Position: Network Specialist VILocation: Austin, TXDuration: 6 Months The Texas Department of Information Resources is the state agency charged with protecting the state’s data and critical technology infrastructure, managing a multi-million-dollar cooperative contracts program, and providing strategic technology leadership, solutions, and innovation to all levels of Texas government. DIR is a fast-paced and collaborative environment with highly motivated and engaged employees dedicated to achieving the best value for the state.When your publicly funded organization requires voice, data, wireless, video, or Internet services, DIR makes procuring these services easy and cost-effective. DIR contracts with vendors to provide Telecom services such as wireless, conferencing, and managed services. Since pricing is negotiated with the full volume buying power of the State of Texas, we’re able to provide highly competitive rates and service levels for wireless, conferencing and managed services. Managed Services include network optimization and management of voice and/or data networks.The individual in this role will perform highly advanced (senior-level) network engineering work in a Service Provider environment to support the State of Texas DIR Network as well as customer networks through inter-agency agreements. Work involves planning, interpreting, organizing, and performing engineering projects and activities. Provide guidance to Network Specialists working to establish technical standards. Assists with developing network policies; guidelines, procedures, rules, and regulations; establishing priorities, standards, and measurement tools for determining network modification requirements in support of meeting established goals and objectives. Will assist clients and peers with planning for data services and equipment. Coordinates and evaluates engineering activities and reports on accomplishments. Maintains documentation for the DIR engineering department. Works under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.Position Functions: 1) Implements and configures routed and switched data networks. Performs configuration of routing protocols, e.g. OSPF, EIGRP, and BGP. Performs configuration of switching protocols, e.g. Spanning Tree, 2) Consults with client organizations to understand their business and technical needs. Serves as the client’s consultant on data technology related services. Represents the agency at business meetings, customer network meetings, and conferences. Assists with the planning, management and implementation of data services and data networks for clients, 3) Manages projects for complex data technology design, data network design, and equipment proof of concept implementations. Assists internal resources with optimal data network design and adherence to State of Texas client policies, 4) Assures documentation for engineering network is maintained and updated. Performs routine backup and archival of files containing equipment configuration information, and 5) Coordinates data upgrades, implementations and test plans.