Grinnell College Network Specialist in Grinnell, Iowa

Position Summary Information

Job Summary

A member of the Information Technology Services (ITS) Network Services Team, the incumbent will share the responsibility for the implementation and maintenance of enterprise Windows and Linux server environments, departmental Linux server environments and workstations, enterprise application servers, and enterprise network services. Operating collaboratively in a team environment, the Network Specialist will work closely with members of the Network Services team, other ITS teams, and across campus.

The Network Services Team:

Network Services provides the college with a solid and reliable infrastructure and consulting expertise, primarily to the technical areas and units of campus. Alongside responsibilities for the wired and wireless network infrastructure and data transmission needs of the campus, this group provides expert support and management of virtualized computing, cloud computing resources, network security, the SAN, enterprise authentication, enterprise backup, the campus’s Linux network, and our high-performance computing cluster. The expansion of this team represents the institution’s understanding of the importance of these services to the growth of technology at Grinnell College, as well as the importance of expanding our capabilities into emerging technology areas, a key component of the team director’s strategic view forward.

Information Technology Services:

Information Technology Services oversees the majority of technology, audio-visual, and telephone services for Grinnell College, and provides service and strategic support through its functional teams: Enterprise Systems; Information Security; Network Services; User Services; and Core ITS Services. ITS has an annual operating budget (excluding salaries and asset rotation) of approximately $4 million and a professional staff of about 40. Under new leadership (the Chief Information Officer was appointed in 2015), and with the full support of the visionary president, Dr. Raynard S. Kington, ITS is undergoing a strategic advancement and benefiting from increased investment by the college. The college’s senior leadership team have recognized the benefits of a stronger technology presence on campus and worked hard to create and promote a collaborative culture at Grinnell College. The ITS organization comprises a dedicated and talented staff committed to supporting the mission of Grinnell College and who exemplify the college’s position as a learning liberal arts college. As such, professional development is a crucial component to the department’s philosophy, which is demonstrated both financially and by the mentor-style approach to management that the ITS leadership employs. Those who thrive in Grinnell College’s ITS organization are professionals with a positive approach and attitude who are motivated to deliver practical results and ultimately meaningful learning outcomes. Team players, yet able to work under their own initiative, they are flexible to changing requirements, are well organized, and good troubleshooters. Embracing and valuing diversity, they are instinctively collaborative, help others around them, and are not afraid to offer or receive constructive criticism. Clear and accurate written and verbal communication skills are essential, as is a demonstrated customer service orientation.

Grinnell College:

Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell College has become one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,700 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell’s rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts, sciences, and social studies. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at

The Community of Grinnell:

Grinnell is a positive and forward-thinking community. A vibrant Iowa college town of just under 10,000 people located midway between Des Moines and Iowa City on Interstate 80, Grinnell is a convenient place to enjoy life in a small community while living a short hour’s drive away from big-city amenities. Living in Grinnell means enjoying an exceptional quality of life where commutes are short, housing is affordable, life is meaningful, and you are part of the community. For more information about Grinnell, please visit the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce Web site (

Minimum Qualifications

Either: (1) An Associate’s degree (A. A.) or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school and at least five years’ experience in related field; or (2) significant, demonstrated, and appropriate technical experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience with Microsoft collaborative messaging technologies including Office 365 (email) administration, Active Directory, Active Directory Federated Services, Microsoft server operating systems, Linux operating systems, VMware virtual data center technologies, and VMware desktop virtualization technologies.

Applicants seeking a more senior role will have a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university (or significant, demonstrated, and appropriate technical experience), have seven or more years of relevant experience, and demonstrated operational expertise in the design, implementation, and support of collaborative messaging technologies in the enterprise; performing maintenance procedures for Windows and Linux operating systems; writing test and integration plans; documenting issues and resolutions for future reference; performing system analysis and design in a high availability environment; installing enterprise level virtual systems; and monitoring, maintaining, and repairing all virtual IT Systems.

Diversity Statement

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, creed, or any other protected class.

Professional References


Grinnell College offers a relocation allowance for employees who must relocate to accept our employment offer.

All offers of employment by the College to candidates for faculty and staff positions are provisional, subject to a satisfactory background check.

For guaranteed consideration, applications must be received by midnight on Friday, June 15.

Job Title: Network Specialist

Department: Information Technology Service

Link to Job Description: Network Specialist

FLSA Category: Exempt

Staff/Faculty: Staff

Employment Status: Full-Time

Employment Category: Regular

Open Until Filled: Yes

Posting Number: S00513