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The University of Kansas Health System System Administrator I in Lawrence, Kansas

Watkins Health Services (WHS), located in Lawrence, KS, is an AAAHC accredited comprehensive ambulatory health care facility that provides services on campus to the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Kansas.

Systems Administration provides design, implementation, maintenance, and support services for server level enterprise applications and medical devices. System Administrators (SysAdmins) are responsible for maintaining end-to-end knowledge of, assessing the impact of organizational change on, and identifying the opportunities and threats surrounding the systems they support. Systems Administration also assists ancillary IT groups (Radiology, Lab, Pharmacy, etc.) as a tie back to HITS (Health Information Technology Services) and an escalation point for systems issues.

This position is located in Lawrence, KS at the Watkins Health Services location.

  • Functions as a coordination point for issues related to systems between all IT teams. Act as an escalation point for issues with assigned systems that cannot be resolved in TRC.

  • System Support: Maintains usable systems for end-users with the ability to work with vendors or other outside resources as well as internal hospital teams to resolve system issues within service level agreements.

  • System Documentation: Maintains documentation on the systems technical configuration, contacts and functionality. Contributes and maintains common troubleshooting tips in the designated knowledge base. Keeps current vendor and system data owner’s contact information in the designated location. Maintains relevant training materials for systems.

  • System Updates: Responsibilities include planning and scheduling system upgrades and updates. This also includes coordination with other HITS teams, vendors, users, interfaces, and other systems that feed or accept information from this system. This would include server as well as workstation updates. Follows department change request processes.

  • System Security: Protects hospital assets and information by maintaining secure systems. Follows organizational policies and processes surrounding access management, regulatory compliance, systems architecture, disaster recovery, vendor management, and others to support security and integrity of organizational and patient data.

  • System Integrity/Retention: Requires verification of application logs and other monitoring tools to resolve issues that could cause data integrity issues. Ensure retention periods for application data follow hospital and regulatory requirements.

  • System Backup/Recovery: Verifies that systems are completing a normally scheduled and approved backup methodology. Verifies that systems/data can be restored in the event of a failure or disaster. This will include the completion of disaster recovery plans (DRP) and other documentation related to disaster recovery (DR) and high availability (HA).

  • Data Entry: Maintain knowledge of applications and functional areas entering application data. May have responsibility for entering application data as required. Data entry should not include patient health information unless directly approved by management.

  • System Printing: Knowledge of application methods used to manage print queues and printing workflow.

  • Reporting: Ability to use application functionality to create, schedule, distribute, and print reports.

  • Interfaces: Model, design, monitor, and support system interfaces in conjunction with dedicated interface staff and other teams. Maintain documentation surrounding the flow of data between systems.

  • Systems/Application Knowledge: Subject matter expert for assigned systems including design, interfaces, end-user work-flow, and end-to-end system knowledge. Monitors vendor road-maps and communicates points of interest.

  • Vendor Management: Communicates effectively with system vendors to maintain working relationships and proper systems support. Verifies vendor actions meet the expectations of the hospital.

  • Technical Foundation: Understands technical concepts including, but not limited to, databases, networking, hardware, software, interfaces, medical devices, desktop support, operating systems, and others as necessary.

  • Systems Analysis and Design: Ability to perform analysis for new system requests. Utilizes technical knowledge to ask relevant questions during systems analysis.

*Must be able to perform the professional, clinical and or technical competencies of the assigned unit or department.

*Note: These statements are intended to describe the essential functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities. Skills and duties may vary dependent upon your department or unit. Other duties may be assigned as required.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems or related field or 2:1 equivalent experience.

  • 3 years of experience in a related Information Systems field


  • Master’s Degree in Information Systems or related field

  • 1 year of experience in a healthcare setting

  • Technical certifications related to ITIL, Windows Administration, Linux Administration, or other IT or system related field of study

  • Experience with desktop support/hardware support and applications support is highly preferred

Requisition ID: 2020-26522

Display Department Title: Watkins Student Health

External Company Name: The University of Kansas Health System

External Company URL: https://careers-kansashealthsystem.icims.com

Street: 1200 Schwegler Dr