County of Alameda

Data Network Design Specialist (#1815)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - General Mgmt (U15)
$30.95-$42.46 Hourly / $2,476.00-$3,396.80 BiWeekly /
$5,364.67-$7,359.73 Monthly / $64,376.00-$88,316.80 Yearly

Under general direction, the class of Data Network Design Specialist diagnoses problems and maintains networks assisting in the design, planning and coordination of the installation of various data distribution computer networks such as Wide Area Networks (WAN) and Local Area Networks (LAN) and the interconnection of the two for all County departments.


The class of Data Network Design Specialist is distinguished from the next higher one of the Data Network Design Analyst in that the latter class supervises Data Network Design Specialists and has overall responsibility for the various data distribution computer network projects. This class is further distinguished from departmental information systems classifications in that in the class of Data Network Design Specialists provides technical support countywide to the information systems staff in operating departments, whereas the latter classes are responsible for providing technical support to their department's mainframe, mini, and microcomputer users.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Configure, update, test, install and maintain all hardware and software related to the operation of LAN/WAN communications.

2. Confer with departments to determine hardware and networking requirements, develop a network plan for new and existing sites and applications. Initiate and participate in the project to completion.

3. Analyze user requests and make recommendations regarding current and future needs, hardware and software needs and technological trends and ideas. Implement new Frame Relay networking technology.

4. Troubleshoot networking problems related to Countywide Backbone network, Multiprotocol Routers, LAN’s, mainframe, and PC based applications. Serve as primary contact for all needs and problems and also in specialized areas within the network.

5. Research, analyze and evaluate new hardware and related software for installation into the Countywide network.

6. Provide hardware and software technical assistance to co-workers and users. Work with vendors; i.e., IBM, AT&T, to resolve problems and assure quality control.

7. Create and deliver technical courses to staff.

Either I

The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the class of Computer Operator II in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of four years of full-time increasingly responsible experience in the field of data network communications.

Special Requirement:

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Computer networking software for various hardware platforms; IBM, Wang, DEC, NEC, and AT&T.
• Current data communications techniques and technologies, such as PC’s, bridges, routers, fiber distributed data interface (FDDI/FIBER), T1, multiplexors, digital microwave.
• Alternative building wiring design and specifications.
• WAN - Wide Area Networking, such as System Network Architecture (SNA) and Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
• LAN - Local Area Networking, such as token ring and ethernet.

Ability to:

• Design and install large bandwidth solutions in a reliable, manageable and standard vendor supported configuration at the lowest possible cost.
• Develop and write Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) and Requests for Quotations (RFQ’s).
• Communicate effectively with employees, Data Processing staff, user department management, various vendors.
• Manage staff and multiple concurrent projects effectively.
• Plan and organize.
• Make decisions.
• Analyze and problem solve.
• Be flexible and adaptable to continually changing demands or situations.

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