Department Information Together, we innovate for a stronger Colorado The work of employees at the Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is challenging and diverse because the needs of agencies, customers and Coloradans constantly evolve. But our focus never changes: improve the lives of all Coloradans through innovation and collaboration. We're building one of the nation's leading government IT organizations by reimagining how we support agencies, building first-of-their-kind applications, and creating an inclusive, collaborative culture, together. Join us in the important work of providing equitable access to services We believe equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. We know it's important to support each other, and that means having a healthy balance of work and personal time, and benefits that allow us all to have fulfilling lives. Watch this video to learn about how OIT is thinking differently! Description of Job The Cloud Architect is responsible for analyzing cloud technology offerings, with a primary focus on the AWS cloud platform, to design a reliable, secure, high-performing and cost-effective application hosting environment. This involves determining the best network design for the cloud, setting standards in regards to VPC design and deployment, ensuring appropriate role-based access controls are established, designing deployable instance templates, designing a suitable approach to automated provisioning of instances and apps, and establishing the monitoring and reporting required to ensure the environment is stable, capacity is well managed, and cost reporting is accurate and timely. You will be responsible for crafting, publishing, socializing and overseeing adherence to the standards they establish, and modifying such standards to achieve the strategic goals of OIT, and the tactical needs of the applications deployed to the cloud. In addition, they will drive continuous improvement within the CloudOps team, as well as lifecycle management and exploration into evolving cloud-based solutions. You will handle the research, recommendations and day-to-day interactions with vendors that have been partnered with to help meet work unit and organizational objectives. Some of the day to day duties include: Maintain expert knowledge and experience with all aspects of AWS to design and build Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and Infrastructure as Code (IaC) capabilities on that platform. Design and oversee construction/configuration of AWS and automation to allow consumption of services. Define and document standards and procedures (SOPs) for consumption of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS (via IaC) on AWS. Create design documents/diagrams to show environment topology and data/process flows. Monitoring system availability across a multi-vendor technology stack, to be able to maximize availability and rapidly diagnose/resolve issues when they arise. Act as Tier-3 escalation point for on-call/break-fix efforts, to diagnose and resolve problems which Cloud Engineers cannot resolve with vendor support. Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights A wide salary range is posted for this position and any job offer is based upon a salary analysis to comply with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. The salary analysis considers relevant experience, education, certifications, and state seniority as compared to others doing substantially similar work. While all offers are compliant with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, there is no guarantee an offer will be at the top of the posted range based on the salary analysis. Minimum Qualifications: A minimum of eight (8) years of infrastructure development experience with hands-on experience with AWS foundation services related to compute, network, storage, content delivery, administration and security, deployment and management, automation technologies. Experience architecting highly available systems that utilize load balancing, horizontal scalability and high availability Deep domain expertise of cloud infrastructure solutions (i.e. Windows and Linux IaaS, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Security, Management, Storage, Networking, OSS, containers and Infrastructure as a code technologies), breadth of technical experience, and technical aptitude to learn and adjust to new technologies and cloud trends required. Experience and understanding of large scale infrastructure deployments in enterprise-wide environments required. Experience with automated Continuous Integration/Delivery Experience with automation/configuration management using Terraform, Ansible, or similar. Scripting skills in Python, Bash and PowerShell Amazon Web Services Cloud Practitioner and Systems Operator certification Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, IT Operations, or related field. Substitutions: Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis, but cannot completely substitute for these qualifications. Training or Certification related to the work assigned to the position will be assigned credit towards substitution for experience and/or education, but cannot completely substitute for these qualifications. Additional, appropriate paid or unpaid experience will substitute for the required education on a year-for-year basis. Preferred Qualifications: Amazon Web Services Solutions Architect Associate and/or Solutions Architect Professional certifications Experience with AzureDevops Conditions of Employment: OIT employees must comply with any screening procedures in place at state entity locations where they might be required to perform work. A pre-employment background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Positions supporting some agencies such as the Department of Corrections and Department of Public Safety will also require a pre-employment drug test. This position may occasionally require travel within the specified geographic area, and to locations across the state as needed. This position may require on-call duties as needed by position. Supplemental Information If this posting indicates "remote from anywhere in CO" in the title, periodic reporting to the primary state work location designated for the position is required. All remote work must be performed in Colorado. Our application process and what to expect after you apply are described in the videos found here. The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. The Governor's Office of Information Technology is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADA Coordinator at or call . This posting may be used to fill multiple vacancies based upon business need. The Governor's Office of Information Technology does NOT offer sponsored Visas for employment purposes.