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Network Engineer

Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title: Network Engineer

FLSA Status: Exempt

Department: Office of Information Technology

Title of Manager/Supervisor: Director of Network Services and information Security

Number of Employees Reporting to this Position: 0-2

Range: $65,00- $75,000 salary based on experience

Position Summary: A talented, passionate individual with the skill and desire to contribute to an outstanding IT team. This position provides technical experience as part of a team that proactively monitors, maintains and grows the technical infrastructure that supports the daily operations of the University. The Network Engineer reports to the Director of Network Services and Information Security.

General Purpose: The Network Engineer exists to provide technical experience and participate in the day-to-day implementation, administration and maintenance of the University’s data transmission infrastructure. This position is responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring and managing the local and wide area networks of the University.

Remote Workdays: This is a hybrid position and it is eligible for remote workdays.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Install, upgrade and maintain network-related systems including routers, switches, firewalls, wireless infrastructure
  • System administration of server environments associated with the operation of the data and/or telephony networks including performance monitoring and proactive problem reporting
  • Configure network-related systems for optimum performance, efficiency, security and availability
  • Determine requirements for network infrastructure change and growth
  • Interface with equipment vendors to identify equipment that meets or exceeds requirements
  • Direct contractors and internal resources involved in network installation
  • Interface with ISP’s to troubleshoot routing, stability, performance or other issues
  • Implement system upgrades and patches
  • Automate administration tasks through scripting
  • Assist in the maintenance of data center infrastructure
  • Recommend related policies and procedures
  • Participate in a 24x7 on-call system administrator rotation
  • Leverage experience and judgment to accomplish goals with a moderate degree of supervision; exercises some independent decision making as appropriate
  • Assist with other projects, administrative duties, and initiatives as assigned

Health & Safety: All staff has a statutory responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves, others and the environment and to prevent harm by their acts or omissions. All staff is therefore required to adhere to the University’s Health, Safety, and Environmental Policy & Procedures.

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills, and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

Essential Skills:

  • Strong working knowledge of networking technologies, topologies and protocols including BGP, OSPF, CAPWAP, Ethernet, link aggregation, virtual chassis
  • Understanding of operating systems, server and storage hardware infrastructure
  • Moderate knowledge of Windows Server and Linux operating system administration
  • Time and task management for self
  • Ability to identify and de-conflict priorities
  • Tenacious problem-solving abilities
  • Participate as a member of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills with a true desire to help fellow employees
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion


Minimal Qualifications:

  • Completion of Bachelor’s degree or five years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems or similar concentration


Minimal Experience:

  • Seven years of network administration or equivalent education
  • Administration of a variety of wired and wireless network platforms in a production environment
  • Demonstrated use of scripting language native to platform
  • Experience with the design of campus networking for performance and availability

Preferred Experience:

  • More than ten years of network administration
  • Deep working knowledge of Cisco Wireless Controller and Juniper switch/router platforms
  • WiFi network design and troubleshooting
  • Independent network administration of moderate-scale wired and wireless data networks in a 24x7production environment
  • Demonstrated use of scripting language for automation or configuration

Physical Demands:

The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequently sit and use a computer for extended periods of time
  • Occasionally lift and/or carry more than 50 pounds
  • Occasionally stoop, bend, crouch or reach in small spaces
  • Occasionally climb or descend stairs
  • Occasionally work in space temperature of more than 80 degrees for extended periods of time
  • Occasionally climb portable ladder of more than six feet in height
  • Occasionally climb fixed ladder of more than 12 feet in height

Special Instructions to Applicants: An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, Clarkson actively seeks and encourages applications from minorities, women and people with disabilities.

All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal records)


Working at Clarkson University

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation.   We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, N.Y., and New York City, Clarkson educates 4,300 students across 95+ rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions. Clarkson alumni earn salaries that are among the top 2.5% in the nation and realize accelerated career growth.  One in five already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company. 

Clarkson welcomes scholars and students from all over the world.

Our community and campus settings enhance the quality of student life and afford students access to and interaction with their faculty. We value the diversity of our University community; and we strive to attune ourselves and our programs to our global, pluralistic society. We share the belief that humane and environmentally sound economic and social development derive from the expansion, diffusion and application of knowledge.

Through our Office of Human Resources, we focus on the recruitment, onboarding, training and professional development of our employee community across multiple campuses and learning environments. The goal is a campus community where all are welcomed and valued members who contribute to the development of global citizenship by promoting a diverse and inclusive environment.


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Together we ignite the mindsets and skill sets that are in demand for tomorrow’s best careers . To think, act and lead globally, we span disciplines to find new solutions and deepen our respect for the diversity of our University community.

We develop innovative programs and research portfolios in partnership with business and industry to explore, create and achieve better futures. We invest in people, ideas and our campus’ living. We give our time, resources and goodwill to drive the future.

We are all Golden Knights who commit to living the Clarkson Values and sharing our success as a model of these ideals. Through the legacy of our personal accomplishments and generosity, we ensure the next generation has the same opportunities to create a better world for themselves and society.

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