Solutions Architect - Washington, DC - SISD

Washington, DC 20004

Project/Unit Description

The Department of the Air Force (DAF) Chief Architect Office (CAO) Mission Architect liaison (LNO) serves as a DAF level architecture specialist directly supporting Space Warfighting Analysis Center (SWAC) and the DAF CAO Investment Portfolio Planning teams. As a representative of the CAO, the LNO plays a significant role in developing and maintaining relationships; in some cases, they are the sole interface to CAO. Contractor personnel traveling to or located at supported organizations represent support from the CAO.

The DAF/CAO SWAC Mission Architect will interface primarily, although not exclusively, with the SWAC Material Leaders to understand architectures, capability gaps, and candidate technologies to address USSF assigned missions and programs in development. The DAF/CAO SWAC Mission Architect will then interface with the DAF CAO Investment Portfolio Planning Teams to determine the capability gaps that would best be addressed at the Department of the Air Force level, considering such issues as applicability across the department, DAF CAO access to partner organizations, etc. After the creation of the annual plan, the DAF/CAO SWAC Mission Architect will work with the Architecture Design Branch to map the architectures and conduct surveys of possible solutions. Additionally, the DAF/CAO SWAC Mission Architect will work with the Architecture Force Integration Branch to identify exercise venues in which to integrate developed solutions.

Job Purpose

The Solution Architect defines, conceptualizes, describes, and manages an engineering solution specific to the enterprise system. Responsible for understanding the architecture, design, and development of software built for sponsors and running on secure cloud computing networks, specifically focusing on fully automated deployments. Additional responsibilities include understanding how integration with third-party software vendors will impact the system and providing guidance on the impact on the enterprise. This position will interact with government sponsors and government technical experts to translate business requirements into technical requirements and provide guidance to technical teams for the execution of requirements.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leads the practice and introduces the overall technical vision for a particular solution.
  • Provides technical leadership to team members
  • Establishes direction for the sponsor to support sponsor solutions.
  • Recommends technical solutions for future work.
  • Leads multiple vendor interactions to ensure technical solutions satisfy sponsor needs.
  • Actively collaborates with sponsors and external vendors and teams.
  • Provides tasking to other team members or stakeholder community, based on derived tasks.
  • Review all aspects of the project in order to identify enterprise-wide risks and brief management and sponsors with a proposed solution.

Additional Responsibilities

The SWAC Mission Architect will coordinate DAF/CAO participation in these events and will support evaluation activities designed to assess the effectiveness of the proposed solutions. Further, the Mission Architect will provide Monthly Status Reports (MSR), monthly Interim Progress Reviews (IPR), quarterly Program Management Reviews (PMR), Trip Reports, and Meeting Minutes performed under this task.

Overarching CAO Enterprise Integration

  1.  Plans, organize, and direct a variety of architect operational and analytic projects to support the development, interpretation, and implementation of CAO policies and procedures to provide architecture support to assigned USAF/USSF organizations.
  2. Work with the assigned USAF/USSF organization to facilitate the identification and determination of architecture needs and makes recommendations to achieve architecture objectives or to solve immediate architecture issues.
  3. Recognize, assess, develop, and transition technical architecture concepts, emerging technologies, and methodologies with various solutions to address specific threats, challenges, and priorities of the assigned USAF/USSF organizations.
  4. Develop and foster relationships with the Architect community, stakeholders, and other entities.
  5. Collect, analyze, and utilize data and feedback to identify opportunities to improve the overarching architecture. Identifies cross-cutting themes between architectures (IT investment portfolios, MAJCOMs, and producers).
  6. Produces custom architecture views and reports.

Missions between assigned USAF/USSF organization and other CAO functions are as follows:

DAF CAO Architecture Review Board Integration

  • Assures escalation and communication to the DAF Architecture Review Board
  • Ensures cross-communication and collaboration on like concerns and/or efforts.
  • Reports DAF CAO ARB results back to assigned USAF/USSF organization
  • Provide transformation metric reporting to the ARB

CAO Architecture Design Integration

  • Monitor, coordinate, and communicate the strategic architecture guidance is objectives
  • Integrated local architecture into a DAF wide Architecture Repository
  • Leverages relationship with assigned USAF/USSF organization(s) provide improve designs
  • Propose technical architecture improvements to be incorporated into the current and future (To-Be) architectures

CAO Architecture Evaluation Integration

  • Provides inputs and requirements for Architecture Evaluation events
  • Facilitates assigned USAF/USSF organization(s) participation in Architecture Evaluations events
  • Participates in the Architecture Evaluation planning process to ensure appropriate scheduling, assets, and funding.
  • Coordinates in advance with the Architecture Evaluation team and develops a specific road map for the assigned USAF/USSF organization(s)
  • Supports standards management

Architecture Experimentation (in addition to the above)

  • Provides plans and experimentation objectives
  • Engage the Chief Scientist on research and investigation of various phenomenology
  • Works with CAO and Chief Scientist on the investigation and discovery of specific technologies and various phenomena as directed by the assigned AF/SF organization(s)

Strategic Communications

  • Assures appropriate strategic messaging
  • Coordination Efforts
  • Incident Response

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience with military-technical architectures, five (5) of which must be in consulting on technical architectures relevant to the assigned organizations mission
  • 3+years of experience in design, development, and deployment or actively supporting these efforts for deploying or actively supporting technical architecture across more than one Air Force entity or Military Service Departments
  • 3+ years of experience deploying or actively supporting technical architecture fitting the unique description and mission of the assigned organization and experience working with or in support of architectures supporting special operations
  • 3+ years of experience deploying or actively supporting technical architectures that enable coalition information sharing and a minimum of two years working within or in direct support of technical architecture relevant to Service Operations, Defense Intelligence, or IC components
  • 3+ years of experience influencing technical designs, for large programs, at the enterprise level and actively participating in setting technical direction and contributing to transformation plans

Preferred Qualifications

  • Active TS/SCI Clearance

Travel Requirements

25% - 50% travel

Education and Length of Experience

This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook

  • 14 years of related experience with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Modeling and Simulation, Technology-based, Business, Management, or a related field of study
  • 12 years of related experience with a Masters degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Modeling and Simulation, Technology-based, Business, Management, or a related field of study
  • 9 years of related experience with a Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Modeling and Simulation, Technology-based, Business, Management, or a related field of study

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. Citizens

Clearance Type Required

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance

Safer Federal Workforce Executive Order

Presidential Executive Order 14042 requires most federal contractors, including federal contractors within the University System of Georgia, to comply with Covid-19 guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Task Force). Georgia Tech must ensure that all employees covered under the Executive Order (covered employees), including those working remotely in the United States, are fully vaccinated by January 19, 2022, or by their first day of work in a covered role.

This position is covered by the Executive Order. Accommodations or exemptions for medical conditions can be requested by individuals who would otherwise be covered but have a disability, medical condition, or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Details of the order can be found here

Benefits at GTRI

Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits, including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link:

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institutes mission of solving the worlds most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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