With a workforce of over 25,000 people, and opportunities in more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia is the fifth largest city in the United States and one of the largest employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As an employer, the City of Philadelphia operates through the guiding principles of service, integrity, respect, accountability, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Through these principles, we strive to effectively deliver services, to resolve the challenges facing our city, and to make Philadelphia a place where all of our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential.

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is responsible for the processing and treatment of drinking water, waste water, and storm water in the City of Philadelphia. PWD employs approximately 2200 people across 16 sites throughout the City. 

The Information Systems & Technology group (IS&T) in PWD is responsible for developing\maintaining applications, data center management, virtualization, storage, backups, Active Directory, and other technologies. IS&T is seeking a Sr. Systems Engineer with a deep understanding of Windows Server operating systems, VMware, networking, and Active Directory services. The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of experience working with Windows and virtual environments. Working in a team environment, being self-motivated, and having a professional demeanor are essential to the position along with working nonstandard hours including nights and weekends.

Skills and responsibilities

The Sr. Systems Engineer position will be responsible for coordinating and performing physical to virtual server migrations, managing ongoing virtual environment health and growth, as well as deploying VMs and managing VM performance. Creating\maintaining VM templates, ensuring regular backups are run, and creating regular performance reports are required in this position. Knowledge of physical server hardware, network storage devices, and networking are also required. Because this position supports applications that are critical to PWD’s operations, consistent reliability during work hours and off-hours availability is required. 

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Expert knowledge of VMware
• Knowledge of hyper converged data center software (Nutanix) is a plus 
• Configuring, testing, and implementing Windows servers.
• Knowledge of network storage devices
• Active Directory including group policy
• Participation on project teams
• Develop and improve operational procedures. 
• Develop and maintain documentation.
• Monitor availability and performance of all systems.
• Provide level 3 systems troubleshooting & problem resolution
• Knowledge of backup solutions
• Other Duties as assigned
• Scripting


  • Location:
    Successful candidate must be a City resident within six months of hire.
  • Salary:
    , N/A
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Minimum qualifications

Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) or above from a credited college or university in computer science or related field necessary.
Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Department of Technology and Human Resources. 
Minimum of 5 years’ technical experience designing and configuring highly available system solutions.
Experience in the areas of solution engineering & design, asset management, change management, capacity planning, monitoring and alerting, system security, system upgrades, patch management, enterprise backup and recovery required.