Assistant Director, Network Engineering

University of Maryland

College Park, MD

ID: 7055172
Posted: January 9, 2019

Job Description

Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Assistant Director of Network Engineering is responsible for assisting the Director to provide leadership support, vision and planning for the engineering activities of enterprise networking for the University of Maryland. This position provides managerial oversight for the planning, design and implementation of networking services for the University, including activities associated with its participation in regional and national networks.

Responsibilities include planning, design, engineering and project support for campus wired and wireless networks, research networks, data center networks, and border networking to ensure reliable and efficient services to the University; design, engineering and implementation of local, regional and national network services, and technical direction for system enhancement and expansion, including exploration and implementation of new technologies; planning, design and implementation of the campus wireless network; managing the Domain Name System (DNS) root service operated by the University; establishing strategic relationships with vendors; collaborating with peers across the University System of Maryland (USM) and the State of Maryland; assessing and understanding campus networking needs and collaborating with campus units on technology direction; managing seven engineers; project planning and implementation; instituting appropriate controls, processes and best practices that ensure compliance with State and USM audit requirements.

The Assistant Director will define the strategic direction in collaboration with the Director for the group in conjunction with campus, and will represent the University at state-wide meetings as requested. In addition, this position has budgetary and financial responsibility for the unit’s operating funds. This position also provides guidance and assistance in the creation of request for proposals, responses to grant solicitations, presides over internal and external campus working groups, and participates in or leads presentations for internal and external organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


Ten years of progressive experience in Information Technology, including at least five years’ supervisory experience, and hands-on system experience in an enterprise data networking infrastructure or application environment.


Strong knowledge of network design and engineering. Technical competency in the areas of networking, video, and telecommunications technology.

Proven track record of developing and executing technology strategies and programs, and a passion for new and emerging technologies and their applicability to the University community.

A strong understanding of IP networking, and highly experienced in data services engineering.

Skill in managing and influencing vendors and consultants

Skill in managing projects (i.e., time estimates, resources allocations, project status updates, managing critical path and milestone deadlines).

Ability to ramp up and add value quickly.

Ability to lead and manage networking and/or telecommunication units.

Ability to lead, manage, motivate, and develop staff.

Ability to lead large enterprise-wide projects.

Ability to manage budgets.

Ability to work independently and in a matrix team environment.

Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with faculty, researchers, technical staff, administrators, and constituents outside the University.

Ability to represent the University in various forums at the local, state, regional and national levels.

Ability to communicate effectively orally, and in writing.

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a related discipline, is highly desired.

Network related certification such as CCNA, CCNP, CCDA, CCIE certifications desirable.

Experience working in a large research university environment.


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