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Network Security Architect

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Systems Analyst III - 1165
Pay Grade 36
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 70344P
Working Title Network Security Architect
Advertised Employing Department IT Services
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Continuous
Proposed Start Date August 28, 2017
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Iowa State University is seeking applicants for a Network Security Architect which may be filled at a senior level. This position will help define, architect and oversee implementation of network security devices. This is a hands-on, highly technical role responsible for configuration, deployment, and support of network security technologies. Duties include evaluating network technologies and network protocols, developing and/or recommending security configurations for routers, switches, firewalls, VPNs, load balancers, and wireless technologies.

This position may be hired at a higher level. In addition to the duties noted, the higher level role will be responsible for leading security related projects with security technology teams across the university and mentor/develop staff.

This position requires an in depth understanding of routing protocols, firewall technologies, and the ability to identify security flaws and offer mitigatation solutions.

ITS provides core computing, network services, enterprise systems, and information security resources to the students, faculty, and staff of Iowa State. ITS partners with IT professionals from around campus to provide more specialized IT resources to ISU’s academic and business units.

The successful candidate will be detail oriented, self-motivated, possess excellent communication skills, and have the ability to troubleshoot, learning new skills, tools, and technologies. Applicants must also possess strong time management, organizational skills, and decision making skills with the ability to identify, analyze, and solve complex problems.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 2 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

The requirements above are for the Network Security Architect.

Network Security Architect, Senior: Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 3 years of related experience.

For either position:
- Demonstrated experience must include Cisco routing and switching technologies.

- Must include demonstrated understanding of routing protocols, firewall technologies, and the ability to identify security flaws and offer mitigation solutions.

Preferred Education and Experience

- Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, MIS, or IT-related degree.
- Experience that demonstrates extensive knowledge of network security appliances and firewalls, preferably Cisco.
- Demonstrated experience with secure network protocols.
- Demonstrated experience with network traffic analyzers.

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information
Department Contact Name Susan HR Liaison
Department Contact Phone 5152942430
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

To guarantee consideration, please apply by August 16, 2017; however, applications may be submitted until the position is filled.

Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 08/16/2017
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  2. * Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe your experience with Cisco routing and switching technologies.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please describe your experience that shows an understanding of routing protocols, firewall technologies, and ability to identify security flaws and offer mitigation solutions.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe your experience that demonstrates extensive knowledge of network security appliances and firewalls, preferably Cisco.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please describe your experience with secure network protocols.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please describe your experience with network traffic analyzers.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents