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Senior Desktop Engineer

at The College Board | Reston Office (Reston, VA) | View all jobs

The College Board, the national educational organization, is conducting a search for a Senior Desktop Engineer for our Technology department. This position is based in our Reston, Virginia office.

About the College Board

We are a mission-focused organization that believes that investing in education is investing in the future. From our earliest days, we have devoted ourselves to educational opportunity and achievement. We have promoted innovation, equity, and excellence for generations of students. We are advocates for children and parents; we empower teachers and educators, and we are a strong presence in thousands of schools and communities across the country through programs and services - the SAT, Advanced Placement (AP®) and Pre-AP are just a few. Our work falls broadly into four categories: College Readiness, College Connection & Success, Student Opportunities, and Advocacy.

Named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative education companies, the College Board is a mission-focused organization. This job requires a strong focus on improving educational opportunities and outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged students, in the context of a competitive business environment.

About the Role 

The Sr. Desktop Engineer will interact directly with IT engineering, and operational staff to implement new desktop management and collaboration technologies. This individual is responsible for the development, design and ongoing support for infrastructure operating systems, infrastructure services and COTs applications. The Sr. Desktop Engineer will provide engineering support to Business Delivery, Information Security along with other organizations within The College Board to develop solutions that meet business needs. The candidate must have in depth knowledge of operating systems and system configurations, and in one or more COTs systems supporting the enterprise. The Sr. Desktop Engineer will provide tier III incident support as well as ongoing planning for system operation and improvement. The successful candidate will interface with customers, peers, and vendors to resolve configuration and operational issues, integration problems, and related technology problems.

What you’ll do

  • Engineer, design and deploy solutions in support of development efforts.
  • Provide technical leadership in primary areas of competence and provide technical project leadership support.
  • Develop increasing expertise in key technologies, focusing on three-tiered, web- based solutions.
  • Maintain experience and expertise in problem definition, requirements analysis and the general design and integration of systems.
  • Develop an increasing appreciation for technologies and architectures, including; enterprise architecture strategies and deployment best practices, architecture and component performance testing, hosting strategies and infrastructure architectures, and SDLC.
  • Manage enterprise COTs, infrastructure services, or internal developed solutions to ensure an available and reliable system.
  • Develop architecture diagrams, briefings and training on new end-user services.
  • Interacting directly with IT, ISO, engineering, and operational staff to implement new or enhance existing technologies.
  • Gather technical and business requirements, develop customized solutions and manage customer expectations.
  • Proven experience in managing technologies in enterprise with a drive for understanding customer needs and operational excellence.
  • Ability to provide advice and recommendations on system upgrades, replacements, or new systems.
  • Communication with vendors for upgrades and troubleshooting issues with equipment and software
  • Capable of training and demonstrating product features and operation to non-technical customers.
  • Provide and assist with project management and project leadership on technical implementations and projects.
  • Participate to define and lead performance testing efforts.
  • Provide technical support to third parties regarding the use, understanding, design, and implementation of College Board products, providing end user and on-site support when required.
  • Assist in deployment of new applications and services as well as provide tier II/III incident support.
  • Position may supervise or mentor more junior technical project resources.
  • Represent the College Board and its products in inter-company meetings, and industry conferences.

About you

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field, plus additional related college courses or professional training.
  • Ten years of progressively responsible directly related experience, including project leadership experience.
  • Proven experience in managing technologies in enterprise with a drive for understanding customer needs and operational excellence.
  • Depth in MAC or Windows operating systems with strong understanding of VMware and virtual operating environments.
  • Working knowledge of use of public cloud services.
  • Experience managing large end-user rollouts of desktop management solutions.
  • Experience with Windows Desktop Engineering with proven technology expertise in more than one relevant core areas such as, Active Directory, Windows Desktop Image Engineering, Software Distribution, and Microsoft Office 365.
  • Experience in mobile device management especially with Apple devices and Windows Desktop management will be advantageous.
  • Experience planning, designing, and implementing new software solutions.

More about you

  • Working knowledge of COTs applications and infrastructure services.
  • Understanding of the academic environment.
  • Understanding of security.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Strong problem solving and analytic skills.
  • Ability to travel when required.

This position is subject to a background check.

The College Board is dedicated to the principle of equal opportunity and its programs, services and employment policies are guided by that principle.


We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional development and training.


Our mission is to clear a path for all students to own their future.

EEOC statement

The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required.