Principal Cloud Architect

Washington, DC
Oct 14, 2019
Nov 07, 2019
Full Time
Business Unit Description

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

Information Technology Solutions (ITS) is AARP's technology leader in positive social change and member value, enabling a more effective workforce and globally connecting employees, members, volunteers, partners and advocates to maximize engagement.

The Principal Architect, Cloud reports directly to the VP, Enterprise Architecture & Strategy, Information Technology Service Management. The Principal Architect provides strategic leadership and oversight for the architecture, design and development of Cloud-based initiatives across AARP with a clear line of sight to business goals. The Principal Architect collaborates with teams across technology and business areas to align Cloud-based initiatives to business and technology architectures, frameworks and methodologies. Leads the development of standards, artifacts and tools and provides architecture oversight and governance. All of these responsibilities must be executed in a practical and effective manner that supports AARP's business goals and objectives.

Enterprise Architecture Responsibilities
  • Drives technology innovation that leverages Cloud (AWS)
  • Directs hands-on AWS Cloud-native architecture design participation on large, complex projects
  • Acts as the Principal Cloud (AWS) Architect in the AARP Cloud Center of Excellance
  • Provides oversight and governance of technology standards and frameworks for Cloud-based initiatives
  • Participates in development of Enterprise Architecture Standards and practices

Functional/Technical Responsibilities
  • Lead design and development of Cloud-based Proofs of Concept, feasibility studies, roadmap development and strategies
  • Provide leadership for Cloud-based technical design functions on assigned projects with varying size and complexity
  • Guide business/product owners with investment and budget decisions on all Cloud-based initiatives
  • Create and/or guide development of Project Architecture Document (PAD) for architecturally significant projects
  • Drive reuse of common services defined by the AARP Enterprise Architecture Principles and Frameworks
  • Influence stakeholders across the organization at all levels to consensus in asserting Cloud-based architectures

Desired Education
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering or related field.

Required Competencies
  • 10+ years of overall technology design and delivery experience
  • At least 5 years of experience designing and delivering secure cloud solutions in AWS
  • At least 5 years of experience designing deployment strategies for cloud/virtualization and implementation best practices
  • At least 5 years of experience designing products and solutions using IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS
  • Experience in enterprise architecture practices, frameworks and methodologies
  • A demonstrated ability to work within a team and build consensus towards a technical direction
  • Strong technical expertise in executing proofs of concept and experimentation with development teams
  • Technology delivery experience through concept, development, validation, deployment, and support
  • Product evaluation through RFI/RFP including working with vendors and internal stakeholder groups
  • An understanding of external cloud hosting providers including Azure and Google
  • Soluton Architecture experience with projects using Agile and Iterative approach
  • Experience in deploying AWS products and solutions deployed in the non-profit industry
  • Development and/or systems administration experience with AWS products and solutions

  • Master's degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering or MBA
  • AWS Solutions Architect Certification
Benefits Offered

AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401K, 100% company funded pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick, and other benefits.
Equal Employment Opportunity

AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.