Senior Systems Administrator (R1941)

Washington DC Metro Area /
Operations Division – Enterprise Operations /
Full Time Employee
/ On-site
Introduction to Shield AI
Shield AI’s mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. Shield AI is a fast growing, venture-backed defense-technology company built around a team of proven executives, distinguished warfighters, and world-class AI engineers. Since 2018, Shield AI’s products and people have supported operations around the world with the US Department of Defense and our allies.

Job Description 
As our Senior System Engineer, you will support and help architect Shield AI's enterprise architecture in our classified space.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in managing classified systems and networks to include system hardening and accreditation support. Experience with enterprise networking, virtualization, storage, building solutions to deploy in on-premises and in Azure Gov Cloud environments. The candidate should be comfortable working in highly secure and fast paced environments.

Projects that you'll work on

    • Initial scoping, installation, and configuration of infrastructure in a new classified facility.
    • Infra 2.0 - Architecture and Deployment of enterprise architecture and systems supporting Shield AI’s global enterprise. 
    • GPU Workload Virtualization - Architecting and deploying scalable virtualized servers to accelerate machine learning and AI projects supporting Shield AI’s engineering. 
    • IaaS Infrastructure Automation: Creating secure virtual systems and software defined networks to support on-demand compute needs for engineers and developers. 

The candidates we're looking for have the following required experience:

    • Must have an Active Top Secret security clearance and be DoD 8570 certified (CompTIA Sec+)  or ability to obtain
    • Minimum of 3+ years of related experience with a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience
    • Experience operating in a secure or classified environment 
    • Networking basics 
    • Hardening experience: STIGs + SCAP. These are requirements for workstations and networking gear 
    • Experience implementing RMF controls 
    • Linux experience
    • Vulnerability remediation/Patching
    • Experience with security best practices and ensuring multi-site compliance for infrastructure

Not required but would be helpful

    • Experience with Kubernetes on bare metal and VMware vSphere
    • Containerization experience (Kubernetes, Docker, OpenShift)
    • Experience ensuring compliance and audit preparation evidence, as well as presenting with auditors 
    • Experience with Azure Commercial, Azure Gov cloud, or AWS Gov Cloud environments
    • Configuring and deploying a SIEM 
    • Configuring and managing backups 
    • Configure, deploying and managing AV solution 
    • Linux expertise
    • Configuring/loading DoD cryptographic devices
    • Experience with Automation and Scripting (PowerShell, Ansible, Chef, Terraform, etc.) 
    • Active Directory experience 
$98,560 - $133,888 a year


Total compensation: Salary within range listed above + Bonus + Benefits + Equity (if applicable)
Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, licenses and certifications, and specific work location. Information on the benefits offered is here. All offers are contingent on a cleared background check.

Location guidelines-
Onsite = 5 days/week
Hybrid = Several days in the office
Remote = Remote but able to come to the office as requested for business needs

If you're interested in being part of our team, apply now! 

Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. 
To conform to U.S. Government regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.