Departmental Network Engineer

California, United States
04 Jan 2021
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04 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

The LAN Engineering (LAN-E) group is part of the IT Infrastructure department of Stanford University's central University  Information Technology organization.   The LAN-E group works closely with SUNet Backbone & Network Security group to provide robust high speed data networking services to the University campus.   The LAN-E group provides LAN engineering and 2nd level technical support for schools and departments across the University, including the Graduate School of Business, the Stanford University Libraries, Residential & Dining Enterprises, the School of Medicine, and the Student Dormitories. 

The Departmental Network Engineer (DNE) is responsible for planning, implementation, and support of a large number of  data networks around the Stanford University  academic campus.   These networks include both wired and wireless networks in the student residences, academic & administrative buildings, and the data center.   The DNE group currently supports over 140,000 network ports and 6000 wireless access points.   Network design ranges from "green-field" designs for new multi-building constructions to single lab expansions.   Network support is provided through close working relationships with the SUNet Backbone group, the IT Operations Center, the Installation & Maintenance technicians, and the Local Network Administrators.


  • Plan, design, maintain, and implement network access, security, and services.
  • Manage network projects including developing and documenting technical network designs and project plans and procuring equipment and supplies.
  • Monitor network for stability and proper configuration.
  • Develop products internally in accordance with requirements of performance, suitability, maintainability, cost, interoperability, flexibility, and conformance to standards.
  • Perform network planning and design, reconfigurations, and equipment installations and upgrades.
  • Provide support to other consultants in area of technical expertise.
  • Provide work leadership, escalation, and training to lower level network specialists.
  • Identify chronic network problems and develop solutions/repairs.
  • Evaluate new equipment and research new technologies.
  • Maintain the security of the network infrastructure and recommend network improvements.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to,

  • working closely with Local Network Administrators of the various schools and departments to ensure cost effective quality of service as well as contract and regulatory compliance
  • providing periodic training to other parts of the University on data networking topics (both technical and procedural)
  • staying current on new data networking technologies and vendor implementations
  • testing and implementing changes to LAN deployments to provide better performance to clients and greater efficiency to the institution
  • working with the Voice Application team to deliver and support central VoIP services
  • participating in on-call after hours rotation


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience. Specific experience in network design, implementation, analysis, and project management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

5 years experience designing, implementing, and managing data networks preferably in an academic environment.  Familiarity with Cisco IOS required.  Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and fix software, hardware, and networking problems. Demonstrated ability to work calmly, professionally, with attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to adapt to and work well within a team environment.  Demonstrated excellent time management, planning, and communication skills.  Experience with VoIP and 802.11 networks preferred.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with ability to communicate complex technical issues to non-technical users. Advanced communication skills and ability to influence, persuade, and negotiate. Advanced knowledge of and experience with multiple network protocols and technologies. Fine-tuned trouble shooting skills.

Certifications and Licenses:


Stanford University’s commitment to safely and effectively meet the public health challenge presented by COVID-19 extends to ensuring University employees may work from home, or another off-site location, where determined appropriate, whenever necessary through the end of the 2020 calendar year. The department will give reasonable notice when employees are expected to return to work at the Redwood City campus.

Why Stanford is for You:

Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.
  • Redwood City. Our new Stanford Redwood City campus, opened in 2019, will be the workplace for approximately 2,700 staff, including University IT, whose jobs are important to supporting the University’s mission. The campus will offer amenities such as onsite cafes and a dining pavilion, a high-end fitness facility with an outdoor pool, and a childcare center for Stanford families.

Relocation and sponsorship will not be provided for this position.

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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory for all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with any disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employment opportunity and 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, protected veteran status, or another other characteristic protected by law. 

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 7501
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: F
  • Department URL:
  • Requisition ID: 87616

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