• NGA ITEMS DCS - Sr. Systems Administrator

    Job Locations US-VA-Springfield
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Clearance Requirement
    Education Requirement
    Bachelor's Degree
    Security+ or equivalent 8570
    Experience Level
    8570 Compliant
    IAT 2
  • Overview

    General Summary: Manages the functionality and efficiency of a group of computers running on one or more operating systems.




    SMS is a fast growing, veteran-owned business that's has supported Federal Government's IT initiatives for over four decades.  We work side-by-side with our Federal clients as a trusted, long-term partner to offer innovative advice and leadership to solve their most pressing and complex problems. We orchestrate people, strategies, technologies and best-of-breed business processes. The SMS advantage in management and technology consulting includes deep domain expertise in complex networking design and unifying communities of interest. 


    We have strong capabilities in design & build, planning, governance, quality management, security, analytics, virtualization, operations and business process improvement. For 40 years, SMS has brought customer satisfaction to Federal clients and formed lasting alliances with leading technology companies and talented small businesses to deliver joint, leading-edge, cost-effective services and products. 

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    • Manages the functionality and efficiency of a group of computers running on one or more operating systems. 
    • Maintains the integrity and security of servers and systems. 
    • Sets up administrator and service accounts. 
    • Maintains system documentation .
    • Interacts with users and evaluates vendor products. 
    • Makes recommendations to purchase hardware and software, coordinates installation and provides backup recovery. 
    • Develops and monitors policies and standards for allocation related to the use of computing resources. 
    • May program in an administrative language. 
    • Develops and implements testing strategies and document results. 
    • Provides advice and training to end-users. 
    • Provides guidance and work leadership to less-experienced staff members. 
    • Maintains current knowledge of relevant technologies as assigned. 
    • Participates in special projects as required.


    • 5-8 years of directly related experience in systems administration and analysis.
    • 2-5 years of directly related experience in a network/system administration related support role. 
    • Must have and maintain an active DoD Top Secret /SCI security clearance with Counter Intelligence Polygraph.


    Skills and Abilities

    • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques used in computer, network and storage system administration and support.
    • Knowledge of related hardware and software i.e. Server, Unix/Linux, Cisco, and Microsoft products.
    • May require professional certification in one or more specific technologies, depending on job assignment.
    • Knowledge of basic networking principles (routing, DNS, etc.) and/or system administration (perfmon, services, software installation, etc.) desired.
    • Working knowledge of enterprise monitoring technologies (BMC BEM/SIM/BPPM, HP NNM, CA eHealth, etc.) and ITSM suites (Remedy, Siebel, HP Service Desk, etc.) desired.
    • Hands-on experience with one or more of the following technologies strongly desired:
      • Microsoft Exchange (2010 preferred) - recipient administration, server administration, monitoring, break-fix, OWA
      • Netbackup - monitoring scheduled backup jobs, restarting backups, executing restores, verification of backup data integrity
      • SAN/NAS - monitoring status, basic troubleshooting, space allocation
      • Virtualization - monitoring or supporting virtual servers and desktops using Citrix and VMWare
      • Imagery libraries and imagery exploitation systems - Troubleshooting imagery flow, systems interfaces, availability of images and throughput of imagery systems
      • Experience in technical operations at DOD agencies, particularly NGA and DIA



    SMS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    SMS is a veteran-owned network integrator established in 1976.  With an employee retention rate averaging over 5 years, our ability to hire quality people and retain them in a rapidly evolving IT market proves why we are a world-class information technology company. At SMS, we place a high value on quality of service, customer satisfaction, and best-of-breed policies and practices. As a result, SMS is proud to be ISO 9001:2008 Registered and a CMMI Level 3 certified company, ensuring that we continue to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers, partners and employees.  


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