Principal Network Engineer

Washington, D.C
Jul 27, 2021
Aug 05, 2021
Full Time


This is advanced professional work researching and analyzing emerging technologies to support and maintain the integrity of the Senate campus networking infrastructure.
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Work in this classification is distinguished from the Senior Network Engineer by its level of technical expertise and long-range impact of the assigned duties. The incumbent may serve as a technical expert and be called upon to research and resolve issues escalated by other support groups, as well as recommend long-term strategic decisions for Senate technology. Work also includes directing technical planning and design activities, including validation and verification of network strategies, cost analysis, risk assessment, and compatibility. The incumbent is responsible for managing project timetables. Work is performed under the general direction of a Manager.

Major Duties
  • Provides long-range strategic planning for new and innovative networking technologies, including research and development of alternative architectures, new infrastructure framework, and engineering strategy; monitors the impact of technological developments.
  • Leads advanced technical project teams and contractors, with engineering emphasis on routing/switching, system build-outs, and systems security and reliability; plans, assigns, directs and coordinates work efforts; develops project plans, timetables and staff requirements.
  • Formulates and defines next generation infrastructure for the Senate's data networks, in support of the applications and security systems that support the Senate's business mission, information technology functions and services.
  • Researches advanced and leading edge technologies as they pertain to strategic planning and implementation of the Senate's advanced network; makes recommendations to senior management.
  • Provides escalation support to senior and non-senior level operations and engineering staff in troubleshooting network-related issues.
  • Develops criteria and oversees design and development of prototypical lab environments for the purpose of providing testing and training platforms of new networking technologies by engineering and operations staff.
  • Reviews and evaluates performance data to ensure sufficient network resources are available in support of current requirements; develops strategies for identifying and increasing resources when necessary.
  • Represents the department at user group, task force and steering committee meetings and pilot testing.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
00 - Yes.


Conditions of Employment



Work requires a Bachelor's Degree in computer science, electrical engineering, electronics, telecommunications or a related field; and eight to ten years of data communications and network system experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the following knowledge, abilities and skills:
  • In-depth knowledge of network technologies and protocols, primarily TCP/IP and IP-based network communications.
  • Extensive experience with routing and switching technology.
  • Experience with network-based security services and configurations.
  • Knowledge of technology industry trends and emerging technologies.
  • Knowledge of project life cycle methodologies.
  • Ability to oversee, monitor, and maintain network operations, including high-availability and resilient network architectures.
  • Ability to evaluate and make recommendations on different network-related applications software packages.
  • Ability to manage studies, special projects and assignments with long-range impacts.
  • Ability to plan, direct, assign, supervise and evaluate project teams and task forces.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.


Please read the "Qualifications" section.

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Please read the "Next steps" section for more information.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

All required documents will be outlined in the application instructions.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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