Information Technology (IT) System Architect

Marion County, OR - Salem, OR3.0

30+ days ago
This recruitment has been reopened for additional applicants and will remain open until filled. If you have already applied for recruitment #565-2018-1, you do not need to reapply. New applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time without further notice.

The IT System Architect is part of the Information Technology (IT) team responsible for establishing and implementing the strategic direction of the division and defines solutions that meet the business needs of end-user departments. The role of the IT System Architect demands deep and broad technical skills in multiple technical domains such as applications, server, cloud-based computing, storage, database, network, and security.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Uses business strategy to lead, define, and coordinate technical solutions architecture that meets operational objectives. The position serves as the senior most technical expert for creating an integrated user experience across a broad set of technologies. Strategically design and implement information systems that support core organizational functions, and assure their effective and efficient operational availability. Gains organizational commitment for all systems and software plans, as well as evaluating and selecting all technologies required in delivering on those plans. In addition, provides technical leadership across the organization, from strategic decision making down to the project planning level. Responsible for defining the system architecture processes, standards and governance, as well as leading the integration of those processes with related business, IT processes, and standards.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED
Works under general supervision of the IT Director who assigns work, establishes goals, and reviews the results obtained for overall effectiveness through the analysis of work products, observations, and meetings.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED
Works independently under broad direction and occasional supervision, and may act as technical lead in providing work direction on large-scale, complex projects.

Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following
IT Architecture Strategy
Works with departments, analysts, database administrators, developers, end-users and others to lead in the development of an IT architecture strategic framework. Assesses current architecture and determines system capability to meet near and long-term IT requirements. Analyzes the gap between the current state and the desired future state for IT architecture, and develops the IT architecture implementation plan.

IT Architecture Design
Serves as the management advisor and technical consultant in the evaluation, use and maintenance of IT architecture design. Provides expertise on integration, interfaces, data flows, technologies, and best practices for IT projects. Collaborates with customers to identify IT system requirements and translate them into viable technical solutions. Utilizes deep understanding of software and system design principles in selecting solutions that account for data integrations. Mentors others in IT architecture best practices. Leads and/or attends peer reviews and walk-throughs of enterprise and departmental applications and services. Creates, monitors and retrieves incident and change request tasks from the IT Service Desk, resolves issues and coordinates with the teams for testing and promoting to production.

IT Architecture Use
Lead improvement of customer usability, usefulness and appeal across the IT architecture. Continually analyze all pertinent data including but not limited to user experience, effectiveness, ease of use and other information to optimize technical solutions. Understand and analyze future business strategies and work across multiple departments to promote and maintain consistency. Continually research emerging technologies to improve and optimize current solutions and to ensure sustainability and compliancy with established standards.

IT Architecture Standards and Governance
Defines, develops, publishes and maintains IT architecture standards with heavy emphasis on non-customized solutions, avoiding point designs, ensuring data integrity, leveraging integrated workflows and focus on business simplification. Defines, develops, publishes and maintains the information management and other processes required to support the IT architecture. Governs solution architecture including its integration with enterprise-wide IT systems.

Other Job Duties

Participates in meetings, in-service training, workshops, etc. for the purpose of gathering information required to perform job functions.
Other duties as assigned.
Requirements for the Position
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

Bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited college or university with major coursework in Computer Science, Information Technology or a related field; AND
Six (6) or more years of professional experience in one or more of the following disciplines: Technical Architecture, System Development, Business Analysis or Data Architecture; OR
Any satisfactory equivalent combination of ten (10) years or more of education, training, and/or experience relevant to the position.

PREFERENCES

Demonstrable experience with:
Proficiently translating complex business issues into readily understood concepts for staff, management, and the public
Developing assets such as enterprise applications and solution integration with focus on performance, scalability, re-use, source control, continuous building/integration
Certification in Application Development or Application Architecture

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Must possess a current driver's license in the applicant's state of residence and an acceptable driving history. Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services and review the driving record according to the Marion County policy and procedure for Driving on County Business. The policy can be found at: http://apps.co.marion.or.us/APAP/.
The finalist for this position may be required to pass a criminal history background check, including fingerprinting; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this position.
This assignment is not represented by a union.
This is a full-time position, which is not eligible for overtime.
Typical Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with flexibility depending upon the needs of the department and program.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of: principles, practices, and techniques of management of information systems; Information security, system integration, data and analytics, infrastructure application and program design, software systems development, business process design, and application portfolio management; Microsoft Active Directory environments with an understanding of ActiveSync; Network and security architectures and topologies including routers and switches, reverse proxies, firewalls, load balancers, SSL accelerators. Knowledge of architectural frameworks such as TOGAF, NIST-EA, Zachman; expertise in using industry standard notations for documenting business processes for use in architectural designs.
Current technologies of an information technology services department; Principles and practices of strategy formulation, program planning, and project management; Principles, practices, and applications of enterprise security practices and technical solutions; Advanced server platforms, virtualization technologies, systems and application software, and database administration; Compliance requirements for security and licensing within the services provided by the county departments; Techniques of analysis and programming of systems applications; Principles and practices for meeting quality standards for customer service; and Contracting for information services including contract negotiations and performance monitoring.

Skills and abilities to: use logic and reasoning to identify and evaluate alternative solutions, conclusions, and approaches to problems; Identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate different approaches and implement solutions; Negotiate and reach consensus on complex or contentious issues; Use professional judgment and decision-making to evaluate costs and benefits to potential solutions and choose the most appropriate one; Leverage and apply existing IT architectural solutions to business requirements; Apply knowledge and skills across a broad range of information technology disciplines, including application, data, infrastructure, and security domains; Analyze and summarize complex technical and organizational issues with ability to summarize life cycle cost-benefit summaries and risk analysis; Think creatively to develop, design, or create new applications, ideas, systems, or products; Develop long and short-range plans to meet established goals; Assist IT leadership staff in responding to operational issues in emergencies; Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of various computer applications and alternative systems; and Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with individuals and groups who come from diverse backgrounds and represent members of the public, coworkers, and/or vendors. Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing or through spoken words. Communicate information and ideas orally and in writing so that others will understand.

The IT System Architect classification may require specific knowledge, experience, or skill sets based upon the technology, regulations, and business needs of the assigned county department. This may include experience with specific types of information system technology, complex database management systems or various business application areas relevant to the departmental business function [e.g., various engineering application systems; health care related services and insurance/client billing systems; and protective services confidential database systems].