Senior Network Administrator

University of Toronto

Date Posted: 05/01/2024

Req ID: 37194

Faculty/Division: UofT Mississauga

Department: UTM: Info. & Inst. Tech. Services

Campus: University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)

Position Number: 00038290


About us:

Do you want to be part of an organization named a top GTA employer for 16 years in a row and in 2022 alone was selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers and Greater Toronto’s Top Employers? Do you want to be part of a modern IT department using cutting-edge technology that will invest in you and your career? Then look no further!

U of T has exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies to receive this perennial recognition. We recognize that people need their employers to invest in them and enrich their lives; we have great benefits, flexible work options, professional development programs, employee family assistance plans, a full pension, generous vacation, educational assistance and tuition waivers for you and your children, and excellent advancement opportunities.

As the university’s second largest division, U of T Mississauga has 17 academic departments and offers 156 programs in 92 areas of study. Established in 1967, the campus features award-winning architecture, robust community partnerships and a dynamic student environment set amongst 225 acres along the Credit River in Mississauga.

Your opportunity:

At U of T Mississauga, we are looking for an exceptional Senior Network Administrator to join our Network Engineering team. You will be the principal subject matter expert on network infrastructure technology, responsible for the design and configuration of UTM networks, and assisting with the daily operations of the department.

In this role, you will participate in the development of strategic and tactical plans, evaluate project proposals, develop departmental network and telecommunications standards, and recommend critical changes to develop state of the art network infrastructure. Your creativity and technical expertise are crucial parts of the job!

You will support the Senior Manager, Network Design, Engineering, and Operations, and perform some of his/her duties during absences.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and updating architectural framework for highly complex and confidential university-wide IT systems
  • Analyzing and troubleshooting highly complex heterogeneous network protocol interactions
  • Analyzing operational requirements to implement plans for network and internet presence
  • Planning and implementing expansion and enhancement of IT networks independently
  • Defining requirements and scope of complex projects with broad impact and long-term consequences
  • Developing charter, scope, resources and schedule for project(s)
  • Serving as an expert resource to a group of professionals in the specialty, all performing a similar function

Essential Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience on a campus network consisting of over 15,000 network data drops.
  • Must have a minimum of 6 years of proven, hands-on experience in complex, heterogeneous, campus and data centre networks with the technologies specified below.
  • Ethernet and optical fibre structured cabling. Different types of cables and connectors. Expertise supplying specifications for racks, cable trays and managers, supports, UPSs, PDUs, and related components.
  • Configuration and deployment of large Ethernet switches comprising an excess of 380 Ethernet PoE ports, virtual switching systems (or similar technology) and switch stacking. Great familiarity with command-line interfaces and switch scripting.
  • Multiple variations of Spanning Tree, link-aggregation, loop prevention, VLANs, trunk ports, and port access control.
  • Deep understanding of the ‘Internet Protocol Suite’ and how to configure IPv4, IPv6 (unicast and anycast), OSPFv2, OSPFv3, BGP, VxLAN, multicast and IGMP, equal-cost multipath, routing table virtualization, VoIP, NAT, and other protocols/technologies.
  • Excellent understanding of wireless technologies, including carrier signals, frequency, keying methods, wavelengths, wave propagation, SNR, types of antennas, beamforming, authentication and association states, roaming, and other relevant concepts.
  • Proficient with Linux and/or UNIX variants, able to create Ansible roles/playbooks, write shell scripts, and capture Wireshark/tcpdump outputs.
  • Deep understanding of DNS resolution, DHCP, SNMPv3, NTP.
  • Ability to review and write technical documentation and create diagrams. Ability to understand RFCs, standards, and very complex technical concepts in general.
  • Must communicate well both verbally and in writing. Must be able to explain technical concepts to non-technical personnel.
  • Must have initiative to address legacy issues, develop new ideas, lead new projects, and work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Strong commitment to high quality service.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong time management skills to permit simultaneous action on many tasks, many of which will demand timely completion.

Assets (Nonessential):

  • Familiarity with MPLS, software-defined networking, segment routing and emerging network technologies.
  • Experience assistingjunior staff.

To be successful in this role you will be:

  • Diligent
  • Meticulous
  • Problem solver
  • Punctual
  • Resourceful
  • Self-directed

Closing Date: 05/10/2024, 11:59PM ET

Employee Group: USW 

Appointment Type: Budget – Continuing 

Schedule: Full-Time

Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone:

USW Pay Band 18 — $112,241 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $143,537. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol. 

Job Category: Information Technology (IT)

Lived Experience Statement

Candidates who are members of Indigenous, Black, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, persons with disabilities, and other equity deserving groups are encouraged to apply, and their lived experience shall be taken into consideration as applicable to the posted position.

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