How to write a Network Administrator job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Network Administrator job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Network Administrator job titles

    Network Administrator
    Senior Network Administrator
    Systems Administrator (CCNA certificate required)
    Network Administrator (Part-Time)
    Network Systems Administrator

Network Administrator job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Network Administrator job summary

We are looking for a Network Administrator who can plan the future growth and expansion of our computer network. The Network Administrator will be responsible for maintaining our current systems and keeping our IT support staff updated on the latest tools and processes. The ideal candidate for this position is certified to work with Cisco networking equipment, and is well-versed in Windows-based cloud computing solutions. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience at the enterprise networking level, and can also work well with legacy systems.

Network Administrator responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Network Administrator responsibilities

    Work closely with departmental managers to determine future network needs and plan for network changes
    Develop methods and tools to be used to test and implement new LAN/WAN equipment
    Create projects that are designed to either add functionality required by the company or to address ongoing network failure issues
    Engage in regular network troubleshooting activities and resolve network connectivity issues
    Analyze the current network structure and submit quarterly comprehensive reports to executive team on how to make the network more efficient

Network Administrator qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Network Administrator skills

    Bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field required (Master’s degree preferred)
    2+ years’ successful network troubleshooting experience
    Must be able to complete complex projects with minimal to no supervision
    Proven experience managing a large and complex network
    Effective problem-solving skills
    Strong safety record and a history of establishing safe work practices

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