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Directory Services Engineer / Information Technologist II

Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Messaging and Collaboration Manager, the Directory Services Engineer is responsible for identity, authentication and authorization systems. The engineer will collaboratively support and improve a highly complex Active Directory and related hybrid environments while continuously evaluating and making recommendations for improvement of the technology landscapes, including areas such as system/software testing, monitoring, data scrubbing and migration, software deployment, etc.

Michigan State University (MSU) is a top 100 global university located in East Lansing, three miles east of the state’s capitol. The MSU community includes more than 12,000 faculty, academic and support staff, as well as 49,695 students. MSU offers an extensive benefits package to its employees including health care, prescription, and dental coverage, and a base retirement program with a University matching contribution, as well as basic life insurance. In addition, MSU offers educational benefits including a course fee courtesy program and educational assistance.

MSU Information Technology provides the primary leadership for strategic, financial, and policy initiatives affecting information technology (IT) across MSU. MSU IT offers technology resources that support MSU’s mission of providing education, conducting research, and advancing engagement.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are essential elements, vital to the culture MSU Information Technology endeavors to cultivate. This includes providing opportunities and access for all people which incorporate differences of race, age, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, migratory status, disability/abilities, political affiliation, veteran status and socioeconomic background.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in an information technology area related to the duties to be performed; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with Identity Management Systems such as SailPoint, Forefront Identity Manager, CA Identity Manager, Quest One Identity, etc.
  • Experience with Authentication Systems such as Active Directory, Kerberos and LDAP.
  • Experience with Single Sign-On Systems (SSO) such as Azure SSO, Microsoft Enterprise SSO, Oracle SSO, CA SSO, MSU’s Sentinel Single Sign-On, etc.
  • Experience with Identity Federation Systems such as Azure AD, ADFS, Shibboleth, Oracle Identity Federation, CA Federation, etc.
  • Experience with Multi-Factor Authentication Systems such as Symantec VIP, Duo Security, Google Authenticator, etc. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate in cross-functional and cross-departmental teams.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Three professional references knowledgeable of your work

Work Hours



Remote Work Statement

MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.