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Network Architect (GTA)

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Information Technology
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Technology Authority, Georgia - GTA

Agency Description:

The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) currently manages the delivery of IT infrastructure services to 85 Executive Branch agencies and managed network services to 1,300 state and local government entities. IT infrastructure services encompass mainframes, servers, service desk, end user computing, disaster recovery and security; 14 agencies receive all of these services through GTA, while the remaining agencies may receive two or three of these services. Managed network services include the state’s wide and local area networks, voice, cable and wiring, and conferencing services.

 

Both categories of services are provided as shared services through a public-private partnership called the Georgia Enterprise Technology Services (GETS) program. A Multisourcing Service Integrator is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the delivery of services by multiple providers.

 

GTA’s Sourcing Management Organization is responsible for service provider oversight and management while our Sourcing Governance Organization is responsible for governance.

 

Meanwhile, GTA’s Enterprise Governance and Planning promotes an enterprise approach to technology by establishing statewide policies, standards and guidelines based on industry best practices and federal requirements. EGAP works closely with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget and state agencies to ensure an individual agency’s IT strategy aligns with its overall business strategy and business continuity planning. EGAP is involved in managing the state’s portfolio of technology projects to ensure they meet established goals and are completed on schedule and within budget.

 

Information security is a critically important concern at GTA, and the Office of Information Security gives particular attention to supporting the development of training for state employees, so they understand their role in protecting sensitive information. In compliance with statutory requirements, GTA gathers data from state agencies on an annual basis regarding their IT security programs and IT expenditures. The data are compiled into reports that are useful in guiding state leaders in their decision making.

 

GTA manages the state's official online portal, www.georgia.gov, and enterprise web-publishing platform. The portal provides information and services from more than 115 state agencies and links to city and county government websites. The enterprise platform supports 78 state agency websites. Both the portal and the enterprise platform are carefully designed to ensure friendly navigation, accessibility for users with disabilities, and robust search capabilities.

 

GTA's vision - A transparent, integrated enterprise where technology decisions are made with the citizen in mind

GTA's mission - To provide technology leadership to the state of Georgia for sound IT enterprise management

 

GTA is currently seeking a Network Architect in our Technology Services Organization department.

JOB SUMMARY:  

 

Responsible for ensuring the efficient design and delivery of hybrid networking (cloud & on-premises) and network security services to State of Georgia Agencies.

 

This is a hybrid (hands-on and oversight) position that will provide an architectural level of understanding to design, implement, operate, and automate various network technologies, working in conjunction with GTA customers, GTA service providers, and other third-party providers.

 

Conducts complex, critical project-based service delivery under minimal supervision and with wide latitude for independent judgment.

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Develop and approve network architecture designs and standards for hybrid and on-premises networks, DNS, IP Address Management, and network security services.

  • Create, update, and approve network design diagrams, solution documents, and other solution artifacts.

  • Engineer, implement, and support cloud network resources, IE> Transit gateway, VPCs, Direct Connect, VPNs, route tables, load balancers, network security groups, ACLs, firewalls, gateways, etc.

  • Design, implement, and support hybrid cloud connectivity using BGP routing protocol and IPSEC VPNs.

  • Responsible for network operations for both on-premises and cloud networks.

  • Interpret, create, and approve firewall and other network security policies to be implemented.

  • Implement and support cloud DNS zones and records within a hybrid model.

  • Identify network tasks and configurations that can be automated by using tools such as Terraform, CloudFormation, and Ansible; then work with other teams to implement and support the infrastructure using these automation tools.

  • Participate in architecture governance forums, technology planning, change, incident, and problem management.

  • Work closely with the GTA Teams, Service Integrator, and Service Providers to deliver excellent service to State agencies.

  • Monitor all service levels and contractual commitments for the assigned area.

  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

 

Core Competencies:

  • Expert level knowledge of network architecture, engineering, and support

  • Team player at all levels with collaboration skills

  • Willingness to learn new technologies

  • Strong Leadership and self-management skills

  • Working knowledge of ITIL Best Practices

  • Ability to identify Process Improvement Opportunities

  • Strategic mindset and problem-solving skills

  • Analytical Thinking

  • Building Relationships

  • Vendor and Alliance Management

AGENCY SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • BA/BS in Computer Science or Information Systems or related field or equivalent work experience and/or certifications and seven (7) years in technology organizations with senior level experience in routing, switching, network security, VPNs, and load balancing AND experience deploying and supporting cloud networking, including AWS, in a large multi-account, hybrid cloud environment. (VPC, TGW, IGW, NATGW, ALB/NLB, AWS Firewall, Route Tables, WAF, Direct Connect, VPN with a solid level of experience working with TCP/IP and routing protocols such as BGP.

Preferred Qualifications: (Preference will be given to candidates who, demonstrate some or all the following skills/experience):

  • Preferred AWS or Azure professional architect certification(s).

  • 3+ years of cloud networking architecture or engineering and support experience.

  • Experience with AWS Route 53 in a hybrid cloud environment.

  • Experience working in an AWS Control Tower environment.

  • Practical understanding of SD-WAN and SDDC.   

  • Working knowledge of Terraform or other INF as code services.

  • Working knowledge of network orchestration (automation) tools.

  • Scripting proficiency (Python, Shell, YAML, JSON, etc.).

SALARY:  

Salary Range: $82,760.56 - $113,000.00 

Current Georgia state government employees will be subject to SPB rule provisions.

This position allows the flexibility to work off-site for a certain number of days per week. The onsite location is at: 47 Trinity Ave, Atlanta, GA 30334.

Additional Information:

EARN MORE THAN A SALARY! In addition to a competitive salary, the Georgia Technology Authority offers a generous benefits package, which includes employee retirement plan; paid holidays annually; vacation and sick leave; health, dental, vision, legal, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, health and child care spending account.

 

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

 

This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.

 

This position is unclassified and employment is at-will.

Candidates for this position are subject to a background and credit history check.

 

Georgia Technology Authority does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

 

 

 

 

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