The Consortium, Inc.

Senior Network Engineer

The Consortium, Inc. - Washington, DC

Manages the implementation, installation, purchasing, and support of network technologies, including Local Area Network/Wide Area Network LAN/WAN systems. Evaluates current systems. Works on complex problems where analysis of situation requires in-depth evaluation of various factors. Plans large scale systems projects through vendor comparison and cost studies. Provides work leadership and training to lower level network engineers.

Under general direction, incumbents performs work requiring advanced knowledge, often involving multiple phases and significant collaboration. Applies in-depth technical knowledge to independently and innovatively solve a full range of complex and sometimes unusual problems that impact organizational success. Brings industry-level expertise to function, and recommends changes to remain up-to-date or competitive. Establishes processes and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of a complex function. Acts as a technical project leader.




1. Designs and implements infrastructure changes to the network, including upgrading network switches and routers, increasing port capacity, and installing new circuits.
2. Serves as an expert in analyzing and resolving difficult and complex networking problems, including:

  • Provides level 3 troubleshooting on the data network, including wide area network (WAN) and SONET problems, loss of network connectivity, remote interface failures, and switch interface failures.
  • Tier 3 support for network operations and Help Desk staff.
  • Supports remote locations 
  • Leased lines, frame relay circuits, Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) circuits, and Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) lines.
  • VPN issues (Cisco ASA platform).
3. Responsible for maintaining the following devices, networks, systems, servers, etc.:
  • All network devices, including switches, routers, access points, and the firewall.
  • All wide area network systems
  • Maintains Cisco routers [Ethernet, and Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) interfaces] Cisco 6509, 6506, & 45xx switches, gateways, and other network devices.
  • Maintains firewall systems such as Cisco ASA platforms.
  • Cisco ASA VPN platform
  • Cisco’s Wireless Access Point system Series 340/350.
  • Network performance management systems to include Orion, Ionix and Prognosis.
4. Monitors market to keep track of market developments with respect to technologies of interest. Coordinates evaluations and demonstrations of new technologies. Tests, evaluates, selects, and demonstrates new technologies. Installs and implements new technologies into the current production environment.
5. Manages information technology projects from design and development through implementation. Monitors progress, ensures projects stay on schedule, provides oversight on delegated tasks, and ensures project parameters are met.
6. Performs traffic, trend, and utilization analysis. Researches problems, conducts cable and equipment installations, and evaluates new technologies. Makes recommendations to improve network performance.
7. Analyzes potential traffic bottlenecks. Makes recommendations to improve network performance.
8. Acts as a technical project leader. Provides work direction. Trains and mentors junior staff.



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In-depth knowledge and experience in:

  • LAN/WAN systems, networks, and applications. In depth knowledge and experience with:

  • TCP/IP and routing protocols (OSPF, BGP, IGRP, etc).

  • Network switches, routers, firewalls, virtual private networks and other related hardware.

  • Network performance tuning capabilities in a multi-protocol, multi-operating system environment.

  • Wide area network technologies such as ATM, SONET, and Ethernet over Fiber.

  • Cisco IOS platform. In depth knowledge and hands-on experience with network management platforms in a mission-critical production network environment.

  • Network security issues, and platforms (firewall rules, ACLS, etc). Experience in Intrusion detection systems, concepts, and mechanisms.

  • Issues related to interconnection of multiple networks, routing among them, ISP connections, etc.

  • Encryption and authentication technologies (e.g., SecurID, PGP, PKI, VPN, SSH, etc.). Network Infrastructure Design: Gigabit Ethernet/ VLANs/ TCPIP/ ISDN/ VPN/ Frame Relay/ T1/ DS3/ OC3- 48/ ATM/ SONET / Voice and Video communications/ VoIP/ Wireless networks and security/ Converged networks.

  • Wireless network design and implementation. In depth experience with encryption configuration and maintenance.

  • Ability to solve intellectual problems of substantial variety and complexity using originality and ingenuity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems. Ability to use substantial latitude for independent judgment and action. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to successfully work in a team environment. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other departments. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent knowledge.
Minimum Experience: Eight years of related professional experience.
Physical Capabilities: Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time.
Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) Preferred.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Reports to Manager, Network and Systems Engineering. General direction is provided.






Posted On: Friday, May 27, 2022

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