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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 07-27884
School Name Wharton School
Org Wharton Computing and Instructional Technology (WCIT)
Posted to the Web 02/03/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade B/C
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Months 12
Position Length Contingent Upon Funding
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The World’s First Business School

In 1881, American entrepreneur and industrialist Joseph Wharton established the world’s first collegiate school of business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wharton’s pioneering vision was to produce graduates who would become ‘pillars of the state, whether in private or in public life.’ The Wharton School maintains a long tradition of educating visionary business leaders in academia, business, government, and not-for-profit organizations.

Today, Wharton has expanded the scope of this vision to become the most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world – with over 225 faculty members, 95,000 alumni, 5,000 students across 10 academic departments, 20 research centers, and more than 9,000 executive education participants annually.


Reporting to the IT Director, this position will support the strategic implementation of information technology by the faculty and staff of Wharton Entrepreneurship, and other associated centers. A successful candidate will:
* Participate in meaningful team meetings where input is always encouraged and creativity always required.
* Seize the opportunities presented to make work-life better
* Influence departmental goals, finding the sweet spot between the pragmatic and the spectacular
* Provide first-tier support for desktop and laptop hardware and software, printers, mobile devices, and network configuration.
* Work with the Wharton Computing staff to provide high security and availability of information resources, and to connect users to the appropriate resources to meet teaching, research, and operational goals.
* Advise on purchasing decisions, deploy, support, and maintain desktop and laptop computers.
* Provide quantitative and qualitative research support to faculty, visiting researchers, and PhD students.
* Maintain and manage positive working relationships with internal customers as well as other technical groups within the School and the University.
The senior level IT Support Specialist role requires all of the above, as well as the following:

* Act as the primary or backup server administrator, ensuring departmental servers are properly configured for high availability and redundancy
* Act as second and third tier support for all of our support constituent parties
* Engage with Wharton Computing leadership and other cross-functional teams on various school-wide projects and initiatives

Please be sure to include an answer to the following question in your cover letter: ‘Why do you want to work in Higher Education?’

This position is contingent upon funding.


A Bachelor’s Degree and 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 1 year experience with user support is required, including demonstrable troubleshooting experience with Windows 7/8/10, Mac OS and mobile devices. Excellent organizational and communications skills are essential to this position. Experience navigating and working with group policy objects, understanding of basic security concepts of Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware technologies, use of desktop imaging technologies (Ghost/WDS/MDT) and desktop support software (IBM/KACE/etc.) are preferred.

IT Support Specialist Sr.: A bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of experience is required, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 2+ years of experience in the above technologies, including direct user support, plus demonstrable Server Operating Systems skill sets with either Windows or Linux. Familiarity with Amazon Web Services, and VMware virtualization technologies a plus.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
    • Less than high school education
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Vocational or Technical School
    • Associate's Degree or Two Year College
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree
  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
    • 0 to 1 Year
    • 1 to 2 Years
    • 2 to 3 Years
    • 3 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents