IT Program Administrator

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

The District is seeking an experienced and highly motivated IST Program Administrator with a solid technical background in the management/administration of network and server infrastructure.  This position is a technical supervisory role within the Information Systems and Technology (IST) Department and reports directly to the IST Manager. The IST Department is responsible for all District related IT and GIS services.

With the passage of Measure AA, Midpen is experiencing rapid growth in order to fulfill the commitments made to the public and the IST Department is responding to the increased technological needs of the District.  Guided by the IST Master Plan, the IST Program Administrator will be responsible for technically implementing new technology to include network/security upgrades, automation tools for end point management, DRaaS implementation, and IT infrastructure consolidation.  Additionally, the ideal candidate will have a strong track record in the technical administration of LAN/WAN, VMWare, and Windows (10, Server, and Office 365). The District currently has a relatively homogenous network environment utilizing Watchguard security appliances and HP switches.

About the District:  The District is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of over 63,000 acres of land in 26 extraordinary open space preserves, permanently protected for public enjoyment and recreation. The District is a growing organization with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact.  If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position!  View the interactive story map, Top 25 Future Open Space Project Portfolios, and also check out the Working for Midpen video on our Employment Opportunities page.

About the Position:  The IST Program Administrator will be responsible for technically supporting the building out of the District’s new Administrative Office and the South Area Field Office, the implementation of a District-wide EVPL that connects all District offices, and the development of new information systems.  Due to the ever-increasing security risks to organizations, the IST Program Administrator will also be responsible for security design and analysis in an ever-evolving risk landscape.  This District maintains a Nutanix Hyper-converged infrastructure for enterprise systems and file share, but also utilizes the G3 level of Office 365 to include SharePoint.  The ideal candidate will have knowledge and ability to manage internal as well as cloud based infrastructure preferably based upon the Microsoft platform.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to develop technical solutions using tools like Windows/Exchange PowerShell or other scripting languages.  Additionally, the IST Program Administrator will be able to analyze, evaluate, and diagnose computer hardware and software problems associated with the District’s information technology systems and related equipment and perform diagnostic testing and repair of equipment/systems as needed.  This position will supervise staff and direct consultants and contractors to assist in completing projects.  The ideal candidate is an organized, professional, and collaborative self-starter with excellent oral and written communication skills, who enjoys working in a group dynamic.  For additional information, see the IST Program Administrator job description on the District website for details.

Work Environment:  This position will operate in Information Systems and Technology Department at the District’s office in Los Altos, California.  The position requires work in an office setting to complete daily tasks.  The position will also require work at the various District field offices.  Fieldwork will require driving District vehicles in remote areas on dirt roads, working in temperatures ranging from cold and blustery to hot and dry.

Education and Experience:  Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: 
Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in computer science, information technology, information management or a related field and seven (7) years’ experience with information technology management with three (3) years at a supervisory or lead level specifically in computer systems, network management, or related field.  Public agency experience is a bonus.

Licenses & Certifications Required:   Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

Benefits:   The Open Space District provides an excellent benefits package including health, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS pension. Please see the Benefits page of the District website for details.

How to Apply: Apply online at  Final filing date is May 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

The CalOpps system will close to submission of applications at 5:00 p.m. on May 9th.  CalOpps will not accept submissions after 5:00 p.m. for applications begun before 5:00 p.m.

To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please submit the following application materials:

1. Fully completed CalOpps employment application 

2. Resume

3. Cover Letter* 

*Your cover letter should address the following subject matter and should not exceed two (2) pages:

  • Why you are interested in working in technology for an Open Space District.
  • Specific work experience that aligns with the job announcement.
  • Two examples of technical resolutions you implemented and the business outcome/value it provided to the organization (be specific about the tools you used, the stakeholders involved, and what you learned).

Incomplete applications will not be considered for the position. Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for interviews.

Recruitment Timeline:  We recommend applicants’ schedules be open during this timeframe for panel interviews:

First Interview: May 18, 2018

Final Interview/written exercise: May 25, 2018

Estimated Start Date: mid-June 2018


Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources department.   

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