Job Details

University of Nevada, Reno
  • Position Number: 5340878
  • Location: Reno, NV
  • Position Type: Computer and Information Technology

Digital Telecommunications Supervisor - Office of Information Technology

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact our recruitment helpline at (775) 784-1495 or For UNR Med professional job postings, please contact the Office of Professional Recruitment at (775) 784-6778.

Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Office of Information Technology is currently searching for candidates for the role of Digital Telecommunications Supervisor. The Digital Telecommunications Supervisor performs specialized electronic technician work involving the specification, fabrication, installation, maintenance, repair and modification of both hardware and network software for telecommunications systems, Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs) in a geographical area or on a statewide basis for one or more State agencies. This role will provide on-site direction and assistance to Digital Telecommunications Specialists and other technical staff as assigned. Additionally, they will provide training to agency personnel in the maintenance, repair and use of digital network, LAN, WAN, and telecommunications equipment for both hardware and software.

The Digital Telecommunications Supervisor oversees the operation of the agency's digital, Internet Protocol (IP) and analog telephone systems including telephone sets, digital data networks and facilities, modems, switches, routers, media converters, digital repeaters, transceivers, wireless bridges and access points, fiber and twisted pair cable plants, backup power systems, mobile systems, Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) equipment, and the network and operating software required to ensure these devices operate in concert to make up a usable, dependable, telecommunications system.

Routine responsibilities include:

Specifying, installing, documenting, diagnosing repairing, and aligning equipment and systems down to component level; in depth troubleshooting of telecommunications and networking equipment, making frequency, modulation, distortion, noise and power measurements; utilizing test equipment such as current and voltmeters, spectrum analyzers, fiber and copper cabling testing and certification equipment, network protocol analyzers, T1 trunk and optical time domain reflectometer testing, tuning and adjusting tools.

Maintain network hardware and software and ensure all relevant systems are operating at peak efficiency using advanced troubleshooting skills and understanding of electronics principles, communications protocols, and network software at a systems engineering level; ensure work is performed according to standards and regulations related to cable plant installation, fire stopping, asbestos operations and maintenance, and workplace safety.

Coordinate the repair or replacement of equipment covered by a vendor's warranty. Coordinate activities with other divisions or agencies to perform system engineering, design and development review, including site layout, installation methods, interconnection methods, topologies, protocols, LAN and WAN digital and analog telecommunications network equipment, site power sizing and determination of power source types for each additional site or site to be modified as well as the repair and maintenance of a statewide communications system. Coordinate with other communications entities such as private, federal, and State agencies in the repair, maintenance and modification of the agency's digital network and telecommunications systems.

Install, configure, update, analyze and debug software in network devices to keep telecommunication, LAN and WAN systems operating in an assigned area of the state or statewide; work with users, vendors, and public service providers to resolve issues of policy, usage, and procedure.

Prepare management reports necessary for forecasting usage of existing systems and creating and maintaining the communications budget; perform cost analysis of current communications configuration and make recommendations for future improvements and enhancements.

Evaluate network location requirements, create project scope of work documents and obtain quotes; install or supervise the installation of cabling and cable distribution systems in agency facilities allowing telephones, wireless digital networks, LANs and WANs to be inter-connected and distributed to offices and buildings as necessary using fiber, twisted pair, and wireless technology; test and certify that installed equipment meets performance specifications using appropriate test equipment; coordinate access and scheduling of projects to minimize disruption to users.

Maintain the shop's inventory of parts and equipment; maintain replacement and repair stock by researching part numbers, descriptions, and prices.

Prepare and maintain documentation of work completed, files for the system and vendor information for the assigned work area to provide a tracking system for completed maintenance and installation of components and units of the system and perform related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, electronics technology or closely related field and three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in data communications networks involving the fabrication, installation, maintenance, repair and modification of hardware and software OR
  • Associate degree in electronics or closely related field and four (4) years of experience as described above OR
  • One (1) year of experience as a Digital Telecommunications Specialist II in Nevada State service OR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience as described above.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Fluke One Touch
  • Fiber splicing
  • Punch kits
  • Installing specific equipment types and manufactures (Racks/Switches/Cables etc.)
  • BICSI Telecommunications Training/accreditation
  • Knowledge of the following codes/standards: IEEE, NEC, TIA
  • RCDD understanding (certification Highly Preferred)

Schedule or Travel Requirements
  • Schedule consists of occasional work outside typical hours is required; this is subject to change based on organizational needs.
  • Travel to remote facilities associated with UNR, Great Basin College and Western Nevada College is required.

Compensation Grade

Grade 37 (Entry, Step 01 $30.32/hr. - Step 03 $33.05/hr.)

In classified service, salary is in Grade and Step. The Step is determined based on the Nevada Administrative Code. Salary placement above a Step 01 at initial appointment is determined based on the recruitment, the candidate's qualifications, internal equity and budgets. A request to accelerate salary must be approved by Human Resources and abide by the Nevada Administrative Code.

To view the classified compensation schedules, please visit: Classified Compensation. Select Salary schedule, PP01.

For more information, visit the Classified Salary Calculator

The Perks of PERS

Employees are enrolled in The Public Employees' Retirement System of Nevada (PERS) upon hire. For information on contribution rates, please visit: NV PERS Contribution Rates

"I'm so thankful that I followed the path that lead me to a PERS retirement. I was able to retire at age 60 with a paycheck close to my full salary. I watched the solid performance of PERS funds for 25 years. Even in times of a poor economy, PERS kept it together! I'm completely secure and confident that my retirement will always be there for me." - Robin F.

Perks of Working at UNR
  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance
  • Life insurance, generous annual and sick leave - Classified Benefits
  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers annual or semester memberships and spouse/domestic partner membership options. E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.
  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups
  • Staff Employees' Council (SEC) represents all Classified employees. SEC holds monthly meetings to provide a forum for employees to participate. SEC

Grants-in-aid for Classified Employees

The University encourages employees to pursue training and educational opportunities available to them through the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions. Tuition is paid in full when Classified employees enroll in a course that can apply toward the completion of a degree or is job-related. Classified Staff Grants-In-Aid Benefit

Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program

The University offers this program for spouses, domestic partners, and dependents of Classified employees (working at least 50%). The Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program may be used for undergraduate and graduate state-supported courses. Classified Employee Family Opportunity Program

Contact Information

Search Coordinator, Amy McKillip at


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Attach the following attachment(s) to your application

Resume/CV - (required) List a detailed description of the major duties that you performed as part of each job. You must demonstrate that you qualify for the position and your education and experience must be clearly documented.

Cover Letter - (optional)

Contact Information for Three Supervisory References - (required) Please make a note if you do not want your present employer contacted unless necessary to determine your qualifications for the position.

Transcripts - (optional) If you have not graduated, please attach your transcripts to receive education credit for classes you have taken. Credit is given for classes relevant to the position.

Veteran Interview Consideration - (optional) - To receive interview consideration for veterans and veterans with a service-connected disability, proof is required at the time of application. Please attach proof electronically to your application under the Veteran Document(s) section. (Examples of acceptable documents include DD-214, disability letter from Veteran's Administration, etc).

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person's age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race (including hair texture and protected hairstyles such as natural hairstyles, afros, bantu knots, curls, braids, locks and twists), color, or religion (protected classes).

About Us

The University of Nevada, Reno is a leading American public research university committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. Founded in 1874 as Nevada's original land-grant university, the University serves 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and 63 countries.

Classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an R1 ("Very High Research") university, it is also recognized in the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. The University is also ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the "Best National Universities" and "Best National Public Universities." It also ranks in the top tier of the WSJ/Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the New York Times' "Top Colleges for Economic Diversity."

Since 2009, nearly $1 billion has been has invested in advanced labs, facilities, and residence halls on the main campus. The University is home to Nevada's first medical school - the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine - and it delivers on its original land-grant mission with outreach across the state through the University of Nevada, Reno Extension, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Nevada Small Business Development Center, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, and Wolf Pack Athletics.

The main campus is in Reno, Nevada, a burgeoning global technology hub with a vibrant midtown and downtown. Found where the high desert of the Great Basin meets the High Sierra and Lake Tahoe, the beautiful, 290-acre main campus is also a Nevada State Arboretum. In recent years, the University has expanded to include two additional locations: the Redfield Campus in south Reno and the Wayne L. Prim campus in Incline Village, which is the home of the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe.

As part of the Nevada System of Higher Education - comprised of two research universities, one state college, four community colleges and an environmental research institute - the University is committed to developing strong partnerships with each of these institutions for the benefit of all Nevadans.

Through its commitment to high-impact education, world-improving research and creative activity, and outreach that's transforming Nevada's communities and businesses, the University continues its nearly 150-year tradition of benefitting our state, nation and world.

The University recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. The inclusive and engaged community on campus recognizes the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

Today, the University delivers on its original land-grant mission of access to education and knowledge by investing in the academics, facilities, support, engagement and vibrant campus life that promote our diverse students' cognitive growth and academic achievement - all while remaining one of the best values in American higher education.

For more information, please visit the University's website.

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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevadas land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a "Top Tier" Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a persons age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

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