IT Administrator / IT Support / IT Help Desk Specialist

The German Historical Institute Washington DC (part of the Max Weber Foundation – International Humanities in Bonn, Germany) seeks to fill the following full-time position as soon as possible: IT Support / IT Help Desk Specialist.

The GHI Washington is a bilingual (German and English) work environment and an institution that supports comparative research with a transatlantic focus. It undertakes intermediate and long-term projects in theoretically informed research and practice-oriented research infrastructures, and seeks to foster inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation.


  • Responsible for day-to-day operations including installation, configuration, and maintenance of systems.
  • Participate in technical research and development to enable ongoing innovation within the infrastructure.
  • Work closely with team members to resolve technical issues, as well as perform routine tasks such as monitoring, server management, user and group administration, software installation, imaging, etc.
  • Apply patch and security changes per policy and pro-actively monitor the environment for patch
  • compliance.
  • Participate in long- and short-range technology planning.
  • Maintain documentation for configurations, operating procedures, and service records relating to the infrastructure and software.
  • Troubleshoot Windows & MacOS networks, storage, applications.
  • Reliably and rapidly process and prioritize support requests in English whether via telephone, email or on site.


  • Bachelor's Degree in IT or IS or equivalent work experience
  • 3+ years of hands-on experience with Windows System Administration, preferably in an Enterprise environment, supporting large-scale servers.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, maintains integrity and configure network components along with implementing operating-system enhancements to improve reliability and performance.
  • Strong Windows knowledge, analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Strong MS Office 2010-2016 knowledge.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Ability to establish and maintain security and integrity controls by planning, testing, and performing scheduled and unschedusled maintenance activities, and take corrective actions prior to failures.
  • Ability to be a team player, including coordinating and collaborating across multiple teams and  endors to achieve common goals or success.
  • Ability to learn, transfer knowledge, and train staff on new technologies.
  • Strong analytical and decision-making skills with the ability to participate in technical meetings.

Desired Skills/Certificates:

  • Windows (2008, 2012 R2, 2016)
  • MacOS
  • Active Directory Administration
  • Patch Management (WSUS)
  • Cloud-based VoIP phone systems (Shoretel)
  • Mail server (Microsoft Exchange, Kerio)
  • VPN (SSLVpn, OpenVPN, IPSec)
  • Scripting with PowerShell
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in German would be advantageous

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must have a valid green card or G4 visa with an unrestricted work permit.

The GHI offers a competitive salary and a generous benefits package, and is an equal opportunity employer and family-friendly workplace. Applications from women are especially encouraged, and, in the case of comparable suitability, ability and professional accomplishment, women will receive preference in hiring.

Please submit your application by February 28th, with a cover letter, CV, References and Certificates attached in one PDF-document to The position will be filled as soon as possible.

For questions please contact Atanas Vasilev (