VMware System Administrator

Kansas City, MO

At Criterion Systems, we developed a different kind of business—a company whose real value is a reputation for excellence built upon the collective skills, talents, perspectives, and backgrounds of its people. By accepting a position with Criterion Systems, you will join a group of professionals with a collaborative mindset where we share ideas and foster professional development to accomplish our goals. In addition to our great culture, we also offer competitive compensation and benefit packages, company-sponsored team building events, and advancement opportunities. To find out more about how Criterion can help you take your career to the next level please visit our website: www.criterion-sys.com.

Our expert-level staff analyze, create, implement, and support cutting edge technologies in support of the National Information Technology Center (NITC) for the United States Department of Agriculture. NITC provides critical IT infrastructure, data center services, and cloud hosting for vital federal government functions.  


  • Contribute to overall design and standardization efforts
  • Assist with Data Center capacity, configuration, and growth planning
  • Develop and document standards in the areas of configuration, provisioning, monitoring, maintenance, installation and compliance
  • Provide thoughtful review and guidance of compute configurations
  • Take ownership of incidents and identify problem trends to improve the overall dependability of the environment and meet appropriate Service Level Agreements
  • Monitor relevant systems for availability and performance and respond to alerts to meet business objectives and service levels
  • Write scripts and procedures for daily operations
  • Maintain and support production environments consisting of VMware
  • Manage HP and Cisco blade environments including design, build, and maintain
  • Apply security best practices compliant with NIST and STIG baselines
  • Interface with storage and network teams in design, performance optimization, capacity planning
  • Build and manage new hypervisors

Job Requirements

  • Experience with VMware tools including ESX, ESXi/vSphere, vCenter, vMotion, DRS, vRealize and other virtualization technologies and concepts
  • Possesses a deep understanding of VMware core components and their relation to storage and networking, and be proficient in data center design methodologies
  • Hands on experience installing, configuring, and administering Cisco UCS rack and blade server infrastructure components.
  • Experience with Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity solutions including VMWare Site Recovery Manager (SRM) or other industry standard solutions for DR/BC.
  • Outstanding customer service skills with strong verbal and written communication
  • Ability to remain agile in a fast-paced, ever-evolving IT department
  • Experience with Windows and Linux operating systems
  • Ability to automate aspects of vSphere management using PowerCLI
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong troubleshooting skills with the ability to solve complex issues
  • Minimum 6-10 years of experience with job related skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or equivalent work experience in lieu of degree
  • Four (4) years relevant experience with VMware System Administration
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must be able to obtain a Public Trust Clearance

Criterion Systems is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit https://criterion-sys.com/careers.



Criterion offers comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. Most of our plans are available at no cost for employee only coverage.

Time Off

Employees begin accruing PTO at 15 days per year and acquire more based on seniority. In addition to PTO, Criterion provides 10 holidays and bereavement, military, jury duty, and family medical leave.


  • Roth and Traditional 401(k) Plans with company matching contributions
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Commuter Benefits


All employees are eligible to use up to $3,000 annually for approved professional development, including trainings, memberships, seminars, and degree programs.

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Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

Criterion Systems, Inc. is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination at all levels of our organization. We believe in treating all applicants and employees fairly and make decisions without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, religion, creed, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other protected status.

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Criterion is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for a position with Criterion and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please send an email with your request to recruiting@criterion-sys.com or call us at 703-942-5800. Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.