and maintain documentation by writing audience-appropriate materials to serve as technical and/or end user reference.
Develop test scenarios appropriate to changes being implemented by following testing guidelines to ensure all delivered solutions work as expected and errors are handled in a meaningful way.
Test all changes by using the appropriate test scenarios to ensure all delivered solutions work as expected and errors are handled in a meaningful way.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Site and/or server provisioning and administration.
Regular system, application, and database maintenance or patching.
Reviewing and addressing security concerns and vulnerabilities.
Assist with the management of SSL certificates of all sites.
Assist with migrating legacy web applications over to modern, containerized hosting solutions.
Assist with implementing and maintaining Web Proxy environments when necessary.
Provision, manage, and support various content management systems for customer use.
May participate in Institutional and Departmental committees and initiatives.


Minimun Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree.
Five years related experience.
Additional education can be substituted for experience and additional experience can be substituted for education.

Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits or 18 graduate degree credits = 1 year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college coursework may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.


Preferred Job Qualifications:

The following are some of the technologies used by the team. Experience or familiarity in a few of these is preferred, but not required:

Windows Server and IIS
Red Hat Apache
Cisco UCS
Apache Tomcat
Docker Containerization
Scripting and Automation tools
Running servers that support ColdFusion, PHP, WordPress, and Drupal
Windows PowerShell
Microsoft SQL Server
MySQL/Maria DB
Azure App Services
Azure DevOps
Amazon Web Services
Splunk & Syslog
F5 Big IP & GTM


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities (KSA's):

Must demonstrate strong critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills.
Ability to work on multiple priorities effectively.
Ability to prioritize conflicting demands.
Ability to execute assigned project tasks within established schedule.
Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
Ability to communicate effectively in the service of users and colleagues.
Writes and communicates clearly and concisely.
Possesses sound documentation skills.
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Must demonstrate exemplary customer service skills.

Classified Title: Systems Engineer
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: 02-MD:Mount Washington Campus
Department name: 10000028-IT@JH Cloud and Virtualization Services
Personnel area: University Administration

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

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