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Associate Director, Network Management

Bundoora, Australia
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Job Details

  • Full time
  • Based at La Trobe University’s Melbourne (Bundoora) campus
  • Fixed Term, 3-year position

About the position

La Trobe University is a renowned institution dedicated to excellence in education, research, and community engagement. With a history spanning over five decades, we are committed to making a positive impact through our teaching, research, and partnerships. Located across multiple campuses in Victoria, Australia, La Trobe offers a vibrant and inclusive environment where staff and students thrive.

This is an exciting time to join La Trobe University as we roll out a new Cisco software-defined network across all campuses. As the Associate Director, Network Management, you'll shape the future of our network infrastructure, advancing technology-enabled learning and innovation.

Skills and Experience

To be considered for this position, you will have

  • Enterprise Network Architecture: Solid understanding of modern enterprise network architecture principles.
  • Technical Proficiency: Proficiency in routing and switching technologies, network security, wireless networking, and network monitoring.
  • Network Technologies: Experience with TCP/IP networking, load balancing, network virtualisation, and cloud networking.
  • Certifications: Industry-recognised accreditation (CCNA, CCNP, CCIE) and basic knowledge of programming languages (preferably Python) and REST APIs.
  • Leadership & Management: Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate teams, resolve conflicts, and build collaborative relationships.
  • Staff Performance: Proven experience in managing staff performance and development.
  • Leadership Capabilities: Demonstrated leadership capabilities with the ability to motivate and manage a high-performing team.
  • Industry Experience: Extensive knowledge and skills with many years of relevant experience in the Australian University sector or a breadth of professional experience in the industry.
  • Communication Skills: Strong communication skills with the ability to resolve conflicts and confer with peers in other higher education organisations to determine best practice approaches.
  • Network Expertise: Expertise in network architecture, including designing, configuring, and optimising network topologies (VXLAN, MP-BGP, LISP).
  • Routing & Switching: Proficiency in routing protocols (e.g., OSPF, ISIS, BGP) and switching technologies (Catalyst 9000 series).
  • Security Knowledge: In-depth knowledge of network security concepts, including firewalls (Palo Alto), VPNs, intrusion detection/prevention systems, and encryption protocols.
  • Wireless Networks: Experience in designing, deploying, and managing wireless networks (e.g., WPA2, 802.1X).
  • Monitoring Tools: Familiarity with network monitoring tools (e.g., Nagios, SolarWinds, DNAC, ISE, Umbrella).
  • Network Protocols: Understanding of TCP/IP protocols, subnetting, IP addressing, and DNS/DHCP configuration (Infoblox).
  • Load Balancing & Virtualisation: Knowledge of load balancing technologies (e.g., F5 BIG-IP) and network virtualisation technologies (e.g., VMware NSX, Cisco ACI).
  • Cloud Networking: Understanding of cloud networking concepts and services (e.g., AWS VPC, Azure Virtual Network).
  • Vendor & Compliance: Ability to evaluate network hardware and software vendors, negotiate contracts, and manage vendor relationships.
  • Documentation & Compliance: Proficiency in documenting network configurations, policies, and procedures, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements (e.g., Privacy Act 1988) and industry standards (e.g., ISO 27001).
  • Disaster Recovery: Knowledge of disaster recovery planning and business continuity strategies to minimise network downtime.

Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

Welcome to Bundoora campus – Please click on the video link below:


  • 17% employer contributed superannuation
  • On site child care facilities
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Discounts for staff and their family members to study a range of La Trobe courses

How to apply

Closing date:  By 11:55pm, on Sunday 2nd June 2024

Position Enquiries: Fraser Shields, Consultant E.

Recruitment Enquiries: Jacqueline Lava, Talent Acquisition Consultant E.

Position Description below:

Download File PD - Associate Director, Network Management.pdf

Only candidates with Full Working Rights in Australia may apply for this position.

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:

  • Cover letter, addressing your suitability for the role as per the Essential Criteria in the position description;
  • An up to date resume

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants 

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

La Trobe University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We take an intersectional approach by actively supporting and encouraging people of all backgrounds and abilities to submit an application and aim to ensure that the recruitment and employee experience is as accessible and inclusive as possible. Flexibility in interview format will be offered to shortlisted candidates.

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005.  If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.


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