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Departments Seek Cloud, Enterprise Architects

The recruitments are being conducted by the California Secretary of State’s Office and the Department of Toxic Substances Control.

Two state government entities are recruiting for specialty cloud-related positions.

The California Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) is seeking a principal cloud architect (IT Specialist III) to serve as “the subject matter expert for all cloud technologies” and to oversee the architectural design and implementation of information cloud systems and provide technical expertise and architectural solutions in infrastructure, hardware, security and virtualization.

The incumbent “interacts closely with IT personnel from the Software Engineering and System Engineering teams, the Principal Architects, and the Office of Risk Management as well as product vendors, service providers, and the program areas,” the job description says. “The incumbent possesses in-depth knowledge of AWS and Azure cloud offerings and how they can be effectively used to deploy distributed data systems and applications.”

Duties of the position include:
  • Assume lead role in architectural analysis, design, and recommendation of target architectures for cloud technologies (i.e., Azure, AWS) and virtualization solutions based on best practices to support both data center and distributed server infrastructures and desktop environments.
  • Provide oversight for cloud applications. Establish cloud migration strategy and modernization at the architect level.
  • Determine new technologies that will allow SOS to project and plan for future growth. Manage architectural design automation/workflow solutions in collaboration with software and system engineers, project managers and Operations staff.
  • Analyze technology environments; design and create solution architecture models and prototypes; participate in technology selection, solution development and delivery of business solutions.
  • Maintain frequent consultation with vendors to evaluate new technology, and coordinate with multiple vendors for complex hardware/software problem determination and resolution.
  • Support and fulfill new architecture and technology needs by working closely with principal architects, system owners, business areas, IT teams and vendors.

According to the job posting and duty statement, desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, business administration or any engineering field
  • Strong leadership skills in highly complex environments
  • Experience performing extensive work in Azure and AWS cloud environments
  • Experience leading medium to large projects
  • Experience with the software development life cycle (SDLC) and cloud technologies
  • Experience in defining a technology strategy that supports the business’s strategic goals
  • Experience delivering the architecture of medium to large organizations and demonstrated ability to execute the architectural plan

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is Sept. 18.

The Department of Toxic Substances Control is seeking a chief enterprise solutions architect (CESA) to “lead, plan, organize, direct, monitor and control the activities of the enterprise architecture team and technical staff.”

Responsibilities of the role (IT Specialist III), according to the job posting, include:
  • Assess near-term needs, using enterprise architecture processes to establish business priorities
  • Define high-level migration plans to address the gaps between the current and future state, ensuring alignment with the IT budgeting or other capital planning processes
  • Identify high-level, complex technical requirements in support of mission-critical business requirements and coordinate with technical experts at the various state, federal and county levels, as well as from the vendor community
  • Coordinate and participate in the most complex custom technical software configuration management and maintenance of system environments

The CESA is responsible for establishing the department’s IT strategic plan, which ensures that the most complex projects are aligned with the department’s strategic plan goals and objectives.

More details are available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is Sept. 27.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.