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Accredited Systems Administrator -2013251 

EOE StatementCarnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

What We Do:

The SEI helps advance software engineering principles and practices and serves as a national resource in software engineering, computer security, and process improvement. The SEI works closely with defense and government organizations, industry, and academia to continually improve software-intensive systems. Our core purpose is to help organizations improve software engineering capabilities and develop or acquire the right software, defect free, within budget and on time, every time.

Position Summary:

The Accredited Systems Administrator (ASA) is a hands-on information system administration and security position at the SEI. Are you a cleared IT professional with phenomenal Windows systems administration experience? Are you passionate about DoD Informational Assurance (IA) and industrial security roles? If so, then this ASA role in Arlington, VA may be the opportunity for you. As an SEI ASA, you would join our dedicated Information Assurance team within the Office of the CIO (OCIO IA). Join us to help create, improve, and operate secure services for classified work.


  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Information Technology, related field or equivalent combination of training and experience with three to five years of experience.
  • Movement between buildings within the SEI and CMU community required.
  • Willingness to travel to various locations to support the SEI’s overall mission. This may include national travel to sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings on occasion, with potential for international travel.( 5% Travel)
  • You will be subject to a background check and will need to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI Department of Defense security clearance. You also need to meet and maintain DOD 8140 readiness requirements within six (6) months of employment at SEI’s expense.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Current Microsoft server certifications such as MCSA Windows Server, etc.
  • Licenses: One or more of: CAP, CASP CE, Security+CE, SSCP, GSEC
  • Experience: Three or more (3+) years of system and network administration experience using modern system administration tools in a Microsoft Windows infrastructure. At least two years under government cognizance (e.g., DISA, DSS) confirming audit records and STIG compliance for accredited Windows systems.
  • Additional work hours may be necessary at times (e.g., you may need to stay at or report to work during incidents and/or emergencies).

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Licenses: Active CISSP (or Associate), GSLC, CISM, GSEC
  • Ensures server(s) and client workstations are operating efficiently and resolves issues impacting their use.
  • Recommends and performs modifications to improve server/service performance and reliability.
  • Shares information with other IA team members to increase situational awareness of operational status.
  • Executes proper handling (e.g., safe storage, proper marking, approved destruction) of equipment, documents and media used in the operation and maintenance of accredited systems.
  • Contributes information relating to new equipment and facility needs each budget planning session to improve and create services.
  • Implements information system safeguards and local operating procedures to satisfy certification requirements and works with the ISSM and ISSO in Pittsburgh to align SEI practices to Arlington operations.
  • Maintains and securely operates services based on guidance from the ISSM, FSO, and senior management.
  • Identifies user and systems issues and resolves most issues independently.
  • Information security issues and complex operational problems are handled collaboratively with IA teammates and folks in the IT or Security staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in Windows administration commands/utilities and processes such as those used to manage software, Group Policy Objects, and other aspects of Active Directory.
  • Experience applying analytical skills to solve server and network problems based on examination of events/alerts and system logs.

Desired Experience:

  • Prior experience as an associate ISSO / ISSM (IAO/IAM) in a small-scale classified enclave.
  • Prior use of the HBSS and ACAS tool chains, Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) validation tools, and awareness of NISPOM IS-relevant rules are valuable skills.

Job Function Breakdown:

25% - Install, configure, and maintain accredited servers, workstations and network devices in accordance with most current STIG or other relevant documents. Work with users to solve problems related to the systems.

15% - Review server logs directly or with analysis tools to discern operational anomalies, including operational threats (e.g., resource contention/exhaustion) and security concerns; addresses and/or discusses these with IA colleagues or IT as appropriate.

10% - Report on the operational status of accredited information systems based on reviews and scans to accrediting agencies, possibly through established channels such as ACAS, HBSS, etc. We review extraordinary findings within the entire IA team.

10% - Perform C&A duties including the submission of accreditation documents prepared by or in collaboration with the SEI ISSM. Coordinate IS-related self-inspection activities and SVA / CCRI preparations for accredited systems in Arlington and are the on-site IA contact for the local DSS IS representative in Arlington.

10% - Help SEI staff members be more effective in their mission by facilitating access to accredited resources. This involves performing classified IS user indoctrination briefings and IT accounts / credentials creation for classified systems, including required recordkeeping (account lifecycle, DoD IAA training status, policy acknowledgements, etc.).

10% - Support the FSO to prepare for traditional security inspection activities, self-inspections, etc. Function as the secondary COMSEC custodian for the SEI Arlington office responsible for device inventory, key management and loading, etc. Provide backup FSO/CSSO coverage as directed.

15% - Cover enterprise IT duties in a supplemental capacity as directed.

5% - Participate in training and professional development opportunities to keep current with evolving and new technologies and regulations.


More Information:

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Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

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