Cloud Architect | Minnestar

Minnesota IT Services

Working Title: Cloud Architect 
Job Class: Systems Architect
Agency: Minnesota IT Services

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 03/26/2024
  • Closing Date: 04/08/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota IT Services / MNIT Services – MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Enterprise / Enterprise Cloud Service Mgmt
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $40.26 – $68.70 / hourly; $84,062 – $143,445 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Professional
  • Telework Eligible: Yes #LI-Hybrid
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Join the 2,500+ professionals of Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) who connect Minnesotans to services that will improve their lives. This position will be part of the Enterprise Services team, which delivers a full suite of services to state agencies, boards, councils, and commissions, and many central services to local government partners. 

Job Summary

The Cloud Architect is responsible for providing the enterprise-wide vision and design leadership for public and private cloud infrastructure, along with providing technical architecture standards for MNIT services.  Services included are cloud technologies, virtualization, Microsoft and Unix based servers, storage, backup, and datacenter network.

The position will maintain a strong architecture and leadership link between all MNIT services divisions.  This position will have a strong role in developing and transforming the way we deliver and upgrade MNIT enterprise cloud service environments with upgraded tools, automation and techniques based on technology best practices and the most up to date cloud standards and methodologies.  Responsibilities include the design, development, and implementation of enterprise standards, processes, and systems.  Work done by the Cloud Architect is an integral component of Enterprise and Shared Technology Services.

This position is currently eligible for full-time telework: 


  • Telework for Minnesota IT Services allows an employee to perform work from a telework location and an employee may be required to be in the office based on business needs and other dependencies in St. Paul, Minnesota.  
  • Only candidates located in Minnesota and bordering states (Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin) are telework eligible.  


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must clearly demonstrate all of the following qualifications in their resume:

This position requires a minimum of six (6) years of experience in a technical enterprise architecture role that includes:

  • Knowledge of architect standards and conventions such as TOGAF, ISO/IEC, Zachman, Federal Enterprise Architecture, etc.
    • Experience leading strategic enterprise projects.
    • Experience securely designing and implementing large scale enterprise systems.
    • Experience with public and private cloud infrastructure and services, including design, build, securing and integrating.
    • Experience with cloud shared responsibility and security models.
    • Experience providing governance around hybrid cloud services.
    • Ability to deliver effective verbal or written messages that facilitate a mutual understanding on both parties.
    • Customer service skills that include active listening, empathy, and problem-solving.

A master’s degree in Information Technology or an IT related field substitutes for three (3) years of experience, OR an IT related bachelor’s degree substitutes for two (2) years, OR an IT related associate’s degree substitutes for one (1) year. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Seven or more years in a progressive Enterprise Systems Lead role including prior experience in designing Infrastructure services hybrid clouds, along with providing technical architecture standards programs.
  • Experience leading architecture governance committees and teams.
  • Experience with virtualization technologies, including secure infrastructure design, build and management.
  • Experience with Windows and Linux operating systems, including design, securing, patching monitoring and management.
  • Datacenter networking experience, including datacenter networking, software defined networking, micro segmentation and virtual routes.
  • Experience working within the Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), VMware Cloud Foundations, Microsoft Office Suite, Linux and Windows platforms.
  • Experience with cloud platform automation and infrastructure as code technologies, like, AWS CloudFormation, Azure Resource Manager, Azure Bicep, Azure DevOps and / or GitHub Repos and Pipelines.
  • Experience with cloud services (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS).
  • Proven ability to work with technology vendors in delivery of various capabilities and solutions.
  • Ability to think outside of the box and strong problem-solving skills to deliver solutions.

Additional Requirements

It is the policy of Minnesota IT Services that a successful candidate must pass all legally required checks prior to employment which may consist of the following:


  • SEMA4 Records Check (applies to current and past state employees only)
  • Criminal History Check
  • Reference Check
  • Social Security and Address Verification
  • Education Verification
  • CJIS Background Check
  • Other legally required checks

Minnesota IT Services will not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Job Type: Full-time
Compensation: $40.26 - $68.70 / hourly - $84,062 - $143,445 / annually
Compensation Type: Salaried
Location: St Paul, MN - Telework
Posted by Karla Larson on March 27, 2024