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Senior Network Administrator

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 17, 2024

Job Details

Senior Network Administrator

Amherst Campus
Full Time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Senior Network Administrator position. The Senior Network Administrator is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $115,000 per year - commensurate with experience. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Senior Network Administrator at Amherst College is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the college's network infrastructure, ensuring seamless connectivity, and providing critical support to a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff. This position requires strong technical expertise, excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders both inside and outside of IT.

In this position, you will serve the central mandate of the networking team: to provide secure, fast, and reliable network connectivity to every student, faculty, and staff regardless of their physical location. The position will be hybrid with both remote and on-campus responsibilities - you will need to reside in Massachusetts or Connecticut to be eligible for this position.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Infrastructure Management
  • Design, configure, and manage the college's network infrastructure, including switches (Juniper), routers, firewalls (Palo Alto), and wireless access points (Aruba)
  • Implement and maintain network policies, access controls, and firewall rules to protect data and ensure network security
  • Provide tier-3 support for network-related issues, resolving complex problems and collaborating with other IT staff to troubleshoot and diagnose network problems.
  • Participate in on-call rotation for after-hours support as needed (approximately one week every 2-3 months); respond to network emergencies and unplanned outages when they arise (including being on campus); and perform scheduled changes during our change window
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of disaster recovery and business continuity plans

Design and Implementation
  • Assess network capacity and plan for future growth and expansion to meet the evolving needs of the college
  • Stay updated with industry best practices and emerging technologies to recommend network upgrades and improvements
  • Review and revise network topology to ensure that it is optimized for current needs
  • Recommend design changes to the Systems and Networking team and execute against these changes using the ITIL 4 process
  • Maintain detailed network documentation, including network diagrams, configurations, and standard operating procedures
  • Mentor junior staff and provide guidance on network-related issues
  • Serve as a networking technical project lead/project manager, developing implementation plans and coordinating projects involving multiple people, including collaborations with Facilities Services and other departments on technology services for campus building and renovation projects and data center management

Systems Monitoring and Security
  • Monitor network performance and security and proactively address issues, remediate vulnerabilities, and optimize network resources
  • Automate network device configuration, operations, health and performance, and security monitoring


  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience in network administration with a focus on managing complex network environments. Certifications in one or more of the following will be highly preferred:
    • Juniper Network Certification - JNCIA, JNCIS-*, JNCIP, JNCIE, etc.
    • Aruba Mobility Certification - ACMP, ACMX, ACMX, etc.
    • Aruba Switching Certification - ACSA, ACSP, ACSE, etc.
    • Aruba Clearpass Certification - ACCA, ACCP, ACCX, etc.
    • Palo Alto Certificiation - PCNSE, PCNSA, PCCSP, etc.
    • Cisco Network Certification - CCNA, CCNP, CCIE, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of network protocols, routing, switching, and security at L1 (including CAT 5e/6 and single- and multi-mode fiber) as well as L2/3
  • Experience with network monitoring and management tools
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive community

  • Additional experience with the following will be preferred:
    • PON (Passive Optical Networks)
    • Aruba Clearpass
    • Panorama
    • Solarwinds
    • Ekahau
    • Junos OS
    • Wireless CloudAI (Mist, etc.) and VxLAN
    • Full internet table BGP routing to multiple ISPs

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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Amherst College

Amherst College prepares students to make a difference in the world. Our financial aid program is among the most substantial in the nation, and our student body is among the most diverse. At Amherst, you are part of a lively, inquisitive, devoted community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who find inspiration in one another and in the process of learning.

Since our 1821 founding, Amherst has demonstrated steadfast confidence in the value of the liberal arts and the importance of critical thinking. Small classes, an open curriculum and a singular focus on undergraduate education ensure that leading scholars engage daily with talented, curious students, equipping them for leadership in an increasingly global and complex world.

Offering competitive compensation packages and a multitude of programs and services for staff, Amherst works to enrich the working life and support the well-being of each and every employee.

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