Are you tired of your corporate IT job? Would you like an opportunity to work with a small energetic team of IT professionals whose responsibilities go beyond a single application, system, or piece of hardware? If so, the Technology Department at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) has openings for IT professionals interested in joining our systems administration team that supports the college’s nonprofit arts education mission.

We offer a flexible and comprehensive benefits plan including medical, dental and 403(b) pension plan. We enjoy a dynamic work environment that includes a generous holiday and vacation time accrual.   After six months of service, you will receive free MCAD tuition for yourself, your spouse and your dependent children, and your dependents may be eligible for free tuition at more than 600 colleges nation-wide.

To apply, email your cover letter, resume, three professional references and salary requirements to with Linux Systems Administrator in the subject line.


Provides operational management, development, maintenance, security, and documentation for the college’s Linux systems, databases, and virtualization infrastructure.


Primary Linux Administrator:

  1. Client and server hardware and operating systems administration
  2. MCAD directory administration (ex.OpenLDAP)
  3. User management
  4. Security
  5. File server administration
  6. Print queue administration (ex. CUPS, PaperCut)
  7. Programming (ex. Perl, PHP, Bourne Shell)
  8. Web application integration/support
  9. Other ITS supported Linux systems
  10. Promote, use, and contribute to open source software

Primary Database Administrator, including but not limited to:

  1. Data Transformation Services
    1. Support custom import/export processes
    2. Work with external APIs and data files
  2. Database reporting support (ex. SQL, InfoMaker)
  3. Facilitate interdepartmental communication regarding database systems
  4. Microsoft SQL and MySQL server administration

Primary Virtualization Administrator:

  1. Manage Citrix XenServer infrastructure

Primary Storage Administrator:

  1. NetApp administration
  2. Administer file server protocols and security

Secondary Windows & Network Administrator:

  1. Provide backup assistance, as necessary

Common Responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  1. On-call (primary and secondary) for responding to and resolving systems issues occurring outside of business hours
  2. Project management
  3. Help Desk support and departmental technical service requests
  4. Basic hardware maintenance and network cable pulls, which requires some lifting
  5. Department cross-training and coordination
  6. Oversee and advise MCAD community regarding technology data structures, policies, standards, procedures, methodology, etc.
  7. Purchasing research, vendor selection, and vendor maintenance
  8. Technical guidance and assistance
  9. Other projects and duties as assigned by supervisor 


Education: BS in MIS, or equivalent technical experience.

Experience: Minimum three years work experience in administration of information systems, databases, and client workstations, preferably in an educational environment. Documented experience with appropriate protocols (ex. SSH, HTTP, LDAP, SFTP, AFP), database administration (ex. Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, SQLite), directory servers (ex. OpenLDAP, Active Directory), virtualization (ex. Citrix Xenserver), storage and file server administration (ex. iSCSI, NFS, POSIX, ACLs), primary server operating system (ex. Linux), web server administration (ex. Apache, SSL/TLS, PHP), server/workstation operating systems (ex. macOS, Windows), and interpreted programming languages (ex. Bourne Shell, Perl, PHP).

Skills: Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical individuals. Facility in identifying, prioritizing and solving problems within a deadline. Ability to work effectively in a team. Detail-oriented and self-starter. Active sense of humor preferred.

Additional Requirements: On-call for responding to and resolving issues occurring outside of business hours.

Other: This position has been identified as security sensitive, and as such will require a background check.  At the discretion of the college, various background checks may be done during the course of employment.