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Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

The focus for this position will be on supporting the identity access management (IAM) system.  The
IAM system is exceptionally critical as it is the foundation for the University’s security architecture.  This system maintains users’ identity information and controls user access to all University systems.  This
includes on-premise applications like the Human Resources system and the Financials system, as well as cloud-based services like Canvas and the Library.  The IAM system is a very large and complex system with several components.  Two of the most visible components are the LDAP directories
and the Shibboleth identity providers.   LDAP is a critical service that is used to control access to the University’s most important applications.

Duties include maintaining industry standards, applying security patches and upgrades to all components of the University’s identity access management system. This position is also responsible for integrating new
applications with our enterprise access management systems and maintaining existing integrations.

Day-to-day activities will include:

  • Configure applications to work with enterprise load balancers, Single Sign-On (SSO) servers (SAML and oAuth preferred), network equipment and computer security.
  • Configure application server components and the network protocols all in a highly available clustered environment (especially HTTP, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL),Lightweight Directory Access
    Protocol (LDAP) directories, Java Message Service (JMS) Messaging, and Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI) Connection Pooling).
  • Manage and configure applications servers that encompass configuration modifications to support new applications that include setting up new JMS/MQ resources, database resources and
    lightweight directory access protocol (LDAP) resources.
  • Manage and configure enterprise service bus(ESB).
  • Responsible for performance monitoring and optimization of individual components as well as the entire request path from load balancer through the database.
  • Install/renew of Secure Sockets License (SSL) certificates.
  • Use industry standard build and deployment to manage deployments as needed.
  • Perform capacity planning for application servers and recommend future system requirements.
  • Research, analyzes and recommends new technology solutions and standards related to the application servers.
  • Adopt industry best practices and apply them to Boston College’s application Servers.
  • Plan patches and upgrades. Follow SAS 115 requirements and audit procedures.
  • Ensure systems are secure and protected.Manage project plans, help deliver various
    project artifacts, and track assignments on large projects.
  • Provide leadership (technical and non-technical) to project team members both within and outside of IT.
  • Determine the impact of system changes and/or new functionality on the user community.
  • Work closely with customers to deliver state of the art business solutions.



- Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or technology-related field.
- Computer networks and technologies.
- Various IAM technologies like: LDAP, Active Directory, Shib, MicroFocus Access Manager, Server to server session encryption.
- Web browser to server session technologies like: HTTP/HTTPS, Extensible Markup Language (XML), Restful API’s.
-  Maintaining software and introducing changes in a large enterprise environment.

- Some development experience in supporting web-based application using technologies like J2EE, JavaScrpt, and Angular.
- Understanding and progressive experience working with Middleware services including messaging and various identity and access management related technologies.
- Experience architecting and tuning high availability, high-performance environments. Knowledge of F5 load balancer is preferred.
- Experience in creating unit tests and automated testing tools is preferred.
- Experience with Continuous integration. Knowledge of Bamboo, GIT, and Ansible is preferred
- Knowledge of usability testing methodologies, web-industry standards and trends, platform standards, software development process, and prototyping/design.  

Salary/title depends on experience:
Associate Middleware Systems Administrator (up to 71K):
Two years of experience working with middleware to include installation,
configuration, and administration as well as deployment experience.  

Middleware Systems Administrator (up to 85K):
Four years of experience working with middleware to include installation,
configuration, and administration as well as deployment experience.

Senior Middleware Systems Administrator (up to 106k):
Six years of experience working with middleware to include installation,
configuration, and administration as well as deployment experience.

Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at