• Location: Ft. Meade, Maryland
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #3231

Title: Information Systems Architect
Location: Ft. Meade, MD
*Clearance: *Active TS/SCI w/ Polygraph needed to apply *
Company Overview:
Cornerstone Defense is the Employer of Choice within the Intelligence, Defense, and Space communities of the U.S. Government.  Realizing early on that our most prized assets are our employees, we continually focus our attention on improving the overall work/life experience they have supporting the mission.  Our Team is pushed every day to use their industry leading knowledge to provide end-to-end solutions to combat our nation’s toughest and most secure problems.  If you are looking for a place to not only be professionally challenged, but encouraged and supported by a company that cares, don’t look any further than Cornerstone Defense.


·        Architect custom solutions of program and enterprise or operational scope.

·        Architect reusable solutions of program and enterprise or operational scope.

·        Customize reusable solutions of program and enterprise or operational scope.

·        Define and implement architectural governance at the program and enterprise or operational scope.

·        Develop for client technically or operationally feasible long-term IT strategies and plans .

·        Assess business impact of multiple technologies/strategies .

·        Identify and address technical or operational risks .

·        Provide review/input on project activities for large enterprise or global level projects .

Education and Experience Required:
Industry experience – minimum 10 to 15 years Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field, or equivalent experience.

Knowledge and Skills:

·        Ability to understand the customer's business problem, need, or opportunity and to design an IS solution that completely and correctly addresses the business problem, need, or opportunity without unnecessary enhancements.

·        Ability to lead the architectural design, development, deployment, and technical quality of large enterprise or global solutions that span multiple technologies and disciplines.

·        Be able to provide architectural direction for multiple medium to large sized projects concurrently in various stages of their lifecycle or a large project full time.

·        Understands and applies one or more industry acknowledged architectural modeling methods and tools.

·        Can validate/evaluate if an information systems or operational architecture meets business needs .

·        Be able to evaluate the effect of external factors on designed solution .

Business Acumen:

·        Develops Architecture Specification deliverables that map customer business requirements into complete information systems (technologies, processes and people) or operational solutions.

·        Ability to apply knowledge of how the industry uses IT to address business challenges using, for example, technical standards and infrastructure, cross-industry trends that impact IT investment, industry-specific roadmaps, and IT enablers.


·        Broad IT industry knowledge with depth in multiple areas.

·        Has pulse on future technology or operational trends as they relate to and support customer business directions (“trusted advisor” role).

·        Broad knowledge of IT and business standards and best practices and how to apply them appropriately in solutions .

·        Expert or Master level of knowledge of multiple technologies or IT disciplines .

·        Able to design planning for accessibility, scalability, and availability.


·        Ability to strategically consider all sides of an issue within the contexts of time, breadth, and range of options.

·        Ability to prepare clear, concise, and persuasive communications for multiple audiences, including demonstrating effective writing and presentation skills, listening actively, and projecting a credible image.

·        Ability to articulate technical or operational problems into understandable business terms appropriate for the audience.


·        Able to design and present high-impact messages to customer's Executive level management.

·        Able to use a wide variety of presentation tools to persuasively communicate complex messages to multiple audience levels, including Executive level management.

·        Ability to use prepared and create complete original materials to communicate with the customer. Communicates mostly strategic information and some Tactical information.

·        Has Excellent speaking and writing skills with proven capability to represent the company at external customer and industry events.


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