Technology Solutions Architect

Washington, D.C
Nov 18, 2020
Nov 25, 2020
IT, IT Architect
Full Time


This is highly advanced professional work designing, architecting and implementing information technology (IT) systems and services.
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The incumbent is responsible for defining technical solutions that take into account customer requirements, enterprise architecture strategies and current state environment. The incumbent will also serve as project manager, leading cross-functional teams through solutions architecture, design, and implementation activities. Work in this classification is distinguished from the Principal Information Technology Specialist by the advanced level of technological expertise in systems design and architecture, scope, complexity and criticality of assigned systems, and project responsibilities.

Major Duties
  • Acts as a senior team leader responsible for structuring complex solutions and delivering IT services.
  • Provides technical guidance and architectural recommendations for designing, building, testing, deploying and maintaining highly available, scalable, and secure applications, systems and services.
  • Provides long-range strategic planning activities for the Senate in the areas of modern IT systems and services.
  • Monitors the impact of technological developments; identifies emerging technologies and scopes potential Senate utility.
  • Leads product evaluations and technical studies and task forces; directs pilot testing programs; analyzes new technology for its impact on the Senate environment; tests new releases on Senate supported platforms; develops product configuration standards for use in the Senate environment; recommends strategic direction for the Senate.
  • Creates Enterprise Architecture governance guidelines and enables adherence to the same within crossfunctional teams.
  • Creates and reviews system architectures; analyzes system requirements and ensures that systems will be effectively integrated with current applications.
  • Partners with key stakeholders to translate wants into essential needs; identifies points of leverage and efficiencies.
  • Presents new solutions and justifications for funding, deployment and support to the CIO, member offices, and executive level SAA staff as required.
  • Mentors and coaches project staff assigned to implementation teams. Provides expert-level technical support on Senate hardware, software and network systems to vendors, other technical staff, and other divisions and departments; resolves critical and complex systems, applications or communications performance problems.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
00 - Yes.


Conditions of Employment



Work requires a Bachelor's Degree in IT or a related technical area; and eight to ten years of relevant IT experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the following knowledge, abilities and skills:
  • Knowledge of IT software, hardware and network communication technology and protocols.
  • Knowledge of operating systems, database systems, storage systems, virtual infrastructure and cloud solutions.
  • Knowledge of infrastructure in a diverse IT environment.
  • Knowledge of systems scaling and failover techniques applicable in data center and cloud environments.
  • Knowledge of technology industry trends and emerging technologies.
  • Knowledge of systems analysis and integration methodologies.
  • Knowledge of IT services and operations frameworks.
  • Ability to plan, direct, assign, supervise and evaluate project teams and task forces.
  • Ability to execute or lead; provide hands-on individual contributions and motivate cross-functional teams toward new goals.
  • Ability to provide policy direction to management.
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate, troubleshoot and resolve complex and critical system hardware, software or networking related problems.
  • Ability to plan and conduct hardware, software and network testing and evaluation programs.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain requirements analysis documents, system design documents and user correspondence.


Please read the "Qualifications" section.

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Please read the "Next steps" section for more information.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

All required documents will be outlined in the application instructions.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.