540 is looking for an API Solutions Architect with demonstrated experience both designing and delivering API-first architectures to help the DoD modernize an Air Force training platform. You’ll be part of a small Agile team working to help integrate data across half a dozen components of a Pilot Training platform.  You will collaborate with other project component teams to define and refine the system architecture and security, SSO (and other core system services), and the delivery and management of RESTful APIs in accordance with the overarching project’s API Strategy, API Governance, and security requirement.  Additionally, as a member of the API team, you will develop capabilities in the API Management platform (Apigee) to actualize the designs and provide implementation options throughout the project lifecycle.  As the project scales to include additional air force bases, weapons systems, and integrating systems, you will collaborate, document, and present system architectures that are scalable, maintainable, and performant.


540 is a forward-thinking company that the government turns to in order to #GetShitDone. We do more than talk about it, we break down barriers to innovation and build impactful tech. We’re looking for someone with big ideas, who thrives on innovation and is a self-starter. If you love to learn about and work with new technologies, we want to talk to you.


  • 6+ years of related technical experience 
  • 2+ years as a software developer in one or two modern coding languages/frameworks (TypeScript, JavaScript, Node.js, Java (Spring Boot), Ruby on Rails, etc.) 
  • 2+ years of experience as a Solutions Architect or Systems Engineer
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or another related field
  • Proficiencies in RESTful API design, building and consumption
  • Experience documenting system architectures for consumption by business, technical, and functional stakeholders
  • Self-starter with with proven ability to learn quickly and “become an expert” on something that you don’t have previous knowledge/experience on
  • Experience with Apigee’s API Management Platform (or comparable API Gateways / API Management Platform with an interest and ability to learn Apigee)
  • Understanding of core principles of cloud architectures and experience with AWS and/or Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Ability to corral, define and document technical requirements for developer implementation 
  • Ability to identify performance issues at the app, API, and data tiers, as well as offer solutions for improvement 
  • Understanding of various methods of authentication via APIs (PKI, OAuth, JWT, etc) and authorization (LDAP, SAML, etc) 
  • Broad understanding and experience with various frameworks, tools, and technologies (including challenges exposing/consuming data through APIs)
  • Understanding of HTTP and TLS/SSL 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently (as if on an island) with clients, but also be a consummate team player
  • Must have or be able to obtain a US Security Clearance
  • #GetShitDone mentality


  • Experience with OpenAPI (fka Swagger)
  • Experience with Agile projects and development
  • Ability to define, create, and execute integration tests (API testing, unit testing, etc.) 
  • Knowledge of non-RESTful data interfaces (SOAP, Web Sockets, GraphQL, etc.)
  • Experience with securing sensitive data (including security marking standards such as DoD Banner Lines or ISM) 
  • Ability to rapidly code proof of concepts to help with analysis of alternatives (should be a person who can code in mixed environments) and prove out ideas  
  • Experience deploying applications in the DoD or other accredited federal environments that require IA certification and accreditation to deploy
  • Understanding of high availability and scalability techniques at the app, API, and data tiers


  • 100% covered health, dental and vision premium for employees, optional dependent coverage
  • 401k with employer match
  • Life Insurance
  • Short-term and Long-term Disability coverage
  • Flexible PTO + all Federal holidays off
  • Paid parking or transit expenses
  • Generous monthly technology stipend
  • Education and Training allowance


  • Fully loaded Macbook Pro
  • Stocked kitchen with 3 nitro cold brew kegs on tap  
  • Fitness Center onsite
  • Referral Bonus - good people know good people
  • Ongoing Social Events (including, but not limited to annual hackathons, Taste of 540, holiday party, annual charity golf tournament, so much more…)
  • DC Fray kickball league bi-annually


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