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The NFL is looking to hire a Director of IT Stadium and Wireless Engineering. The candidate should have 5+ years of experience in a prior supervisory position, leading engineers in an enterprise network environment. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills are a must. Exceptional communication skills are critical as this individual will be attending/running cross department meetings on a regular basis. The Director of IT Stadium and Wireless Engineering will manage a team of senior network engineers responsible for the following areas: NFL owned stadium technology at all 30 stadiums and similar setups at remote international games. Full engineering and support of corporate wireless in NJ, NY and LA as well as several satellite sites. Collaborating with NFL teams to ensure teams and NFL technologies can co-exist specifically around game day services. Providing senior level architectural road maps and best practice implementations. Ensuring that technology is designed and optimized for performance, high availability, and disaster recovery.

This position will require the candidate to work weekends, holidays, shifts outside of normal business hours, overtime. It will also require travel between offices domestically in NY, NJ, and CA, and stadiums throughout North America and Internationally.

Responsibilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment with an appropriate sense of urgency and commitment for critical deliverables.

  • Manage engineers working to build, deploy, support and scale IT enterprise infrastructure services based upon business demands.

  • Senior level of knowledge of network/wireless design and architecture best practices.

  • Create and execute multi-year roadmap and budgetary planning sessions aligned to business objectives.

  • Responsible for management of a team of engineers, providing performance reviews, continual feedback, coaching and career growth for direct reports.

  • Inspire team to exceed expectations, encourage employee growth through professional development, enhance team member capabilities via active coaching, and identify skill/ability mismatches.

  • Track staff’s Service Now tickets to ensure timely response and resolution.

  • Candidate needs to be a strong leader with previous experience in a similar leadership role in a mission critical organization.

  • Build relationships with key architects across the IT organization and collaborate on promoting consistent architectural best practices.

  • Collaborate with Football Operations and Broadcast Engineering teams to understand strategic technical direction and contribute to project business cases.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in Information Technology and 10+ years of experience.

  • Senior level knowledge of network/wireless design and architecture best practices.

  • In depth understanding of LAN/WAN technologies, hardware, software, and routing down to the client level.

  • Experience managing servers, VMware, and infrastructure applications.

  • Experience with DAS, 5G, provider and cloud services.

  • Experience managing vendor and partner relationships, ensuring accountability and high service levels.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Word, or related applications

  • In depth life cycle management with either Cisco or Arista technologies.

  • Knowledge and experience with modern network architecture trends.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a professional sports, stadium, or media/entertainment environment would be beneficial.

  • Experience with management and connectivity to service provider data networks using standards and protocols including OSPF and BGP.

  • Experience developing and managing relationships with network/telecom suppliers and managed service partners, including negotiation of equipment and service costs/terms.

  • History of building relationships with key architects across the IT organization to collaborate and promote consistent architectural best practices.

Physical Demands

  • N/A

Travel

  • N/A

Terms / Expected Hours of Work

  • NFL employees are required to work 40 hours per week.

  • FLSA exempt.

  • The NFL maintains a Flexible Workplace Policy that provides members of our workforce with opportunities to periodically work from a location of their choice, while maintaining a priority on in-person work at an NFL office, which enables us to more effectively collaborate, connect and build a workplace culture that will drive our continued success.

  • We also continue to prioritize the health and safety of our NFL workforce. Consistent with that commitment, considering the substantial and growing body of evidence that vaccinations remain the most effective protection against the spread the COVID-19, we require that members of our NFL workforce be fully vaccinated. Exceptions are available only for those who need an accommodation for a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice.

  • The NFL is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment that reflects our incredibly diverse fan base. We provide an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all employees and applicants without regard to status as protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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