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Abt Associates DevOps Engineer (Remote Flexibility) in Atlanta, Georgia

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Abt Associates is a global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation; driving innovation and measurable impact for more than 50 years. What sets us apart is our evidence-based and multi-disciplinary approach to solving tough challenges in health, social and environmental policy and international development.

Digital Transformation and Services Division (DTS) is Abt’s full-service technology, data, and innovation partner, offering expertise across the entire spectrum of data — from the initial capture, to data wrangling and analytics, and data visualization and dissemination. They combine deep experience in developing data driven applications to drive actionable insights for our mission driven clients.


Abt Associates seeks a qualified DevOps Engineer to support our DTS Division. The DevOps Engineer will be responsible for all aspects of our AWS deployments including design, provisioning, monitoring, automation, and upkeep. Activities include interfacing with the operations team for best practices, integrating the testing and QA teams pre-deployment, and delivering on expectations with end users. The DevOps Engineer will fully document the architecture, the instantiation and automation scripts, maintenance and operations tasks and scheduling, and final As-Built documentation. Candidate should demonstrate a willingness to seek novel solutions to technology and business problems and the flexibility to acquire the necessary skills for implementation.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Deliver solutions in an Agile methodology with quick turn-around times, high availability, and low defect counts

  • Create, review, modify, and update CloudFormation scripts for the following types of resources:

  • Infrastructure Devices such as Elastic Load Balancers, Routers, Servers, and Firewalls

  • Operating System configurations and patching including various flavors of Windows and Linux

  • Work with Abt's Enterprise and Cloud Architects to ensure all components of the AWS architecture can be automated and scripted. Includes authoring

  • Infrastructure Scripts

  • Operating System Scripts

  • Application Deployment and Configuration Scripts

  • Work with AWS, implementation partners, and internal IT staff to:

  • Advocate the benefits and capabilities that can be found in the cloud environments

  • Answer technical questions to other Abt staff about cloud service best practices

  • Propose changes to Abt's architecture, infrastructure, and applications to make full use of the cloud environment

  • Assist the Abt Security resources in the implementation of FISMA and FedRAMP Moderate controls

  • Implement tools to monitor the environment for usability

Preferred Skills / Prerequisites:

  • Possess experience in managing or designing cloud platforms, communications, and server environment in AWS

  • Knowledgeable of cloud architectures, networking, system administration, architectures and security elements, virtualization technologies, encryption, and servers

  • Posses at least one AWS Certification (Solution Architect, SysOps, or Developer)

  • Be able to identify, understand, articulate, and manage technology decisions across technical disciplines - Be able to prioritize/ handle multiple tasks and projects effectively -

  • Familiarity with regulatory and legal requirements (i.e., FISMA, SOX, HIPAA requirements

  • Experience building and deploying serverless application in the AWS environment

  • Work with public sector or security sensitive clients a plus

  • Version control repositories like Bitbucket

  • Task management in software development tools like Jira and Confluence

  • Strong communication skills, particularly in translating perceived needs into technical requirements

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently in a fast paced, deadline driven environment

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree + Nine years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree + Seven years of relevant experience, or PhD + Four years of relevant experience

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of approximately $91,000 to $146,000 and may vary by ten percent depending on candidate geographic location. Salary offers are made based on internal equity and market analysis.

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply. #LI-TS1

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.

The Division of Data Science and Enabling Technologies is Abt’s full-service technology, data, and innovation partner, offering expertise across the entire spectrum of data — from the initial capture, to data wrangling and analytics, and data visualization and dissemination. They combine deep experience in developing, conducting and capturing high-quality data via complex surveys with an ability to normalize, analyze and transform data into actionable insights.

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.