A Network Specialist- Joint Use is an entry level position, has special knowledge and experience related to individual utility rules and policies, outside plant industry engineering and construction best practices, methods, materials, standards and specifications, local ordinances, state and federal laws related to the colocation and joint use of facilities. This position supports organizational objectives through coordination and monitoring of joint use attachments application process to protect TDS Telecom assets including input of joint use contracts with pole owners; joint use permit processing and tracking; coordination of all field work including make ready work and field surveys; maintain all records and data and perform analysis and develop reports pertaining to all activities associated with pole attachments; perform coordination and analysis of all joint use pole surveys; oversee correction of NESC clearance violations and maintain all record keeping. This position requires the ability to comprehend the vast complexities surrounding colocation engineering and construction and effectively apply that knowledge to positively impact daily and long term business needs through developing colocation engineering and construction standards and specifications (ex. colocation on poles, in conduits, in manholes, on premises, etc.), helping to negotiate and ensure favorable colocation engineering and construction contract terms and conditions, and being directly responsible for colocation work related to programs, projects, contracts and other tasks related to successful outcomes. This position shall work closely with TDS employees in various departments and consultants in dealing with significant, complicated and complex issues and needs related to researching, negotiating and legally securing colocation rights (ex. Pole Attachments, Joint Trench, Franchise, Conduit Agreements) in a timely manner, allowing TDS to successfully construct/design/place all TDS outside plant facilities and deliver reliable, high quality services to customers, nationally. This position may also be responsible for completing tasks related to securing and maintaining the legal rights of occupancy and use of real property/ land for the placement of TDS facilities and equipment in advance of construction. Tasks include preparing and securing permits (ex. Utility Pole Attachments, Railroad Crossings, Federal, State, County, and Local), easements, rights of entry, and leases pursuant to requirements of law and TDS policy. This position regularly interfaces (via email, phone and in person) with internal teams/departments (NS, NO, AP, GRA, Legal, etc.) and externally with contractors, customers, property owners, government permit authorities, utilities and railroads.
This position is an exciting, fast paced opportunity for highly skilled and motivated individuals seeking to help TDS, one of the nation’s leading broadband providers, make people’s lives better by helping provide people access to the essential broadband services of the future. This position will mainly work to support the growing organizational needs surrounding facility colocation, such as joint use pole attachments, as TDS urgently strives to rapidly upgrade and expand its fiber optic broadband networks to meet the demands of today and realities of tomorrow.
*TDS can hire as a Network Specialist, Network Specialist I, Network Specialist II, or Senior Network Specialist based on relevant experience, skill set, and business needs.
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