Museum of Science

Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Date Posted:
December 04, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts

Information Systems/Technology


Senior Systems Administrator

Senior Systems Administrator

Museum of Science, Boston

Innovation and creativity come from the unique perspectives of a diverse staff. We value your perspective.


This position is responsible for the installation, upgrade and monitoring of software and hardware across the Museum, including data backup and recovery. Maintains a portfolio of business applications, security tools, web-servers, email, and cloud services. Manages, supports and implements information systems projects to augment, enhance and/or replace business systems and infrastructure throughout the Museum. This position works closely with other team members and departments but must also work independently in solving technical integration issues. Respect for the importance and confidentiality of the information encountered is essential to the success of this position.


IT infrastructure including approximately: 40 SQL servers, 110+ (virtualized) servers, 13 physical servers, 45 - 500 TB enterprise storage, Active Directory with 450 desktop computers, 700 users, Windows 2008/2012 Server, Linux servers, in addition to both Windows and Mac Desktops, 6-8 major projects per year, or as strategy/priorities dictate. Schedule is Sunday through Thursday from 9am-5pm. Occasional off-hours work as required.

This position is full-time, 40 hours/week, Sunday-Thursday.


Director, Information Technology



  • Bachelors of Science or Arts degree.
  • 4 or more years of experience using the technologies referenced in this job description.
  • Experience with implementing and supporting a portfolio of business applications across an enterprise
  • Experience with Microsoft Windows Active Directory
  • Project management and customer service skills to facilitate the planning and implementation of information systems projects
    • Experience managing medium to large projects (1-6 month timeline)
  • Experience with vendor relations
  • Extensive knowledge and hands on experience the following areas:
    • Museum core technology standards (at least 3):
      • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or newer operating systems
      • Microsoft Windows Active Directory
      • VMware ESX virtual environments
      • Enterprise class storage solutions (local, cloud-based, EMC VNX, XtremIO, Isilon)
    • Museum preferred technology standards (at least 6):
      • Microsoft Office 365
      • Microsoft SQL 2005/2008/2012 database administration
      • Linux or UNIX operating systems
      • Microsoft Windows 7 or newer operating systems
      • Enterprise backup systems and methodologies (Backup Exec, Data Domain, tape libraries)
      • Macintosh operating systems and networking experience
      • Software as a Service (cloud based technologies and integrations)
      • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards
  • Demonstrated experience in developing technical solutions both independently and in a team solving environment
  • Experience interacting with departments/end users having varying skill sets


Exempt (Salaried). Commensurate with experience.


Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 23 vacation days, 12 holidays, 5-10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!

The Museum of Science is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.

How To Apply:

No phone inquiries, please. Qualified applicants will be contacted within two to four weeks of initial application.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Apply by:
January 28, 2019
About this Organization:
In 1830, six men interested in natural history established the Boston Society of Natural History, an organization through which they could pursue their common scientific interests. Devoted to collecting and studying natural history specimens, the society displayed its collections in numerous temporary facilities until 1864, when it opened the New England Museum of Natural History at the corner of Berkeley and Boylston Streets in Boston's Back Bay. That Museum is now known world-wide as the Museum of Science.

After World War II, under the leadership of Bradford Washburn, the Society sold the Berkeley Street building, changed its name to the Boston Museum of Science (later, dropping Boston from the name) and negotiated with the Metropolitan District Commission a 99-year lease for land spanning the Charles River Basin, now known as Science Park. In 1948, the Museum designed and built the first traveling planetarium in New England to promote the development of a new Museum building. The cornerstone for the new Museum was laid at Science Park a year later, and a temporary building was erected to house the Museum's collections and staff.

In 1951, the first wing of the new Museum officially opened, making the Museum the first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Comprising 14,000 square feet of exhibit space, the new Museum's first wing was already much larger than the entire exhibits area of the old Berkeley building. That same year, one of the most endearing and memorable symbols of the Museum, 'Spooky,' the Great Horned Owl, was given to the Museum as an owlet. Spooky lived to the age of 38 years, becoming the oldest known living member of his species.During the next two decades. the Museum greatly expanded its exhibits and facilities. In 1956, the Museum was successful in campaigning for a Science Park MBTA station that now brings visitors to within 200 yards of the Museum. The Charles Hayden Planetarium, funded by major gifts from the Charles Hayden Foundation, opened in 1958.

By 1968, further building expansion was under way as ground was broken for the Museum's west wing which was completed in the early 1970s. The Elihu Thomson Theater of Electricity, which houses the 2 1/2 million-volt Van de Graaff generator -- the two-story tall high voltage electricity generator given to the Museum by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956-opened in 1980.

The Museum has remained on the cutting edge of science education by developing innovative and interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate.

Two of the Museum's more recent additions, the Hall Wing housing the Roger L. Nichols Gallery for temporary exhibits, and the Mugar Omni Theater, exemplify the Museum of Science's commitment to making science fun and accessible to all. The Mugar Omni Theater, opened in 1987, utilizes state-of-the-art film technology to project larger-than-life images onto a five-story high, domed screen, creating a 'you are there' experience for viewers.

More than 1.6 million people visit the Museum and its more than 400 interactive exhibits each year.