WSDOT: IT Network & Telecom - Sr/Specialist - Seattle, WA (flexible/hybrid)

Employer: Washington State Department of Transportation

Job Description:
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project.

The Opportunity
WSDOT’s Information Technology Division (ITD) is currently seeking an IT Network & Telecom Senior Specialist to serve as the subject matter expert and escalation point for all aspects of the Washington State Ferries (WSF) network. This position is tasked with maintaining the highest levels of availability and security possible for the WSF network infrastructure - a complex mission critical service supporting the enterprise IT needs of the largest ferry fleet in the United States. The incumbent of this position will be responsible for all network project management, physical and logical network design, monitoring, data circuit and hardware procurement, budget recommendations, network security and PCI compliance, configuration and software upgrades, installations, maintenance, and lifecycle ownership of the networking infrastructure.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the IT Network & Telecom Senior Specialist will:

Be responsible for independently working on all tiers of network administration (installation, maintenance, monitoring, troubleshooting and root cause failure analysis) of all regional, divisional, and departmental network systems supporting revenue collection, physical security and business critical applications, components, and management applications for all facilities throughout the Ferries Division.
Use advanced diagnostic tools such as Cyber Security reports, Nessus scan data, discovery software (Nmap), testing hardware, packet capture software (Wireshark), performance and resource monitors (SolarWinds NPM), and event logging to conduct security audits and identify and resolve complex problems with all levels of security standards compliance for planned and installed IT systems.
Design, build, test, and re-configure systems to meet and enhance agency security standards, policies, and procedures.
Maintain, monitor, troubleshoot and manage the greater WSF telecommunications infrastructure.
Assist in the installation and repair of PBX and IP/SIP telecommunications hardware at corporate offices, terminals and on vessels.
Estimate costs, identify vendors, draft purchases requests, obtain required exemptions, obtain spending approvals, and track purchasing processes to completion.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
Bachelor’s degree in an information technology related field (additional years of experience can substitute for education year for year).
Six (6) years of experience supporting the operation of an enterprise-level network infrastructure.
Four (4) years of experience working with technologies, security standards and protocols related to TCP/IP, TLS, TFTP, DHCP, DNS, NTP, the OSI model, RADIUS/TACACS, ISE, SSH, SNMP, SMTP, BGP, MPLS, EIGRP and understanding how these impact and define a network.
Six (6) years of experience with layer 1 infrastructure deployment and maintenance including copper/ethernet, fiber optics and wireless systems.
The ability to navigate network device command line interfaces, upgrade operating systems and deploy configurations and changes at an enterprise level.
Valid driver’s license.
The ability and willingness to respond immediately in-person to field support calls at any of the WSF locations and dispatch to WSF facilities, terminals, and vessels within same day.
The ability and willingness to provide on-call support off-hours.
The ability and willingness to lift and move up to 35 lbs., climb ladders, and work within confined spaces.
The ability to acquire and maintain a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Advanced working knowledge of Cisco and Cradlepoint routers and switches.
Industry certifications relating to internetworking, wireless systems, telecommunications, or systems administration.
Working knowledge of public cloud technologies and deployments.
Working knowledge of cyber and infrastructure security concepts, standards, and frameworks.

Important Notes
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County.
In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code.
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
To be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.
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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included, and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. All persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Andrew Huff, at . Please be sure to reference 23DOT-HQ-04387e in the subject line.

Contact Person: Andrew Huff
Location: Seattle, WA (flexible/hybrid)
Application Method: Apply online
Base Pay: $88,276.00 - $118,717.00 Annually

Posted on May 08, 2023

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