Senior Technical Architect

Location: McLean, VA

Department: Engineering

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced is seeking a Senior Technical Architect to work in the Office of the CTO. The Senior Technical Architect should have domain expertise with respect to identity proofing, multifactor authentication, and identity and access management (IAM), and/or Attribute Based Access Control (ABAC). We are looking for a strategic, technical architect willing to get hands on when necessary who possesses a sound understanding of immense scale, ultra-high performance, innovation in security and an obsession for engineering excellence. A successful candidate will be responsible for the scalability, security, and flexibility of’s cloud-hosted Identity Gateway.’s platform supports multiple verticals, including Federal Government, State Government, Healthcare, Financial Services, and E-Commerce, so an ideal Senior Technical Architect will have the intellectual agility to support the authentication and security requirements of different vertical owners. Currently, is responsible for providing critical functionality in support of important populations; for example, is responsible for administering identity proofing and multifactor authentication to Veterans for remote access to benefits and services from Veterans Affairs. Five more federal agencies are also integrating our technology so American citizens can securely access important government benefits and services online.

Our vision is to transform the way users login online by providing portable, trusted logins from many different identity providers (not Facebook and Google) so individuals have agency and control over their personal data. Our end state is an internet where individuals pick one login providers of their choice and then use that login across multiple websites without having to create a new login or undergo redundant data entry or identity verification steps at each website in a silo.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop current, transitional, and future-state core architectures.
  • Create design documents and diagrams with supporting justification for architectural choices and organizes associated detailed documentation.
  • Promote the use of shared infrastructure, systems, applications, and APIs to reduce costs, improve the quality of’s services, and increase customer satisfaction.
  • Collaborate with other architects and strategic stakeholders throughout the organization to provide a solution that is scalable, adaptable and synchronized with evolving business needs.
  • Work to settle architecture differences or conflicts existing across the various architecture layers in the organization.
  • Work with business and technical staff to capture and validate integration requirements, using industry-standard methodologies.
  • Decide and enforce architecture design decisions that have a broad impact across the organization.
  • Write material for white papers and documentation of architecture.
  • Set proper expectations to ensure customer satisfaction; maintain an up-to-date knowledge of functional business needs as a context for technological research and recommendations.
  • Mentor developers and junior architects in best practices and encourage the flow of information and understanding among teams.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.


Essential Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related quantitative field.
  • Five or more years of experience in authentication, information security, or identity and access management.
  • Twelve or more years of experience building complex, highly-scalable, distributed software systems including substantial experience working as a senior architect on multiple projects.
  • Equivalent combination of education, training, and relevant experience may be considered in place of the education requirement stated above.


Preferred Skills

  • Experience with technologies such as SAML 2.0, OAuth 2.0, OpenID Connect, Active Directory, LDAP, OpenAM, Okta, RBAC, ABAC.
  • Familiarity with compliance standards such as NIST 800-63-2, GDPR, HIPAA, PCI, FedRAMP, and FISMA.
  • In-depth understanding of system software design in areas such as user interface, web application development, security, performance, server design, integration technologies, and globalization.
  • Ability to deliver standard, customized, and/or strategic solution demonstrations and presentations outlining functional capabilities, competitive advantages and business benefits of technological solutions as they apply to’s needs.
  • Ability to document complex architectural concepts and solutions in both business and technical terms.
    • Must be self-directed, authentic, and innovative.
    • Possess the ability to engage and lead other world-class engineers to contribute innovative ideas and deliver novel solutions.
    • Ability to rapidly prototype new, efficient, and reusable abstractions and systems to inform design and architecture choices.
  • Experience utilizing popular EA frameworks.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication, organizational, analytical and logical problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time across multiple projects; proven track record of delivering complex projects on schedule.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.


Preferred Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science or related quantitative field.
  • Successful design and implementation of a significant enterprise solution for a variety of systems, particularly cloud hosted services.
  • Experience with cloud-based architectures running on AWS, Azure, or similar platforms.
  • Experience in a technical-leadership role.
  • Proven track record of working in an agile environment.

About Us's mission is to make the world a more trusted place by facilitating efficient and trusted interactions between people and organizations. As one of just four federally certified identity providers, helps individuals prove their identity online. For the VA's program,'s technology helps Veterans get access to important healthcare and educational benefits online without needing to visit a VA facility in-person. For regulated organizations,'s Identity Gateway streamlines authentication and regulatory compliance. provides Identity-as-as-Service to many well-known organizations, including Veterans Affairs, USAA, NASA, Fanatics, Treasury, and the State of Maine. has won multiple awards, including Voted The Most Disruptive Company of 2016 at the PYMNTS Innovation Project. Recognized as one of Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Brilliant Companies of 2014 Audience Choice Award at Privacy Identity Innovation 2014.

We like to keep it loose in the office. While wearing pants is encouraged (legal constraints), there are very few rules in our company. We look for nice, accountable, mission-driven people who work hard, learn fast and don’t mind taking risks -- even if that means failing sometimes. We want fun and friendly co-workers who are committed to winning. appreciates your interest in our company as a place of employment. It is policy to provide equal opportunity for employment to all qualified employees and applicants, regardless of race, religion, religious affiliation, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law. This policy applies to all areas of employment including recruitment, placement, training, transfer, promotion, termination, pay, and other forms of compensation and benefits. will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.


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