This position complements the professional staff of Regional Technology Services in NIU DoIT. Key responsibilities include: administering project opportunities, securing external funds for support of those projects, and writing and communicating the results of project initiatives to academic, policy, and professional lay audiences.
Primary functions include:
1. Developing and managing funded projects at colleges and/or universities, grant and
proposal writing, regional economic development activities, "green" initiatives, technology market research, promotion of RDI research and assistance, and service on
governance or ad hoc committees where appropriate.
2. Position requires experience in public sector strategic technology planning including software, hardware, networks, infrastructure, telecommunications and Internet components based on best practices .Position also requires the ability to address requests for proposal development, vendor evaluations, contract negotiations,
management and implementation of new technology, and business continuity services, a record of grant and contracts for projects in telecommunications and/or broadband
initiatives, research and publications in a related field, experience in development and
management of externally funded awards for research and assistance, grant and proposal writing, .
3. Manage funded projects and any personnel assigned thereto. Perform duties assigned in connection
with other outreach activities and staff.
4. Participate as support staff when appropriate on projects secured and managed by
other research associates.
5. Promote Regional Technology Services research and assistance capacities by introducing or upgrading
methodologies, technologies, and data and reference materials.
6. Present in writing and through participation in conferences and seminars the results of projects to academic, policy, and professional lay audiences. Writing outlets include the Center’s 7/7/2020 Northern Illinois University HR Site :: Position Request Print Preview
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7. Represent the University in meetings with customers, Council or Board meetings, or other engagements related to the project
8. Serve on governance or ad hoc committees when elected or as appropriate.
9. Provide instruction and direction to assigned graduate assistants or graduate assistants participating as staff to a funded project.
Working Hours M-F 8 am-4:30 pm *some evenings or weekends pending project demands
Starting Salary $75-$100 per hour
Required Education, Skills and Experience
1. Bachelor’s degree or higher in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related field or a minimum of 15 years experience in the fiber optic/Internet carrier field.
2. Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related field.
3. Effectiveness and strong comfort level with presentations to multiple levels of an organization
Professional certifications including, but not limited to, Fiber Design or MEF Carrier Ethernet.
Professional certifications including enterprise networking and switching architecture – Cisco, HP, Ciena, or other architecture.
Must have an expert-level understanding of fiber optic cable standards, components, and design.
Must have an expert-level understanding of networking concepts.