Data Center Network Engineer

Washington, DC

At Criterion Systems, we developed a different kind of business—a company whose real value is a reputation for excellence built upon the collective skills, talents, perspectives, and backgrounds of its people. By accepting a position with Criterion Systems, you will join a group of professionals with a collaborative mindset where we share ideas and foster professional development to accomplish our goals. In addition to our great culture, we also offer competitive compensation and benefit packages, company-sponsored team building events, and advancement opportunities. To find out more about how Criterion can help you take your career to the next level please visit our website:

Criterion Systems provides valuable support to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) IT Systems Engineering and Integration Support Program for the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). The DOL prepares the American workforce for new and better jobs, and ensures the adequacy of America’s workplaces. We seek candidates that provide high operational quality, knowledge of cloud services, and value to assist with data center consolidation and advance the DOL Mission.

Criterion Systems is looking to hire a Data Center Network Engineer to support our customer. Once hired the person will be part of a team and will provide a mix of the following duties:

Job Description

  • Provide Network Engineering Support for Data Center Consolidation and Cloud Migration initiatives.
  • Develop Network Diagrams, topologies for “as-is”, and “to-be” states for physical and logical configurations
  • Understand configuration files for firewall, switch and other network assets, reverse engineer and create specification that will be used for migrating network from one data center to other
  • Comprehends customer’s business objective and design a solution to improve performance, reduce cost, and eliminate security concerns.
  • Receives assignments in the form of objectives and establishes tasks, level of effort, timelines, risk, and goals to meet objectives.
  • Provides technical expertise to develop, deploy, and support the enterprise network infrastructure.
  • Applies analytical techniques when gathering information, defining work tasks, designing technology solutions, identifying risks, and developing procedures to complete tasks.
  • Performs research, evaluation and/or provides recommendation for new alternative solutions and technologies to enable and securely improve network traffic flow across the enterprise.
  • Proposes technical solutions in both visual and verbal formats.  Communicates with confidence to nontechnical business customers and creates technical design diagrams for engineers. 
  • Visually and verbally explain in a manner non-technical people can understand and confidently approve the work.

Minimum Requirements

  • Experience in managing firewalls and setting firewall rule
  • Persuasive communication skills both verbal and in writing
  • Experience in configuration on Load Balancers, such as NetScaler, F5
  • Configuring Cisco switches and experience in SolarWinds, Cisco Nexus and similar products
  • Knowledge and experience in setting up VMWare and moving VMWare across data centers
  • Proficient with Visio, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.
  • Minimum of 5 years related experience
  • The ability to obtain a public trust clearance

Desired Requirements

  • CCNA, CCNP, or equivalent
  • Prior experience in a position of influence

Criterion Systems is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit



Criterion offers comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. Most of our plans are available at no cost for employee only coverage.

Time Off

Employees begin accruing PTO at 15 days per year and acquire more based on seniority. In addition to PTO, Criterion provides 10 holidays and bereavement, military, jury duty, and family medical leave.


  • Roth and Traditional 401(k) Plans with company matching contributions
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Commuter Benefits


All employees are eligible to use up to $3,000 annually for approved professional development, including trainings, memberships, seminars, and degree programs.

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Criterion Systems, Inc. is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination at all levels of our organization. We believe in treating all applicants and employees fairly and make decisions without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, religion, creed, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other protected status.

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