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Vanderbilt University Network Specialist, Information Technology in Nashville, Tennessee

The Network Specialist’s primary responsibilities are the installation, maintenance, and support of communications networks, including wired and wireless data networks, voice networks, endpoint devices, and network application services. The specialist has rotational duties that include remote support of field operations, processing of network request and incidents through ITSM, and lifecycle of network equipment. This position is expected to process additional assigned tasks with little guidance and participate in projects as required. This role works overtime as needed and a takes regular rotations on-call.

The Network Operations team is responsible for supporting communications networks at Vanderbilt University. The team works closely with other information technology teams and customers to meet the voice and data needs of the university. As members of a primary IT support team, Network Specialists are expected to maintain courteous and professional interactions with users and other IT staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

Network Operations Support:

  • Administrates communications network equipment including voice systems

  • Properly installs and configures network communication devices and infrastructure

  • Thoroughly tests installation and configurations to ensure proper operation

  • Understands the design of the campus network and infrastructure, including the ability to locate network distribution points and properly identify and connect network devices

  • Coordinates and posts installation follow-up with customers and other support teams on all work performed

  • Supports daily field operations and team members including moves, adds, and changes to network equipment and endpoints

  • Provides technical guidance and support to customers and departmental staff

  • Performs surveys for the deployment of wireless network equipment

  • Works with external vendors during project implementation and problem resolution

  • Assists with testing and deployment of new and emerging technology, equipment, and communications applications and tools

  • Acts as technical support of legacy voice services

Network Maintenance:

  • Provides intermediate diagnosis and repair of reported problems with network communication equipment, connected devices, and fiber optic and copper infrastructure failure

  • Conducts thorough testing of replacement devices or configurations to confirm problem resolution

  • Monitors and maintains network communication devices and redundancy

  • Reviews and responds to system log and report data

  • Reviews and verifies network device and system configurations

  • Conducts infrastructure and plant verification and changes, ongoing maintenance of accurate port mapping and cable records

Network Lifecycle:

  • Configures, tests, modifies, and deploys replacement communications network components and infrastructure as assigned

  • Removes network components and circuits, including associated physical and logical connections

  • Plans and coordinates lifecycle work through ITSM for small and large sites (up to 2500 ports)

Documentation and Communication:

  • Notifies management and documents all service affecting incidents

  • Documents additions, modifications, and configuration changes to network components

  • Follows business and support documentation processes, including document creation

  • Follows ITSM processes including ownership and implementation of changes through change management for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance

  • Proficient use of electronic communications, databases, and applications


  • High school graduate or GED is necessary

  • Associate Degree is preferred

  • CompTIA Net+, CCENT, CCNA, ACMA, and/or CWNA certifications are preferred

  • 2 years of technical support experience is necessary

  • 3 years of system configuration and network support experience is preferred

  • TN Driver’s License is required

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.