Business Architect

Universal Service Administrative Company
Washington, DC
Mar 20, 2017
Mar 21, 2017
Full Time
Overview:Despite pervasive connectivity in most urban areas in the United States, the FCC estimates that nearly 55 million Americans across the country have no access to broadband services. USAC administers the $10 billion Universal Service Fund, which the FCC created to address serious gaps in needed coverage. We deliver funds through four programs (E-rate, Lifeline, Rural Healthcare and High Cost), to people and places who need it most rural, hard-to-reach communities, low income households and schools and libraries who need access to facilitate learning. We are passionate about our universal service mission, and we are in the midst of transforming our organization to better support its realization. We seek an experienced, dynamic and collaborative professional to serve as a Business Architect within our High Cost team to help oversee the efforts to relating operational effectiveness with emphasis on supporting the FCC Modernization High Cost Initiatives. The Business Architect plays a key role in structuring the High Cost Area in terms of its governance structure, business processes, and business information. This person aligns strategic goals and objectives with decisions regarding New FCC Orders and related services; partners and suppliers; organization; capabilities; and key business and IT initiatives. The primary focus is the business motivations, business operations and business analysis frameworks and related networks that link these aspects of the USAC Enterprise. The Business Architect collaborates with the USAC Network Architect to develop an integrated view of the enterprise using a repeatable approach, cohesive framework, and available industry standard techniques.This is an outstanding career opportunity for an individual interested in a genuine professional challenge in support of a public-spirited missionResponsibilities:The Business Architect reports into the High Cost business management and works closely with a counterpart in IT to align technical solutions with business needs. The Business Architect may have supervisory matrix responsibility, possibly acting as coach and mentor other members. In addition, the Business Architect works through others at every level of the organization soliciting strategic imperatives from senior leaders and executives, and directly supports the High Cost business unit managers as they leverage business architecture artifacts to create their business plans. Finally, the Business Architect may provide direct input into the governance cycle that supports the achievement of key goals, planning and execution of various business scenarios, and delivery of bottom line business value. Among others, your responsibilities will include the following: Develop a business architecture strategy based on a situational awareness of various business scenarios and motivations. Apply a structured business architecture approach and methodology for capturing the key views of the enterprise. Capture the tactical and strategic High Cost / enterprise goals that provide traceability through the organization and are mapped to metrics that provide ongoing governance. Describe the primary business functions of the enterprise and distinguish between customer-facing, supplier-related, business execution and business management functions. Define the set of strategic, core and support processes that transcend functional and organizational boundaries; identify and describe external entities such as customers, suppliers, and external systems that interact with the business; and describe which people, resources and controls are involved in the processes. Support existing data shared efforts underway across the enterprise. Capture the relationships among roles, capabilities and business units, the decomposition of those business units into subunits, and the internal or external management of those units. Lead major design initiatives associated with the FCC Modernization & Simplification Initiatives (eg verification procedures, change process, Form 481 etc.). Performing test work (either individually or as a team) to ensure entities are in compliance with federal rules and regulations Reviewing test procedures completed, and conclusions reached, by other members of the compliance team About You The successful candidate will excel at operating in a diverse and fluid environment, and will be crucial for the success of the High Cost team Experience in the Communications Industry (eg ILEC, CLEC, Cable, etc.) A broad, enterprise-wide view of the business and varying degrees of appreciation for strategy, processes and capabilities, enabling technologies, and governance The ability to recognize structural issues within the organization, functional interdependencies and cross-silo redundancies A demonstrated track record of applying architectural principles to business solutions The ability to assimilate and correlate disconnected documentation and drawings, and articulate their collective relevance to the organization and to high-priority business issues Experience using model-based representations that can be adjusted as required to collect, aggregate or disaggregate complex and conflicting information about the business The ability to visualize and create high-level models that can be used in future analysis to extend and mature the business architecture Extensive experience planning and deploying both business and IT initiatives Experience modeling business processes using a variety of tools and techniques Exceptional communication skills and the ability to communicate appropriately at all levels of the organization; this includes written and verbal communications as well as visualizations The ability to act as liaison conveying information needs of the business to IT and data constraints to the business; applies equal conveyance regarding business strategy and IT strategy, business processes and work flow automation, business initiatives and IT initiatives, and benefit realization and service delivery Team player able to work effectively at all levels of an organization with the ability to influence others to move toward consensus Strong situational analysis and decision making abilities You are passionate about our mission to help Americans gain access to essential communications technology You embrace program transformation and change in order to help USAC and its stakeholders achieve success You have the ability to detect violations and non-compliance of federal rules and regulations. You demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills and use those abilities to foster collaboration among the team You have 5 or more years of experience performing duties similar to those listed above You have 3 or more years of experience in compliance, developing internal controls, or auditing You have 3 or more years of experience writing business correspondence You have 3 or more years of experience working in a regulated industry such as telecommunications, federal or state government, legal, accounting and auditing, or business and consulting You possess a Bachelor s degree from an accredited institution in a related field (preferably Information Technology/Engineering) The following skills, degrees, and/or certifications are desired: Technical BS MBA Degree Knowledgeable of Communications Broadband Technology (eg DSL, DOCSIS, FTTX, LTE, 5G, etc.) IT Industry Certifications (eg ITIL, COBIT, ISO/IEC, etc.) Program/Process Certifications (eg eTOM, PMI PMP, Six Sigma, etc.) Network Certifications (eg MEF, CCNA, CCNE, etc.) Understanding Communications Processes (eg ETOM, etc.) Member of Industry Groups (eg MEF, IETF, ATIS, IEEE, etc.) You have a background in geographic information systems and familiarity with mapping location data You have exposure to broadband deployment and related engineering knowledge You must have experience in the telecommunications industry You have experience with major systems implementation projectsAbout USAC:The Universal Service Administrative Company is dedicated to achieving universal service. This important principle suggests that all Americans deserve accessible, affordable and pervasive telephone and high-speed broadband connectivity. Our non-profit company is in the midst of a dramatic transformation to ensure that we are configured to achieve this goal.USAC employees are passionate about our mission. Our work contributes to the success of all Americans. We ve worked together to build a culture that is collaborative, ambitious, outcome-oriented, and feedback-focused. To ApplyUSAC offers a comprehensive benefits package, ongoing professional development opportunities, and balance between the demands of work and life.USAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Only principals will be accepted. No agencies please.To apply, please submit a cover letter with salary requirements and resume here.

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