Washington State DCYF - IT Solutions Architect in Olympia, Washington


The Department of Children, Youth, and Families is a new cabinet agency in Washington State that has been established for the purpose of delivering existing services in a way that produces better outcomes for children, youth, and families served by the State of Washington.

We're looking for professionals to join our team to help build DCYF, working toward the common goal of eliminating child and youth outcome disparities based on race and ethnicity. Our vision is that "All Washington's children and youth grow up safe and healthy-thriving physically, emotionally, and educationally, nurtured by family and community."

The Opportunity: The Solutions Architect is responsible for the research, planning, design, and implementation of enterprise IT solutions, architecture, and infrastructure in accordance with any solution–level decision and impact on business objectives. This WMS2 job is also responsible for ensuring ongoing alignment of new solutions with those that have been implemented. In doing so, the incumbent in this position is critical to successful management of the DCYF IT portfolio.

Some of what you will do: Designing standards-compliant (e.g. based on State or federal rules, standards, and laws, information security, and industry best practice) IT architecture, infrastructure, and cloud deployments;

  • Developing and maintaining standards, guidelines, configuration baselines, policy contributions, and the source material for training for enterprise agency IT solutions and environments;
  • Facilitating and participating in information security activities related to agency systems, including but not limited to audits, vulnerability assessments, design reviews, etc.;
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with customers and stakeholders throughout the DCYF and its spheres of influence to ensure consistency and a high quality of customer service;
  • Engaging with vendors, contractors, and other business partners and stakeholders on IT enterprise architecture as required or needed;
  • Assisting with development of the enterprise DCYF IT portfolio, service catalog, and roadmap including a short- and long-term enterprise architecture model that incorporates pathway to the cloud; and
  • Assisting the DCYF Project Management Office, Business Analysts, and Network Infrastructure teams to ensure that resources, risk recognition, and planning are aligned with solution goals.
  • The incumbent in this position directly controls or influences resources and policy decisions in the areas of infrastructure, cloud-based services, information security, and application development. Enterprise IT solutions often drive the standard by which an IT division operates, meaning the incumbent in this position has significant impact on resources in particular.

We are looking for DCYF, or Juvenile Rehabilitation IT Experience, PLUS:

  • At least ten (10) years of continuous experience in enterprise network architecture design, implementation, and administration in an environment serving a large number of customers;
  • Formal training and certification in enterprise IT solutions design;
  • Current, relevant knowledge of trends and best practices in enterprise IT solutions design and implementation;
  • Experience leading experienced architects, technicians, or engineers in complex tasks, projects, and initiatives;
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, diverse environment in which priorities are subject to change as a result of changes in legal requirements, stakeholders, and agency objectives as determined by executive management;
  • Experience working in a highly regulated environment where IT assets and data are subject to a broad range of State and federal information security requirements and regulations that sometimes conflict with each other;
  • Strong background in developing and maintaining system documentation for a large and diverse audience (ex: policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, training, and reports);
  • Proven ability to develop, present, and implement strategic and tactical plans in front of large audiences and/or to executive management within an organization;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to "plain talk" complex technical concepts for nontechnical audiences – and answer questions;
  • Ability to self-start and work independently for long periods of time with limited to no supervision;
  • DCYF, JR or DEL IT Experience.

In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:

  • Deep knowledge of the Washington State Enterprise Network environment and its design principles;
  • Understanding of Washington State information technology and information security policies and requirements (e.g. OCIO 141.10) as well as federal standards, policies, and requirements (ex: ACF, SSA, FERPA, CJIS, etc.);
  • Knowledge of common frameworks for information technology (e.g. NIST, ISO, FedRAMP, ITIL, Agile, DevOps);
  • Expert-level knowledge of modern networking hardware including but not limited to circuits and wiring, firewalls, routers, switches, load balancers, wireless access points, physical and virtual hosts, and networking protocols;
  • Experience developing and maintaining enterprise network solutions documents including but not limited to MS Visio diagrams, technical configuration documents, reference manuals, project plans, and implementation plans;
  • Experience conducting and participating in impact analyses, solution design review, security design review, and implementation planning exercises;

How do I apply? In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • Letter of interest describing how you meet the specific qualifications for this position
  • Current resume detailing experience and education

Supplemental Information: The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications with comments such as "see attachments" or "N/A" in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete. DCYF is an equal opportunity employer and supports equity, diversity, inclusion and respect. Need accommodation throughout the application/interview process? Unable to apply on-line? Contact the Recruitment team at dcyf.jobs@dcyf.wa.gov or (360) 628-0114 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at 800-833-6388 Experiencing technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application? Call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email support@neogov.com.

To take advantage of Veteran's preference please attach your DD-214, member 4 long form, or your NGB-22.Please black out your social security number prior to attaching.

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Salary: $95,000.00 - $105,000.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Agency Internal - Permanent

Department: Dept of Children, Youth, and Families

Job Number: 2018-11190

Closing: 11/16/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov