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$79,565 - $103,434
Computer Systems Architect (1018690)
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National Security Agency | Honolulu, HI
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Job Description


* Collaborate with technical experts, internal and external to the organization, to identify, evaluate, and recommend technical solutions to support division goals and project requirements.

* Assist executive level managers by planning, executing, and administering high-level, non-routine issues concerning programs, policies, directives, actions, external queries, correspondence, etc.

* Provide qualitative or quantitative analysis, consulting, and workable solutions for actions and issues.

* Advise management, offer recommendations, and serve as an organizational liaison as required.

* Review and evaluate technical documents and proposals.

* Research and evaluate potential vendors.

* Assist in the development, tracking, and execution of the spend plan.

* Develop functional, operational, and user requirements.

* Conduct reviews to validate functional, operational, and user requirements.

* Translate conceptual designs into technical specifications.

* Identify new and existing products and technologies to solve design, developmental, and operational problems and deficiencies.

* Establish and maintain documentation of technical processes and procedures.

* Assist in developing a training plan for the organization's workforce. Research, identify, and validate training options.


* Qualifications: Entry is with a High School diploma with thirteen (13) years experience, an Associate's degree with nine (9) years experience, or a Bachelor's degree in with seven (7) years experience. Qualifying degree, if any, must be in Computer Science or Information Systems.

* Experience in three or more of the following areas:

* Unix and/or Linux.

* Enterprise SAN/NAS storage (server-level experience).

* Microsoft: Microsoft Exchange Messaging system; Windows 2000, 2003, and/or 2008 servers; Windows Active Directory; Windows XP or Windows7 desktop support; and SharePoint.

* Virtualized computing environment, specifically with VMWare administration and with UNIX virtualization technologies for Solaris containers/zones and Logical Domains (LDOM's).

* Network architecture and administration (LAN and WAN).

* Video-teleconferencing.

* Ability to liaison with local, deployed, and CONUS Information Technology personnel and DOD Information Technology work centers.

* Fluent in the English Language.

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All positions in the National Security Agency are in the excepted service.
Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Range $79,565 - $103,434


About National Security Agency

Company Description

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in the protection and exploitation of intelligence. We gather and analyze foreign signals intelligence to produce vital information for U.S. policymakers and warfighters. And we protect American intelligence from the ever-listening ears of our adversaries, giving our Nation a decisive edge.

Company History

NSA was established on November 4, 1952, by order of President Harry Truman. This decision followed the Nation's important work in breaking German and Japanese codes during WWII, which contributed to Allied success against the German U-Boat threat in the North Atlantic and victory at the Battle of Midway in the Pacific, and other contributions. President Truman's decision to establish NSA followed several studies on how best to continue this codebreaking work in the post-war era.

Mission & Values

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service leads the community in delivering responsive, reliable, effective, and expert Signals Intelligence and Information Assurance products and services, and enables Network Warfare operations to gain a decisive information advantage for the Nation and our allies under all circumstances.

Working Here

At the Nation's top cryptologic organization, you can work with the best and the brightest, using your intelligence to solve some of the Nation's most difficult challenges. Your solutions can play a major role in shaping the course of world history. Expanding your intelligence is a priority at NSA. As an NSA employee, you will have the opportunity to enhance your competency in your career field through a variety of educational and training programs. Our National Cryptologic School addresses the professional and technical development of NSA employees and provides the unique training needed by both the NSA workforce and several elements throughout the Department of Defense. We also sponsor employees for undergraduate and graduate level study at the Nation's top universities and colleges.

Hiring Information

NSA is looking for people who are intelligent and imaginative critical thinkers who can contribute innovative ideas to solve our most difficult challenges. NSA currently has exciting career opportunities available in the following fields: Computer/Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Intelligence Analysis, Cryptanalysis, Signals Analysis, Business Management, Finance/Accounting, Co-op, Internship, and Scholarship Programs, and more.


In addition to working with advanced technology and making a difference in the world, you'll enjoy an incredible benefits package, paid time off, health and life insurance, competitive pay, flexible work hours, moving assistance, and much more.


Today's job marketplace is competitive. To get a step ahead you need to gain practical experience before you graduate. Come work with the top professionals in your field at NSA. Our internships, co-op program, scholarships, and work study programs will help you to develop and shape your career well before your studies are through.

Take a look at the programs we offer for each educational level:

High School
  • Work Study Programs
    High School Work Study Program
  • Scholarships
    • Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

  • Internships
    • Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP)
    • Cryptologic Access Summer Intern Program (CAP)
    • Director's Summer Program (DSP)
    • Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIP/IA)
    • Installation & Logistics (I&L) Intern Program
    • Intelligence Analysis Summer Program
    • Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services Summer Program (CES SP)
    • Semester Intern Program for Science and Technology (SIP/ST)
    • Summer Language Program
    • Co-operative Education Program
    • Scholarships
      • Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP)
      • Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
      • The SMART Program
    • Internships
      Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP)
      Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP)
      Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIP/IA)
    • Summer Language Program
    • Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT)

  • Scholarships
    The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC)
    The SMART Program