Assistant Director, Network Services/Network Engineer


This position leads the design and direction of the UIS network, develops operational strategies and procedures, conducts research, and implements new network technologies. The Network Engineer will be responsible for the architecture, maintenance, and operation of UIS’ network and underlying services. This position requires not only skills and knowledge in many areas of networking, including network architecture, protocol performance analysis and tuning, software development, and computer system administration, but also supervisory experience and the ability to diagnose complex interaction problems between these components. Collaboration with other team members is key.


Characteristic duties and responsibilities

  • Architect and evolve the fault-tolerant, high-performance data network and related network services that interconnect all UIS systems and computing resources to end-users, including cloud-based resources.
  • Guide the strategic planning, project management, and system implementation activities related to campus servers, both physical and virtual.
  • Lead technical decisions affecting the implementation of network systems’ hardware and software configurations, including the servers that support network functions, develops user policies, and advises on security procedures.
  • Manage the campus network, ensuring the application of best network practices and protecting the integrity and security of the network an information transmitted through the network.
  • Full lifecycle management of the networking hardware and software that comprise the campus wired and wireless network, including design, maintenance and troubleshooting. Coordinate with vendors as applicable for deployment and troubleshooting.
  • Full lifecycle management of the server hardware, operating systems, software, and server applications that provide network-critical services, network administration, monitoring, and diagnostics. This includes designing, maintaining and troubleshooting systems.
  • Identify, analyze, and resolve functional and performance-related problems affecting the network itself or the computer systems that provide network-related services.
  • Create and maintain documentation related to network design and implementation, network capabilities, inventories of installed equipment, working documents for ongoing projects, and system administration tasks and procedures.
  • Develop, maintain and document network administration tools and applications, as well as scripts created for internal use. Evaluate, obtain, and install 3rd party network administration tools as deemed appropriate.
  • Train other ITS staff on support of network capabilities and services.
  • Provide on-call and off-hours support as assigned.
  • Perform other duties or projects as assigned.

Environmental Demands

Work is primarily performed in an office setting, with regular occasions of walking to other classrooms, labs and/or offices on campus to provide instruction and support.  Candidates should be able to lift and transport computer equipment.  Applicants must be able to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally and 10 to 20 pounds routinely.


  • BA/BS degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or related field required. Alternative degree fields may be accepted if accompanied by an equivalent amount of experience.
  • Experience configuring and operating switched Ethernet and routed IP networks.
  • Experience architecting cloud-based integrations solutions.
  • Familiarity with Unix shell and Unix troubleshooting and network utilities.
  • Minimum two years [full-time] of supervisory experience.

Application Process

Visit the application page to create or update your profile and upload a cover letter of application addressing qualifications related to the position, a resume and the names and contact information (phone and email address) for at least 3 references.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by October 31, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated.

The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Persons with disabilities, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.