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Senior Network Engineer at the University of California


Location: Oakland

Job ID: 24554

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At the University of California (UC), your contributions make a difference. A world leader producing Nobel and Pulitzer prize recipients with over 150 years of groundbreaking research transforming the world. Choose a career where you can leverage your knowledge, skills and aspirations to inspire and support some of the greatest minds in the world, and those who will follow in their footsteps. Working at the University of California is being part of a unique institution, and a vibrant and diverse community. At the University of California, Office of the President, we propel our mission through impactful work locally, in government centers and systemwide. We are passionate people, serving the greater good.

The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the headquarters to the 10 campuses, six academic medical centers and three national laboratories and enrolls premier students from California, the nation and the world.


We deliver data and technology services and, through collaboration with partners, transform the role of Information Technology to advance the UC mission.


Support UCOP data network and services including data centers, AWS cloud network services, wide area/metro area/local area networks. The incumbent manages operational reliability and performance of existing buildings and wide-area networks and quickly resolves any network service interruptions that occur. As required by business changes, extends and enhances the company network.

May be required to implement new configurations in AWS, data centers or desktop environments.

This position works as part of a Network Engineering group.

May require travel outside of normal business hours.

Participate in 24×7 on-call support rotation



Responsible for complex network issue determination and resolution. Troubleshoots highly complex issues in network systems software and distribution and access electronics. Works directly with vendor/manufacturer technical support to isolate and resolve highly complex hardware and software issues.


Coordinates with building services and data center staff to provision LAN, WLAN and other network services for new buildings, remodels, and demolition.


Evaluates broad and complex user and network requirements and design, specifies and installs core distribution and access electronics. Conducts project planning, cost analysis and vendor comparisons. Performs traffic study analysis to determine best configuration of network components.


Initiates or recommends complex and highly complex communications and network system changes. Develops specifications for and takes lead role in testing and evaluation of new or enhanced network services. Participates in the development and directs configuration of network diagnostic tools and software.


Leads or participates in cross-functional group planning, activities and efforts.


Takes a lead role in the management of all phases of multiple, large-scope, complex network projects: planning, design, procurement, implementation and documentation. Provides expert advice to other units on new or retrofit building projects and communications infrastructure. May oversee contractors/installers. Mentors less experienced team members.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of professional communications and network systems in the completion of diverse assignments.
  • Advanced knowledge of the practices and techniques of the voice and data field and the ability to determine a course of action based on guidelines.
  • Understands implications of work on other areas.
  • Has highly developed problem solving skills to independently resolve issues using defined parameters and technical expertise.
  • Clearly understands the communications and network needs of the organization and has skills needed to address those needs.
  • In-depth, advanced understanding of various network hardware platforms, network related protocols and software including understanding of OSI layer 2 and 3 IP/TCP protocols at a complex level and related technical standards critical to the operation of interconnected networks.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze highly complex communication hardware and software systems for maintaining a real-time resource that impacts OP-wide network users.
  • Demonstrated ability to gather, organize and analyze data in the completion of a variety of functional assignments.
  • Able to learn effectively and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization.
  • Self-motivated and works independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to interpret cabling plans and oversee installers to ensure standards are meet. Familiar with cabling and termination specification, maintenance and problem determination.
  • In-depth knowledge of Cisco VSS, routers, switches, ASA and ASA-SM firewalls. Ability to plan, configure and install configurations for these devices.
  • Ability to design and deploy network-related configurations in AWS.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with InfoBlox NIOS-based DNS/DHCP/IPAM implementations. Familiarity with Cisco CUCM-based VOIP systems and Cloud-based phone systems. Familiarity with and ability to configure Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect. Ability to plan, configure and install Citrix NetScaler/ADC load balancing, redirect and content switching configurations Familiarity with InfoBlox NIOS-based DNS/DHCP/IPAM implementations. Good understanding of OSPF & BGP routing protocols and their implementation on Cisco devices.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.


Salary: $137,000 – 159,000 annually commensurate with skills/experience.

Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:


Remote applicants may apply with the understanding that this position will require occassional visits to the office in Oakland, CA, for network related incidents and occassional projects. Must be located within a reasonable driving distance (within ~ 2 hours of Oakland, CA) .


Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.


The first review date for this job is 10/18/2021. The position will be open until filled.


Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position.

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014.


The University of California, Office of the President, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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