IT Help Desk Supervisor

  • Eastern Washington University
  • Cheney, WA 99004, USA
  • Nov 08, 2023
Full time Computer & Web Services, Info Technology

Job Description


IT Help Desk Supervisor

About Eastern Washington University:
Eastern Washington University, a regional, comprehensive public university with an enrollment of over 10,000 students, is one of six state-funded four-year institutions of higher education in Washington, each governed by its own board of trustees. EWU’s 300-acre main campus is located in Cheney, a community of 12,000 residents 16 miles southwest of Washington’s second largest city, Spokane. Eastern also offers programs in downtown Spokane at the innovative, energy-efficient Catalyst building and at Riverpoint, a campus shared with Washington State University. In addition, EWU programs can be found at select locations throughout the state, aligned with the needs of the community. Eastern contributes to the vitality of the region and the state through its wide array of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in over 100 fields of study, as well as applied doctorates in physical therapy and educational leadership, offering accessible pathways to career success and personal development to students of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

Tribal Land AcknowledgementEastern Washington University resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People and other tribes who are connected through their shared history of this region. This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their Ancestors who are here and bring forth the knowledge of this place—the knowledge that comes from the land.

Job Summary:
Information Technology (IT) provides information resources and technology services to the entire campus community, in support of the academic mission. IT also provides technical assistance in the design, acquisition, installation, and maintenance of the campus systems, media, and telecommunications infrastructure including; desktop computer equipment; institutional databases; enterprise-wide applications; technology equipped classrooms, distance learning classrooms, telecommunications systems; centralized access to a campus wide software library, remote online services, open-access and program specific computer labs, consulting, training,
and user support. Information Technology provides assistance to University leadership in strategic planning for technology initiatives which strengthen both efficiency and effectiveness.

This position supervises five full time staff and up to fifteen (15) students at the IT Help Desk. This position reports to the Senior Manager for Campus Technology Services. The Senior Manager for Campus Technology reports to the CIO. This position is responsible for setting direction for the IT Help Desk and distributed IT support staff (IT Coordinators). They are an escalation path for supervised staff and apply their advanced technical knowledge to ensure successful functions and operations. In addition, this position provides support for break-fix issues, provides access to services as requested, and acts as a single point of contact through the campus-wide Help Desk phone line, chat, email address, and web-support portal.

Under the general direction of the Senior Manager for Campus Technology Services, this position supervises the Help Desk staff and student employees, manages daily operations, and handles escalations. The IT Help Desk Supervisor is responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction throughout the entire problem resolution process.

The candidate selected for this position will be rewarded with competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package which includes highly subsidized health/dental plans, retirement plan with 100% university match, generous paid vacation and sick leave, 12 paid holidays (adjusted accordingly), tuition waiver benefit and more!

EWU expands opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related discipline
  • 5 years IT Help Desk or information technology support
  • 5 or more years supervising a technical team
  • 2 years experience provisioning accounts in software applications and network directory service
  • Demonstrated interest, ability and/or experience promoting cultural competency, universal accessibility, and/or diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 7 or more years supervising IT Help Desk operations
  • 7 or more years supervising technical field support

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and effectiveness in getting things done collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot complex issues
  • Knowledge of Higher Education/Government environments

Job Duties:
% of Time:
Responsibility / Duty:

  • The combination of all job responsibilities/duties equals 100%.

Supervision. Providing clear direction, assessing performance, identifying developmental needs, provide coaching and counseling, and developmental plans.

  • Provides clear direction, assesses performance, identifies developmental needs,
  • Provide technical leadership in specialized areas of technology support and Help Desk services.
  • Manage the university’s IT knowledge base to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Monitors and Provides technical leadership and guidance to customer support services provided by IT Help Desk Technicians.
  • Prepares technical IT recommendations and reports for higher-level management
  • Develops performance metrics to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the IT Help Desk and to apply results in increasing productivity, professionalism and improving service quality.

This will enable effective customer support interactions that ensures that phone, email, web, and walk-in requests are appropriately handled.
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

% of Time:
Responsibility / Duty: Technology Support. Provides technical support services to campus.

  • Manage Active Directory objects, print services, VoiP endpoints, mobile services.
  • Using information technology approved methods, deploys pre-packaged software and updates.
  • Escalation point for non-routine and complex issues.
  • Following campus standards and procedures, performs password resets for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Monitors system environment to identify availability and functionality issues.
  • Formulates routines and standards of practice to complete assigned tasks..

This position resolves problems requiring analysis and the discernment of the most suitable solution available.
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

% of Time:
Responsibility / Duty: Customer Support. Ensures continuous customer support and contact with customer.

  • Clearly communicates with clients in a professional and timely manner to keep them informed about the progress of their service requests and incidents.
  • Escalation point for staff to handle conflict with campus constituents.
  • Directs customers to resource reference materials for system users (such as user manuals, online help pages, tutorial videos and web page content, etc.

This position engages with the customers across campus. This allows for IT to be seen and used as a partner to support the colleges and divisions being supported.
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

% of Time:
Responsibility / Duty: Incident Response. Provides Incident response for the University focusing on first contact resolution and customer satisfaction.

  • Performs Tier 2 issue resolution for incoming help requests from end users, including installing and upgrading software and configuring systems and applications.
  • Tracks all work in the current ticketing system.
  • Communicates with customers in person, over the phone or in writing to identify needs and issues.
  • Refers customers to other specialists within IT for answers to complex and high-complexity incidents, for problem resolution.

This position receives and attempts resolution for reported technology incidents for campus. Escalates issues to higher level staff for resolution. This enables quick resolution for all incidents and appropriate escalation as needed.
Essential Function Indicator: Yes

Conditions of Employment:
This position, during the course of university employment will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value, as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check prior to beginning employment.

All new employees must comply with EWU Immunization Policy 602-02 and provide proof of immunity or vaccination to MMR and proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before beginning work at EWU. Waivers for the immunization requirements are available for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs.

This position is covered by the Washington Federation of State Employees’ Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Salary Information: The salary range (03ITS) for this position is $69,300 (minimum) up to $90,948. Where the hired candidate will begin within this range is dependent on education, experience and skills.

Posting Date: 08/23/2022
Open Until Further Notice: Yes
Closing Date:
Screening to Begin: 09/07/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Submit your application materials through our online applications portal provided below. If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, please contact Human Resources Services at (509) 359-2381.

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EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.

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