Solution Architect, Alumni Development Information Systems

Mar 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Solution Architect, Alumni Development Information Systems

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Solution Architect Do you enjoy working in a challenging and creative work environment? Are you looking for an environment that values and recognizes your contributions and encourages you to shape your own career path? Do you like being surrounded by the best and brightest? If so, we are looking for a sophisticated and driven Solution Architect to join our team at Alumni Development Information Systems (ADIS) and help us solve high-value, complex business problems with IT technology. This is a unique opportunity to help determine the strategic direction in every technology channel we work in.

At Stanford you'll enjoy a better quality of life while taking pride in working for the greater good. Here your work really does make the world a better place. And you will be a key member of the one of the most successful higher education fundraising and alumni relation organizations in the world.

Position Summary
The Solution Architect is responsible for designing comprehensive, stable, and secure technology solutions for the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) and Office of Development (OOD) while partnering with our in-house, on-campus, and external technical experts.

Be a thought leader as the Alumni and Development Information Services group drives a radical technology change from our existing on-prem systems into a best-of-breed, loosely coupled, cloud based infrastructure. You will partner with various Technical Architects to plan out the details of new solutions for our business clients. Some of the technologies you will be working with are: Salesforce, browser and native mobile applications, Content Management Systems, Marketing Automation, Business Intelligence, Datawarehouse, Operational Data Store, SSO with campus identity systems, and security.

This position reports directly to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of SAA/OOD. This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

  • Act as the conceptual source for solutions involving more than one area of specialization and/or innovative system design.
  • Conceive, design, optimize, and integrate information technology based solutions to complex business problems.
  • Troubleshoot highly complex problems for which the analysis and resolution require extensive knowledge of many diverse system components.
  • Develop long range technology plans.
  • Design highly secure systems that meet or exceed Stanford's security requirements.
  • Provide leadership and IT solutions for complex problems.
  • Identify applicable new technologies through research, collaboration with peers, and participation in standards organizations, industry groups, panels, etc.
  • Plan and coordinate IT efforts with a high degree of dependence upon their individual unique technical contributions.
  • Opportunity to work on University-wide task forces and committees related to strategic planning efforts for IT across the entire organization. * - Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
    Education & Experience:
    Bachelor's degree and ten years of increasingly technical work experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Deep understanding of information technology approaches, applications, tools, and methodologies, as well as a broad background in a variety of technology platforms.
  • Knowledge of architecture and interrelationships (technical and functional).
  • Ability to combine information technologies to create solutions for complex problems.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and lead cross-functional teams. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:
  • Constantly seated, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, use a telephone, writing by hand, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds. * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May work extended hours, evenings and weekends. WORK STANDARDS:
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, Why Work for Stanford's Alumni / Development groups?

    Founded in 1892, the Stanford Alumni Association builds a community stretching across 120,000 Alumni to encourage University participation, volunteerism, and personal growth. The Office of Development is one of the most successful higher education fundraising organization in the world. The computer systems we build in our group support both these missions. We are building systems that enable Stanford to change the world.

    Stanford's Alumni and Development departments understand that employees drive the success of an organization. Every day we are surrounded by excellence, and we are looking for exceptional team members to come join us.
    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Job: Information Technology Services

    Location: Office of Development
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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