Network Manager – IT Sytems Specialist

Are you looking for:

  • Excellent benefits?
  • Career growth opportunities?
  • Opportunities to impact your community?
  • A professional workplace that fosters respect, commitment and trust?

As an employee of the Washington State Patrol, you will be part of a team of dedicated professionals responsible for providing safety and security to the citizens of the State of Washington. 

Troopers patrolling the highways are the most visible part of this agency.  However, there are over 1,200 civilian employees who serve behind the scenes supporting the agency mission.  To name just a few, we have:

  • 911 dispatchers who are the critical vital link between calls for assistance and emergency response;
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers that work to inspect commercial vehicles to ensure safe and efficient travel on public highways;
  • Deputy State Fire Marshals who help prevent fires in homes and workplaces;
  • Forensic Scientists who process evidence that assists in prosecuting criminal cases;
  • Records staff that process criminal information to ensure crimes are reported accurately so that offenders do not end up working with vulnerable people.
  • Administrative staff who provide exceptional customer service and respond to information requests while ensuring the agency runs smoothly and efficiently.
Why you should apply:
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is a professional public safety agency made up of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve the quality of life as well as prevent the unnecessary loss of life on a daily basis.The Electronic Services Division (ESD) provides secure reliable statewide telecommunications, land mobile radio, Wide Area Network (WAN) / Local Area Network (LAN) transport and engineering services to the WSP and its partner public safety agencies.

This is what you will do:
As the Network Manager, you are primarily responsible for the strategic direction for the WSP WAN / LAN networks and telecommunications infrastructure.  This position formulates and implements IT Network policies with concurrence from the division executive staff.  The personnel reporting to this position are responsible for the maintenance, installation, and provisioning of data system infrastructure and equipment.  This position is the point of contact for data network and telecommunications services requests and issues.

There’s more:
This position performs these objectives while supporting the agency values of strong leadership and professional excellence.  This position must develop effective partnerships, acting with integrity and accountability while respecting and protecting individual rights and earning the trust and confidence of the agency and the public.

This is who you will work with:
You will work with technical staff at a peer level and as supervisor.  You will work with law enforcement personnel and division level command staff on customer support issues and requirements gathering.   In this position, you will supervise 5 full-time IT Specialists and 2 Senior Telecommunications Specialists.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Two years of formal education or training in network equipment configuration and operation.
  • Five years paid experience in operating, designing, and maintaining wireless and wired data network systems, Voice over Internet Protocol telephony systems, and network security infrastructure.
  • Must possess or obtain a valid Washington State Driver’s License due to statewide travel requirements.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Internet Protocol based systems and technology.
  • Strong communications skills using both technical and common terminology, including technical writing.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of CISCO network equipment and protocols.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Expertise in the design of data, voice, and video networks, data wiring standards, and MPLS networks.
 Supplemental Information:
  The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The agency will verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers will be cause for rejection of potential employment.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran’s Preference MUST attach a copy of their Form DD214, or other verification of military service, that shows the type of military discharge.  Typically this is found on the Member 4 version of the Form DD214.  Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.Note: Applicants claiming veteran’s preference points must attach the documentation with each on-line application. If you do not provide appropriate documentation to qualify for these preference points, the points will not be awarded. Preference will not be granted until service documents are verified.  Documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

For additional information on Veteran’s Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.
We thank you and are grateful for your service
Please complete the on-line application process at  Please include a resume and letter of interest explaining how you meet the qualifications for this position as outlined in the job posting.  Provide clear, detailed information about your education and job-related experience.The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time.  Candidate evaluation will be ongoing.  It will be to the applicant’s advantage to submit application materials as soon as possible.

The candidate evaluation and selection process will include a preliminary screening of application materials for qualifications, clarity and completeness.  The applicants who meet or exceed the required qualifications and possess the most competitive background in directly related experience, knowledge, and training may be invited for interviews and testing by one or more panels.
If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact Melodie Wulfekuhle at (360) 704-2307 or
For candidates that make it through the selection process, a background investigation and a polygraph exam will be required due to the nature and security requirements of the job. Applicants will be required to sign releases of information and shall not have access to any investigative materials or files.  The Polygraph Examination (PE) and Background Investigation are part of the pre-employment selection process and are not a commitment to employment. The Washington State Patrol has strict guidelines relating, but not limited, to personal and employment characteristics, arrests, convictions, and illegal drug usage, etc. During the PE, candidates are required to sign an assessment sheet and participate in an oral interview process to verify the candidates’ responses to the Personal Background Evaluation, the Personal History and Background Questionnaire, and a Pre-Employment Interview. Untruthful or misleading answers or omissions will be treated as a falsification which will be cause for rejection of potential employment.
Education verification is part of the selection process.  If selected as a top candidate, all position required and/or applicant specified education  will be verified.  Please do not send these transcripts at the time of application.  If you are selected as a top candidate you will be contacted by the Human Resource Division and asked to provide transcripts at the appropriate time.
This position is in a collective bargaining unit and as a condition of employment you will be required to become a union member or pay a fee as outlined in the Master Agreement.
Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or assessment process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 704-2317. Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.
The Washington State Patrol actively supports diversity in the workplace
and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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