Systems Design Specialist (Network Design Engineer Generalist)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – K – Exempt
  • 04 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Penn State IT - Enterprise Network and Communication Services
Full/Part Time:


Penn State is looking for an exceptional, experienced, enthusiastic individual to serve as a network design engineer generalist within the central Enterprise Network and Communication Services provider for Penn State’s multi-campus education and research environment. This is an opportunity to be part of an innovative team of network engineers and communication technology specialists, building and integrating large-scale, complex, communication systems/services, from the university enterprise network (including core, edge, and border, local- and wide-area, and datacenter and science DMZ) to advanced unified communications systems (including enterprise voice and video). Strategic thinking and planning acumen are critical skills for this position. This specialized lead will: Fulfill various roles, from data/process/product/service steward to project manager; work on complex assignments, and review progress and evaluate results; display competence in project management; develop design requirements for the deployment of network and communication systems; maintain current and correct documentation; develop design requirements for new solutions; develop prototypes of appropriate infrastructure, hardware, and associated systems; develop effective processes and procedures; evaluate potential equipment, components, and software; interface with vendors to resolve hardware and software problems; interface with University, national, and/or international organizations to resolve service related issues; help other units define and design server solutions for their environments; align project relevance to strategic direction; develop training programs for other staff; and provide technical guidance to other staff. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Bachelor's degree in computer science/engineering, electrical engineering, or information systems technology are preferred. Master's degree preferred. Data networking experience and subject-matter expertise in a large-scale, higher-education environment, including IPv6, strongly desired. Knowledge of /experience with IP-based communication systems (e.g., voice and video over IP, and unified communications), and specialized project management expertise, also strongly desired.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088