Systems Engineer

Northwest Evaluation Association   •  

Portland, OR

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


5 - 7 years

Posted 65 days ago

This job is no longer available.

Position summary

Working within a team, this position is responsible for specifying, designing, implementing, maintaining and evolving NWEA's internal operations infrastructure, ensuring that all systems and data are operational and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This includes all servers, storage, and networking equipment. The Systems Engineer also participates in capacity planning, new technologies, process improvement efforts, and provides new designs that increase our capacity, reliability, security, and availability while moving the organization into our technology future. A Systems Engineer is expected to take initiative to solve problems with little direction.


• Design and document system infrastructure and procedures

• Participate in capacity planning efforts

• Participate in security initiatives

• Communicate design options to the Infrastructure Architect

• Work with project managers, department heads and team members to determine project approaches, parameters, and priorities

• Communicate plans, status, and issues to management

• Work with colleagues to optimize overall system performance. This includes working with applications, network, storage, database, and server technology

• Provide support to internal and external consumers of technology and data, including participation in the 24x7 on-call rotation

• Assist in the development of NWEA security policies and procedures regarding system and data access

• Provide mid to expert level PowerShell and scripting support

• Perform system audits, document findings, and publish recommendations

• Keep abreast of technical developments to ensure NWEA is able to take advantage of industry advances

• Develop and foster strong working relationships with clients and staff

Skills and abilities

• Ability to work both individually and as part of a team a must

• Experience with NIST & CIS Security Frameworks a must

• Experience working in PCI & HIPAA environments a plus

• Experience with SOC Type I & Type II audits a plus

• Experience with design, installation, and configuration of VMware ESX clusters

• Understanding of virtualized infrastructures in the multi-tenant environment

• Experience with enterprise backup solutions (Rubrik a plus)

• Day to day experience with Windows Domain Controllers/Active Directory/SMTP/Web/DNS/DHCP services

• Experience in both Microsoft and Linux OS environments

• Experience and knowledge in network technologies

  • Deep knowledge of security monitoring including Intrusion Detection\Prevention
  • Experience with load balancing technologies (F5 experience a plus)

• Familiarity with Azure offerings is required AWS a plus. API experience with either cloud vendor is a nice to have

• Experience using SCCM

• Exposure to disaster recovery technologies/concepts

• Intermediate level analytical abilities, diagnostic skills, and technical aptitude

• Intermediate level understanding of information security best practices and principles, including experience creating and maintaining system safeguards

• Self--‐Motivation and ability to research and present solutions to the team for review

• Experience in 24x7 high availability production/sustaining processes, including "lights out" support and remote administration

• Experience in managing equipment installs and availability in a Data Center environment

• Excellent listening skills and a commitment to communicate clearly, completely, and in a timely manner

• Exceptional skills in partnering with clients and staff and in developing and maintaining long term supportive relationships

• Ability to assess the effectiveness of processes and procedures and lead improvement efforts include documenting and implementing

• Ability to research complex issues while knowing when to ask for help

• Ability to work individually and also in team collaborative environments

Education and Experience

• Minimum bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered in lieu of a degree

• Minimum 4 years related experience with Windows Server OS, Active Directory, DNS and a solid understanding of operating in secure configurations

• Minimum 2 years' experience working with Microsoft SCCM & SCOM

• At least 2 years' experience working in secure NIST/CIS environments

• Minimum 1 year of Azure experience