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Sr. Unified Communications Engineer - ISC Technology Services Unified Communications & Collaboration

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Sr. Unified Communications Engineer - ISC Technology Services Unified Communications & Collaboration

Job Profile Title
Network Engineer

Job Description Summary
Information Systems & Computing (ISC) is the University of Pennsylvania's central IT organization, providing the core network, data, voice, video, and enterprise application infrastructure and services upon which Penn's numerous Schools and Centers build their unique tools and capabilities.

ISC's 270-plus employees work closely with the University's IT organizations in order to create, deliver and support products and services that help Schools and Centers operate efficiently and effectively. We strive to be easy to work with, and to serve as a trusted advisor to Penn's IT community, faculty, staff and students in support of an environment of discovery and progress. https://www.isc.upenn.edu/overview

Technology Services provides systems engineering, operations, networking, telecommunications, and collaboration services for use by the global University community.

Job Description

Participates in engineering efforts with ISC Technology Services colleagues to support Unified Communications Services. Develops software scripts to accomplish various tasks; performs systems and services monitoring; maintenance of existing UC services. Works with campus Local Support Providers and the central ISC Client Care team on rollout of UC ISC services. Participates in on-call rotation providing support during non-business hours.

Unified Communication Engineer
  • Provides troubleshooting in support for the PennFlex Phone enterprise voice service and other UC services including Contact Center, E911, E-Fax and service security.
  • Evaluates new network service technologies; and tests software and implements feature release plans.
  • The UC Engineer will assist other Sr. Engineers to set standards and establish procedures and may be called upon to work closely with vendors to help to debug software for distribution.


Senior Unified Communication Engineer
  • Provides expert-level troubleshooting in support for the PennFlex Phone enterprise voice, service architectures for other UC services including Contact Center, E911, E-Fax and service security.
  • Identifies new network service technologies; and maintains regular contact with UC vendors on software and feature release planning.
  • The Senior UC Engineer will help set standards and establish procedures and may be called upon to work closely with vendors to help to debug software for distribution, help peer institutions by explaining our architecture and implementation of services and give conference seminars.


QUALIFICATIONS Unified Communications Engineer:

A Bachelor's Degree, preferably in Computer Science or related Engineering field, with a minimum of 2 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. At least 3 years of combined network engineering and information technology experience in design and implementation of communication networks and infrastructure strongly desired.

QUALIFICATIONS Unified Communications Engineer Sr:

A Bachelor's Degree, preferably in Computer Science or related Engineering field, with 3 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. At least 4, preferably 5, years of combined network engineering and information technology experience in design and implementation of communication networks and infrastructure. Expert level experience with the below required qualifications:

Required Qualifications:
  • Strong customer service orientation, attention to detail, and written/verbal communication skill.
  • Strong knowledge of support processes around IT support organizations to route and resolve technical problems and translate highly technical requirements into easily understandable service level terms.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and to negotiate those priorities with internal and external customers.
  • Knowledge of core Unified Communications technologies including but not limited to: IP Voice, dial plans/permissions, PRI, SIP trunking, call routing, PSTN gateway routers, telephony network design, and survivable telephony/failover
  • Strong experience with scripting languages (UNIX/Linus Shell, Perl, Python, JavaScript, PHP etc.)
  • Candidate working knowledge of core IP telephony protocols, such as H.323 (and its subcomponents such as H.225, H.245, etc.), SIP authentication, authorization, federation, multi-factor authentication, vulnerability assessment / remediation, signing, and encryption.
  • Ability to work across multiple interdisciplinary areas and with many different personalities and areas of expertise.
  • Ability to maintain vendor relationships and to communicate technical requirements and priorities to help drive feature requests.


Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room
On-call rotation

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table

Occasional lifting 25 lbs. or less

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaNetwork Engineer

Department / School
Information Systems and Computing

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $109,535.33

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.



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