Principal Systems Engineer



Job Description

Together we are powering the future of Higher Education

Here at Ellucian, we are motivated by a mission ~ the power of education to transform lives and change the world.  We are the global market leader in EdTech for Higher Education, serving more than 2,900 customers and reaching over 22 million students in 50+ countries.  We are dedicated to helping Higher Ed thrive by transforming their institutions to agile, digitally connected campuses that enable student success.

About the Opportunity

Ellucian’s IT Operations is seeking a talented Principal Systems Engineer to join our team with a focus on Active Directory, Identity Management, and Privileged Access Management. As a Principal Systems Engineer, you will be responsible for designing, implementing, and administrating our mission critical Active Directory and Privileged Access Management Platforms. This is a high impact role where your contributions will help ensure a highly available and secure identity and authentication platform. We are looking for a motivated contributor with strong skills in Active Directory infrastructure, Privileged Access Management, Modern Authentication, Windows Security, and PowerShell.

Where you will make an impact

  • Design, Implement and Manage Privileged Access Controls.
  • Secure and manage on premises Active Directory, cloud identity solutions and applications using.
  • Work with architects, integration engineers, and developers to integrate systems with identity solutions.
  • Lead implementation activities for identity systems including Active Directory and Privileged Access Management and other identity systems.
  • Enhance monitoring and auditing capabilities on identity platforms.
  • Provide best practices guidance to Systems Administrators.
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends to deal with outages and maintenance windows.
  • Be part of a team. Share knowledge. Mentor. Be open, honest, and have a positive attitude.
  • Participate in an on-call rotation with teammates to provide reliable 24 x 7 x 365 support to production systems.


What you will bring

  • 10+ years of experience in an IT corporate environment, with at least 7 years as an enterprise-level Active Directory Engineer and at least 5 years of experience with Privileged Access Management solutions.
  • Expert ability to write automation scripts using PowerShell.
  • Expert ability in Windows Security and Server Hardening including Security Policies, Group Policy and ACLs, especially permissions and delegations in on premises Active Directory.
  • Expert knowledge of Role Based Access Controls and Privileged Access Management.
  • Knowledge of email systems including Microsoft Exchange on premises and Office 365
  • Good understanding of databases like Microsoft SQL server or Oracle DB.
  • Good understanding IP networking and services.
  • Internally motivated.  The candidate should have the desire and ability to own problems and solve them.
  • Deep understanding and experience troubleshooting and resolving complex system issues.
  • Multi-year experience maintaining secure production, lab, and development environments.
  • Ability to plan, hold yourself and others accountable, and follow up with others.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills. Must be able to clearly communicate status and urgency.
  • Ability to understand priorities and escalate accordingly.
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.
  • Team player with excellent communication skills and a positive attitude.


Additional Qualifications(Good to have)

  • Centrify Infrastructure Services
  • Next Generation Antivirus
  • Enterprise Monitoring

What makes #Ellucianlife

What makes #Ellucianlife

  • 22 days annual leave plus 11 public holidays
  • Competitive gratuity policy
  • Group insurance and Annual health check up plan with a variety of family and wellness benefits.
  • Thrive Flex Program that allows you to contribute towards your health, financial or learning interests
  • 5 charitable days to support the community that supports us
  • Diversity and inclusion programs that promote employee resource groups such as: Buzzinga and Lean In Team to name a few. 
  • Parental leave
  • Employee referral bonuses to encourage the addition of great new people to the team
  • We Foster a learning culture with:
    • Education Assistance Program
    • Professional development opportunities



At Ellucian, we believe in the “power of together.” We embrace an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace, and believe that our differences help inspire a culture of acceptance that makes our company more collaborative and innovative. We’re proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetics or any other characteristic protected by law. We welcome you to come as you are!