School of Visual Arts
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

JOB TITLE: Senior Systems Administrator

DEPARTMENT: BFA Photography & Video

STATUS: Exempt

REPORTS TO: Digital Lab Manager, Director of Operations, and Chair of the Department

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Senior Systems Administrator works independently to install and configure server systems, create system client images, and deployment for Macintosh-based network architecture. They are responsible for daily operations, implementation, maintenance, and the continuous operation of all technology-related issues for the 400+ students, faculty, and staff of the BFA Photography & Video department. They maintain collaborative, positive, and professional relationships within the digital team and support faculty and staff across the department with a service-oriented approach to providing technical support.


Server, Network, and Systems Administration:

  • Recommend, plan and implement network architecture, future computer lab expansions, and technological Departmental growth pertaining to networking, server, and client systems, and
  • Develop, deploy and test server and local and networked client systems
  • Install, configure and maintain servers and related network hardware
  • Recommend and plan departmental network architecture and equipment needs
  • Liaison between IT, Canvas Admin, Provost Office, Networking Services department, and BFA Photography and Video department
  • Coordinate with Digital Lab Manager to analyze and evaluate networking, server, client system usage in regards to current and future
  • Perform routine maintenance checks and update installs on servers, local and networked client systems
  • Create and maintain backup of Departmental digital assets including administrative/staff computers and Extensis Portfolio server

Technical Support & Maintenance:

  • Installation and maintenance of all software, hardware, and peripherals (printers and scanners)
  • Provide computer hardware and software support for digital labs, administrative, faculty, staff, and chair within the department
  • Address and solve student issues in respect to desktop, software, hardware, networking, and peripheral equipment needs
  • Enforce policies and procedures for computer lab facilities
  • Assist with managing off-site equipment repairs
  • Advanced hardware and software troubleshooting
  • Assist students with lab related technologies
  • Assist with maintaining a color management system for student and faculty use
  • Ensure compatibility of all software and hardware
  • Assist in implementing and maintaining digital asset management system
  • Keep current with all annual software maintenance contracts, licenses, and renewals
  • Manage remote backup system for the Chair and Assistant to the Chair

Departmental Support:

  • Streamline and determine digital submission requirements for various student projects and opportunities
  • Maintain a digital archive and database of all matriculated student and alumni artwork
  • Liaison with outside vendors; Filemaker, Apple products, and other server solutions
  • Attend regular meetings with departmental leadership
  • Provide project reports
  • Continually evaluating departmental technological needs and provide solutions for streamlining systems
  • Stay current on trending imaging technologies


  • Conduct workshop for students on digital lab policies and procedures
  • Train lab assistants in effective communication methods, general troubleshooting, promoting a more effective and efficient working environment


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional
  • Expert knowledge of Apple MacOS and MacOS Server required; knowledge of Unix MacOS server structures a plus
  • 5-7 years experience preferred required
  • Apple Certification preferred
  • Educational environment experience preferred
  • Expert Knowledge of Apple Remote Desktop
  • Essential skills include creating system images, deploying images over a network, and creating custom scripts and applications to handle preference, hardware, and software conflicts required
  • Expert knowledge of standards-based web design methodologies and technologies
  • Expert Ability to troubleshooting software and hardware skills a must
  • Working Expert Knowledge of Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, Adobe products, Microsoft products and other similar digital imaging packages required
  • Working knowledge of FileMaker Pro
  • Knowledge of Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, and DSLR related equipment, VR, AR, and alternative imaging processes such as laser engraving and 3D printing
  • Working knowledge of JAMF Pro is helpful
  • Experience with traditional and digital photography
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work with students and faculty to resolve problems
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Flexible with one's work schedule (Schedule is subject to change)
  • Proficiency with Google Suite family products
  • Knowledge of current and forthcoming trends in 4K and 8K video workflow

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.

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The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principle of the College. SVA enjoys a community that represents a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply.

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