Cloud Systems Administrator: Architecture (Virtual)

Athabasca, Alberta
VP Information Technology and CIO
Virtual - Alberta
108,245.00 Annual
81,772.00  Annual
Permanent Full Time
Division VP Information Technology and CIO FTE 1.0
Location Name Virtual - Alberta Position Type Permanent Full Time
Location Athabasca, Alberta Job ID 2761
Posted 06/06/2024 Wage Min 81772.0000
Closing Date 06/27/2024 Wage Max 108245.0000

As Canada’s leading open university, Athabasca University’s (AU) approach to accessible yet transformative education and research is truly distinctive. Its academic mission is to remove barriers to post-secondary education for learners, regardless of their age, location, career, or educational background.

Based in the beautiful region of Athabasca, AU is one of four Comprehensive Academic and Research Universities (CARUs) in the province. AU is a public, board-governed, open, and online university serving more than 35,000 students across Alberta, Canada, and around the world.

AU seeks to be an agile and inclusive workplace in which all team members can grow, make their highest contribution, and each make a difference to our academic vision and mission. AU is strongly committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and with Indigenous Peoples and communities, conciliation.

Led by President Dr. Alex Clark, AU is embarking on an exciting new chapter in strategic planning. Drawing from five decades of growth in distance and online education, we aim to reinforce our position as Canada’s foremost innovator in open learning. With the recent formation of an inclusive Senior Leadership Team dedicated to empowering every team member to contribute and thrive, AU stands poised for an exciting and ambitious next stage of development.


The Position:

Under general direction of the Manager, Cloud Operations Architecture, this position is responsible for the system administration of AU's AWS cloud infrastructure for all its operations including the implementation, configuration and deployment of cloud architecture, along with problem resolution of infrastructure issues.

This role provides technical administration capabilities in the analysis, design, development, implementation, security, testing of technical enhancements in AU cloud infrastructure in support of strategic, operational, or project-based objectives. The Cloud Systems Administrator ensures these activities are executed in accordance with the standard operating procedures of the IT Platform Engineering squad and in compliance with all IT policies and procedures to facilitate a secure DevSecOps approach and environment for all Athabasca University IT.


**Please note: This position at AU is an approved for a Virtual – Alberta. The successful candidate for this role and all related functions for employment must reside in the province of Alberta but can be performed in a virtual environment.



  • Diploma or Degree in computer science, management, or engineering, recognized in Canada. In lieu of a diploma or degree, additional experience over and above the minimum requirement may be considered. 
  • Minimum of 5 years' progressive experience in Cloud Systems Administration, with an emphasis on cloud architecture implementation projects or related technology implementations.
  • AWS Associate-level Solutions Architect certification required.  
  • AWS Advanced Networking specialty certification preferred.
  • 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
  • Experience in applying cloud security rules, network security and securing web transactions, applications and forms 


The full job description can be viewed at: Cloud Systems Administrator Architecture.

For further information regarding this position, please contact Evan Wagner via email at