Network Engineer
The University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

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F&A ITS - Network Engineering and Operations Manager

About the Department

IT Services collaborates with campus partners to support the mission of the University of Chicago through the consistent delivery of high-quality solutions and services.

Job Summary

This position will develop, design, implement, and support wired and wireless networks, and firewall infrastructure. Responsibilities include the following: consulting to determine client technical needs; diagnosing and resolving network and firewall problems; and managing network infrastructure.


  • Given specifications, develops, designs, documents, and implements new networks or modifications to existing networks or firewall infrastructure.
  • Configures firewall policies per customer requirements; works with clients to determine their firewall needs.
  • Configures network hardware and services for the network environment.
  • Supports connectivity services such as wireless and VoIP (voice over IP).
  • Analyzes workload, monitors capacity and performance, diagnoses, and resolves moderately complex network problems.
  • Conducts trending and analysis of traffic patterns and makes recommendations.
  • Responsible for network outage resolution, inclusive of routing, switching, firewall, wireless, or DNS/DHCP.
  • Coordinates the installation of network hardware, communications wiring, telecommunication facilities, communications software, and other network components.
  • Performs hands on installation and configuration for all network infrastructure as needed.
  • Supports customers in identifying problems with client endpoint connectivity, switches, routers, and other network components.
  • Creates and updates design, network specifications, and reference documentation.
  • Develops, designs, and implements a Networking Services and Information Technologies (NSIT) network. Creates project plans for network design, implementation, and upgrades/modifications to existing networks.
  • Manages the installation of network hardware, communications wiring, wireless telecommunication facilities, communications software, and other network components. Identifies problems with network components and services. Conducts trending and analysis of network traffic patterns and makes recommendations.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) - Cisco

Preferred Qualifications

  • College degree in information technology or related field.

  • Professional experience in network operations and design.
  • Progressive experience network installation, configuration, and troubleshooting in an enterprise environment.
  • Specific experience in two more of the following areas: Firewalls, Routers, Switches, Wireless, and networking concepts such as ACL creation, VPNs, 802.1x, PKI, and identity-based access.
  • Experience using Cisco, Juniper, or Brocade routers, switches, and firewalls.
  • Experience with TCP/IP networks including DNS, DHCP, VPNs, and firewalls.

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification or vendor equivalent.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:
  • Demonstrated understanding of the following: network topologies, common circuit types; wired and wireless routing protocols, network security concepts, VoIP, DNS, DHCP, current Cisco routers and switches, and network management and monitoring tools (Cisco Prime, Aruba Airwave, NetMRI, CA Spectrum, AKIPS).
  • An in-depth understanding of TCP/IP networking and related networking concepts.
  • Expert understanding of layer 2 and layer 3 (OSPF, BGP) configuration and troubleshooting.
  • Expert understanding of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP).
  • Familiarity with SNMP and its concepts.
  • Basic understanding of wireless network and technologies.
  • Basic knowledge of Python/Perl or related scripting language.
  • Basic understanding and use of UNIX commands.

Preferred Competencies
  • Excellent communication skills, especially in conveying technical concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • Diagnose complex technical problems.
  • Work under general supervision.
  • Handle multiple tasks and substantial deadline pressure.

Working Conditions
  • Occasional irregular work schedule due to network changes or incidents.
  • Handle emergency situations outside of normal business hours.

Application Documents
  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUSTbe uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Information Technology

Role Impact

Individual Contributor

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

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