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    Hi first post but reading the forums for quite a while

    Anyway I wanted to get some opinions on my current situation, I am currently full time Senior ICT Technician at a high school, I manage one other term time ICT Technician. We have 12 servers virtualized over 3 physical serevrs, roughly 350-400 desktops/laptops with 1200 users.

    I recently asked to be moved up to Network Manager due to all the work I am doing as well as everything I will be doing in the near future which I feel a Network Manager would do, but have been told I can only go up to Senior Network Technician.

    Couple of reasons why I believe my duties are Network Manager scale are

    Going from 3 servers to 12 servers and virtualizing all roles with hyper-v.
    Implemeting terminal services so SIMS can run remotely on all desktops and laptops in the school.
    Creating a backup system that did not exist before.
    Enabling remote working from home for staff and pupils with Terminal services and TS web access.
    Creating a new external web site.
    In house networking and ICT suite builds along with caretaker.
    Implemented Exchange 2007 with OWA.

    In the very near future I am expected to create a new in house VLE with sharepoint (we currently pay £1000s per year for a hosted system).
    Re-do all ICT security policies for all staff and pupils.

    Dont want to bore you with all duties but this is just a few that I think a network manager would do but having never had a network manager in this school or ever worked with a network manager I am going off the job descriptions.

    Could you let me know if you think I am being unreasonable in asking for Network Manager position or should I shut up and take what has been offered and do everything they want!

    Thanks if you have read all this!

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    Take it up with the council/ unions

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    does your local authority not have 'standard' job descriptions? That would be the usual place to start, I would have thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    does your local authority not have 'standard' job descriptions? That would be the usual place to start, I would have thought
    Have checked the job descriptions from council and I believe I fit within the Network Manager job description, even went through every point on the description and put down job examples I currently do for my manager and headteacher but thought I would ask here to see if any current Network Managers can give their opinion or technicians who work for a network manager.

    Cheers irsprint84, will have a look at what council can do to help as not in a union

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    Quote Originally Posted by cable83 View Post
    Have checked the job descriptions from council and I believe I fit within the Network Manager job description, even went through every point on the description and put down job examples I currently do for my manager and headteacher but thought I would ask here to see if any current Network Managers can give their opinion or technicians who work for a network manager.

    Cheers irsprint84, will have a look at what council can do to help as not in a union
    The defining factor between techie and network manager tends to come down to whether you actually manage any technical staff. As you say you do, I would suggest you should be a Network Manager. If I were you, before involving a union I would go to the LEA - they may not be happy that you are being forced by your school to do more work than you should be!

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    You have 2 options.

    Option 1: Argue the point that your actual workload fits in with that of a network manager job description.

    Option 2: Only do what a senior ICT Technician should do and no more.

    Just because you do more than what your current level or job description is doesn't mean you have the right to a diffirent position.

    If you were employed as a network manager and not being paid or having a job description that matched a network manager then that would be a different case again.

    Ben

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    Hmmm... I sense politics in this one... or rather LEA job rules. If the school creates a network manager role, even if there is already someone doing the job (under a different title) they may have to advertise the position and interview to appoint someone to it, simply because it is a management position.

    I would check with the LEA whether there are any rules that prevent direct promotion from your current role to a NM role without the school advertising and holding interviews.

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