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Senior Wireless Network Engineer

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Senior Wireless Network Engineer
Department Systems Engineering & Communications Infrastructure
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18155
Open Date 10/20/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

The Senior Wireless Network Engineer (WNE) will serve as the subject matter expert for wireless technologies and capabilities supporting the business needs of Rice University and executing wireless projects.

The Senior WNE will work very closely with other Network Architects, Network Engineers, Information Technology Directors, Assistant Directors, and Managers in order to properly design and support these systems. The Senior WNE is responsible for the technical aspects of the design, management, and support of the wireless systems and related networking systems that support the successful operation of Rice’s campus networks.

They will lead the analysis of customer requirements and development of wireless solutions to meet required performance and coverage and mentor more junior staff. Lead and oversee the work of tech services staff for wireless.

This position will do the following:
- Develop wireless coverage/heat maps utilizing industry standard tools.
- Recommend wireless hardware and software to meet requirements and minimize cost. Plan, schedule, and execute entire end-to-end installations.
- Interface directly with campus representatives, and subcontractors to communicate project plans and status.
- Coordinate and execute site surveys to determine the actual layout and placement of the Wi-Fi equipment to provide optimal Wi-Fi coverage, data rates, network capacity, roaming capability, and QoS.
- Develop and execute wireless test plans to include test strategy, criteria, test cases, schedule, locations, and expected & actual results.
- Install and Configure servers, routers, switches, and access points.
- Integrate new wireless capabilities into existing network infrastructure and systems.
- Install and configure wireless software solutions.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree
Concentration / Degree Type

Engineering or computer science or related discipline.

Substitution for Education Requirement

May substitute additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year-for-year basis in lieu of the degree.

Education Preferred
Experience Required 8 years
Type of Experience

- Experience as a network architect or engineer working with advanced network protocols and architectures for wired and wireless networks.

- Experience leading projects to deploy wireless technology and infrastructure.

- Experience with Cisco WISM-2 WLC and Cisco Prime.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

- Experience in an academic environment is highly desired.
- Project management experience.
- Experience with Aruba’s wireless systems and management tools.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred

- CWNE (Certified Wireless Network Expert) or -
CWAP (Certified Wireless Analysis Professional) or CWDP (Certified Wireless Design Professional) or CCNP Wireless (Cisco Certified Network Professional Wireless).

Skills Required

- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to explain difficult and abstract concepts verbally, in writing (email, proposals, documentation) and through formal presentations.
- Ability to work collaboratively, cooperatively, and closely with technically adept and senior management
- Ability to perform duties and responsibilities under high pressure.
- Clear understanding of 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi standards and related components.
- Fundamental understanding of 802.1X and related Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) systems in support of networking.
- Understanding of certificates and how to use them for authentication and security of network communications.

- Excellent knowledge of wireless controller and access point deployment and implementation.
- Ability to troubleshoot and resolve both infrastructure and client wireless problems.

- Capabilities to design, plan, establish, and optimize wireless networks.
- Understanding of OSI Model, IP Protocol suites and Quality of Service.

- Understanding of IPv4 & IPv6 IP address planning and implementations.
- Understanding of advanced network technologies and solutions including IPv6, MPLS, BGP, EIGRP, OSPF, HSRP, multicast, policy-based routing, ether-channel, QoS, Load balancing, and VPN tunnels.
- Ability to work with clients and other staff on all levels – in small groups, one on one with supervisors, staff colleagues, representatives from external organizations, and vendors.
- Initiative and ability to work independently with a willingness to learn new skills.
- Ability to complete projects and tasks independently and with limited direct supervision.

Skills Preferred

- Hands-on experience with hardware and software from 2 or more networking vendors (Cisco, Aruba, Juniper, etc. ) is strongly preferred.
- Experience with technical aspects of and design of topologies for Dense Wavelength Division – Multiplexing.
- Working understanding of the technical aspects of implementing and operating VoIP systems.
- Hands-on experience with data cabling installation practices as well as fiber and copper materials is strongly desired.
- Understanding of various tools like , Solarwinds, Zabbix, Extrahop, and/or ServiceNow.

Internal / External Contacts

Campus customers
External contractors and vendors.

Physical Demands

Frequent lifting and carrying of small equipment up to 25 lbs.
Infrequent lifting of equipment up to 50 lbs.
Infrequent lifting of equipment up to 120 lbs. with assistance from additional personnel
Will work in multiple spaces on campus that will include a variety of access capabilities and challenges (stairs, crawl ways, tight spaces, etc.).

Working Conditions

Will be expected to appropriately handle stressful situations, critical deadlines, and a customer base with both high service level expectations and technical sophistication.
Will occasionally need to travel overnight for training or conference/meeting attendance.
May be required to work nights and weekends during planned and unplanned outages and other special circumstances.
Will be expected to be reachable at all times (except during scheduled vacation). Will be required to carry a cell phone with text messaging capabilities. Will need to respond to severe incident escalation by on-call Network Specialists and Network Architect.
Non-smoking environment.

