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Network Systems Administrator

Network Systems Administrator

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Network Systems Administrator 

Clearance: Top Secret

At Aquila Technology, you will see our team’s passion every day, whether we are building a robust, policy-compliant IT system or stress-testing a system to identify gaps and security vulnerabilities. To own the advantage, we ensure our team owns results and gets the work done right the first time by deploying smart, purposeful solutions that work. Aquila is the right people with the right skills driving the right outcomes. We call this the Aquila Advantage.

About the Role:

Aquila is seeking a Network Systems Administrator to join our team in supporting one of the country’s premier defense research organizations. The group tackles key problems in the convergence of cybersecurity and the physical world in an interdisciplinary research and development environment. We focus on developing new capabilities in the areas of cyber-physical techniques for the DoD, intelligence community, and federal agencies. Key technology development thrusts include unconventional methods of system exploitation, testbed development and introspection, and gaining cyber intelligence from novel sensors and signal analysis techniques.

There are a few requirements for the position:

  • Must be a U.S Citizen (Green Cards / Visas do not qualify)
  • Willingness to undergo a comprehensive background investigation and maintain a personal security clearance. (Aquila would sponsor you for the security clearance.)
  • Must be within commutable distance of Lexington, Massachusetts.

What You’ll Do:

The group is seeking an exceptional and dynamic IT Systems Administrator and Engineer to bolster our team in a blended role. This pivotal position involves the design, implementation, maintenance, and enhancement of our classified network systems and audio/video collaboration infrastructure, all while ensuring mission success, compliance, and security.


  • Architect and sustain leading-edge multi-level A/V and computing solutions across our classified conference spaces.
  • Spearheaded the transition to next-generation voice and video solutions, working collaboratively with government sponsors to meet evolving requirements.
  • Lead the seamless integration of network systems within our expanding infrastructure, coordinating with multiple external services.
  • Develop and refine comprehensive system documentation, ensuring the creation of detailed diagrams and standard operating procedures.
  • Evolve and maintain classified development networks by working to upgrade hardware and software.
  • Work with the security compliance team to develop creative solutions to meet the needs of users while remaining compliant with government policy.

What You’ll Bring:

    • DOD 8570 IAT Level 2 baseline certification (or ability to obtain within 6 months)
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • 3 years of CISCO (Networking and Security Hardware)
    • Currently holds a Top Secret Clearance
    • 3 years of Hands-on experience working with audiovisual media and hardware
    • 3 years of Hardening Linux and Windows systems per RMF and DoD Security Technical Implementation Guides
    • 3 years of IT Security Policies (NIST/RMF/JSIG)
    • 3 years of Computer Networking (TCP/IP and UDP/IP communication)
    • 3 years of Powershell and Ansible (or other programming languages)
    • Strong Verbal and Written Communication
    • 3 years of Hardware: Intel/AMD, Cisco, Sun/Oracle, Dell, Apple, EMC, NetApp
    • 3 years of MS Active Directory, LDAP
    • 3 years of SCCM, and Active Directory
    • 3 years of Strong Backup Experience and Proven Ability to Protect Mission Critical Data
    • 3 years of System Administration
    • 3 years of Technologies including DNS, DHCP, Proxy, and Load Balancing
    • 3 years of UNIX platform, OSX, Cisco IOS
    • 3 years of Windows Patch Management
    • 3 years of Windows Server Administration (SCI classified environment)
    • 3 years of Windows Server Platform

    Working Knowledge of the Following:

    • Thorough knowledge of videoconference hardware, software, and network connections and experience troubleshooting complex technical issues.
    • Experience architecting and implementing multi-level conference rooms and VTC systems for classified environments.
    • Knowledge of physical and virtual network hardware and software component configurations.
    • Knowledge of integrated A/V solutions, e.g. AMX, Creston, Extron, and/or Thinklogical.
    • Experience building and maintaining mixed Windows and Linux networks in isolated environments including setting up Active Directory, file shares, repository mirroring (e.g., APT, PyPI), collaboration services (e.g., Confluence, Jira.)
    • Knowledge of automation techniques and infrastructure-as-code approaches for deployment of systems and services with tools such as Ansible, PowerShell, MDT/SCCM/Intune.
    • Experience setting up and running small networks (configuring Cisco IOS for switching, routing, VLANs, etc.)
    • Experience with local and server-based virtualization technologies (e.g., VMWare ESX, vSphere, etc.)
    • Experience hardening Windows and Linux systems using STIG configurations.
    • Familiarity with collaboration technologies including VoIP phones and unified communication systems.
    • Familiarity with RMF and derivative processes (DoD 8510, JSIG, ICD-503, CNSSI 1253.)
    • Familiarity with relevant government security regulations (NISPOM, JSIG, ICD503, TEMPEST.)
    • Experience supporting and training users on IT hardware and software components.
    • Familiarity with deploying commercial IT offerings and developing creative solutions.
    • Experience working within a team and supporting multiple systems at the same time.
    • Excellent knowledge of Windows operating system: configuration, installation, monitoring, and troubleshooting.
    • Experience installing, configuring, and operating network services such as DNS, DHCP, NIS, NFS, SSH, SAMBA, and AD.
    • Conduct network, system, and application vulnerability scanning, configuration assessment, and remediation.
    • Excellent customer service skills and communication skills
    • 5+ years of experience with supporting information technology and Bachelor’s Degree (additional years of experience can be considered in place of a degree)
    • DoD 8570/8140 IAT Level II, at a minimum Security+ certification (candidate will need to obtain within 6 months if they currently do not possess this certification)

    Desired Certifications:

    • Networking certification: CCNA or equivalent
    • Avixa CTS Certification
    • Cisco Collaboration Certifications

    Our interview process is designed to let you get to know us as much as for us to get to know you!

    1. You’ll meet with someone from our Recruiting team so we can learn more about you and answer some of your questions.
    2. You’ll meet with the Hiring Manager to learn more about the team, and the role, and get to tell us more about what you’d bring to the team
    3. You’ll meet team members who will be your peers to help you get a feel for a “real day in the life” at Self.

    Benefits and Perks:

    Aquila team members experience the opportunity to be part of a fast-paced, customer-focused, and technically innovative work environment. Aquila strives to deliver the best of the best in technical services to our customers. Candidates that possess a love for technical challenges, a desire to constantly learn, and the desire to establish themselves as critical players within a team will enjoy calling Aquila Technology home.

    Our Perks Include:

    • PTO – 15 days (vacation/sick) 10 paid holidays – 6 standard (New Year’s, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) – 4 floating holidays prorated based on your day of hire
    • 1.5 paid days, or 12 hours, for approved volunteer work
    • 1 week of paid maternity/paternity LOA after 1 year of Full-time employment
    • Tuition & Training Reimbursement – 5K annually for pre-approved, job-related tuition, certification, or professional conferences
    • 401K with Fidelity 100% immediate vesting; Plan eligibility begins 90 days following the date of hire. Aquila matches 50 cents on the dollar, up to 6%.
    • Cell Phone & Internet Reimbursed up to $150 monthly to cover cell phone, data, and home internet expenses.
    • By Your Own Device (BYOD) Allowance Reimbursed up to $1500 for the purchase of a qualified technology device. Eligible after 90 days of employment, and benefit renews every three years.

    Location: Lexington, MA

    Work Schedule: Onsite – Individual works generally on-site at the facility. Must be within commutable distance of Lexington, Massachusetts.

    Travel: None

    Clearance: Candidates must possess an active top secret clearance to be considered for this position. Selected candidate will be submitted for SCI access (candidates must be comfortable with this).

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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