Position Description

Solutions Architect, Cloud Developer
Location United States
Department IT
# of openings 1
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Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include non-communicable disease prevention, cardiovascular health promotion, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are concentrated in low- and middle-income cities in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.

Vital Strategies offers highly competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. Vital welcomes and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. As such, our commitment is to promote equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment.

The Position

The Cloud Developer acts as a thought partner within the IT department and has three primary responsibilities:

  1. To partner with programs to innovate, architect, create, and scale technology solutions
  2. To work with the IT team to automate and streamline general operations and finance processes; and assist with development of reports
  3. To assist the communications and marketing teams in creating engaging online experiences

Reporting to the Chief Technology Officers, the Cloud Developer works directly with colleagues across the organization, taking ownership of various cloud computing projects and platforms used at Vital Strategies. S/he has much autonomy and is expected to proactively identify inefficiencies and develop technology solutions. The role lends itself to a self-starter looking to hone her/his overall technical skillset.

Travel between the U.S. and other Vital Strategies locations may be mutually agreed.

Specific Duties

  • Assist the CIO in defining Vital’s technology strategy; specifically relating to program and online technology;
  • Partner with, understand, and assess program objectives in order to create innovative technology solutions to enhance Vital Strategies’ work
  • Oversee cloud computing, hosting, and registrar accounts and platforms; standardizing and documenting configuration;
  • Work closely with the communications team, integrating tools and creating custom forms to increase engagement and enhance user experience;
  • Work with operations and finance teams to develop technical solutions for streamlining and automating regular business procedures and reporting;
  • Scale and hone existing and future technology projects using elastic cloud computing and API integrations;
  • Working with Systems Manager, incorporate and implement cybersecurity best practices throughout cloud products and platforms;
  • Help define and meet standards of service pertaining to technology operations;
  • Implement and operationalize software and application standards;
  • Continually develop and document procedures and policies to help standardize IT functions
  • Adapt and implement new IT operations models and methodologies benefiting the organization
  • Proactively research, learn, and deploy new technologies and features beneficial to the organization
  • Troubleshoot technical issues, provide relevant technical support
  • Special projects as requested


  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field and technical certifications a plus
  • 5+ years of experience in a similar role with progressing levels of responsibility
  • Experience managing all aspects of systems development life cycle
  • Experience managing and administering cloud computing platforms: AWS, Azure
  • Scripting languages: JavaScript, PowerShell
  • Programming languages – Python, C, C++, or Java
  • Front-end development: HTML, CSS, WordPress
  • Database management experience: SQL, MySQL
  • Deployment of cloud services: virtual machines, database-as-a-service, web services
  • Experience customizing applications and software using APIs
  • Operating systems: Microsoft Windows, Linux
  • Understanding of TCP/IP and general networking principles and protocols
  • Statistical programming languages a plus: R
  • Experience managing and deploying containers a plus: Kubernetes, Docker
  • Database administration a plus
  • Mobile development a plus


  • Ability to rapidly and independently learn new technologies
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Excellent judgement and decision making
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Ability to project manage, multi-task, and re-prioritize on an ongoing basis
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Cultural sensitivity
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