Security Sensitive Yes
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Job Duties

Job Duty Name Provide design and advanced technical support for complex wired and wireless network systems
Description of Job Duty

- Coordinate efforts of senior network engineers/technicians, professional information systems staff and other OIT personnel. Project management duties include needs assessment, detailed requirement specification, general and detailed design, implementation, staffing status reporting, contracting, bid document development, installation, testing, shakedown and post implementation reviews.
- Direct the work of OIT staff on the upgrade, installation and management of wiring and electronics for the campus network infrastructure. This direction provides the technical oversight and quality assurance needed to provide high reliability networking services.
- Define and plan the scope of future network systems and services, including but not limited to the campus core routing and switching platforms, the campus edge network platform, the campus wireless platform utilizing a centralized controller-based enterprise-class wireless system, the campus firewall platform and the campus remote access systems.
- Provide high-level technical support for Campus Services and OIT staff on support cases.
- Develop and negotiate agreements for projects with other campus groups or external contractors/vendors. Establish agreements with other OIT groups when the service requires development from multiple groups.
- Develop network project plans including tasks to be performed, task estimates and target completion dates. Provide project feedback to customers and OIT management.
- Determine potential impact of new network systems on current OIT resources and operating policies. Ensure network communications policies and procedures are in compliance with networking technical standards.
- Be available or on standby to respond to problems with the campus data network.
- Serve as primary contact for customers, other OIT groups to provide technical standards and policy advice and expert time regarding data transport network systems.
- Serve as liaison between OIT and consultants/vendors. Ensure contract requirements have been met.
- Other duties as assigned.

Percentage of Time 40
Job Duty Name Provide consultation in the development and maintenance of networking tools and procedures.
Description of Job Duty

- Interact with customers to define and document network management requirements. Discuss design alternatives with customers to assist in the selection of a final network management proposal.
- Analyze protocol and network performance tools (e.g., monitor, test and analyze protocols and network data transport performance) using SMNP monitoring protocol.
- Develop and propose bid documents for the selection of network management tools and assist in the technical design phases of the project.
- Interact with customers to determine if the network or network management system is meeting the specified objectives and requirements.

Percentage of Time 20
Job Duty Name Provide consultation in the advanced network problem determination and problem resolution for wireless networks
Description of Job Duty

- Provide consultation to technologists and service level providers on technical aspects in problem determination and resolution within the appropriate network area.
- Interact with technologists in support of the technical tools needed to support network problem determination and resolution.
- Monitor and troubleshoot developed network systems. Provide leadership in problem diagnostic and repair activities.
- Develop Help Desk diagnostic and first level repair procedures. Provide leadership in training of Help Desk professionals. Provide advanced problem diagnosis beyond first level support.
- Develop Campus Services procedures as related to data network transports and routing. Provide leadership in the training of OIT professionals. Provide advanced repair consultation and diagnosis beyond first level support provided by OIT professionals.
- Provide consultation in the advanced diagnosis and repair activities for technical support.

Percentage of Time 20
Job Duty Name Provide consultation in the development of new data networking products for the campus including network management and configuration and communication circuits.
Description of Job Duty

- Research networking products. Investigate and implement emerging technologies.
- Develop proposals documenting the results of studies including alternatives for solving networking and routing needs, cost and benefit analysis and functional designs.
- Develop bid specifications and documents for the acquisition of hardware, management software and network services.
- Assist the group director in the recruitment of staff and the assessment of staff performance.

Percentage of Time 15
Job Duty Name Professional Development
Description of Job Duty

- Consult with managers, project managers and team leads about projects under their responsibility and techniques they use to be effective.
- Read books and periodicals to improve knowledge of data processing.
- Attend training sessions, conferences and workshops to increase knowledge in project management, systems development work flows and stages and other applicable skills such as written communication, oral communication and leadership.
- Review University and external publications to increase understanding of university issues and needs, especially those pertaining to direct customers.
- Demonstrates a commitment to respect and the practice of civility in the workplace.
- Demonstrates a commitment to organizational success.
- Participate in professional organizations, peruse journals and technical literature, liaison with vendors, collaborate with colleagues at peer institutions and attend appropriate courses and conferences.

Percentage of Time 5

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or higher in engineering, computer science or related equivalent, or additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have eight or more years of experience as a network architect or engineer working with advanced network protocols and architectures for wired and wireless networks?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience leading projects to deploy wireless technology and infrastructure?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have experience with Cisco WISM-2 WLC and Cisco Prime?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have any of the following certifications: CWNE (Certified Wireless Network Expert) or CWAP (Certified Wireless Analysis Professional) or CWDP (Certified Wireless Design Professional) or CCNP Wireless (Cisco Certified Network Professional Wireless)?

    (Open Ended Question)