Grantham University System Architect in Lenexa, Kansas

System Architect

POSITION DESCRIPTION The System Architect role is to strategically design and implement information systems and networked architectures that support the University’s mission and assure system high availability. Reporting directly to the Chief Information Officer, this individual will gain organizational commitment for all systems and technology plans, as well as evaluate and select all technologies required to complete those plans. They will work closely with decision makers in other departments to identify, recommend, develop, implement, and support cost-effective technology solutions for all aspects of the University. They will also help define and implement IT policies, procedures, and best practices.


• Design and implement long-term and short-term goals for managing and maintaining Grantham systems and software applications; • Ensure that proposed and existing systems architectures are aligned with Grantham goals and objectives; • Provide architectural expertise, direction, and assistance to Systems Analysts, Infrastructure Administrators, and Application Development teams; • Develop, document, and communicate plans for investing in systems architecture, including analysis of cost reduction opportunities; • Research on emerging technologies in support of systems development and recommend technologies that will increase cost effectiveness and enhance student experience; • Develop and oversee implementation of end-to-end integrated systems; • Document the University’s existing systems architecture and technology portfolio to make recommendations for improvements and/or alternatives; • Collaborate with end-users and department heads to define requirements for complex systems and infrastructure development; • Develop and execute test plans to check infrastructure and systems technical performance. Report on findings and make recommendations for improvement; • Develop, document, communicate, and enforce a policy for standardizing systems and software as necessary; • Negotiate and administer vendor, outsourcer, and consultant contracts and service agreements; • Perform other duties as assigned

EDUCATION/ WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS AND DESIRED SKILLS: • University degree and 10 years related work experience. • Proven experience in systems and network design and development. • Strong understanding of information processing principles and practices. • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills. • Expert at leading the development and integration of enterprise solutions. • Proven influence, management and decision-making skills. • Excellent architecture and technical support documentation skills.

Grantham will seek to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability. Such reasonable accommodation may take the form of making existing facilities readily accessible to or usable by individuals with a disability, restructuring jobs, modifying schedules, acquiring or modifying equipment, adjusting training materials, adjusting employment policies, and the like.