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University of California Office of the President


Posted on: 11 February 2024





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Senior Cloud Engineer

Location: OaklandFull Time
Job ID: 63941
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Department Overview
As a security first organization, Technology Delivery Services (TDS) is part of the Information Technology (IT) Department. The TDS teams include Information Security, Planning (architecture and PMO), Application Development, HR & Payroll Development, Infrastructure, and Client Services teams. We maintain an innovative, inclusive, and supportive work environment.

Position Summary
The UCOP Cloud Solutions team is growing and searching for an energetic, self-starter to serve in a new Senior Cloud Engineer role. This position will play a critical role in the support and optimization of applications that reside in AWS as well as collaborating with numerous cross-functional teams in a broad effort to migrate critical applications to AWS that are currently on-prem. The Senior Cloud Engineer will also assist in growing and developing AWS expertise within the Technology Delivery Services group (TDS) as well as helping to define a cloud services roadmap for UCOP by anticipating future needs for the organization. The ideal candidate will have deep and broad AWS cloud expertise and prior experience in architecture, configuration and optimization of critical business applications in AWS. They will have experience in design, architecture and configuration of applications in AWS. The position requires a background rooted in customer service, extensive collaboration with cross functional teams, and excellent time management skills.

Key Responsibilities

50% Responsible for system performance analysis, tuning and capacity planning efforts across critical enterprise systems. Investigate, analyze, test and make recommendations regarding technology improvements, best practices, standardization, scaling, upgrades, cost optimizations and modifications to the infrastructure and cloud services to help realize cloud benefits. Perform complex analysis to acquire, install, modify and support operating systems, software, databases, scripts, utilities, tools and security standards for cloud and on-premise architecture. Provide assistance with new deployments and technology transitions by working with cross-functional teams to gather requirements to establish appropriate resources. Must stay current on updates to AWS service offerings in order to recommend the best solutions.

20% Initiate, design or modify highly complex systems, processes and procedures where standardized policies or 0procedures may not exist. Create highly technical specifications for systems with broad impact. Perform detailed analysis of unit and user needs, documentation of requirements, risk assessment and translation into proper system and process requirement specifications. Standardize and improve scalability, stability, efficiency, costs and security for the diverse software solutions hosted in AWS.

20% Utilize excellent interpersonal skills sufficient to work with both technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in the organization. Elicit, communicate, present, and train technical and non-technical team members with information in a clear and concise manner.

10% Understand and apply industry, community, department and unit practices, standards, policies and procedures in depth. May serve as technical lead for a team of IT professionals working on multiple projects of moderate to broad scope.

Required Qualifications

Min 7 years of experience in a related IT role.

Skills and Abilities
Required Qualifications

Significant, hands-on experience and an understanding of best practices with AWS cloud services, including infrastructure, security, networking, database, code pipeline and cost optimization.

Ability to define, design and/or implement complex cloud-based systems/services

Ability to learn new technical skills/services quickly through comprehensive research and analysis and the ability to produce clear and concise recommendations and guidance.

Advanced knowledge of business and process analysis functions.

Knowledge of the design, development and application of technology and systems to address cross functional team business needs.

Works independently, as part of a team, or collaboratively with team members and maintains cooperative environment fostering continuous teaching and learning while meeting deadlines.

Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate technical information to technical and non-technical personnel at various levels of the organization as well as executive-level management.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced knowledge of traditional and cloud-based security tools, best practices and policies including demonstrated experience protecting all layers of the application stack.

Release automation, system administration, system configuration, automated build/deploy and system debugging experience.

Experience with application stack root cause analysis, incident response, change management and digital forensics.

Previous experience in a role managing or designing centralized technology services that meets the needs of cross-functional teams across enterprise application solutions, preferably in higher education environment.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training

Licenses and Certifications
Preferred Qualifications

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate or Professional (Preferred)

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate (Preferred)

Job Title
Systems Administrator 4

Job Code

Salary Grade
Grade 25

$140,000 - $163,000

Full Salary Range:
$105,500 - $200,700

The University of California, Office of the President, is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range shows the growth potential for this position and the pay scale is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position.

Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging


This position is eligible for full remote within the state of California. Only CA residents, or those who indicate on the application that they are willing to relocate to CA, will be considered. Some relocation assistance to CA from out of state may be available.


Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.


The first review date for this job is (2/26/2024). The position will be open until filled.


Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


The University of California, Office of the President, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. EEO/AA Employer UC Nondiscrimination Policy

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