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Cloud Engineer I
American Institutes for Research Rockville, MD

Cloud Engineer I

American Institutes for Research
Rockville, MD
Expired: April 03, 2024 Applications are no longer accepted.
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Work for a first-class institution that is innovative, multi-dimensional, and dynamic by joining AIR as a Cloud Engineer I.


We hire talented and forward-thinking professionals to build our cross-functional teams and support our clients in solving complex problems. Our people-problem-solvers, changemakers, and creative thinkers-are experts in their craft who rise to meet today's challenges.


The Cloud Engineer I will play an integral role in delivering on some of the most meaningful projects in communities across the United States and the world. You'll collaborate with our teams of motivated and passionate visionaries, where your input will be valued and your contributions vital to our success.


AIR's Information Technology (IT) team is seeking an experienced Cloud (AWS) Engineer I to join its innovative group.  This position reports to the Director of IT Infrastructure Operations.  In this role, you will work with a skilled and growing DevOps team to support, secure, and expand our footprint in AWS.


On a typical day in this role, you could be working alongside internal developers to deploy new solutions for our clients, assisting senior engineers with governance and security maturation efforts, or helping to test new solutions and optimization tools.  If you are a curious, driven engineer with great attention to detail and a desire to work as part of a collaborative, diverse, and dynamic team, then this is the role for you.


We value the experiences of every member of our institution, from entry level to executive. As part of our collaborative, learning-oriented team, you'll be encouraged to grow in your career, develop additional skills, and progress professionally.


Candidates hired for the position may work remotely within the United States (U.S.) or from one of our U.S. office locations.This does not include U.S. territories. 



About AIR:


Established in 1946, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world. We advance evidence in the areas of education, health, the workforce, human services, and international development to create a better, more equitable world.



AIR's commitment to diversity goes beyond legal compliance to its full integration in our strategy, operations, and work environment. At AIR, we define diversity broadly, considering everyone's unique life and community experiences. We believe that embracing diverse perspectives, abilities/disabilities, racial/ethnic and cultural backgrounds, styles, ages, genders, gender identities and expressions, education backgrounds, and life stories drives innovation and employee engagement. Learn more about AIR's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and hear from our staff by clicking here.



The responsibilities for the position include:

  • Work with development teams to aid design, build, test, and deployment activities.
  • Work closely with the team to perform compliance monitoring activities (SSM), enforce security requirements, and define standards.
  • Perform upgrades and apply security and usability patches.
  • Assist with identifying and resolving hosting and infrastructure systems issues.
  • Update permissions sets and configure/modify SSO integrations.
  • Work with senior engineers to improve the reliability, scalability, and availability of sites, systems, and services.

Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or AWS intermediate-level certification.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in Infrastructure administration.
  • At least 2 years experience building and maintaining infrastructure in AWS, leveraging core services including EC2, S3, VPCs, security groups, CloudTrail, CloudWatch, SSM, and IAM.
  • Experience with deploying, configuring, and maintaining Linux server systems.
  • Working knowledge of networking fundamentals (e.g., subnetting, routing, and DNS)
  • Experience with microservices and containerization (e.g., Kubernetes, EKS) is a plus but not required.
  • Experience with DevOps pipeline technologies and tools (e.g., Ansible, Terraform, CloudFormation, Palumi, GitHub Actions) is a plus but not required.


  • Effective communicator with demonstrated ability to communicate with and understand the needs of both technical and non-technical internal and external clients.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate in a virtual, cross-functional diverse team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently, and collaboratively as needed.
  • Adept in a fast-paced environment to manage multiple concurrent deliveries.
  • Demonstrated analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills with a focus on detail.
  • The candidate should be able to obtain a Level 6C Security clearance (Public Trust Position) if required.




Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship (including H-1B sponsorship) is not available for this position. Depending on project work, qualified candidates may need to meet certain residency requirements.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


AIR adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo reference and background checks.


 AIR's Total Rewards Program, is designed to reward our staff competitively and motivate them to achieve our critical mission. This position offers an anticipated annual salary of $112,000 to $132,000. Salary offers are made based on internal equity within the institution and external equity with competitive markets. Please note this is the annual salary range for candidates that are based in the United States.


AIR maintains a drug-free work environment.


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American Institutes for Research

Rockville, MD



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