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Senior Data Infrastructure Architect

Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, Georgia

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Job Title: Senior Data Infrastructure Architect
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 269020
About Us

Are you ready to join a community leading in innovative teaching and learning? Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. With our growing enrollment and global reach, we are enjoying increased prominence among Georgia¿s colleges. We offer more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 43,000 students. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high-impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Our university¿s vibrant culture, career opportunities, and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. We are searching for talented people to join our mission. Come to KSU and find your passion.


Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Department Information

This position offers the flexibility of hybrid/remote work arrangements, providing opportunities for both in-office collaboration and remote productivity.

Job Summary

Responsible for designing, building, and maintaining a comprehensive data infrastructure framework to enable and support enterprise reporting and analytics. Collaborates with subject matter experts, leadership, vendors, partners, and key stakeholders to drive continuous improvement and innovation of the data analytics infrastructure. Provides expertise on utilizing cloud data infrastructure services and architectural patterns to achieve efficiencies, optimize costs, and leverage industry best practices.


1. Architects, designs, and builds data pipelines to efficiently, securely, and reliably ingest data from various data sources into the enterprise data lake or data warehouse
2. Conducts thorough technical analysis of data source interfaces such as databases, APIs, file systems, cloud storage, or external services
3. Provides technical specifications for ingesting data from these sources
4. Collaborates with stakeholders across departments to understand and integrate their data needs into the overall data infrastructure strategy
5. Establishes a comprehensive monitoring framework that encompasses real-time analysis of system performance and data pipeline health
6. Regularly assess pipeline efficiency and reliability and provide guidance on best practices in pipeline design for enhanced performance
7. Designs and develops a framework for implementing appropriate security controls such as logging, encryption, and access rights, regularly review logs and security settings, and stay updated with security best practices in order to safeguard data integrity, privacy and availability
8. Provides support for implementing governance policies and ensure compliance with data privacy and security regulations within the data infrastructure
9. Implements data security mechanisms such as encryption, access controls, conduct security audits, and stay updated with security best practices to safeguard data integrity and privacy
10. Manages and optimizes compute and storage resources to enhance efficiency and minimize operational costs
11. Responsible for regularly analyzing resource utilization, implementing cost-effective solutions, and leveraging cloud scalability features to balance performance with budget considerations
12. Mentors other technical staff, guiding the technical skill development. Identify and facilitate training and upskilling opportunities, fostering a culture of continuous learning and knowledge sharing within the team
13. Researches and integrates new technologies and methodologies into the data infrastructure, focusing on adopting innovative solutions that enhance capabilities and efficiency
14. Collaborates with the leadership team to shape key decisions on data infrastructure, balancing organizational goals with current technological trends

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Administration or related field.

Required Experience
Seven (7) years of related IT experience demonstrating a progression of increasing responsibility experience including enterprise data warehouse design and development, and experience with cloud data infrastructure services.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Educational Qualifications
An advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Administration or related field

Preferred Experience
Experience working with reporting tools such as Power BI, Tableau, etc.
Previous work experience in Higher Education

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

Solid understanding of various file formats used in data storage, like parquet, avro, csv, etc., and implications on performance and storage
Solid understanding of cloud storage services, such as blob storage, data lakes, data lakehouses, and data warehouses
Solid understanding of data warehousing principles, including data quality, data enrichment and standardization, and data modeling
Solid understanding of data warehouse architecture patterns, such as star schema, One Big Table (OBT), materialized view architecture, etc.
Solid understanding of best practices in data pipelines orchestration
Understanding of data security practices, including encryption/decryption, and compliance with data governance policies and guidelines
Knowledge data protection and privacy laws and regulations (i.e., FERPA, HIPAA, etc.)
Commitment to continuous learning and staying updated with the latest trends and best practices in data engineering

Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e., Microsoft Office suite and other tools)
Proficiency in data engineering technologies and tools (Azure Data Factory, Apache Spark, Azure Synapse Analytics, Python, Airflow, etc.) on-premises data sources and destinations
High proficiency in relational database management systems (SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, etc.)
High proficiency with SQL and its variants (PL/SQL, T-SQL, etc.)
High proficiency in programming/scripting languages (Python, Java, Pandas, PowerShell, etc.)
Expertise in developing efficient and scalable data ingestion pipelines between cloud-based and Expertise in identifying bottlenecks in data pipelines and optimizing for efficiency and scalability
Expertise in data engineering tools (Azure Data Factory, SSIS, Informatica, Pentaho, Oracle Data Integrator, etc.)
Expertise in data warehouse architecture patterns (Medallion Architecture, OBT, Materialized View Pattern, Star-Schema, etc.)
Strong attention to detail and organization skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and email etiquette

Equal Employment Opportunity

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to maintaining a fair and respectful environment for living, work and study. To that end, and in accordance with federal and state law, Board of Regents policy, and University policy, the University prohibits harassment of or discrimination against any person because of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment, pregnancy, and medical conditions related to pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran or military status by any member of the KSU Community on campus, in connection with a University program or activity, or in a manner that creates a hostile environment for members of the KSU community.

For additional information or to file a complaint under the provisions of this policy, students, employees, applicants for employment or admission or other third parties should contact the Office of Institutional Equity at English Building, Suite 202,

Other Information

This is not a supervisory position.
This position does not have any financial responsibilities.
This position will not be required to drive.
This role is considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time
This position does not require security clearance.

Background Check
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Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.


Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest in the University System of Georgia with more than 22,500 undergraduate and graduate students representing 142 countries.

KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 384-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.kennesaw_state_university1.jpg

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 70 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math and graduate degree programs in nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. The university’s expanding doctoral programs currently offer a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning, Doctorate of Business Administration and Doctorate of Nursing.

Additionally, nursing students from Kennesaw State have one of the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought-after in the medical community, while the College of Education is the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state. The Executive MBA program, housed in the Coles College of Business, is the second-largest program in the country and has been recognized by BusinessWeek.

kennesaw_state_university2.jpgKSU’s national reputation has gained steam and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years as an “Up-and-Coming Masters University in the South,” ranking among the top ten (8th) in the 2010 issue of “America’s Best Colleges.” In addition, the university’s First-Year Experience has been named an “Academic Program to Look For” by U.S.News for seven consecutive years and was named one of 12 founding institutions in a project called "Foundations of Excellence in the First Year of College."

The university has committed itself to expanding the global experience of students, faculty and staff through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), known as the "Global Learning for Engaged Citizenship" initiative, which began in 2007. This program focuses on increasing opportunities for international learning experiences. In spring 2009, KSU awarded its first Global Engagement Certification to graduate and undergraduate students. This certification recognizes students’ achievements in learning global perspectives and developing intercultural skills.

As a destination campus, KSU offers students plenty of opportunities to experience campus life by participating in more than 150 student groups and organizations, including student government, sororities and fraternities, club and intramural sports, social and special-interest organizations, student publications and honor societies.


In 2009, the Kennesaw State Owls completed a reclassification from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. During the transition from 2005-2009, KSU teams have won six Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments in five sports, including men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s soccer, softball and cross-country.

Kennesaw State University has been recognized as one of the top universities in the country by the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “2009 Great Colleges to Work For.” KSU was recognized among the top 10 schools in six categories – confidence in senior leadership, teaching environment, collaborative governance, professional/career development programs, physical work space conditions and post-retirement benefits.

Kennesaw State was originally established by the University System of Georgia as Kennesaw Junior College serving 1,000 students. The college became a four-year institution in 1976 and was named Kennesaw College in 1977. In 1988, on its 25th anniversary, it was named Kennesaw State College and in 1996 became Kennesaw State University.

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