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Job of the Week: Lead Systems Engineer at Defense Analyses (IDA) in San Diego

The Institute of Defense Analyses (IDA) in La Jolla is seeking a Lead Systems Engineer in our Job of the Week.

We are seeking a Lead Systems Engineer, who with minimal supervision, envisions, designs, administers, and maintains multiple IT systems, servers and software. Applies advanced subject matter expertise to develop solutions to solve a full range of complex problems. The engineer must be organized, self-motivated and able to handle responsibilities such as the oversight of multifaceted system deployments and upgrades and also contributing to and leading large program and project initiatives that integrate multiple technologies. The engineer will collaborate with senior management in the strategic planning and development of functional requirements, mentor junior IT staff on systems integration and operations while promoting IT best practices and adherence to corporate IT practices and security policy.

Responsibilities include:

  • Takes the primary role as project leader and designer of new IT technology initiatives. Provides formal project management documentation and partners with junior staff to ensure the successful deployment and transition of operational support to junior administrators.
  • Develops test and integration plans for new systems and software in order to ensure compatibility with current IT infrastructure. Builds new physical and virtual servers to design specifications as necessary.
    Provides operational support and maintenance, when necessary, to ensure systems functionality, availability, security, and performance.
  • Ensures all systems meet or exceed the business and security requirements in accordance with IDA, DOD, NSA, DISA and DSS directives and guidelines.
  • Mentors junior staff and coordinates work assignments of junior administrators to ensure project schedules are maintained.
    Prepares technical documentation, to include standard operating procedures and processes.
    Develops resolutions to complex problems that require the frequent use of creativity. Coordinates resources to resolve problems when necessary.
  • Administers and maintains classified and unclassified systems and services to ensure optimum performance and availability.
    Maintains technical proficiency in new IT technologies; keeps abreast of industry trends, and makes recommendations to improve or advance services and system performance.
  • Communicates all computer network, system and service problems and outages immediately to the appropriate supervisors and/or managers.
  • Must be willing to work hours outside of a regular schedule and if required, responds to critical after hours support issues.

This opening is located at IDA’s Center for Communications Research in La Jolla, California (CCR-L). IDA offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package and a superior professional working environment. To the right individual, IDA offers the opportunity to have a major impact on key national programs while working on fascinating technical issues.

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