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Systems Administrator

ZGF is seeking a motivated and self-directed Systems Administrator to join our team.  This position is based in our 80-person Washington, DC office and will assume responsibility for the configuration and maintenance of server and related systems local to this site and our 40-person New York City office.  This role will collaborate with the entire Technology team across six North American offices implementing firm-wide system administrative initiatives and assisting with high-quality cross-office support.  A successful candidate will be a strong team player and be eager to learn and thrive in a multi-tasking environment.  

As a Systems Administrator, you will….

  • Participate in technical research and development to enable continuing innovation
  • Manage system backup/recovery and archival operations
  • Contribute to and maintain firmwide system standards and procedures
  • Maintain VMware vSphere server virtualization infrastructure
  • Maintain VMware Horizon desktop virtualization infrastructure
  • Maintain storage and iSCSI storage area networks (SAN)
  • Maintain Active Directory environment
  • Monitor and maintain data center equipment and environment
  • Maintain system security, manage appropriate access control for users
  • Support voice, video, and collaboration systems
  • Maintain and upgrade email systems
  • Document procedures, systems and changes to systems
  • Monitor and evaluate health of all systems including Active Directory, Storage, virtualization, server hardware and software
  • Provide advanced assistance to the Desktop Support team
  • Provide on-call availability after hours and on weekends


  • Good work ethic – timely, team-player, honest, dependable, conscientious, respectful, and accountable; Exhibit sound judgment and possess excellent communication skills
  • Ability to plan and perform assignments as an integrated, cooperative team member while simultaneously, at times, be able to operate independently with minimal or no supervision
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills; Organize and prioritize multiple simultaneous and ongoing tasks with high attention to detail
  • Absolute honesty and trustworthiness; personal and professional integrity
  • Sensitive and responsive to the time-critical nature of our employees’ deadline-driven work
  • Creative problem-solver with a willingness to contribute to firm-wide initiatives
  • Experience managing and maintaining Active Directory environments including user/computer accounts, DNS, DHCP, Group Policy, DFS/DFSR, health monitoring, upgrades, and Azure AD synchronization
  • Experience managing and maintaining Windows Server environments including Exchange, WSUS, SCCM, WDS, Data Protection Manager, iSCSI SAN, VMware, wireless mobility devices, printers/plotters, and office productivity and graphics software applications
  • Experience managing and maintaining Office 365 environments including Exchange Online, SharePoint, Teams, and Azure AD
  • Advanced knowledge of current Windows Server and client operating systems
  • Experience installing, maintaining, upgrading rack server and storage hardware systems
  • General understanding of scripted automation using PowerShell and other tools
  • Strong understanding of system security fundamentals
  • Experience using infrastructure operations management/monitoring tools
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, or related relevant experience
  • 4 years of experience in systems administration desired
  • Able to periodically travel to other ZGF offices (New York, in particular) as required for infrastructure support
  • Occasionally requires ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • (Preferred) Understanding of the application of technology to architectural processes
  • (Preferred) Professional certification (e.g. MCSE or MCSA)

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  • Cover letter
  • Resume

ZGF Architects LLP is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We invite qualified candidates to apply online posting cover letter and resume..

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