Network Specialist

Reports To:         Senior Network Specialist



The Network Specialist will be a highly skilled and very hands-on individual – and most importantly- a team player.  Responsible for the planning- engineering and support of Topeka Public Schools network infrastructure.  This position is the primary resource for implementation- validating designs with the network team- maintenance and troubleshooting support of Topeka Public Schools LAN- WAN- Wireless- and network for the schools facilities.


Distinguishing Career Features:

The Network Specialist I is the first level in a broad-based career ladder encompassing network administration and date communications.  Advancement along this ladder can occur through mastery of server and network administration.  The Network Technical Specialist I is capable of basic network operations- account setup and security- conducting training in specialized software- and providing setup- connection- and configuration of workstations to an existing server.


The Network Specialist II requires the ability to independently maintain a dedicated server- know routers- switches and TCP/IP addressing; this includes the ability to install server- Certified Network Administrator (CNA) or Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification- or equivalent knowledge is required.


The Senior Network Specialist requires the ability to develop applications in the software occupying servers on several platforms- the knowledge of and ability to configure servers- and the ability to perform network programming.  The Network Analyst requires the equivalent knowledge to one of the following certificates:  Certified Network Administrator- Microsoft Certified Professional- or Cisco Certified Network Associate.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Will work as a part of our team of Network Specialists and project teams to maintain and further develop the district’s network and services
  • Perform day to day network administration and maintenance to ensure network performance meets approved standards and requirements
  • High level support of: Cisco Routers- Cisco Firewalls- Cisco Switches- Cisco Wireless- and other network related devices
  • Work on project teams to provide technical requirements while meeting approved project budgets and timelines
  • Provide requirements to technical teams to support new initiatives including power- cabling- security- monitoring- storage- and network configuration
  • Document new additions- review and maintain existing network documentation- maintain change history- and keep up-to-date tickets records






Knowledge and Skills

  • In-depth knowledge of Cisco IOS- Cisco NEXUS- Cisco routers- Catalyst POE Switches- Cisco Wi-Fi- and Cisco Firewalls.
  • Solid understanding of WAN technologies- IPSEC- VPN- EIGRP
  • Solid understanding of VoIP technologies- Lync- Cisco- SIP- SIP Trunking – is a plus
  • Solid understanding of and technical experience with TCP/IP- DNS- DHCP- and Active Directory
  • Bluecat- Power Shell- and SCCM experience is a plus
  • Understanding of network security methodologies as a whole- including but not limited to: ACLs- Firewalls- VPNs (tunneling- IPsec- PPTP- etc.)- Content Filters- and physical security
  • F5- iboss- NetOptics- Bluecoat- Milestones- S2/AIphone knowledge and experience is a plus
  • Experience with Fluke network tools (TruView- OptiView XG- etc.) is a plus

Licenses and Certificates

  • Requires a valid Kansas driver’s license
  • CCNA- CCNP- Cisco Voice- MSCE Certifications are a Plus

Physical Abilities

  • Requires: ambulatory ability to move to various office and classroom-type locations and to bend- stoop- crawl and reach to install cables and equipment; sufficient hand eye coordination and dexterity to make small component connections; sufficient visual acuity to read technical documents and instructions and align small components; sufficient auditory ability to carry on routine conversations; ability to lift- push- and pull objects of medium weight (less than 75 lbs.) on an occasional basis; and the ability to work in confined areas with noise variations- dust- and limited ventilation.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed indoors where some safety considerations exist from physical labor- positioning in cramped areas- and handling of medium weight- yet- awkward materials.
Job Start Date: NA
Applications Due By: 02/23/2016

Job Contact Information

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Employer Information

Topeka USD 501

To apply for a position at Topeka Public Schools, please complete application at Topeka Public Schools is home to some of the finest students in the state of Kansas. Many of our students perform at the highest levels and our staff members are recognized regularly for outstanding accomplishments. Topeka Public Schools offer a variety of comprehensive programs fitted to the needs and interests of students. Excellence and equity are the standard. We take seriously our responsibility to educate all children. Although over half the students in the district are college bound, our commitment is not limited to them alone. Topeka Schools have received national recognition for excellence in education. Several of our schools made the Kansas Standards of Excellence in reading and mathematics with some schools seeing remarkable double-digit gains. Topeka Public Schools enrollment is sixth largest in Kansas, with a total average enrollment of over 14,000 students in elementary through high school. While the Topeka Public Schools are the largest district in Shawnee County, our schools are smaller than most. Elementary schools range in size from 200 to 600 students, including a science & fine arts magnet school and a computer magnet school. Middle schools range from 400 to 600 students and our three high schools have enrollments of 1000 to 2000 students. Hope Street Academy, a charter high school, draws alternative students from across the country. The school district sports complex, Hummer Sports Park, is a six-sport facility featuring state-of-the-art facilities for football, track, soccer, baseball, softball and swimming. We are committed to hiring and maintaining superior employees to educate and meet the needs of each student. As the third largest employer in Topeka, employing over 2400 certified and classified staff members, we provide a competitive salary schedule, district-paid insurance benefits, a generous leave package and many other great benefits. If you are interested in joining USD 501, please check the job listings below and visit our website at www.topekapublicschools.netto complete the application. 

Employer Address: 624 SW 24th Street Topeka, Kansas

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