Network Solutions Architect

US-IL-Downers Grove
Job ID
Adtalem Global Education
Information Technology
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
FLSA Status

Opportunity at a Glance

As the Network Solution Architect, you are responsible for the overall solution of the Network Architecture & Strategy Knowledgebase. You are responsible for the architecture and design of LAN/WAN services, including wireless networks, firewalls, routers, switches and any other network & security devices.  Additionally, you are responsible for cloud and “As a Services” technologies within the organization, as well as providing advanced guidance, analysis and direction. You work collaboratively between the Enterprise Architecture Team and the Network Team to develop technical solutions based on the company’s strategic vision.  Your key responsibilities include collaboration with business architects, analysts, and stakeholders to understand strategic business initiatives, and development of technical solutions that satisfy those needs.


As the Network Solution Architect, you will:


  • Play a key role in driving the program/project development activities governing all development and change activity to ensure alignment to future state.
  • Align strategic goals and objectives with decisions regarding products and services, partners and suppliers, organization, capabilities, and key business and IT initiatives.
  • Collaborate with business and IT to understand requirements, and ensure that the opportunities are properly interpreted, well-understood and clearly documented.
  • Determine when resource, technology and/or application constraints warrant change to the solution design, and modify the conceptual design accordingly.
  • Develop solution summary documentation such as conceptual data models and process flows.
  • Incorporate software and system architecture (e.g. infrastructure, network) into conceptual design (e.g. system flow diagrams).
  • Review conceptual designs to ensure scalability, applicability, quality, and comprehensiveness.
  • Coordinate, administer, and support activities related to network design and architecture.
  • Lead to the innovation of our network services while maintaining knowledge of current and emerging technologies/products related to architecture solution.
  • Lead the evaluation, design and planning of network services.
  • Develop a business architecture strategy for the business unit based on a situational awareness of various business scenarios and motivations.
  • Capture tactical and strategic business goals that provide traceability through the organization and are mapped to metrics that provide ongoing governance.
  • Completes other projects and duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Networking or a related field.  A Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • 5+ years of architecture experience across network technologies; you possess highly competent knowledge of network services and project management techniques/methodologies. 
  • 3+ years of experience in managing multiple, medium to large, cross-functional teams or projects, and influencing senior level management and key stakeholders.
  • Significant hands-on experience with network technologies and services - with a track record of speed and quality delivery.
  • Strong understanding of Cisco networking and switching technologies.
  • Strong understanding of QoS, SSL VPN services, load balancers, VPN services, MPLS and routing protocols.
  • Experience working with a variety of wireline-based telecommunications providers.
  • Experience working with large data center environment, SaaS or IaaS providers is desired.
  • Experience working with SD-WAN, as well as SaaS based Network and Security services is desired.
  • Previous experience working with higher education institutions is desired.
  • Detailed and process oriented with demonstrated capabilities in business process design, modeling and requirements analysis.
  • Ability to work autonomously, with a team spirit and cross-functionally.
  • Desire to make a difference and to challenge the organization towards new ways of doing business.
  • Proven ability to communicate professionally in a corporate environment, work in cross-functional collaborative teams and implement organizational change management.
  • Ability to mentor and indirectly develop staff.
  • Experience working in multiple Information Technology environments preferred.
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills. 
  • Excellent collaboration, facilitation and interpersonal skills.
  • Exceptional organization, problem solving, and analytical skills.

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

Who We Are

Since our founding in 1931, DeVry University has focused on delivering a different kind of education – one based on experiential learning with real-world applications. When you join our team, you’re choosing an institution that serves students who are different, too: a diverse group of go-getters from all walks of life.


We know our colleagues are integral to the success of the institution. At DeVry, we’re guided by our culture of care, and we embrace values that teach us to care for students, self and colleagues. It’s one way we position our colleagues for success.


We are looking for engaged, caring colleagues to join our organization in serving our students. We take extra pride in our dedicated support teams, as well as our outstanding faculty members who have often worked for years in the fields that they teach. We believe all our colleagues deserve opportunities to reach their goals. Whether it’s career advancement, maintaining a healthy lifestyle or saving for retirement, our comprehensive benefits and professional development offerings can help you meet your goals.


If you want to be a part of an institution focused on providing high-quality education, care and attention, we invite you to apply for a position today.


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