Montana State University Service Desk Analyst in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18357

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Gary Parker, (406) 994-7447

Classification Title Computer Supp Spec II

Working Title Service Desk Analyst

Brief Position Overview

As Service Desk Analyst (SDA), this role provides first line technical support to MSU students, faculty, and staff of varied technical proficiencies by fulfilling service requests and troubleshooting a wide range of technical issues. In doing so, SDA will build and maintain partnerships with customers by demonstrating a high level of customer service, expertise and professionalism.

Position Number 4M1199, 4M0265

Department University Information Technology

Division President's Office

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Non-Exempt

Union Affiliation MPEA

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Wage of $17.75 – $24.28 per hour. Rate of pay will be determined by the staff compensation plan. For questions contact

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

As the MSU single point of contact for UIT services, the Service Desk Analyst role provides a range of services within the context of incident and service request management. This includes first line technical support and problem resolution for students, faculty, and staff in the use of desktop and laptop computers and peripherals, mobile devices, software applications, operating system problems, network connectivity, resource access problems, security and ID management, account and service request coordination.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Incident / Service Request Management: Triage incoming tickets, work to resolve Level 1 tickets, follow escalation process to coordinate resolution of Level 2 tickets, follow up on incidents and service requests as needed, work to improve processes or develop needed processes.

  • Knowledge Management: Individually contribute and collaborate with other teams to provide and maintain content for UIT and campus IT knowledge base.

  • Customer Service: Troubleshoot and resolve customer problems, maintain a customer-friendly atmosphere and work proactively to provide customers a great MSU IT experience.

  • Security: Work under the guidance of the Enterprise Security Group to encourage security best practices throughout campus and work to resolve any security vulnerabilities that are identified.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Demonstrated experience at Level 1 support in a complex networked environment of computer resources and enterprise services, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience with desktop, laptop and mobile devices; Windows and Apple operating systems; applications, and their interaction with associated host systems, including, Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft Office 365, and other cloud and local resources and services.

  • Demonstrated experience providing consistent and positive phone, ticket and in-person customer service, including IT remote support sessions, best practices and policies, to a diverse customer base.

  • Experience working intuitively and analytically to diagnose and resolve problems, working, to improve processes and to work collaboratively in a cross-team environment.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Service Desk / Help Desk analyst certification or equivalent support center training from recognized training authority.

  • Experience in Higher Education and/or Enterprise IT environs.

  • Knowledge of industry standard service desk processes and procedures (trouble ticketing, 1st call resolution, escalation, incident management); knowledge of security solutions; knowledge of security-related policies and guidelines; knowledge of security practices and typical business requirements and functions associated with security practices; knowledge of basic networking principles and troubleshooting procedures.

  • Experience defining and troubleshooting customer problems.

  • Experience working in a networked environment, including cloud services, file sharing, e-mail configuration, wireless connectivity, and client-side IP configuration.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Build and maintain partnerships with customers, MSU IT peers, student workers and campus offices by regularly demonstrating a high level of customer service, technical expertise and professionalism.

  • Provide an interface for customers to other UIT departments and distributed IT personnel and provide for equipment purchases, moves, installations, upgrades, training requests, security and user account management.

  • Maintain currency in IT technical competencies, service offerings, support resources, and organizational structures.

  • Communicate with a wide range of constituents and knowledge levels regarding technical issues

  • Communicate planned and unplanned outages and service status alerts to customers and IT support teams as needed.

  • Assess problem priorities and classification of problems as hardware, software, and the functional areas they impact and respond accordingly.

  • Skilled at researching and resolving technical problems.

  • Skilled at proactively identifying recurring issues and taking appropriate actions to resolve these problems.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Position’s work schedule will be 10 AM to 7 PM.

  • Work environment is an open office with walk-in customer traffic, phone calls and frequent interruptions.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • Requires periodic after-hours support.

  • Requires work in an open office with walk-in customer traffic, phone calls and frequent interruptions.

  • May have to move/transfer up to 30 lbs. on occasional basis.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 2

Desired Start Date At the conclusion of a successful search.

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Screening of applications will begin on July 13, 2018,; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .