Cloud Operations Specialist

Are you looking for an opportunity for advancement in a collaborative work environment that offers work-life balance and excellent benefits? The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) hires and rewards great people who are passionate about serving our members. We offer competitive compensation and benefits as well as distinctive benefits like a Safe Harbor 401(k) and Company Match 401(k) plan, flexible work schedules including a 9/80 Work Schedule, and Winter Break from December 24th – January 1st.

SME,, is a scientific and technical society (501(c) (3) corporation) with more than 13,000 members globally in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers focused on innovations in mining engineering. SME nurtures a professional community, develops technical content, and provides networking and educational opportunities for the mining industry.


Cloud Operations Specialist




Full-Time Exempt


12999 E. Adam Aircraft Circle, Englewood, CO 80112


$70,000 - $80,000 DOE


8% bonus potential based upon achievement of defined goals


3% automatic safe-harbor match plus 80% elective deferral match of the first 5% contributed by the employee


Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA or HSA*, Short-Term Disability Insurance, Employer Paid Life Insurance, Employer Paid Long-Term Disability, Travel Assistance, and EAP.  Sick, Vacation, and Holidays including Winter Break office closure from 12/24-1/1.  Flexible Work Schedule Options including, flexible start times from 6:00am – 9:00am, 9/80 Work Schedule


Hybrid work schedule – 2 Days in the office (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), up to 3 Days Remote


Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.


We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Cloud Operations Specialist to join our team. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in cloud infrastructure management, DHCP networking protocol, and virtualization platforms. You will play a critical role in maintaining the cloud infrastructure, supporting the migration of legacy systems to virtualized environments, and implementing disaster recovery procedures.

Essential Functions

  • Cloud Infrastructure Management and Maintenance:

    • Monitor cloud infrastructure and assist with maintenance for optimal performance
    • Assist with planning and executing migrations from physical systems to virtualized environments
    • Ensure cloud infrastructure and website registrations follow company policies and regulations
    • Maintain website registrations and security certificates for the company 
    • Document technical processes and systems for future reference

    Virtualization Platforms:

    • Support the migration of legacy systems to a virtualized environment, working alongside the Systems Administrator
    • Install, configure, and maintain virtualization platforms with support
    • Create and manage virtual machines, storage, and networks

    Windows Server Environment Administration:

    • Configure and manage Active Directory/LDAP, DNS, DHCP, GPO, and IIS systems with support
    • Manage SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, and Exchange in O365 with support

    Incident Response and Disaster Recovery:

    • Monitor cloud infrastructure for potential issues and assist with implementing preventative measures
    • Collaborate with the Systems Administrator to diagnose and resolve complex technical problems
    • Assist in developing and testing disaster recovery procedures for cloud backup solutions, critical systems and data
    • Participate in incident response activities, including root cause analysis and resolution documentation
    • Stay up to date with the latest troubleshooting and disaster recovery technologies and techniques

    Team Collaboration and Support:

    • Work closely with the Systems Administrator on a day-to-day basis and interface with the web development team
    • Take direction from the IT Manager to ensure that projects are aligned with the overall IT strategy
    • Support and facilitate on-premises storage that is backed up to a cloud environment
    • Provide technical support and guidance to staff alongside IT team
    • Participate in regular meetings with the IT team and other departments as needed 

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field
  • 3+ years of experience in cloud infrastructure management or network security
  • Experience with Azure, AWS, or GCP and virtualization technologies such as VMware, Hyper-V, and Citrix
  • Strong familiarity with standard networking protocols (HTTP, SMTP, DHCP, FTP, DNS, DHCP)
  • Experience in data protection (backup, restore, replication, disaster recovery)
  • Knowledge of DNS and SSL management, network management and security protocols
  • Familiarity with common databases (Oracle/MSSQL/MySQL) and O365 applications (SharePoint, OneDrive, Exchange)
  • Microsoft MCSA/MCSE certification in Windows Server (preferred)
  • Strong problem-solving, planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal abilities


The above qualifications and requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position.

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