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Hobart and William Smith Colleges Desktop Administrator III in Geneva, New York

The Desktop Administrator III is a senior member of the technical support team focused on enterprise level endpoint device management systems. This role develops and manages endpoint images, responsible for desktop, laptop, and mobile configurations and integrations along with testing operating systems and enterprise level applications for use within the college’s environment. This role is responsible for the review, recommendation, testing and implementation of endpoint applications on Windows, Mac and Linux systems. This position requires excellent prioritization, responsiveness, customer service, and verbal communication skills. This individual contributes to the efficient allocation of computer hardware and software resources, student support, and ensures the reliability, security, and sustainability of the client computing experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Using effective communication, technical, and analytical skills, the Desktop Administrator III role manages projects, provides technical support, maintains resources, and, with delegated authority, supervises support personnel. In keeping with Hobart and William Smith Colleges community standards, develops positive working relationships with all HWS constituents.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manages enterprise End Point management systems (InTune, JAMF, Auto Pilot)

  • Identifies and documents End Point Computing standards, best practices, and processes.

  • Creates and maintains End Point images and application packages for all managed devices (Faculty, Staff, Labs).

  • Evaluates and deploys End Point patches and core component updates.

  • Identifies, creates, and manages polices (GPO, InTune, etc.) pertaining to End Point computing.

  • Provides imaging, EDR, updates, and other ancillary support for End Points in any VDI platform.

  • Manages End Point EDR platform, responds to and documents security and malware incidents.

  • Manages End Point lifecycle from initial deployment to equipment retirement.

  • Runs reports and performs needs assessments on End Point and Application usage to identify any gaps in End User computing as well as to shape future deployments.

  • Performs any End Point testing required to support any institutional initiatives and changes, e.g. change in File Repository practices.

  • Supports the organization as an SME for End Point hardware, software, and security.

  • Helps bridge gap between End Point Support and Systems Infrastructure Services.

  • Responsible for developing and deploying the desktop infrastructure to create a campus computing standard while supporting the unique needs of the individual and/or department.

  • Assist with analyzing trends, evaluates the effectiveness of policies and procedures for problem resolution and provides operational recommendations.

  • Onboarding of New Technologies and/or Services – Manages the testing of new technologies and/or services with the current technology to ensure a seamless transition.

  • Print Management – This program includes managing the infrastructure that supports faculty, staff, and student printing (PaperCut).

  • Non-Standard Technical Support – Serves as a technical expert on non-standard software and hardware, which will require skills development, used to support the specialized needs of the campus, such as Linux/Unix, RStudio, etc.

  • Strengthen digital literacy skills through education and the application of digital technologies to effectively engage in information gathering, utilization, and data management while promoting a security culture.

  • Maintains an awareness of emerging technologies, trends and advances in the profession.

  • Must complete all required federal, state, institution, and department training.

  • Engages in a planned program of professional development. Continually maintains skills and knowledge relative to the position and technology industry, including best practices, evolving operational requirements, and industry trends.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to unique social, cultural, and economic circumstances.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Colleges’ educational philosophy and mission.

  • Performs other related duties as required.

Other Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, benefits-eligible, non--exempt position. This position description is not all-inclusive as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned. Work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the academic year, with a possible shortened workweek during the scheduled summer hours time period. Some on-call hours may be required. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be necessary. Annual pay- $50,000- $65,000

  • Associate’s degree in computer science, or related field, OR equivalent work experience.

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field preferred.

  • Three years’ experience as Desktop Support Specialist or equivalent

  • Extensive experience with Windows, Apple and Linux operating systems along with proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, and similar productivity tools.

  • Two years’ experience with client management systems (SCCM, JAMF, Microsoft Intune)

  • Hands-on Experience configuring, supporting, and troubleshooting Windows 10/11, Microsoft 365, Azure AD (Entra ID) objects & classic Active Directory

  • Hands-on familiarity with networking basics (TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, SMTP)

  • Advanced understanding of end user technology standards for hardware, OS, core applications

  • Experience with Active Directory, Windows, Group Policies, Windows registry, Windows File and Print, TCP/IP, Firewall and Anti-Malware

  • Experience with VDI concepts and platforms highly desired

  • Advanced understanding of end user technology standards for hardware, OS, core applications

  • Advanced troubleshooting experience for Windows 10/11 and macOS clients

  • Enterprise Endpoint Certificates highly desired (M365 Modern Desktop Administrator, JAMF)

  • Other appropriate certifications a plus (CompTIA A , Network , Security , ITIL Foundations)

  • Must work well under pressure and have excellent customer service skills, including communicating technical processes to non-technical individuals.

  • Willingness to learn the academic and administrative functions of a higher ed institution.

  • The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and have the skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and the names with contact information of at least three (3) professional references to our application service, Interfolio (utilizing the Apply link on the right). Background check required.

If you have a question or need help on uploading your application materials, please contact Interfolio's support team at or call 1-877-997-8807 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. through 6 p.m., EST, Monday through Friday.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living and working environment for all members of the HWS community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and visitors. HWS prohibits discrimination and harassment in their programs and activities on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected under the law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct including stalking and intimate partner violence, and gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature.