Systems Design Specialist (Cloud Solution Architect)

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – K – Exempt
  • 04 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Penn State IT - Data Center Services
Full/Part Time:


Penn State is seeking a highly motivated and collaborative hands-on Cloud Solution Architect to lead in the planning, design, and development of enterprise cloud solutions that have a direct impact on the overall mission of the University. This position will partner with University stakeholders to confirm understanding of business drivers and strategy, and propose the appropriate technical options; work with a team of engineers to design and implement secure cloud solutions with emphasis on delivering Penn State’s overall cloud computing strategy; assist in the design and development of native cloud architectures, technical and operational design documents, development of standards and guidelines, and management of best practices and architectural governance; and work with colleagues to assess, evaluate, and migrate current on-premises solutions to the cloud to leverage cloud-native best practices. The successful candidate will establish and foster strong relationships with a broad audience of colleagues, service providers, vendor partners, specialized peers and management; be willing to enthusiastically learn new skills and technologies; handle multiple priorities and tasks simultaneously with a close attention to detail and minimal oversight; solve unique and complex problems; guide and coach a group of highly skilled specialized and business professionals in the use of cloud-native technologies; assist in developing on campus engagement. Knowledge of multiple cloud platforms (e.g., Azure, AWS, Google) is desired. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,104 $23,748 $31,392
B $17,712 $26,124 $34,524
C $19,152 $28,728 $38,304
D $21,072 $31,620 $42,156
E $23,604 $35,400 $47,196
F $26,436 $39,660 $52,872
G $29,136 $44,412 $59,712
H $33,192 $50,616 $68,040
I $37,848 $57,696 $77,580
J $42,444 $65,772 $89,136
K $49,236 $76,308 $103,392
L $57,120 $88,524 $119,928
M $66,240 $102,672 $139,116
N $78,168 $121,152 $164,148
O $90,768 $142,968 $195,168
P $107,124 $168,696 $230,280
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088