Kafka Messaging Specialist

Clearance Level
Systems Analysis
Eagan, Minnesota

REQ#: RQ64836

Travel Required: None
Public Trust: None
Requisition Type: Regular

The Kafka Messaging Specialist position is a high level position requiring that successful candidates perform in a technical leadership role in the planning, development, implementation, maintenance and support of a centralized messaging environment executing national production applications in the USPS infrastructure throughout the United States. Dedicated staff is required to perform all activities associated with this large, complex and widely distributed environment. This includes a multi-platform skill set for Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2016 and SUSE Linux 12 operating systems.

This position will require technical specialists in their field. Successful candidates will be required to lead the development of standards and procedures, both operational and functional.

The US Postal Service must provide the above service to Postal customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Work schedules will vary based upon the needs of the PostaI Service. Candidates may be sought to support different shifts to enable 24x7 support. Candidates will be required to carry a pager and be on call.  This individual will be expected to work independently or semi-independently with a minimum of guidance or direction.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support and maintain a Kafka/Zookeeper environment and support USPS applications that execute in this large, complex and widely distributed environment.
  • Diagnose and resolve complex problems in all Kafka/Zookeeper environments.
  • Develop and implement procedures that support, maintain and enhance the environment.
  • Development and maintenance of project plans in accordance with US Postal Service standards will be required.
  • Develop and implement procedures that enable potential problem detection and avoidance, including disaster recovery planning and implementation.
  • Plan and implement Kafka/Zookeeper environments for all stages of development as well as production.
  • Interaction with other Postal organizations and individuals, such as developers and end users, will be necessary in order to understand applications and resolve problems.
  • This position is responsible for system design, software installation, and application development using Kafka/Zookeeper and other related software.
  • Balance hardware, network, software and architecture issues to arrive at a scalable and maintainable solution that meets client requirements for up-time, performance and functionality.  Also recommend solutions and alternatives.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of IT experience.
  • Expert ability to Install, upgrade, maintain and Support Kafka/Zookeeper efficiently in all environments.
  • Strong working knowledge, experience and ability with Microsoft Windows 2003/2016, and SUSE Linux 12 server operating systems.
  • Expert ability to diagnose and resolve complex problems in a Kafka/Zookeeper environment.
  • Excellent ability to develop and implement procedures that support, maintain and enhance the Kafka/Zookeeper environments.
  • Excellent ability to develop and implement procedures that enable potential problem detection and avoidance, including disaster recovery planning and implementation.
  • Excellent ability to perform Kafka/Zookeeper system design.
  • Willingness to work long and varied work schedules required by this large, diverse and complex production environment.
  • Excellent people skills and communications skills both oral and written.
  • Familiarity with firewall, DMZ and enclaves.
  • Working knowledge of problem and change management.

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • WebSphere MQ experience in a large enterprise environment.
  • Experience with all phases of application development.
  • Experience with Microsoft Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent work experience. 
We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.