Telecommunications Distribution Designer, SUNY Albany

Posted: 03/14/18 | SHARE:


Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

The Information Technology Services (ITS) division at the University at Albany is searching to fill a Telecommunications Distribution Designer position. The Telecommunications Distribution Designer is responsible for designing and preparing specifications for upgrades, changes and growth in the IT cabling infrastructure (telephone, television and network) and telecommunications rooms. The position is also responsible for developing and executing efficient quality assurance (QA) procedures. These design and QA activities are typically components of projects varying in size from new jack installations to new building construction but may also be components of an ITS-initiated project. The Designer is responsible for building and maintaining current state documentation for this infrastructure.

The University is continually adding new buildings and upgrading the infrastructure for existing buildings.  Information Technology Services is seeking experienced candidates with in-depth knowledge of structured cabling standards, horizontal and backbone distribution systems, fiber optics, twisted-pair copper, coaxial copper, connecting hardware, entrance facilities and termination, and telecommunication rooms. Candidates should possess the ability to review and comment on blueprints, bid documents and project manuals. The Telecommunications Distribution Designer will be expected to conduct site visits and collaborate with subject matter experts to create design plans and provide feedback to architects, engineers and/or consultants as required.

The Telecommunications Distribution Designer will be a member of the Network Design and Engineering group in ITS' Enterprise Infrastructure Services unit with responsibilities in the Network infrastructure service area and the Network Access service area. S/he will collaborate with other ITS service areas including Telephony, Television, Data Center, Classroom Technology and Support, Conference Room Technology and Support, and Technology-Enhanced Learning Spaces. S/he will also work closely with various units of the Facilities Management department.


  • Independently review and comment on blueprints and as-builds (typically Program, Concept Design, Construction Design, 1st Level Design Schematics, Design Development, Pre-Bid Document, and Build-Up) for projects ranging from office rehabs to new buildings
  • Conduct site visits, participate in project meetings, collaborate with stakeholders, and perform investigative work as needed to support design work and quality assurance
  • Design and provide consultation to create a scope of work for telecommunications structured cabling installation, removal and/or modifications
  • Design and provide consultation for telecommunications room installation and/or modifications, components and layout
  • Develop and maintain Division 27 specifications for University and contract installers.
  • Develop and maintain current state documentation for ITS' telecommunications distribution systems and telecommunications rooms
  • Interface/liaison with ITS service teams, Facilities Management staff, and external parties such as SUNY Construction Fund, Dormitory Authority State of New York, and Office of General Services
  • Serve as project manager, as assigned, for projects where the primary service is Network Access or Networking infrastructure


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • At least three years' work experience in construction project management, cable installation, telecommunications design, or network engineering
  • Familiarity with CommScope/TE/Krone cabling standards
  • Familiarity with single mode and multi-mode fiber standards
  • Familiarity with pathway design using conduit and cable trays
  • Demonstrated ability to read and comment on blueprints and/or bid documents
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to be effective working independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to operate effectively and efficiently on multiple, simultaneous projects in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines
  • Working knowledge of MS Office suite
  • The candidates must address in their application their ability to work with a culturally diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) certification
  • At least seven years' work experience in construction project management, cable installation, telecommunications design, or network engineering
  • Experience designing in a voice over IP (VoIP) environment
  • Work experience with a New York State entity or educational institution
  • Experienced and familiar with the use of MS Visio
  • Experience with Wi-Fi planning tools

Additional Information:

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Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

Special Note: Applicant's cover letter and/or resume must clearly show that s/he meets each of the minimum qualifications in order to be considered.

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Closing date for receipt of applications: April 9, 2018

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