IT Systems Architect

$79,103.23 - $131,838.30 Annually
Feb 04, 2019
Feb 18, 2019
IT, IT Architect
Full Time
Leads a team of information technology professionals in managing various human resources information systems (HRIS). Systems include the Talent Management Suite, with modules such as e-Recruiting, On-Boarding, Performance Management, Learning Management and Succession Planning. Oversees the design and implementation of an integrated reporting system that enables the following tasks: data entry, retrieval, management, report writing, and statistical analysis. Oversees the DHR external and internal web pages. Provides consultancy to DHR staff, other county departments and contractors in the design, development, modifications and implementations of technology solutions to meet business requirements, HR functions, and state and federal mandates. As a member of DHR's management team, is responsible for duties including the following:
  • Serves as project manager for DHR IT projects;
  • Coordinates and/or performs all phases of systems development lifecycle for new DHR IT initiatives including feasibility studies, requirements definitions, market scans, and evaluation criteria;
  • Identifies opportunities for organization improvement and service efficiencies;
  • Develops policy and procedure recommendations associated with use and administration of HRIS;
  • Assists with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that require DHR support;
  • Serves as a member of the DHR Strategy team, and on the FBSG (FOCUS Business Support Group) Operating Committee;
  • Serves as principle contact with the Department of Information Technology (DIT) on all DHR Information Technology matters; participates on DIT countywide IT Analysts meetings and activities, and serves as IT Security Coordinator for DHR, ensuring that DHR systems are compliant with the county's IT Security Policy;
  • Develops DHR detailed security and data management procedures;
  • Develops disaster recovery and continuity of operations plan (COOP) for DHR operations and systems;
  • Ensures 24/7 operations for assigned systems and is available to respond to system interruptions and operations issues, and participate in emergency (EOC) activation support as required.
  • Supervises a team of IT professionals.
Illustrative Duties
  • Provides support to systems of record, that mandate high vigilance or 24/7 support and have been determined to be crucial to the business survival of County government by the County Executive;
  • Manages projects or systems that support the enterprise, multiple agencies or have multi-agency impact, such as corporate financial, revenue and procurement materials management, human resources, criminal justice and land development process systems;
  • Conducts (self direction consideration) of technology trends and innovation that leverage opportunities to enhance systems that make existing applications operate more efficiently, enhance utility and functionality, improves an improved user interface, and/or provides for better integration with other systems using newer technologies that provide more innovative ways to solve business needs;
  • Manages large IT projects which require extensive knowledge and experience of project management methodologies, tools, and practices;
  • Serves as lead technical resource in the area of application development which includes platforms, software, tools, application development methodologies, and databases design;
  • Oversees all planning, research, analysis, design and implementation functions and related documentation of new and complex technologies to meet end user requirements;
  • Provides leadership and works closely with other IT staff and management to ensure that IT policies, procedures, and standards are enforced for existing and new technologies and participates in the formulation of new policies, procedures, and standards as new technologies are deployed;
  • Provides support to systems that provide outcomes that are heterogeneous, including interfaces or functions that require interaction with other systems and/or entities, such as State and Federal government agencies and/or private sector organizations;
  • Provides senior technical leadership expertise across DIT and county agencies;
  • Ensures that the systems meet specified business requirements, operate according to negotiated performance standards, and that enhancements are implemented according to County technology standards and delivered on schedule;
  • Manages staff, contractors, project plans, and project budget which includes understanding the County's budget process, procurement process and work with users in budget preparation and submission;
  • Sets priorities, assigns and plans work, assures the availability of resources, and serves as manager and/or senior technical resource for all planning, analysis, design, and implementation functions of large Information Technology (IT) projects;
  • Manages customer expectations.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Thorough knowledge of the capabilities and requirements of various computer platforms functioning in centralized, distributed, client server, and stand-alone operating environments;
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience in the area of application development including WEB, web services, multi-platform systems, and database technology;
  • Thorough knowledge of systems analysis and programming skills and methodologies;
  • Thorough knowledge of modern methods, techniques and tools of information systems project management;
  • Ability to effectively adapt to rapidly changing technology and apply it to business needs;
  • Ability to plan, organize, and conduct systems analysis and to evaluate business requirements;
  • Ability to use project management methods, principles, and tools (software) to schedule projects and monitor progress;
  • Ability to lead efforts in implementing configuration management and systems change management;
  • Ability to effectively monitor system development, system modifications and enhancements;
  • Ability to analyze project needs and determine resources needed to meet objectives and solve problems that involve remote and elusive symptoms, often spanning multiple environments in business areas;
  • Ability to use strong analytical and conceptual skills to create original concepts/theories for various projects;
  • Ability to communicate technical ideas clearly and in translating user information requirement;
  • Ability to make decisions based on factual data, and to evaluate the progress or success of systems;
  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, assign, and evaluate the work of subordinate staff;
  • Ability to establish and maintain a high level of customer trust and confidence in the application team's knowledge of and concern for customer requirements.
Employment Standards MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to possession of a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field; plus five years of experience in systems design, development, programming and maintenance, and/or project or program management experience or equivalent in a complex information systems environment and supervisory experience of internal staff and vendors/contractor staff, and /or experience in matrix management environment in a complex organization.
Experience in program design and IT programs/systems feasibility studies. Demonstrated project management experience, to include systems analysis, design, development, programming and maintenance, and implementation. Contract management experience. Experience in disaster recovery and continuity of operations. Advanced knowledge and experience in managing human resources information systems. Local government experience.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check.

Ability to bend; ability to lift up to 25 pounds of computer equipment. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.