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Senior Network Engineer

The New York Public Library
New York, NY
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description
The IT Infrastructure & Operations Network Engineering department is responsible for the architecture, planning, implementation, installation and operations of NYPL's network infrastructure. NYPL covers three boroughs with 90+ branch locations, 12K+ endpoints, public/private cloud, and public/staff WiFi serving millions of New Yorkers every year. The Library’s network is highly redundant to ensure essential services are available with maximum uptime. 

We are looking for someone we can count on to:

  • Engineering level administration of NYPL’ network including routing, firewalls, ACLs, vlan designs, VPN and of NYPL’s Public and Staff WiFi networks.
  • Reviewing initial business requirements and work alongside colleagues to provide initial technical designs
  • Providing installation and engineering level support of NYPL network equipment and services
  • Liaising with business partners on projects as necessary.
  • Provide support to Jr. Engineers on the team.
  • Work closely with other IT departments to ensure understanding of network considerations.
  • Work with colleagues across the business to ensure clear expectations are set.
  • Understand Library’s unique place in providing network access as a means to accomplish its mission and bridge the digital divideAdvanced networking administration and implementation methodologies
  • Explore Zero-Trust network security models and help NYPL prepare for the future
  • E-rate funding guidelines
  • Monitoring and operation efficiency of the networking stack
  • Enhance or introduce network security tools and practices
Some expectations for this role are that within:

1 month, this person will:
  • Be familiar with IT practices and teams, roles & responsibilities
  • Build initial relationships with key vendors and services providers
  • Build initial relationships with internal stakeholders 
  • Understand NYPL’s network topology (WAN, LAN, WiFi)
  • Be familiar with current project backlog
  • Coordinate with team leadership to prioritize work
  • Have clear expectations and goals moving forward
3 months, this person will:
  • Prepare for upgrade of bandwidth at most branches
  • Able to field change and support requests for most of the network
  • Support key projects with minimal supervision
6 months and beyond, this person will:
  • Own WAN, VPN, and core routing administration, day-to-day management and operations
  • Begin preparing for network equipment upgrades
  • Participate in roadmap development
  • Architect, deploy, monitor and maintain the NYPL data network environment which consists of Cisco routers, switches and firewalls, as well as Aerohive wireless equipment.  
  • Install, configure and maintain network firewalls (Cisco ASA)
  • Design and implement appropriate network level security controls at the Internet, datacenter, WiFi, and departmental LAN layers of the network (vlans design, ACLs)
  • Install and maintain data circuits between core locations, including dark and lit fiber at multigigabit speeds.
  • Prepare bid specifications for network routers, switches and security appliances, network monitoring systems, and core circuit connections, and participate in the evaluation of bids
  • Plan future growth and integrate new technologies into the NYPL network.

Required Education, Experience & Skills
Required Education & Certifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and work experience
Required Experience
  • 5+ years administering networks for a widely distributed organization.
  • Experience designing and implementing networks.
Required Skills
  • Deep hands-on experience with Cisco IOS features and LAN switching technologies, including BGP and EIGRP protocols, VPN, etherchannel, VLAN design, and ACLs.
  • Excellent knowledge of Cisco network security practices and competent in configuring and supporting ASA firewalls.
  • Familiarity with WAN circuits (MPLS, point to point Ethernet, dark fiber), including hardware provisioning and troubleshooting.
  • Ability to provision and support a cloud managed WiFi system, preferably AeroHive but Meraki is acceptable.
  • Knowledge of networking in a cloud environment (AWS, Azure, GCP, VMWare).
  • Current CCNP certification in routing and switching preferred .
Managerial/Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Mentor Junior engineers as necessary

Please Note: Effective August 2, 2021, absent a qualifying exception for medical or religious reasons, newly hired employees of the New York Public Library must present proof of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination and may not begin employment at the Library until 14 days after their receipt of their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 14 days after their first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  Newly hired employees who need additional time to receive their vaccination prior to their start date may request an adjournment of their start date with their hiring manager.  The Library will consider such requests on a case by case basis, depending upon the Library’s operational needs, among other factors.  The Library will further consider exemptions for prospective employees who cannot become vaccinated due to a qualifying medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief or practice.  Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment and who seek a medical or religious exemption to the Library’s vaccination policy will be provided with additional instructions at the time of the conditional offer.

Core Values
All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:
  • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
  • Be Resourceful in solving problems 
  • Be Curious in all aspects of your work
  • Be Welcoming and Inclusive
Work Environment
  • Office Environment
Physical Duties
  • Lift/move equipment up to 50 lbs
Pre-Placement Physical Required?

Union/Non Union

FLSA Status

  • Available on-call after hours and weekends
  • Hybrid 3-on / 2-off as workload permits
  • Travel to NYPL sites as needed

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