King CountySeaTac 98148
Full Time

Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members.

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Cloud And Network Architect

King County
Full Time 855 S 192nd St #1000, SeaTac, WA 98148, United States Apply before 10/9/2023 11:59


The role of the Cloud Network Architect is to serve as the lead designer responsible for setting strategic direction, providing technical leadership and oversight, integrating new and emerging technologies into production, and defining roadmaps - for both net new deployments and the continuous improvement of KCIT's Cloud and Network Services domains.

King County Department of Information Technology (KCIT)
KCIT is providing the building blocks for many of the region's most critical services. As a business solutions partner, we collaborate with the 18 County departments to develop products and services to better serve the needs of our customers and our community. To learn more about KCIT, please visit our website:
As the first-place recipient of the 15th annual National Association of Counties (NACo) Digital Counties Survey, KCIT was recognized for its vision, strategy, innovation, and collaboration. Previously earning top 10 digital county honors in the last eleven years from the Center for Digital Government, KCIT has a focus of delivering smart technology solutions that support customers, building stronger communities through innovative information technology.
We offer a robust benefits package to support you and your family in a variety of ways. To learn more, please click on the benefits tab or  
Teleworking Requirement 
The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.
King County has a robust collection of to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work in this department's hybrid environment.  
Work Schedule
The normal workweek for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Alternative work schedules may be considered. This position is not eligible for overtime pay.
If you have questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Shane Dickson at or 206-263-2454.

Job Duties
  • Provides direction, guidance, and definition of IT architecture to effectively support the enterprise strategy.
  • Supports cloud and network architectural disciplines and champions’ architectural initiatives.
  • Reviews existing processes and establishes metrics to improve business processes, as well as support of all architectural disciplines under their direction.
  • Leads programs to develop, maintain, and govern domain strategies.
  • Works on highly complex projects that require in-depth knowledge across cloud and network architecture domains.
  • Aligns architecture strategies to enterprise architecture.
  • Defines, explains, and advocates technology strategies.
  • Participate in developing and communicating architectural policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Manages exceptions to architectural standards at an enterprise level.
  • Reviews and/or analyzes architectural requirements as needed for the organization.
  • Ensures the conceptual completeness of the technical solutions.
  • Leads teams in developing technology plans, plans to reduce technical debt, and roadmaps.
  • Provides strategic consultation to business and IT leaders.
  • Advises on options, risks, costs versus benefits, system impacts, and technology priorities.
  • Works with business leaders and technical teams to understand requirements.
  • Consults with project teams to ensure projects aligns with enterprise architecture.
  • Evaluation of emerging technologies in the cloud and network domains.
  • Collaborates with project management and IT leaders to ensure progress towards architectural alignment with project goals and requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
  • A minimum of five (5) years of IT and business/industry work experience including architecture design and deployment, systems lifecycle management, and infrastructure planning and operations.
  • A minimum of five (5) years experience in multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments.
  • Skills relating to public cloud, on-premise networking and design including:
  • Designing, redesigning, and implementation of cloud-based connectivity, security, delivery and monitoring services relating to virtual networks, VPN, NAT gateways, DNS, load balancers, web application firewalls, application gateways, etc.
  • Experience with networking within Azure and AWS including hybrid connectivity options such as Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute and AWS DirectConnect.
  • Experience in implementing cloud governance frameworks, especially relating to the organization of resources and landing zones in public cloud provider tenants.
  • Designing a hub and spoke network topology in Azure public cloud.
  • Experience with hybrid geo-redundant client access VPN solutions spanning on-premises and public cloud. Cloud hosted  and/or on premise Cisco AnyConnect experience is a plus.
  • Creating hybrid load balancing solutions spanning on-premises and public cloud. Advanced F5 load balancing experience is a plus.
  • Experience with Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery in a hybrid environment.
  • Experience with legacy three tier network architecture including in migrating core networking presence.
  • Experience with on premise SDN including Cisco Software Defined Access and Application centric infrastructure.
  • Designing networks for regional resiliency.
  • Host/guest networking options for both Public cloud hosted and on premise hosted VMware
  • Communicating technical subject matter to a diverse audience of different technical level.
  • Developing technical solution designs, documentation, gap analysis, and integration plans according to Enterprise Architecture standards.
  • Incident and problem management in a large, complex technical environment.
  • Demonstrated skill in working with cross-functional teams, building consensus, and coming to a resolution with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Skilled at handling multiple competing priorities while working on multiple complex, highly visible and politically sensitive projects.
  • High-performer and team-player.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience with Agile frameworks
Desirable Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with Information Technology emphasis 
  • Cisco Certificates (CCAr, CCDE, or CCIE) 
  • Amazon Web Services and/or Microsoft Azure Certifications 
  • Amazon and/or Azure networking certifications (AZ-700, etc.)
  • Optical Networking
  • Network technologies (BGP, SDN/SDA, and ACI)
  • Executing multiple, complex, highly visible and politically sensitive assignments
Supplemental Information

Forbes named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference?  dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
Guided by our , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles - we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions, please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.
 Application Requirements  
A completed King County Application and Resume are required forconsideration. Applications submitted without all material will not be considered. 
The recruitment for this position is open to all qualified candidates. This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

 Union Status: This position is represented by Protect17.
 (For internal use only: Classification: Solutions Architect - Technology - 7370100)

King County offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members.
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents.
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12 paid holidays each year plus two personal holidays
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave.
  • Paid parental, family and medical, and volunteer leaves
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite activity centers
  • Employee Giving Program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position.
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits, visit our .
This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.