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Technical Architect – Directory Services

at The College Board | Reston Office (Reston, VA) | View all jobs

Introduction

The College Board, a national educational organization, is conducting a search for a Technical Architect, in our Business Delivery organization, who will be resident in our Reston, VA Office.    

Position Summary

Technical Architects design and standardize an organization’s infrastructure architecture including the selection of specific technologies and services. Their work is both tactical and strategic. As technologists with a seat in the Technology Strategy function, technical architects operate in the continuum between solution architecture and the various technology domains of IT.

The Technical Architect will focus on engineering innovative, strategic and long-term solutions that align with Information Technology’s technology strategy. Incumbents will have the necessary technical and leadership experience, knowledge, and skills to establish themselves as domain experts within the organization. Additionally, they will provide direction, guidance and mentorship to staff engaged in the development and application of technology, architectures, frameworks, methodologies, patterns, and best practices.

The Technical Architect is responsible for designing and implementing ‘right sized’ and ‘right ‘sourced’ high quality solutions that enable product and service delivery in support of the College Board’s mission, strategy, goals, and objectives. To accomplish this, this position will both lead and work collaboratively with business and technology stakeholders to establish and maintain technical assets within the enterprise technology portfolio. 

The Technical Architect will maintain awareness and knowledge of the emerging trends in technology, and its usage within the industry, and will apply this learning in the establishment of new and innovative technology solutions. The Technical Architect will also establish technology and architecture related policies, standards, and guidelines, along with providing oversight and support to engineering activities for solution delivery.

Succeeding as a Technical Architect will require deep technical knowledge, experience and skills – necessary when building solutions to support a single technology or line of business – and a breadth of knowledge in multiple technology areas – necessary when building and integrating solutions across multiple technologies and lines of business in an enterprise environment. Additional key skills are strong leadership and skilled communications.        

Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the definition of technology standards. Technical architectures work with SMEs in various technologies to define standards, commonly at the release and version level to ensure consistency in test and production environments.
  • Coordinate the creation and maintenance of technology roadmaps incorporating the life cycle of all relevant technology components.
  • Play a key governance role on behalf of the Technology Strategy organization. The technical architect plays a key governance role by keeping an eye on technology selection in projects and will raise a flag for further investigation if developers and solution architects attempt to implement variations from standards.
  • Design and implement ‘right sized’ and ‘right sourced’ technical solutions in support of business and IT initiatives
  • Establish and maintain alignment of technical assets across domains (e.g., application, data, security, performance testing, etc.) within the enterprise portfolio
  • Develop and maintain transition roadmaps which meet the enterprise needs as identified during current state architecture analysis and the assessment of gaps and opportunities
  • Facilitate the definition of, and adherence to, policies, technical standards and usage guidelines
  • Maintain an ongoing awareness of emerging technologies and industry trends to inform technical domain strategy and direction

Qualifications

  • BS degree in Engineering, Computer Science or related field / equivalent experience  
  • 7+ years of experience developing, tuning and implementing large scale, complex system architectures
  • Demonstrated professional competence in the principles and practices of Enterprise Directory Services as they relate to:
    • the aspects of physical and logical directory design, including the namespace and schema, information collection, transformation and distribution, and replication in a distributed environment
    • distinguishing the directory's audience and its information needs when designing or revising the directory infrastructure
    • an ability to thoughtfully leverage integration technologies, such as meta-directory, virtual directory and synchronization services
    • building abstraction layers to repurpose core data sources to meet various and changing needs
    • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) as well as the appropriate application programming interfaces (APIs) that are relevant to the College Board’s environment
    • master data management (MDM)
  • Familiarity with Identity and Access Management technologies and a demonstrated understanding of challenges posed by:
    • Cloud-scale applications and mobile platforms
    • Assessing the adequacy of technology controls and security measures
    • Maintaining effective policies and procedures as technology changes
  • Demonstrated experience with development platforms and languages
  • Demonstrated experience with systems engineering and administration
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and mentoring technical staff in the development and usage of technology architectures and solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain good customer working relationships.
  • Working knowledge of and experience with other enterprise domains (application, security, infrastructure data, etc.)

Additional Requirements

  • Responsible - assume ownership of technical services, all aspects including delivering value via outcomes and continuous improvement
  • Methodical – work is planned with a purpose and approach such that cost, quality and risk are balanced.
  • Disciplined – work is managed according to plan; points of variability are isolated and controlled
  • Innovative – employ creativity to devise effective and efficient strategies
  • Demonstrated critical thinking - including abilities in analysis and problem solving
  • Experienced in “Systems Thinking” – the ability to break problems into manageable pieces, and to see how the pieces interact with one another and can be assembled into an integrated, functioning, “whole” system.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication capabilities
  • Skillful at facilitation and negotiation
  • Effective team player with strong emotional intelligence – self awareness, confidence, ability to manage conflict, and empathy
  • Ability to effectively respond to technical questions and issues – i.e., effective in communicating complex technology concepts to diverse (both technical and non-technical) audiences at all levels in the organization
  • Passion for technology, with an ability to understand and assess new technologies, and their potential applicability to business needs in an efficient, effective manner.