The Network Engineer is responsible for all aspects of network
communications in the enterprise including workstations, servers,
local area networks, remote enterprise installations, problem
solving, vendor interfacing, technical training, and network
security. The Network Administrator must be familiar with LAN and
WAN topologies and software including routers, firewalls, switches,
wireless access points and servers.
The Network Engineer will be responsible for a complex,
state-of-the-art network that will rapidly change to support
enterprise growth and development of new business opportunities.
The specialist is challenged with providing an environment that is
reliable, flexible, and cost effective.
- Designs and manages the enterprise network infrastructure
including wide area and local area networks.
- Provides input to management for network infrastructure design,
procurement of network equipment and supplies.
- Plans and deploys equipment installations and relocation as
required to support the business needs of the enterprise.
- Monitors and tunes the enterprise network infrastructure for
- Develops a strategy for scheduled code audits and relevant
updates for all network infrastructure equipment (routers,
firewalls, switches, hubs, etc.).
- Facilitates the scheduling of network outages with respect to
the needs of all affected network end-users.
- Acts as the primary interface with equipment vendors for
- Establishes a growth plan for the network infrastructure to
ensure the best quality service in an environment.
- Provides planning and technical support for enterprise
- Recognizes and identifies potential areas where existing
policies and procedures require change, or where new ones need to
be developed, especially regarding future business expansion.
- Fulfills departmental requirements in terms of providing work
coverage and administrative notification during periods of
personnel illness, vacation, or education.
1. Schedule and prioritize network activities.
2. Evaluate vendors for data communication.
3. Design the enterprise network infrastructure and integrate it
with other enterprise activities.
4. Develop and document network infrastructure-related policies and
procedures including network security.
5. Work with all departments to ensure that their data
communication requirements are satisfied.
6. Participate in telecommunication-related task force whenever
7. Work with architects, building landlords, contractors, telephony
companies, external Information Technology organizations, and
1. Reports to the Associate Director, Technical and Infrastructure
2. Communicates regularly with Information Technology staff
3. Communicates with other University staff and students on an as
4. Contact outside of Northwood University is required with
This position could lead into a management position such as
Associate Director, Technical and Infrastructure Services.
BS or BA degree in computer science, MIS, business
administration or related area.
3-5 years experience with wide and local area networks
including experience with common-carrier data networks.
Experience with Cisco/Fortinet and switching plus dynamic
routing protocols including OSPF, BGP, VLAN, VPN or the ability to
Experience with automation and scripting tools.
Experience with cloud technologies such as AWS, Azure etc.
Ability to communicate effectively, and to interface with
Ability to efficiently manage time and multi-task in a
rapidly-changing network infrastructure environment.
Knowledge at the expert level of Ethernet networks, Internet
networks, connections, wiring and cabling, and network
Northwood University has an institutional philosophy which
emphasizes free enterprise in a context of limited government and
individual responsibility. The ideal candidate will have a strong
attraction to the mission and core values of Northwood University.
Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the
University’s outcomes at www.northwood.edu/aboutus/