Data Center Operations Lead


Avineon, Inc. is looking for a Data Center Operations Lead for a Windows-based data center to add to our dynamic team of IT professionals. The successful candidate will support our client's platform with production support, system implementation, and technical sizing and be involved in the design supporting all client PMO application systems. Will be responsible for leading a team of Systems Engineers and Administrators to provide daily operational support for a MS Windows-based network. Will provide operational support as the SME for MS Active Directory and Exchange in a multi-site domain utilizing VMware ESX.

Required Skills, Experience, and Responsibilities

  • Knowledge and experience administering systems in Microsoft Windows 2008 R2/2012 R2 environments, including clustering, group policies, advanced configuration, anti-virus and anti-malware software, email gateways, NetApp SAN storage, network routing, and PowerShell scripting.
  • Knowledge and experience administering Microsoft software, including MS Exchange Server, MS SQL Server, Active Directory, and LDAP technologies within a Windows environment.
  • The ability to utilize and operate server monitoring tools for a Windows environment.
  • Ability to provide expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and technical specialists on critical Windows software updates and vulnerability issues; recommend mitigation strategies; ensure coordination and collaboration on upgrade activities; and successfully implement hardening of the server infrastructure in appropriate server roles.
  • Experience with implementing and administering MS Windows 2008/2012 Directory Services Infrastructure, designing security for MS Windows 2008/2012 Network, and designing and implementing MS Windows 2008/2012 network infrastructure.
  • Expert working knowledge of Active Directory DC design, schema, OU design, AD replication topology, and DC backup/restore procedures; DNS; GPOs; message tracking; and performance.
  • Experience implementing changes and upgrades to the system efficiently and effectively.
  • Experience maintaining and improving performance and availability of key applications used by the client on a proactive basis.
  • Experience managing compliance with license agreements.
  • Experience controlling and monitoring user access to the system.
  • Experience monitoring and optimizing the performance of MS Windows-based systems.
  • Experience planning, executing, and maintaining backup and recovery of the system.
  • Experience writing functional requirements and preparing functional designs.
  • Hands-on experience with: group policy development and troubleshooting utilizing Microsoft Resultant Set of Policy (RSOP), VMware ESC, Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, MS System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), MS System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), and familiarity with Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) STIGs baseline control and adherence.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with management and technical specialists to plan, organize, and manage tasks on time with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to take direction from and work collaboratively with the Project Manager and other Team Leads.



Other Responsibilities:


  • Assist with the planning and implementation by working on-site with the customer as a representative of the clients' engineering team.
  • Support ongoing product development and maintenance projects which include developing, debugging, and tuning improvements to the system.
  • Maintain Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012 R2 environment and be able to upgrade domain controllers from Windows Server 2008 R2 and maintain Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp virtual images within the environment.
  • Lead engineer/administrator for all related domain policies implemented through Group Policy Objects (GPO) to include user and computer security initiatives, access restrictions, and OS and application updates based on users, groups, and computers.
  • Maintain and administer system monitoring solutions to include Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Operation Manager (SCOM).
  • Support vulnerability mitigation and prevention for Windows Server platforms using tools such as ACAS, HBSS, and STIG baseline configurations compliance IAW DISA requirements.

Required Education, Experience, and Certifications

  • Bachelor's degree with at least five years of experience in Computer Science or related discipline preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of demonstrated professional experience in an IT data center role, at least three of which were in a Lead or Team Lead position.
  • Two or more years in support of a civilian federal government agency in a TS environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of federal government agency policies and procedures for data center operations.
  • Current MCSE certification preferred, but will consider other current certifications.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a plus.


Security Clearance:


  • Must hold a current Top Secret Clearance with SCI access.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and all immediate family members and all members of the candidate's household must be U.S. citizens.



Job Location: Washington, DC

About Avineon

Avineon, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.


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