Manager, Cloud Research Architecture

Home Office, Alberta
VP Information Technology and CIO
Home Office
Depends on Experience  Annual
Excluded Permanent Full Time
Division VP Information Technology and CIO FTE 1.0
Location Name Home Office Position Type Excluded Permanent Full Time
Location Home Office, Alberta Job ID 2222
Posted 07/15/2021 Wage Min 0.0000
Closing Date 08/08/2021 Wage Max 0.0000


Please note that this is an Excluded Manager role.


Athabasca University (AU), Canada's Online University, serves more than 43,000 learners across Canada and in 87 countries. An early mover to the cloud with a focus on a holistic digital transformation strategy, AU was the first post-secondary institution in Canada to shift its entire digital operations infrastructure into its own secure cloud environment. Now, AU is creating an integrated learning environment that will bring together all aspects of online learning and student services into a seamless whole to engage students deeply in interactive learning experiences of online learning for their lifetime.

If you have a passion for contributing your technical expertise or leadership in cross-functional IT DevSecOps squads with a relentless focus on the needs of our online students, please consider joining our AU IT division. For more on our IT strategy, please refer to "RISE: Athabasca University's Digital Transformation, Our 5-Year IT Strategy"

Reporting to the Director, Cloud Environment, the Manager, Cloud Research Architecture leads a team of Cloud Architects, Cloud Systems Administrators: Architecture, DevSecOps, Security and Cloud Systems Technicians in defining the research infrastructure solutions for the University's multi-cloud IT environment, ensuring it is reliable, secure, scalable, and universally available. The Manager, Cloud Research Architecture will partner and provide technical advisement to the Associate Vice President, Research in the IDEA Pilot: Athabasca University's Virtual Research Domain and work closely with AU's strategic collaborations team at AWS.

The Manager, Cloud Research Architecture, oversees cloud research architecture for both infrastructure and applications, designing, developing, and communicating processes, tools, and standards with the Cloud Architects, Cloud Systems Administrators: Architecture, DevSecOps, Security and Cloud Systems Technicians and helping to define and implement DevSecOps methods and practices.

The Manager, Cloud Research Architecture works closely with the Manager, Cloud Operations Architecture under the Director, Cloud Environment to lead the cloud-first operational strategy and security of AU's Research and high-performance computing technical operations in the AU cloud. Provides technical advice and guidance to Cloud Architects, Cloud Systems Administrators: Architecture, DevSecOps, Security and Cloud Systems Technician focuses with less technical experience.



  • Minimum of 7 years' progressive experience in Cloud Architecture, with an emphasis on cloud architecture implementation projects or related technology implementations.
  • Minimum of 7 years' work experience managing IT teams of cloud architects, cloud systems administrators, cloud technicians and other related IT roles required.
  • AWS Professional-level Solutions Architect certification required, or the commitment to complete certification within 2 years of date of hire.
  • AWS Advanced Networking or Security specialty certification preferred
  • Diploma or degree in computer science, management, or engineering, recognized in Canada. In lieu of a degree or diploma, additional experience over and above the minimum requirement may be considered.
  • Experience with technical evaluation of built or bought technical architecture and advising of Cloud Architects, Cloud Systems Administrators: Architecture, DevSecOps, Security and Cloud Systems Technicians with less experience
  • Understanding of current cloud best practices, design principles, market trends and emerging technologies
  • Solid understanding of networking/distributed computing environment concepts and understands principles of routing, client/server programming and managing network services
  • Additional AWS Certifications desired
  • Experience in architecting cloud security rules, network security and secure architecture for web transactions, applications and forms


The full job description can be viewed at: Manager, Cloud Research Architecture

For further information regarding this position, please contact Graeme Denney, Deputy Chief Information Officer, by email at:


AU shapes and enables mutually supportive communities, regardless of where those communities exist. AU's Strategic Plan IMAGINE: Transforming Lives. Transforming Communities ( has as one of its strategic themes "Moving Beyond Place." We are embracing this theme and will be transitioning to a near-virtual work environment by December 2021. At that time, this role may become permanently home-based.