SUNY at Albany Seeks Network Architect

Information Technology Services seeks a Network Architect to design, implement, develop, and maintain the University network infrastructure, which spans multiple campuses and satellite locations within the Capital Region. The successful candidate has the knowledge and skills to make strategic recommendations to build and grow the University network to meet the complex, evolving needs of a sophisticated, R1 research institution, and the technical acumen to manage operations in a technology environment where team members play multiple roles. This involves working with and advocating for customers of the network service. He/she/they are also involved in evaluating new applications and solutions, mitigating security incidents, assuring compliance with federal, state, and other regulatory requirements, and identifying and supporting the network's growth of new technologies, such as IoT.


The Network Architect is a technical expert in the field with a deep understanding of networking needs across the institution. He/she/they are responsible for managing, envisioning, and documenting current and future-state architecture, and working with management to develop road maps and strategies that align with organizational goals and standards. The Network Architect also plays a key role in ITS, working with others to establish standards, best practices, and other infrastructure requirements. This includes serving on the ITS Architectural Review Board, participating on numerous project and service teams, and budget planning efforts.


Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as the primary resource and subject matter expert for the design, planning, implementation, operation, maintenance, growth, and documentation of the University's network
  • Lead activities for network architecture and project design phase activities
  • Directly participate in implementation, operation, and maintenance activities as required
  • Install, configure, and maintain network infrastructure applications
  • Plan and build infrastructure that supports the growth of IoT
  • Develop and maintain network current and future state documentation
  • Maintain subject matter, expertise by exploring new technologies, staying current with industry trends, following a professional development plan, and regularly sharing knowledge with ITS stakeholders
  • Proactively evaluate network performance, identify bottlenecks and areas for improvement
  • Analyze and diagnose network problems, troubleshoot failures, and recommend corrective solutions
  • Contribute to inventory management, scheduling maintenance, and upgrades
  • Serve as a key member of project, service, and incident response teams
  • Maintain security posture in accordance with industry best practices and ITS policies and procedures
  • Assist other groups in troubleshooting problems that require network analysis or expertise
  • Provide technical direction to co-workers and offer comprehensive advice and instructions
  • Actively manage or participate, as needed, in ITS and campus projects


Additional duties:

  • Possess the ability to explain technical issues to leadership and stakeholders
  • Work well independently and in teams
  • Consistently follow and actively contribute to ITS policies, procedures, and processes
  • Be prepared to work at multiple sites
  • Be available to provide scheduled support and consultation outside normal business hours, including occasional evenings, holidays, or weekends, within reasonable professional obligation and expectation

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by the US Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • At least five (5) years of relevant experience in network design and engineering including the use of technologies such as 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:

  • At least eight (8) 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 (Amazon Web Services)
  • 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 (i.e., CCNA, JNCIA, etc.)
  • Scripting Experience
  • PMP or ITIL certification

Additional Information:
Professional Rank and Salary Range: Senior Programmer/Analyst SL-4 
Special Note: Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.


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Application Instructions:
Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications
  • Three 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 posting will remain open until the position is filled.