University at Albany — Network Architect

About University at Albany:
Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany’s broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,900 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State’s capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:
The Network Architect in Information Technology Services (ITS) reports to the Associate Director of Network Design and Engineering. S/he is responsible, in consultation with the Associate Director, for the effective design, implementation and operation of the University at Albany network infrastructure spanning multiple campuses and locations in the Capital Region. The network serves nearly 25,000 University faculty, staff and students and is in a consistent pattern of growth and a constant cycle of replacement that enables and supports academic, research and administrative innovation.

This position requires a strong background in network and data center technologies, with additional experience in voice / telecommunications technologies a plus, to help support the management of enterprise operations. The specific disciplines may include but are not limited to IP/video transports, firewall/IDS/IPS security, load balancers, management, monitoring, wireless, network virtualization, cloud and high availability infrastructures.

This position is classified as an essential employee.

  • Represent the network service as a subject matter expert and serve as a primary contributor for network architecture and project design phase activities
  • Directly participate in the implementation, operation, maintenance and growth of all network infrastructure at the University
  • Install, configure, maintain and support network infrastructure applications
  • Plan and build infrastructure that supports growth of IoT
  • Assist the Associate Director in budget planning by anticipating projects and providing cost estimates
  • Train, develop and mentor less senior staff
  • Develop and maintain network current and future state documentation
  • Develop and maintain familiarity with the customers of the network infrastructure service, their demands on the service, and the service offerings available to and in use by each
  • Manage network service projects, as needed
  • Engage vendors when developing project solutions and exploring new technologies
  • Be available to provide support and consultation outside normal business hours, including occasional evenings, holidays, or weekends, within reasonable professional obligation and expectation, to ensure continuous availability of ITS services

Requirements:
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Eight (8) years of relevant experience with network design and engineering in a similar environment including use of the following technologies: switching, routing, Wi-Fi, VoIP, and firewall standards and protocols including IP, IPv6, STP, OSPF, BGP, VxLAN, IPSec, 802.11ac, and SIP
  • Excellent problem solving and diagnostic skills across all layers of the OSI model
  • Experience with fiber optic and copper cabling standards
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Commitment to serving the needs of a diverse population and fostering an inclusive environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ten (10) years of relevant network experience
  • Experience operating a wireless access environment of at least 500 access points
  • Experience operating a network supporting a large-scale VoIP deployment
  • Experience with virtualized/container-based/cloud networking within VMware, OpenStack, or AWS
  • Experience working with VMware NSX
  • Experience with advanced threat management implementations such as Palo Alto, Checkpoint, or Fortinet
  • Experience working in a multi-vendor network infrastructure
  • Enterprise level networking certification from a major provider (ie. CCNA, JNCIA, etc.)
  • Scripting Experience
  • PMP certification
  • ITIL certification

Additional Information:
Professional Rank and Salary Grade: Senior Programmer/Analyst, SL-4

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University’s crime statistics for the past three years; and disclosures regarding the University’s current campus security policies. The University at Albany’s Annual Security Report is available in portable document format [PDF] by clicking this link http://police.albany.edu/ASR.shtml

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.

THE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY IS AN EO/AA/IRCA/ADA EMPLOYER

Please apply online via https://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=110047

Application Instructions:
Applicants MUST submit the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications, any of the applicable preferred qualifications, and addressing ability to work in a culturally diverse population
  • List of at least three (3) professional references with contact information

Note: After submitting your resume, the subsequent pages give you instructions for uploading additional documents (i.e. cover letter etc.).

This search will remain open until filled.

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