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Secure Systems Architect

NC State University
Raleigh, NC
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Job Details

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Secure Systems Architect

Anticipated Hiring Range:

$105,000 to $127,000

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8:30a to 5:30p

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Shared Services

About the Department:

NC State’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides campus-wide computing, information and communication technology services in support of the university’s academic and administrative goals.
OIT Shared Services provides a broad range of core services to support information technology and the mission of NC State. These services include: authentication and directory services; enterprise web and middleware services; cloud services; storage and server infrastructure; Windows and Linux deployment and configuration management; monitoring and notification services; automated workload scheduling; and research computing services.

Essential Job Duties:

This Secure Systems Architect position provides technical leadership and cross-team collaboration and coordination for the secure university research environment (SURE) and enterprise environment to meet current and future compliance requirements.
Specifically, this position is responsible for the ongoing design, coordination, and integration of secure research environments that protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the organization’s controlled unclassified information and other sensitive research data in accordance with legal, regulatory, and institutional requirements. This position will work closely with the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI), researchers, OIT Security and Compliance, and other OIT teams to architect the secure research environment and its integration with other enterprise services. This position will work closely with OIT teams to ensure that required services (such as identity management, authentication, monitoring, etc) are appropriately integrated with enterprise services and well supported by the relevant teams.

Other Responsibilities:

Additional responsibilities include: onboarding new projects into the secure research environment – identifying project infrastructure and middleware requirements and developing architecture to meet project requirements within available budget constraints. Periodic review of existing project deployments to ensure they are continuing to efficiently and effectively meet project requirements and comply with relevant security standards.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Master’s degree; OR Bachelor’s degree and experience working as an Architect or in a similar role; OR a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or an Information Technology degree or closely related field from an appropriately accredited institution plus four (4) years of experience in IT supporting enterprise and cloud based services; OR Bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution and six (6) years of experience in supporting enterprise IT environments or closely related area; OR an Associate’s degree in Information Systems from an appropriately accredited institution and eight (8) years of experience in supporting enterprise IT environments or closely related area; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Practical skills and background in cloud (ex. AWS, Azure, Google), on-premise and hybrid architectures.
  • Experience with security compliance and security controls (e.g., NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, or CMMC).
  • Experience in architecting enterprise solutions, cloud services, middleware and web design.
  • Experience with using tools for log monitoring, vulnerability assessments and remediation, configuration management and Linux administration skills
  • Experience in developing strategies and/or solutions for research and enterprise security compliance efforts.
  • Experience working as an effective team member.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Six or more years of experience in the information technology field.
  • Ability to work across teams and with subject matter experts to meet university goals.
  • Expertise in information technology support and security compliance within an enterprise and academic research space. Knowledge of NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, or CMMC.
  • Experience supporting large enterprise hypervisor environments (such as VMware), directory services (such as Active Directory), identity management (such as Oracle Identity Manager), web services (such as Oracle Web Logic).
  • Skilled at supporting compliance environments.
  • Experience developing IT to support research activities.
  • Experience supporting research IT services.
  • Strong technical writing skills and experience with the development of technical and procedural documentation.
  • Coordination of multiple vendor solutions in a university environment.
  • Experience using ServiceNow or a similar call tracking system.
  • Advanced troubleshooting skills.
  • Experience with VMware, Microsoft, RedHat, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, or Oracle certifications. Other SANS or vendor specific certifications in security topics.
  • Effective communication skills with various types of audiences such as research administration, students, faculty, and IT support staff.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

517101 - Shared Services


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


NC State: Think and Do

NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

Overcoming Challenges, Improving Lives

NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

Bright Minds Creating a Bold Future

NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

NC State bldg in darkOur Centennial Campus, an award-winning public-private research campus, is home to more than 70 partner organizations working alongside more than 70 NC State research and academic units. Centennial is also the location of the innovative Hunt Library, which Time magazine has dubbed “the library of the future.”

In Raleigh and Around the World

It all happens in one of the best cities in America. A top spot for job-seekers and tech professionals, Raleigh is nationally recognized as a leading urban center:

NC State building oldWith Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The top companies in the region — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — are among the country’s best employers. They also lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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