Position Summary

Effectual Cloud Architect SME – Security will lead architecting state of the art, automated, fault-tolerant, and scalable AWS environments adhering to AWS best practices in standard and GovCloud regions. Migrate infrastructure and system/application workloads to AWS Cloud including – Rehosting (Lift and Shift), Replatforming, Repurchasing, Refactoring/Re-architecting, Retiring, and Retaining. Institutionalize DevOps methodology and creation, maintenance, and employment of automated CICD pipelines. Be a trusted advisor for DevOps initiatives by providing objective and relent ideas, insights, and guidance. Experienced with cloud security, compliance, and accreditation including – working with Security teams to ensure solutions comply with FISMA/FedRAMP controls and Federal security policies while advising and achieving ATO accreditation. Experienced with cloud cost estimation, management, and optimization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Deep understanding of IaaS and PaaS cloud services and experience employing them to design solutions to complex problems
  • Cloud Architecture Design, Networking and Security, DevOps and CICD Pipelines, Migration
  • Cloud Environment Modernization and Cost Optimization
  • Incident Management and Escalation Support. Investigate reported and suspected outage issues, documenting issue, resolution, maintaining knowledge base of known issues
  • Automation experience including CloudFormation and/or Terraform to ensure repeatable, sustainable AWS infrastructure is effectively managed
  • Experience with Linux environments and Git and branching
  • Experience advising and collaborating with varied stakeholders including – customers, technical teams, end users, vendors, AWS to develop sound automation solutions
  • Plan, organize, and execute multiple responsibilities to achieve project goals and provide technical leadership to move projects to completion
  • Ensure deliverables are completed on time and of high-quality
  • Acts as a subject-matter expert to multiple tasks and/or programs. Maintains current knowledge of relevant technology as assigned
  • Proficient in setting up and managing Splunk infrastructure, including heavy forwarders and indexers,with ability to create complex queries and alerts using SPL query language
  • Experience in utilizing AWS Backup for robust system availability. data protection, and ensuring data integrity
  • Skilled in developing and maintaining AWS Lambda functions for automated processes and system integrations.
  • Knowledgeable in designing and implementing disaster recovery strategies using AWS Disaster Recovery Services, ensuring high system availability and resilience. Must be able to see opportunities for improvement, take ownership, and closely work with varied team to drive improvement
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient at prioritization, multi-tasking, and proactive in work responsibilities
  • Superior attention to detail, process creation, improvement, and institutionalization
  • Passion for providing great customer service


  • Minimum Education:Bachelor’s degree in related discipline AND
  • Minimum Experience: 3 years with specialization in cloud technologies OR
  • Substitution/Alternative to Minimum Education and Experience: Must have at least 12 years of on-the-job experience
  • Be able to work remotely but, be able to go on-site as requested and/or occasionally with potentially some form of post-pandemic cadence, on-site in Washington DC
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Hardworking and self-motivated, with the ability to work in team and individual settings
  • Detail-oriented and able to stand behind the quality of the work
  • Able to learn quickly on the job in a changing environment
  • Can generate proficient documentation using the Microsoft Office suite
  • Able to properly understand, interpret and communicate level of effort, define due dates, and meet deadlines

Nice-to-Have Skills and Experience

  • Active Clearance or Public Trust (DOJ Preferred)
  • AWS Associate, Professional, and/or Specialty Certifications including but not limited to – Solutions Architect, DevOps, Security
  • Container Orchestration and Management (Kubernetes, ECS, Docker)
  • Experience in Application Rehosting, Refactoring, and Legacy Modernization
  • Experience in 3rd Party Tool Integration
  • Knowledge and experience with databases and AWS database services

Company Offered Benefits

Full-time employees are eligible to participate in our employee benefit programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision health insurances,
  • Short term disability, long term disability and life insurances,
  • 401k with Company match
  • Paid time off (PTO) (120 hours PTO that accrue over one year)
  • Paid time off for major holidays (14 days per year)
  • These and any other employee benefit offerings are subject to management’s discretion and may change at any time. 

Salary Range for this position:  $150,000 – $180,000

“Salary ranges provided are for informational purposes only and may vary depending on factors such as experience, qualifications, and geographic location. The final salary offer will be determined based on the candidate’s skills and alignment with the role requirements.”

This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described, and may be amended anytime at the sole discretion of the Employer. Duties and responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship. Effectual Inc. is an EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected classification in its hiring, promoting, or any other job-related opportunity.

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