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Technical and Project Support Specialist

Technical and Project Support Specialist

Requisition ID 
Job Category  
3700 - School of Pharmacy
Job Status 
Temporary Appointment (Contract)
Hiring Range 
$44,335 - $55,419

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Term: 1 Year


The Technical & Project Support Specialist has a direct line report to the IT Manager and an administrative report to the Administrative Officer. Under the direction of the IT Manager, The Technical & Project Support Specialist works to ensure the smooth operation of Pharmacy IT systems and provides technical support on special projects. The Specialist provides a wide range of information technology services and direct support to the faculty, staff and students in their administration, teaching and research activities. This includes the timely maintenance and support of computer, web and audio-visual equipment, and technical support, consultation and training. The incumbent will fill in, where necessary, for the IT Manager during vacations and absences.



  • Performs full life-cycle maintenance (from deployment to support to decommissioning) for workstations and other key computing equipment; this requires Administrator privilege on all workstations.
  • Provides troubleshooting, setup, training and support to staff, faculty, graduate & undergraduate students, and external contacts on the use of computer and audio-visual equipment in teaching and meeting rooms.
  • Maintains and updates Pharmacy digital signage including graphic layouts, video, text, and manages external live feeds.
  • Uploads videos to cloud services for evaluation for instructors.
  • Liaises with manufacturers to diagnose and repair computer and audio-visual equipment under warranty.
  • Works with the Research Technician, Scientific & Technical Resources re: consulting, deployment and repair of computer equipment in the Core Facility. 
  • Trouble shoots system problems.
  • Proficient in the common computer systems and software packages used within the School of Pharmacy.
  • Provides technical and logistical support for a variety of special projects including testing, evaluation, and implementation tasks
  • Special Projects, as determined by the IT Manager 

Client Service

  • Provides comprehensive support for desktop and application issues for faculty and staff
  • Responds to direct support inquiries in a timely manner to diagnose, clarify, and resolve issues according to the Service Level Agreement. Requests for support can come from the School’s online RT request system, telephone calls, email and personal requests for assistance
  • Identifies, researches, and resolves technical problems; follows through on the resolution of problems that have been escalated due to the need for additional expertise


  • Extensive technical support experience
  • Strong understanding of end user requirements for web and enterprise solutions across different platforms and browsers
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an emphasis on the ability to provide training and “workarounds” to common technical problems in a way that end users can understand and embrace (i.e., provide technical solutions using non-technical, easy to understand language)
  • Willingness and ability to learn new computing technologies
  • Experience with MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint is required
  • Experience with Sharepoint, Access, ExamSoft, Remote Desktop is preferred
  • Occasional weekend or evening shifts may be required for equipment setup or takedown for special events
  • Periodic lifting and carrying of heavy, bulky computer equipments (PCs, displays, printers, etc.) may be required