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Date:  Sep 13, 2022

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Requisition No: 634560 

Agency: Veterans Affairs


Position Number: 50000887 

Salary:  $52,208.83 - $56,559.57 

Posting Closing Date: 09/28/2022 

Requisition ID # 634560



Agency Headquarters, Mary Grizzle State Office Building

Largo, Pinellas County

Annual Starting Salary: $52,208.83 - $56,559.57

Paid Bi-Weekly


The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) seeks to hire talented and dedicated individuals who share our commitment to excellence. The incumbent in this position serves as a Computer Network Architect for the Agency and reports to a Distributed Computer Systems Analyst II – SES position.

Excellent retirement package and optional deferred compensation plan.  Health, vision, dental, disability, and other supplemental insurance available at reasonable premium rates.  Paid vacation and sick leave.  Nine (9) paid holidays and personal day.  Tuition waiver available for State Universities and Community Colleges (up to six credits per semester).



  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Computer Science or related field required.
  • 4+ years’ experience designing LAN, WAN, MAN, VoIP, VOD, VRF, WiFi.
  • 4+ years’ experience supporting AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud.
  • 4+ years’ experience troubleshooting circuit transport.
  • Possess and maintain current driver’s license and have the ability to travel within the state of Florida.
  • Ability to lift and transport up to 50 lbs. of equipment.
  • Successful completion of the due diligence process to include, but not limited to, a Level II Background check and drug screen.


  • Current CCIE or equivalent certification.
  • RCDD certification.
  • BGP, OSPF, QoS, VSaaS design experience.
  • IPv4/IPv6 conversion.

Starting salary will fall within the range of $52,208.83 - $56,559.57 and will depend upon the top candidate’s level of experience and education.


Responses to qualifying questions must be clearly supported in your State of Florida Employment Application.


The incumbent in this position serves as the Computer Network Architect for the FDVA and is tasked with redesigning the current flat network to accommodate transport of VOD, VSaaS, and WiFi. Implements our video headend to include DirecTV, VOD, and VSaaS for all nursing homes. Configures HA and establishes a Colocation supporting HQ, eight nursing homes, and one domiciliary for COOP. Ensures 99.99% uptime. Converts the IPv4 scheme to IPv6. Configures multiple VLANs to prepare for voice, video, and data segregation with QoS. Implements our video headend to include DirecTV, VOD, and VSaaS for all nursing homes. Troubleshoots and repairs fiber and copper connections. Recommends industry standard infrastructure hardware including switches, routers, controllers, and IDS/IPS purchases and configures all of these items that might be a mixed vendor ecosystem. Conducts network training for all FDVA members including initial onboarding partnering with HR.


Knowledge of: Network protocols (AD, TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS); Enterprise Email Systems in a geographically diverse environment; enterprise information technology (IT) architecture; patch and change management enforcement; networking equipment; principles and methods for integrating server components; server diagnostic tools and fault identification techniques; the type and frequency of routine maintenance; IT security principles; access authentication methods; problem solving techniques; disaster recovery continuity of operations plans; data backup, types of backups (e.g., full, incremental), and recovery concepts and tools; system administration, operating system hardening techniques; monitoring, detection and remediation tools and procedures; measures or indicators of system performance and availability; the type and frequency of routine maintenance needed to keep equipment functioning properly; networked systems management principles, models, methods (e.g., end-to-end systems performance monitoring), and tools.

Skilled with/in: Supporting network hardware/software for a LAN/WAN/VOIP/Streams; conducting vulnerability scans and recognizing vulnerabilities in security systems; system administration of switches, routers, firewalls, and load balancers; troubleshooting network connectivity and system performance issues. Listens to what other people say and asks questions to assess and fit gaps needed for digital transformation. Analyzing needs and product requirements to create designs. Conducts tests to determine whether equipment, software, or procedures are operating as expected. Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation protocols as well as electric circuit boards, processors, chips, and application interfaces. Transitions environment to a Cloud-native DevSecOps architecture applying critical thinking, identifying long-term implications, implementation planning, equipment selection, and coordination training session agency wide.

Ability to: Plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments; process information logically, troubleshoot and solve problems; work collaboratively or independently; communicate clearly-orally and in writing; display professional attitude in all circumstances; learn in a fast-paced environment; pay attention to detail; analyze and interpret technical data; act as a project technical stakeholder contributing to research and documentation. Ability to mentor fellow IT members appropriately.


Travel within the State of Florida.

This position is in the Career Service System.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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