• Network Specialist - Joint Use

    Job Locations TBD-TBD-TBD
    TDS Telecom
  • Overview

    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.  



    • Permits (research requirements, communicate with permit authorities, scope/ estimate work, create tasks, prepare applications and fees, expedite and secure ahead of construction, update GIS databases and maps, care for annul requirements, payments, bonds, insurance, etc.)
    • Easements (research local requirements,  scope/estimate work, ensure compliance with law and policy, negotiate with property owner, obtain survey and legal description, , prepare document, secure signatures, ensure payment, record as public record, update GIS databases and maps.) 
    • Lease work (assist with alerts, payments, W9 issues, location issues, ownership issues, records research, phone calls, document preparation, etc. )
    • Any other responsibilities, duties or tasks as assigned in support of achieving goals and objectives.


    Required Qualifications


    Network Specialist:

    • Associate Degree (or higher) –OR– 2+ years professional work experience
    • 2+ years experience in Voice/Data/Video networking.
    • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and insurance.

    Network Specialist I: 

    • Associate Degree (or higher) –OR– 2+ years professional work experience
    • 3+ years experience in Voice/Data/Video networking.
    • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and insurance.

    Network Specialist II: 

    • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) –OR– 4+ years professional work experience
    • 4+ years experience in Voice/Data/Video networking.
    • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and insurance.

    Senior Network Specialist:

    • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) –OR– 4+ years professional work experience
    • 6+ years experience in Voice/Data/Video networking.
    • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and insurance.


    Other Qualifications

    • Technical knowledge of Real Estate Law, Land Surveying, Project Management, GIS, Telecommunications, Engineering, Construction, and other fields is desirable.
    • The independent ability to quickly learn and comprehend a wide variety of complex work, responsibilities, assignments, customer requests, inquiries, notices, alerts, issues, project documents, details, standards, plans and maps and review them for completeness, risks, policy compliance and to help determine/ estimate the scope of work, timelines and costs for tasks and the best practices required for their successful completion.
    • The ability to own/ care for/ be accountable to successfully create, organize, schedule, resource, track, update, report, communicate status, expedite, overcome obstacles/ issues, complete, closeout records and report metrics for multiple tasks simultaneously within expectations of cost, time, quality, etc. while working independently and/or with others on a daily and ongoing basis to meet performance and productivity expectations.
    • The ability to comprehend and help ensure that larger team and organizational goals and initiatives are successful through a sense of importance and urgency surrounding task throughput, efficient utilization of time, effective communication and prioritization of tasks, assignments and responsibilities.
    • The ability to quickly and confidently build trusting, positive and productive internal and external professional relationships with a wide variety of diverse individuals/ personalities, whom often have different priorities, temperaments and concerns, through effectively addressing obstacles to success (such as incomplete/ missing permit submittal information or unreasonable permit authority requirements) and by trying to help find and negotiate fair and reasonable solutions is essential to securing rights to place facilities quickly and overall success.
    • The ability to utilize Microsoft Office Software, such as Outlook (email), Excel, Word, is required, while One Note, SharePoint. Power Point, Access, Project and Clarity, Ariba, SAP and AutoCAD skills are a plus. The ability to utilize ESRI GIS Software to map records and maintain geodatabase, write python scripts, build complex queries, tools and maps is desirable.


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