IT Solutions Architect

Conference of State Bank Supervisors - Washington, DC

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The IT Solutions Architect is responsible for supporting EA activities that guide the developing direction for managing a portfolio of technical solutions and deliver effective installation, administration, maintenance, and troubleshooting, of a wide array of CSBS systems to include shared infrastructure and application services. Identifies and evaluates areas for improvement that drive achievement of targeted business outcomes. Is responsible for overseeing and implementing operational components of NMLS 2.0 modernization as well as working with CSBS IT leadership and vendors to validate proposed architecture solutions.

The IT Solutions Architect, working with an external solutions implementation team will be tasked to establish, maintain, and drive the technical strategy and plan for achieving program delivery objectives and managing program/project integration points. Should monitor, manage, and work in collaboration with CSBS peers and technology vendors to achieve program/project objectives and ensure proper controls and oversight are provided.

An effective IT Solutions Architect will leverage IT solutions to enable CSBS’s desired future-state business capabilities and delivery targeted business outcomes. Must have the ability to see big picture requirements and distill them into concrete tasks and execute independently in a timely fashion.

Essential Duties

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.

Provide expert consultation and support of full-lifecycle systems engineering; initially dedicated to CSBS’s NMLS modernization efforts

Provide enterprise systems design recommendations based on a thorough understanding of business drivers, business capabilities, and current/future technology solutions

Provide technical leadership and advise on designs for application solutions, including design reviews, planning, and implementation

Lead staff tasked with design and implementation of external solutions

Identify and recommend design or configuration changes for a multi-account, multi-region, highly available and automated AWS infrastructure

Monitor and evaluate the current-state IT systems portfolio to identify compliance issues, detect deficiencies, and make recommendations to improve the architecture and/or address misalignment with requirements

Develop and adhere to technical standards, specifications, and best practices

Understand and contribute to the creation of architectural and system design documents

Ensure infrastructure and system design meets FISMA Moderate standards and achieves Authorize to Operate (ATO)

Evaluate and aid in the selection of software, cloud services, configurations, and other IT technologies based on a developed roadmap

Directly assist Infrastructure and Application Development workstreams to identify tools and infrastructure that best fit requirements and achieve business outcomes

Identify and execute on opportunities to tune and optimize system performance

Identify organizational and financial impacts of recommended technology solutions

Lead and participate in technical discussions to aid system design, analysis, and troubleshooting

Support full software development life cycle and production of mission-critical applications

Additional Responsibilities

Attend and host meetings and provide support in the form of targeted agendas, meeting notes, communications, and follow-up delivery

Maintain relevant and current professional knowledge via in-house training, online resources, attendance at professional events, and personal investment in continued education and certifications

Monitor and analyze industry trends and developments to identify potential risks and opportunities as they apply to the CSBS enterprise

Work closely with program management office to ensure roadmap is achieved and all established processes are followed in project planning, execution, and close-out

Develop and maintain working relationships and collaborate with various vendors and other stakeholders

Analyze and review existing processes and procedures to identify opportunities that lead to gains in efficiency and security

Other duties, as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual should possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed and meet the amount of education, training and/or work experience required.


B.S. / B.A. degree in Computer Science or equivalent required


8+ years of relevant professional experience as a system engineer, architect, or systems administrator with significant exposure to a wide variety of technologies and domains

Minimum of 5+ years’ experience in at least two IT solution development disciplines, including technical architecture, network management, application development, middleware, database management or operations

Demonstrated experience as a solutions architect

Demonstrated experience as a team lead or technical lead on a project

Understanding of AWS concepts and experience implementing and maintaining cloud-bases systems and applications in Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Significant experience writing contract solicitation documents, technical design, system architecture, and other technical documents

Experience reviewing and understanding strategic and emerging technology trends and applying them to current and evolving business needs and systems architecture

Experience collaborating with cross functional teams to achieve a shared project goals using waterfall and agile methods and processes


Systems engineering certification strongly desired

AWS Professional Certification – Solutions Architect strongly desired

Must be eligible to obtain or currently possess a U.S. Government clearance at the Public Trust Moderate (NACI) level or higher.

Must be a United States citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) with at least three (3) years consecutive residence in the United States as indicated on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) LPR issued card.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working knowledge and experience with project and portfolio management tools, preferably CA Clarity, Microsoft Project, and/or Jira

Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and writing skills and the ability to communicate effectively with all levels

Excellent organizational, time-management, and prioritization skills

Ability to successfully articulate short- and long-term plans and influence decisions

Ability to apply a broad array of technical solutions to address current problems and/or to meet business requirements

Knowledge of all components of an enterprise technical architecture

Knowledge of application development methodologies and infrastructure and network architecture

Working Conditions

Office work environment with remote support

Occasional travel outside Washington D.C. area (1-3 days per quarter)

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