Engineer II, Network Systems
Washington, DC 
Posted 10 days ago
Job Description

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to the more than 100 million Americans 50-plus and their families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also produces the nation's largest circulation publications: AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

Information Technology Services is responsible for AARP enterprise-wide technology and information security functions. Services range from infrastructure design and operations, system and software lifecycle implementations, enabling the mobile workforce and protecting AARP network, systems and data. A variety of technologies and practices are used including cloud computing, automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning within highly collaborative Agile teams.

The Engineer II, Network Systems works with cross-functional teams and customers to understand business requirements and translate into technical specifications. Discovers the true requirements underlying feature requests and recommends alternative technical approaches. Partners with cross-functional technical teams to launch projects and provide ongoing technical support. Collaborates with management to identify opportunities to streamline technology processes and develop new procedures that support the business unit/department.


  • Establishes a technical roadmap for the platform and/or capability strategy and lifecycle that considers value-based outcomes, costs to maintain, supportability, and performance.
  • Ensures sound integration, data, security, and business architecture design throughout all stages within the platform and/or capability lifecycle.
  • Provides rapid delivery and development of technical solutions that align with business and/or platform desired outcomes.
  • Troubleshoots and resolves technical issues related to platform or capability systems, solutions, and services.
  • Innovates and drives continuous improvements of implementation methodology and technical service offerings based on customer/employee experiences or other enterprise objectives/outcomes.
  • Participates in a Community of Interest for engineers across all capability and platform teams to share information and strengthen understanding of business needs and technology-based business solutions.
  • Develops and maintains deep technical knowledge and expertise related to domain area systems, solutions, services, and applications.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering or related field.
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience with Fortinet Firewalls or similar technologies and the following firewall management platforms: FortiManager, FortiAnalyzer, Forticlient/EMS.
  • Familiarity with SD-WAN, Zero Trust, security policy management tools like Forticlient EMS, and concepts like Zero Touch/Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC). Certification in Fortinet FCP/FCSS Network Security preferred.
  • Capable of troubleshooting complex network flows, interconnectivity, performance and configuration issues; planning and executing firewall product roadmap/evolution upgrades and new features; evaluating new network technologies; and independently deploying a new infrastructure/environment i.e. from High Level Design to Detailed Design to Deployment.
  • Provisions/executes firewall requests in accordance with security policies and standards on all environments.
  • Experience operating in a Linux environment, scripting in Shell, Python or Perl, and developing rule-based management (provisioning, assurance, etc.).
  • Identifies problems and inefficiencies within our network and organizational workflows and assists with any recommended remediation/ changes.
  • Familiarity with Jira, Confluence and ServiceNow tools for collaboration.
  • Familiarity with modern application design principles, including infrastructure as code, microservices architecture, and automated software delivery processes.

AARP will not sponsor an employment visa for this position at this time.

Additional Requirements

  • Regular and reliable job attendance
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Exhibit respect and understanding of others to maintain professional relationships
  • Independent judgement in evaluation options to make sound decisions
  • Home office environment with the ability to work effectively surrounded by moderate home environment noise

Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

AARP observes Mondays and Fridays as telecommuting workdays, except for essential functions. Remote work and telecommuting can only be done within the United States and its territories.

Compensation and Benefits

AARP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance; paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition and tuition reimbursement. For this position, we anticipate offering a salary between $135,000 to $157,500 per year. This role is also eligible to participate in an annual incentive plan with a percentage up to 12%. Bonus eligibility is dependent upon organizational and individual performance.

Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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