Student Affairs

Help Desk Analyst (5242)

American University

Washington, DC United States

The Help Desk Analyst position is an integral part of the customer service team in Information Technology that answers questions and provides general troubleshooting assistance for the AU community via telephone, email and instant message. The Help Desk staff are empowered with system administrator rights to fix most problems, as well as coordinate with other technical support, networking, academic and administrative computing staff to solve customers' problems and questions. This position works under the general direction of the Director, Customer Support Services.
Work Environment
These six positions report directly to the Director, Customer Support Services. The nature of the role this position plays in the organization is to work independently with customers to provide extensive computer assistance and problem analysis to support all members of the AU community via instant messaging, telephone, Web, and e-mail. The Help Desk Analysts quickly become experts in every University-supported software package; they have been empowered to resolve all hardware, software, and network problems that do not require a physical visit to the customer’s machine.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
Coordinator/Anaylst A
Due to the extended hours of the Help Desk, this position requires flexibility in the employee’s work schedule and will likely require a few evening hours each week.
This schedule is determined at the beginning of each semester.
Salary Range
Commensurate with experience
Required Education and Experience
A Bachelor’s degree 
At least two years experience of increasingly responsible work experience involving computer consulting or Help Desk support
Relevant work experience in excess of two years may be substituted at an equivalent rate for years of study at the undergraduate level
Specific technical experience required includes knowledge of desktop applications (word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, e-mail, etc.), proficiency with connecting computers to a local area network and the Internet using wired and wireless connections, an understanding of hardware and operating systems (primarily Windows 7 through Windows 10, and Mac OS).
Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated success in communicating in both oral in written forms are required to effectively perform the duties of this position
The incumbent must have a strong customer service orientation and the capacity to work in teams
Preferred Education and Experience
Experience with ServiceNow, Active Directory and Office 365
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check
Other Duties
Essential personnel designation: A reduced number of Help Desk staff is expected to work remotely to support the University community, during unplanned closures or emergencies.


Current American University Employees:

If you are a current full-time or part-time staff member at American University, please log into AsuccessfulU through the myAU portal. Once in AsuccessfulU, please select the Careers tile which will take you to our internal career page. 


Contact Us:

For more information or assistance with the American University careers site, email


American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.


  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 2 - 4 years
  • Part/Full Time: Part-Time

Contact / Additional Information

To apply please visit: