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Who we are:

Raft ( is a customer-obsessed non-traditional small business with a purposeful focus on Distributed Data Systems, Platforms at Scale, and Complex Application Development, with headquarters in Reston, VA. Our range of clients includes innovative federal and public agencies leveraging design thinking, cutting-edge tech stack, and cloud-native ecosystem. We build digital solutions that impact the lives of millions of Americans.

We’re looking for an experienced Staff DevSecOps Engineer to support our customers and join our passionate team of high-impact problem solvers.

About the role:

As a Staff DevSecOps Engineer, your day begins with architecting, developing, and implementing end-to-end cluster and application lifecycles, ensuring secure and efficient processes. You will then collaborate with clients, designing and executing bespoke Kubernetes or Docker solutions tailored to their unique requirements, be they cloud-based or on-premises. A significant portion of your day is dedicated to constructing and perfecting CI/CD pipelines, which aids in the rapid and reliable delivery of software updates. This includes ensuring applications that get built are using hardened base containers via CI/CD pipelines. Suggest and, in cooperation with the pipeline Engineers, implement container hardening pipelines that produce hardened base containers, as well as harden existing application containers. Finally, you will oversee the application of GitOps principles for software delivery, reinforcing the use of version control and enabling a more streamlined and dependable deployment process. 

What we are looking for:

  • 5-8 years of hands-on experience with Kubernetes or Docker, provisioning production clusters and maintaining their compliance
  • 3+ years of experience implementing automated validations of RMF controls (e.g., NIST 800-53) in container or VM images
  • 3+ years of experience developing, troubleshooting, maintaining build automation for applications and images and developing end-to-end application testing
  • Experience with securing and hardening Linux virtual machines and containers
  • Experience with cosign for signing and verifying container images and attestations
  • Experience building Gitlab CICD pipeline templates and jobs
  • Proven experience in software systems development via CI/CD pipelines (Gitlab Pipelines) 
  • Architect, develop and implement end-to-end cluster and application lifecycles
  • Work with clients architecting, developing, and implementing Kubernetes or Experience with AWS and cloud technologies
  • Knowledgeable in Agile, DevOps and DevSecOps methodologies, practices, and culture 
  • Experience with managing and integrating Service-Mesh, such as Istio
  • Strong knowledge of version control systems like Gitlab, ability to maintain/operate Gitlab in the Cloud or on-premises
  • Problem solving aptitude
  • Experience with designing and implementing enterprise-grade, scalable cloud-based services to support our development teams
  • Implement GitOps for Software Delivery, i.e., FluxCD, ArgoCD
  • Experience with Log Management and Analytics tools such as PLG/Splunk/ELK 
  • Experience with building, deployment, release automation, or orchestration
  • Experience writing Unit/Integration/e2e testing (e.g., Junit, Cypress, Selenium)
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code (e.g., Terraform, Ansible, etc.) 
  • Experience building and consuming micro-services - RESTful APIs, SOAP APIs, Web Services 
  • Obtain Security+ within the first 90 days of employment with Raft

Highly preferred:

  • Experience with implementing Sigstore and Cosign to sign container images as well as SBOMs
  • Experience with hardening application containers
  • Proven experience with Istio service mesh
  • Experience with programming languages such as Python, Go, Java, JavaScript, TypeScript, C#
  • Passionate about automation, system efficiency, and security 
  • Certifications such as CKA, AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional, AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional

Clearance Requirements:

  • Active TS/SCI security clearance

Work Type: 

  • Remote (Local to San Antonio, TX)
  • May require up to 10% travel

Salary Range:

  • $120,000 - $190,000
  • The determination of compensation is predicated upon a candidate's comprehensive experience, demonstrated skill, and proven abilities

What we will offer you:

  • Highly competitive salary
  • Fully covered healthcare, dental, and vision coverage
  • 401(k) and company match
  • Take as you need PTO + 11 paid holidays
  • Education & training benefits
  • Annual budget for your tech/gadgets needs
  • Monthly box of yummy snacks to eat while doing meaningful work
  • Remote, hybrid, and flexible work options
  • Team off-site in fun places!
  • Generous Referral Bonuses
  • And More!

Our Vision Statement: 

We bridge the gap between humans and data through radical transparency and our obsession with the mission. 

Our Customer Obsession: 

We will approach every deliverable like it's a product. We will adopt a customer-obsessed mentality. As we grow, and our footprint becomes larger, teams and employees will treat each other not only as teammates but customers. We must live the customer-obsessed mindset, always. This will help us scale and it will translate to the interactions that our Rafters have with their clients and other product teams that they integrate with. Our culture will enable our success and set us apart from other companies.

How do we get there? 

Public-sector modernization is critical for us to live in a better world. We, at Raft, want to innovate and solve complex problems. And, if we are successful, our generation and the ones that follow us will live in a delightful, efficient, and accessible world where out-of-box thinking, and collaboration is a norm. 

Raft’s core philosophy is Ubuntu: I Am, Because We are. We support our “nadi” by elevating the other Rafters. We work as a hyper collaborative team where each team member brings a unique perspective, adding value that did not exist before. People make Raft special. We celebrate each other and our cognitive and cultural diversity. We are devoted to our practice of innovation and collaboration. 

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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