ConnectStaff is actively recruiting for numerous roles in support of the Air Force’s IT as-a-Service risk reduction experiments, which represents one of three phases of the Air Force’s initial push towards Enterprise IT as a Service (EITaaS).  And it also represents another prong in the Department of Defense’s accelerated push into cloud computing, highlighted most recently in the Cloud Strategy the department released last month.

General Project Description:

This project involves the establishment of Enterprise Information Technology as a Service capabilities for the United States Air Force. It includes solutioning, establishing and configuring enterprise Cloud services to support legacy business system application migration from existing Government hosting environments to Amazon’s AWS or Microsoft Azure.  This will include the development of all relevant project plans, the implementation of a structured program management and systems engineering process, the implementation of Agile software development principles, and the coordination and collaborate implementation of all activities across stakeholder groups such as Government PMOs, functional user communities, DISA (current hosting environment), AWS or Azure (target hosting environment), multiple test organizations, and multiple security groups.

Responsibilities and Open Roles/Locations for the respective labor categories

  • Automation Specialists
    • The Automation Specialist works with the lead architecture to define, build, and operate infrastructure and application automation capabilities as a shared service for the C&S environment using Terraform and/or Ansible. The following tasks will be completed to deploy and manage C&S automation:
      • Identify automation requirements and gaps in cloud native tooling
      • Define Infrastructure as code models and deployment processes
      • Identify automation products and set up the environment for continuous testing and delivery of automation playbooks for IaaS provisioning and maintenance functions
      • Extend automation capabilities to approved Air Force application stacks and PaaS solutions after PaaS rapid experimentation phase is completed and base assessments and application determinations are conducted
      • Maintain the C&S automation tool suite as a shared service for the enterprise. Create and manage an automation platform roadmap and the implementation of COTS based automation and orchestration enhancements for the enterprise as required
      • Specialized Skills:
        • Understanding and experience with Cloud Automation techniques and tools
        • Understanding and experience with Terreform and/or Ansible
      • Open Roles
        • Terraform Specialist (Washington, DC)
        • Ansible Specialist (Washington, DC)
  • Cloud Operations Specialists
    • The Cloud Operations Specialist works with the C&S architects to define operations architecture to manage and operate services and applications in the cloud. Includes the monitoring, logging, auditing, image/patch management, change and configuration management, COOP/DR and backup management in alignment with ITIL best practices.
    • The Cloud Operations Specialist works with the C&S team to implement cloud technologies and environments, including development, configuration, automation, testing, and troubleshooting.
      • Open roles
        • AWS/Azure Specialist (Washington, DC)
          • Understanding and experience with Cloud
          • Understanding and experience with AWS and Azure
          • Understanding and hands-on experience with configuration, automation, and support of cloud technologies and environments
        • VDMS – Infra and App Monitoring (Washington, DC OR San Antonio, TX)
          • Understanding and experience with Cloud
          • Understanding and experience with shared services and shared operations monitoring in Cloud
          • Understanding and experience with VDMS – Infra and App Monitoring
  • Systems Administrators
    • Candidate will create base Windows and/or Linux images for AWS/ Azure and perform STIG for IL-5 and eventually IL-6 environments.
      • Specialized Skills required include:
        • Strong understanding of cloud OS image setup
        • Understanding of and ability to perform STIG
      • Open Roles
        • Linux Admin (Washington, DC OR San Antonio, TX)
        • Windows Admin (Washington, DC OR San Antonio, TX)
  • Automation Tool Specialist
    • The Automation Tool Specialist provides COTS installation, configuration, and maintenance support for the products deployed. They will also manage the automation pipeline and peer review process prior to promoting code to production and provide onboarding and engineering support to assist with the creation of automation scripts and templates and the efficient reuse of existing automation.
    • The candidate will support the install and configuration of an Application Discovery Tool (e.g., Cloudscape, Tanium) in a client on-premise network environment. Follow required processes and documentation for installation approval, develop best practices for tool usage and gathering of output data.
    • Perform execution of the tool on multiple client networks, as necessary. Should have experience with install of at least 2 discovery tools.
      • Open Roles: Discovery Tool Operator (Washington, DC)
  • Cloud Site Assessment Experts
    • The Site Assessment professional has information technology experience and/or industry focus experience to conduct assessments of applications, services, and infrastructure. The Site Assessment professional is highly experienced in the industry with regard to information technology and/or security. The Site Assessment professional provides thought leadership related to the assessments being conducted.
      • Examples of work include:
        • Conduct application health assessments including technical, functional, and cybersecurity components
        • Conduct fit-for-cloud assessments to identify the readiness of applications for migration to a cloud hosting environment
        • Identify candidates ready to move as pilot/proof of concept
        • Review and update the cloud policy and governance process and procedure initiatives
        • Identify patterns by reviewing the inventory and assessment results to identify duplicate capabilities which may be candidates for consolidation
      • Open Roles
        • Security (Washington, DC)
        • Infrastructure/Reporting (Washington, DC

Minimum Requirements (all roles):

  • 7 years’ experience required
  • Active Secret Clearance

Education (all roles): Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, management information systems or related field. Experience may be used in lieu of the degree.

Working Conditions (all roles):

  • Future Potential for Remote Working Location or Home Office
  • Client duty hours Monday through Friday

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