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Networking Specialist

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Position Information

General Information

Position Number 008145
Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Working Title Networking Specialist
Position Designation EHRA Non-Faculty
Employment Type Permanent - Full-time
Months per Year 12
Work Schedule

8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Monday – Friday

Hours per week 40
FLSA Status Exempt
Division Academic Affairs
Department Info & Technology Services (Adm)
Work Location Kennedy
Salary Range
Primary Purpose of Department

We provide highly reliable information technology infrastructure, tools and services to empower the University to achieve its academic, research, administrative and service goals.

Primary Purpose of Position

The Network Specialist is responsible for the day to day operations of the organization’s core voice and data networks, network technology evaluations, protocol analysis, configuration and research, complex troubleshooting and analysis and special network projects. The primary role of this position is to design, configure and maintain the University’s VPN infrastructure. In addition, this resource will take an active role in capacity planning and network monitoring. Essential Functions 60% Network configuration 30% Incident and problem management 10% Using network analysis, management and performance monitoring tools to diagnose problems and determine source.

Summary of Position Responsibilities

This is highly technical and analytical work in serving as a specialist for networking, enterprise network planning, high-level troubleshooting, security, network system administration and/or networking products and services. Work includes the enterprise design, review of internal and external infrastructure requirements, technology evaluation, testing and developing guidelines for implementation. Specialists may consult with clients and/or vendors to determine future network systems requirements, their costs, design additions, solutions to complex network operating problems, and the design of network security systems. Employees develop request for proposals (RFP’s) and contracts for services and serve as the expert in that product area. Employees serve as experts on the network and network services including serving as a resource to senior analysts in network problem solving and design. This includes determining needs and researching new technology additions and improvements to the network. Additional roles may include technical specialist in network management systems or telecommunications networks (data, voice, video and voice over IP), network architecture, network systems administration, network services and converged network services. May serve as team leader within the work unit.

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Information systems, Computer Engineering, Engineering, Electronics or related technical degree from an appropriately accredited institution and 3 years of progressive networking related experience such as network design, analysis or network management; or a Bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited university and 4 years of progressive networking experience; or an Associate’s degree in Electronics or Networking Technology and 5 years of progressive networking related experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills and Experience

At least three to four years’ experience with hands-on network engineering with Cisco infrastructure, including but not limited to: Firewalls, Switches, Routers and Cisco Unified Communications will be preferred.
At least two to three years’ experience with Palo Alto Networks firewalls will be preferred.
Relevant and current Cisco certifications will be preferred.
Experience with network security, routing/switching, collaboration, and data center networking.
Preferred Technical Skills:
-Cisco VPN, firewalls, routing/​switching, and software including Cisco IOS, CatOS, ASA OS, and NX-OS.
-Configuring Palo Alto Networks firewall hardware and software.
-Configuring and troubleshooting VPN issues on different types of IPSec and SSL endpoints including Cisco and Palo Alto firewalls and end-user computers.​
-Configuring and troubleshooting firewalls including Cisco ASA Firewalls in a single and multi-context environment.​
-Configuring and managing Cisco Nexus series switches including the Nexus 9000, 6000, 5000 and 2000 series.​
-Hands-on experience with Layer 2/3 switching and routing.
-Deep understanding of networking protocols (e.g., IPSEC, BGP, OSPF, DHCP, DNS, QoS, 802.11).
-Configuring advanced services features of Cisco Catalyst 3800, 4500, 6500, and 6800 series switches.
-Working with Network Monitoring and Troubleshooting tools.
Preferred Skills:
-Creating and maintaining logical and physical networking documentation using Microsoft Visio or other diagramming applications and Microsoft Excel
-Candidate should possess excellent communication skills, with the ability and experience to communicate with customers, executive management and external vendors.
-Must be self-motivated, with the ability to work on a team or independently as needed.
-Candidate should have some familiarity with data classification and protection issues, including PII, HIPAA and PCI.
-Knowledge in IPv6.
-Knowledge in Amazon Web Services infrastructure.

Necessary Certifications/Licenses
Preferred Certifications/Licenses
Special Notes to Applicants

The finalist will be subject to a criminal background check.

Posting Open Date 01/23/2018
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Hire Date
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Contact Information

Posting Specific Questions

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  1. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • UNC Charlotte Website
    • The Placement Exchange (TPE)
    • Another Website (please list in box below)
    • Personal Referral
    • Other (please list in box below)
    • HERC Job Board
    • Local JobNetwork
  2. Where did you learn about this posting?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Do you have professional experience with hands-on network engineering with Cisco infrastructure, including but not limited to: Firewalls, Switches, Routers, and Cisco Unified Communications? If yes, please describe your experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Do you have professional experience with Palo Alto Networks firewalls? If yes, please explain your experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. Do you have professional experience with network security, routing/switching, collaboration, and data center networking? If yes, please explain your experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest