Network Architect with Firewall and Load Balancer

Position: Network Architect with Firewall and Load Balancer

Job ID: 144304

Location: US-TX-Houston

Department: IS - Network Support

Talent Area: Information Services

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: 8a - 5p

About Texas Children's Hospital

Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years.   Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital opening in 2017. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation.   To join our community of 13,000 dedicated team members, visit for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at


We are searching for a Network Architect – someone who works well in a fast-paced hospital setting. In this position, you’ll design and oversee the technical implementation of the network infrastructure to effectively support the hospital’s business and clinical application requirements, while also focusing on the long-term strategic planning and engineering of the most optimal and cost effective network design for the organization.


This role requires someone who not only has traditional network architecture in their background, but also experience with firewalls and load balancers. An F5 certified administrator would be preferred to fill this one. Would also love to find someone with Cisco certifications as well.  Are you up to the challenge of working with both our network and its security challenges? 


Think you’ve got what it takes?

Responsibilities :

  • Proactively identifies network areas in need of design improvement and formulates a plan to improve those areas
  • Provides appropriate assessment of all existing and future network architectural plans to ensure the optimization of resources to provide the best infrastructure to support the applications
  • Assesses learning needs of the Network Services production support staff and develops educational materials and documentation for the proper methods of troubleshooting and supporting of the production network
  • Directs and documents the implementation of all new technologies to transfer knowledge through the development of procedural manuals for the production support team once the new technology is implemented
  • Provides networking expertise and guidance to IS project managers in the initial planning and design of enterprise-wide IS projects
  • Provides high-level network support during an IS application crises situation that cannot be quickly solved by first line production support or on-call network support personnel
  • Manages projects related to the design and implementation of new network related technologies
  • Actively participates on advisory committees tasked with assessing initiatives that may have a network component
  • Develops and implements yearly objectives to enhance service and department, adjusting as needed as evidenced by quarterly meetings and project completion


  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field
  • F5 certified administrator as well as experience with firewalls and load balancers
  • 7 years of Cisco networking experience
  • In lieu of a Bachelor’s degree, four years of additional related experience may be substituted. CCIE or CCNP certification is preferred
  • Have thorough knowledge of network technologies, protocols, and standards
  • Ability to evaluate Cisco network topologies and configurations and observe deficiencies, formulate actions to correct the situation, make assessments and recommendations, and educate others on Cisco network technologies and protocols

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