Riverside Research Institute

Chief Architect

Location US-VA-Centreville
ID 2024-3192
Technical Management
Position Type
Full Time Salary

Riverside Overview

Riverside Research is an independent National Security Nonprofit dedicated to research and development in the national interest. We provide high-end technical services, research and development, and prototype solutions to some of the country’s most challenging technical problems.
 All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Position Overview

Riverside Research is seeking a Chief Architect to lead systems engineering analysis, technical program management, and architecture design for highly complex data and analytics processing solutions in support of the Commercial Innovation Center (CIC). The CIC is built upon a research and development environment designed to evaluate and integrate commercial data, analytics, and related capabilities to accelerate the prototyping and demonstration of innovative, commercially derived solutions to challenging national security missions and problems. As Chief Architect for the Commercial Innovation Center, you will oversee evaluation and validation of new technology partnerships and implement system-level demonstrations of enhanced commercial capabilities, with a particular focus on developing innovative solutions to orchestrated collection for resilient and real-time insights and analytics delivery. You will serve as a subject matter expert to key CIC program portfolios and as a mentor to engineering, software development, and program management staff.


• Develop system-level architecture designs and oversee space systems and GEOINT R&D portfolio execution to drive related prototype development and demonstration activities
• Work directly with government clients to serve as a trusted agent and subject matter expert and to help translate mission goals into realizable requirements and technical solutions
• Communicate across all CIC program portfolios to identify and lead cross-functional collaboration and help implement organizational and operational efficiencies
• Create and document innovative solutions and technology concepts in the form of presentations, white papers, and proposals for delivery to internal and external executive stakeholders
• Other duties as assigned



• B.S. degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or related field
• 12+ years of experience designing, developing, operationalizing, and maintaining enterprise-level cloud applications for GEOINT data processing, analytics extraction, and/or tactical ISR solutions
• 5+ years of experience working with commercial satellite, communications, component, or GEOINT processing and analytics technologies in support of the defense and intelligence communities
• Experience with system administration in an enterprise environment, Active Directory Administration, user and group access control, agile development, and database administration
• Ability to supervise others and lead projects and deliverables within a collaborative and cross-functional environment
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ensuring customer goals are met satisfactorily
• Active TS/SCI clearance with a polygraph



• M.S. or Ph.D. degree
• Project or Program Management certifications and experience
• AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Developer, or SysOps Associate Certification
• Experience with advanced algorithm design and implementation in the areas of proliferated SmallSat constellation mission operations and tasking, computer vision, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and multi-int fusion

Global Comp

$200,000 - $240,000 This represents the typical compensation range for this position based on experience, location and other factors.

Closing Statement

Riverside Research Institute is a not-for-profit, technology-oriented defense company, where service to our customers and support of our staff is our overall mission. Riverside is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding recruitment and hiring.  Riverside offers comprehensive compensation and benefit packages to our employees.
Riverside bases its employment decisions solely on technical experience, qualifications and other job-related criteria related to our organizational purpose as a not-for-profit company, and without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status or any other status legally protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.


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