Network Architect

 
Position: Network Architect

Job ID: 149258

Department: TCHP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Talent Area: Information Services

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

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 texaschildrenspeople.org for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at infinitepassion.org.  

Summary:

We are searching for a Network Architect – someone who works well in a fast-paced setting. In this position, you will 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.

 

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Responsibilities :

  • Proactively identify network areas in need of improvement and formulate a plan to improve those areas
  • Appropriately assess all existing and future network architectural plans to ensure the optimization of resources to provide the best infrastructure to support the applications
  • Work with network vendors to develop the most optimal plans while utilizing the best technology to eliminate redundancy and ensure data security
  • Keep informed of network technologies and solutions to provide the best for the network architecture, configurations, and standards
  • Assess requests for new application implementations to determine the best method to support it
  • Develop educational materials for the specific learning needs of the Network Services production support staff
  • Direct the implementation of all new technologies to communicate knowledge through the development of procedural manuals for the production support team
  • Conduct instructional sessions for the support staff
  • Provide networking expertise to IS Project Managers in the initial planning and design of IS projects
  • Deliver high-level network support during an IS application crises situation that cannot be solved by only first line production support or on-call network support personnel
  • Lead after-crises analysis meetings to determine the extent of network culpability, if any, and document the findings
  • Manage projects related to the design and implementation of new network-related technologies
  • Participate in advisory committees tasked with assessing initiatives that may have a network component
  • Collaborate with Data Security to provide a unified recommendation to Project Managers for network and data security strategies
  • Develop yearly objectives to enhance services as well as the department, adjusting as need be
  • Submit timely and complete monthly reports


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field
  • CCIE or CCNP certification is preferred
  • 7 years’ experience with Cisco networking is compulsory
  • Thorough knowledge of network technologies, protocols, and standards is highly desired


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