Director of Networking and Telecommunications

University of Connecticut in Connecticut

Deadline August 01, 2014
Date Posted July 1, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Connecticut, University Information Technology Services (UITS), is seeking a highly technical and self-motivated Director of Networking and Telecommunications. We are seeking an energetic IT professional who is excited by delivering best in class services to the University community. The University of Connecticut (UConn) has been named the top public university in New England for over a decade and is ranked among the top public universities in the nation. UConn is also a Carnegie Foundation Research University, a prestigious honor shared by only the nation's top higher education institutions. 

The University of Connecticut is the states flagship institution of higher learning. Founded in 1881, the University spans 4,108 acres at its main campus and five regional campuses, and an additional 205 acres at the UConn Health Center in Farmington. The main campus, located in Storrs, Connecticut, enrolls over 17,000 undergraduate and approximately 6,000 graduate students. The University of Connecticut is a school of choice for academically talented students. U.S. News & World Report ranks UConn number 19 on this years list of the nations best public universities.  

The Director of Networking and Telecommunications is a member of the senior leadership team for University Information Technology Services.  This is an exempt, non-union position of the University and the appointee serves at the pleasure of the University President.  The Director of Networking and Telecommunications is responsible for the design, deployment, operation and strategic evolution of university wide voice, video and data network infrastructure in support of the university mission of research, teaching, learning and outreach.  The Network Engineering and Telecommunications Department provides, voice, video and data connections to all student rooms, common areas and administrative buildings.  Responsibilities include the design, construction and maintenance of the infrastructure that provides all communication services within and between buildings.  Network Engineering and Telecommunications is also responsible for the wireless connections deployed throughout the Storrs and Regional campuses. 

The Director of Networking and Telecommunications is responsible for the management of the Networking and Telecommunications staff and infrastructure. These duties include overseeing the technical and operations staff in all aspects of voice, video and data infrastructure at the Storrs campus as well regional campuses including staffing, hiring, training, monitoring and evaluation of employees while serving as the departmental representative for all union-related issues.  The Director develops and administers the annual budget, monitors revenue and expenditures and collaborates with the UITS Budget office on financial and budgetary issues.  The Director develops and maintains a long-term strategy and assigns goals for each area to enhance and contribute to the inter-relationship of the department within the overall workings of the Division.  The Director guides personnel within the Department in adapting to the changing cultural and operational environment of the Division and is an effective working partner with the other members of the UITS Senior Leadership Team. 

The Director of Networking and Telecommunications ensures networking and telecommunications support for all business, educational and research objectives for the University as well as the control, reliability and performance of all networking and telecommunications systems.  The Director researches, evaluates, and develops University policies and procedures for the implementation of technical and operational standards or requirements and manages networking and telecommunications operations to ensure successful integration, maximum efficiency and cost effect service delivery. The Director ensures superior customer service by establishing service level agreements and works with members of the University community to plan for future services and requirements.  The Director also directs the acquisition, configuration and maintenance of all voice, video and data infrastructure. 

The Director is responsible for staff and project management to include installation, repair, implementation and operational coordination of networking and telecommunications projects including the implementation of the Universitys Network Master Plan and ensures the development of the ongoing plans necessary to meet the Universitys continuing infrastructure and service requirements.  The Director is responsible for departmental operations goals and objectives, including business models and short and long range plans.  The Director of Networking and Telecommunications keeps abreast of all networking and telecommunications issues and trends within higher education and attends conferences, workshops and other training opportunities. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Bachelors degree from an accredited institution.
  2. At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in a technology related field.
  3. Strong awareness of current trends in networking and telecommunications within higher education.
  4. Excellent and demonstrated project management skills, from project initiation through completion, including budget and timeline expectations and responsibilities.
  5. Strong personnel supervision skills, including employee performance/evaluation, training and mentoring, communication and setting direction, and building effective work teams.
  6. Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  7. Demonstrated institutional leadership capability within a management team setting, providing group-based and multi-unit technology solutions.
  8. Demonstrated strategic thinker with the ability to develop long term plans and effectively execute them. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  1. Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Engineering or another related technical discipline.
  2. Five years experience in networking technology.
  3. Advanced degree in a related field.
  4. Relevant professional certifications.
  5. Experience with High Performance Computing.
  6. Experience with business continuity and disaster recovery planning.
  7. Professional full time work experience at a research university.
  8. Senior level experience at a comparable institution in terms of size, complexity or mission.
  9. Experience with large scale infrastructure. 

This is a full-time, management-exempt position.  The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits including employee and dependent tuition reimbursement at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment.  Salary will be commensurate with successful candidates background and experience. For additional information regarding benefits visit: 

For additional information about the University, visit For detailed position information and the job description, visit 

Interested candidates please submit a letter of application and resume and a list of contact information for three professional references.  Please apply on-line using the Universitys Husky Hire applicant system at  Please reference Job ID #2014484. Screening will begin immediately.  Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

The University of Connecticut is EEO/AA employer and in keeping with our commitment to build a culturally diverse community, the University of Connecticut invites applications from women, people with disabilities and members of minority groups.

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