IT Architecture focuses on developing high level frameworks that align an organization’s IT infrastructure with business processes/data to improve the efficiency and productivity of business operations including: mapping the relationships between information systems components (i.e., end users, business processes, applications, data, IT platform hardware/software, and networks); identifying key interactions and dependencies across separate systems and platforms. Bachelor's degree (advanced degree preferred), 8-10+ years of related professional experience
SUMMARY: As a Solution Architect, your mission is to work with business stakeholders and senior engineering staff across the Product Development and IT organizations to design the best solutions to address the business objectives for your assigned product platform(s). The role requires a strong understanding of technology, software development, and application architecture as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
Overall K12 Architecture
- Understand K12 technology environment and architecture strategy;
- Actively participate in the Architecture Council, bringing your proposed solutions to the council for review and providing insightful analysis and feedback on solutions brought by others;
- Understand the architectural strategy and roadmaps for product platforms other than your own, maintaining awareness of the mutual dependencies and cross-platform impacts;
- Work with solution architects’ peers, engineering directors, engineering team and other technology stakeholders to evaluate solution architecture options and select the most appropriate one.
Product and Platform
- Work with business representatives to understand their needs with respect to your platforms, including both functional requirements and other drivers such as total cost of ownership, time to market, etc;
- Define and maintain an architectural vision for your platforms that addresses security, reliability, performance, monitoring/operations, deployment/DevOps, testability, and other critical technical considerations in addition to meeting the functional requirements;
- Identify and maintain a prioritized inventory of the technical debt in your platforms, anticipate the issues and potential consequences it might have, and work with engineering leadership to proactively address it before it causes critical problems;
- Participate in development of high-level estimates of cost and duration of initiatives to enable management to make informed decisions regarding the business case for the work;
- Work with Product Management, User Experience, and other engineering team members to define a product roadmap that breaks complex, long-term development efforts down into a logical sequence of manageable phases;
- Provide architectural assistance and guidance to product engineering teams throughout the development process, helping them to solve problems and keeping the implementation aligned with the target architecture, evolving the architecture as necessary in response to changing circumstances;
- Create and maintain documentation of the architectural strategy and design decisions for your product platforms;
- Ensure that engineering teams working on your platforms fully understand the architectural vision for those platforms and how their work relates to other K12 systems in order to enable them to make better decisions;
- Foster technical innovation, including conducting prototypes and proofs-of-concept as necessary to evaluate potential solutions and/or new technologies.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position initially has no formal supervisory responsibilities, but has potential to grow into a team leader position.
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering AND
- Eight (8) years of software engineering experience, including responsibility for application architecture across multiple systems & environments AND
- Three (3) years of experience with development and solutioning on AWS AND
- Equivalent combination of education and experience
Certificates and Licenses: None required.
OTHER REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Must be adept at solving complicated technical problems
- Proven track record of enterprise architecture experience with large volume, high availability enterprise applications
- Deep analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to reason strategically about the future implications of current decisions and identify business risks
- A keen interest in keeping up with current technologies and approaches in the industry with a particular focus on identifying ways to apply such new techniques to improve our performance
- Ability to evaluate complex trade-offs between competing business & technical drivers to arrive at an optimal solution
- Understanding of application design patterns and enterprise integration patterns
- Document and maintain technical design documents
- Experience with service-oriented-architecture and object-oriented design patterns
- Experience of distributed architectures
- Experience in Java application performance profiling and analysis.
- Excellent communication & collaboration skills with ability to document technical requirements and implementations.
- Ability to work constructively and collaboratively with business users, technical staff, and management to reconcile differing points of view and build consensus
- The ability to lead by influence rather than formal authority
- Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, etc.); Web proficiency.
- Ability to travel 5% of the time
- Ability to clear required background check
- Experience in developing Software as a Service (SaaS).
- Experience in Snowflake and related tools for ingestion, transformation and reporting
- Experience with development on Salesforce
- Experience with integration services tools such as Tibco and Mulesoft
- Familiar with emerging web technologies.
- Familiar with open-source technologies and frameworks.
- Experience in cross browser support issues and solutions.
Compensation & Benefits: Stride, Inc. considers a person’s education, experience, and qualifications, as well as the position’s work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value when determining a new employee’s salary level. Salaries will differ based on these factors, the position’s level and expected contribution, and the employee’s benefits elections. Offers will typically be in the bottom half of the range.
- We anticipate the salary range to be $77,813 to $168,000 per year. Eligible employees may receive a bonus. This salary is not guaranteed, as an individual’s compensation can vary based on several factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, geographic location, experience, training, education, and local market conditions. Stride offers a robust benefits package for eligible employees that can include health benefits, retirement contributions, and paid time off.
The above job is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. All employment is “at-will” as governed by the law of the state where the employee works. It is further understood that the “at-will” nature of employment is one aspect of employment that cannot be changed except in writing and signed by an authorized officer.
Stride, Inc. is a Federal Contractor, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status age, or genetics, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)