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Cloud Systems Engineer

If you want to accelerate your career growth and are passionate about applying your expertise to solve problems of national importance then we have the job you are looking for! You will be able to achieve your personal and professional goals in a stable environment that emphasizes and rewards the entrepreneurial spirit.

Take the project we’re now working on. You will be a key member of a team that is implementing a secure cloud-based development environment. You will work with a multi-disciplinary collaborative team of hardware and software engineers and security specialists to design and implement a secure cloud-based software development and maintenance environment. You will be part of our employee-owned international research and engineering company. ARA is recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences, and you will be on this team.

  • You will use your expertise developing the policies and governance of cloud systems.
  • You will work with cloud architects to ensure that the cloud system adheres to applicable DoD security guidelines.
  • You will assist with developing packages to obtain an Interim Authority to Test (IATT) and Authority to Operate (ATO).
  • You will document security procedures and create system security plans.
  • You will be working closely with a collaborative team so your team player personality and excellent written/oral communication skills will be essential.

We are looking for at least a Bachelor of Science or equivalent certification (i.e Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and experience.

AWS certification is required.

Technical requirements for the position are as follows:

  • Minimum 20 years Special Access Program (SAP) experience
  • Experience working with JIRA and Confluence
  • Proven ability to design and implement secure cloud-based software development environments.
  • Thorough understanding of cloud security architectures and technologies such as Multi-Factor Authentication and compliance enforcement.
  • Familiarity with the use of Amazon Web Services to host government systems.
  • Experience migrating existing development environments to the cloud.
  • Experience obtaining an IATT and ATO in cloud environments.
  • Experience creating system security plans for cloud environments.
  • Familiarity with DoD security policies, procedures and directives.
  • Experience with RMF, JSIG, and Xacta required

Information Security:

  • Maintain security documentation in accordance with DSS and other agency requirements
  • Develop and administer effective security education training and awareness program (SETA)
  • Verify compliance with applicable security policies/procedures
  • Investigate and report security violations and incident reports
  • Coordinate incoming and outgoing classified deliveries including delivery schedule, method, receipt confirmation and courier responsibilities
  • Prepare/coordinate/keep records of DD254 forms for this office and its subcontractors
  • Coordinates the physical transfer of classified materials between geographically separated facilities and trains staff on appropriate procedures for hand carrying classified documents.
  • Coordinates data transfers, scanning, and copying data to/from external media
  • Coordinates classification management and classification marking guidance as needed.
  • Ensure SAP-F is in compliance with SAP security requirements per DODM 5205.07 vol 3, and ICD Technical Specification 705 version 1.4, or meets standards for reciprocal use per the ICS 705-2: Standards for Accreditation and Reciprocal Use of Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities.
  • Conducts required travel briefings and debriefings.
  • Prepares and processes visit requests for travelers to and from the organization.
  • Ensures compliance with special communication standards of the SAP facility.
  • Controls transfer, storage, management, duplication and destruction of SAP information.

Personnel security:

  • Assist with in-processing for all new employees including orientation for company policies and clearance application submissions for uncleared employees
  • Provide employees with SF 312 Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) responsibility guidance as a part of their access indoctrination(s) and debriefs
  • Process program access requests (PARs); execute program indoctrination agreements (PIAs); review of SF86s, JPAS, DCII and other customer vetting processes to ensure individuals meet program eligibility requirements
  • Provide employees with personnel security guidance, consistent with the 13 adjudicative guidelines, to best assist them managing their clearances
  • Utilize JPAS for visits (incoming and outgoing) and maintaining personnel security records

Physical security:

  • Apply physical security concepts to improve security in depth posture
  • Manage/maintain Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and Access Control System (ACS) in accordance with DoD and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 2050 compliance standards
  • Manage Alarm Response Program
  • Maintain effective “Document Inventory and Control Program” for management of classified systems, media and documents
  • Develop and manage key and combination control program

Due to the work you’ll perform and interactions with intelligence community and DoD programs you will need to be a US citizen with an active DoD Security Clearance.

ARA offers an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), great compensation & benefits package, a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. Our employees have the tools, training and opportunities to take more active roles as owners and are recognized as the company’s greatest assets!

If you desire a career with a company that provides a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies and testing and measurement then our Southeast Division in Raleigh, NC will be perfect for you. We are an EOE/M/F/Disabled/Veteran employer and At-Will Employer. For additional information and an opportunity to join our unique workplace, please apply at

Experience Required
  • 10 year(s): Relevant work experience
Education Preferred
  • Bachelor of Science or better
Licenses & Certifications Preferred
  • Cert Info Sys Secur Prof

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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