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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title:  Information Technology Systems Architect

Series: Information Technology - Professional

Levels in series:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6





C 4 5 Exempt


The Information Technology Systems Architect is the fifth level of a six level information technology professional series. Incumbents are responsible for technical management and/or supervision of multiple technical functions, platforms, technologies, conceptual design, or technological applications. Incumbents may directly supervise or function as team lead for technical staff at the Analyst, Advanced and/or Principal Analyst levels.  It is distinguished from the Information Technology Principal Analyst position in its focus on high level information systems technologies as applied to multiple technologies, involving systems architecture, systems application design and integration of multiple systems.

TYPICAL CLASS ESSENTIAL DUTIES:  (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

  1. Managing the technical implementation and on-going administration of enterprise-wide cross-platform large-scale systems. Daily 20%
  2. Performing cross-functional, multidisciplinary technical management to include evaluation of project work, staff, methods and associated procedures related to enterprise-level systems. Daily  20%
  3. Designing enterprise-wide systems architecture and integration strategies across multiple platforms, technologies or software systems.  Daily 20%
  4. Meeting with vendors to design and develop hardware and software specifications, solutions and strategies. Weekly 10%
  5. Designing and implementing of monitoring, capacity planning and modeling of enterprise-wide, multi-platform or multi-disciplinary systems. Weekly 5%
  6. Leading complex troubleshooting of urgent, enterprise-wide technical problems. Weekly 5%
  7. Consulting with administrators and other clients in order to provide guidance and technical direction for proposed enterprise technical solutions. Weekly 5%
  8. Recommending goals and strategies for technology projects and solutions in response to Director and Administrative project initiatives.  Monthly 5%
  9. Participating in budget preparation as specified by the Director. Monthly 5%
  10. Leading planning activities with college departments, outside agencies and systems vendors and staff from multiple disciplines. Monthly 5%


Incumbents assigned to technical infrastructure may be responsible for:

  • Managing the design, installation, upgrade, and maintenance and troubleshooting of all hardware systems on multiple platforms (e.g., Microsoft and UNIX/LINUX).
  • Managing the design, installation, upgrade, and maintenance and troubleshooting of multiple enterprises software and database systems on multiple platforms.
  • Directing technical management of all systems administrators or database administrators (including IT Analysts, Advanced Analysts, and Principal Analysts).
  • High level systems architecture, design and integration work in a cross-platform environment and for multiple enterprise systems.
  • Architecting major Data Center Functions and hardware/software environments like enterprise wide Storage Area Networks, enterprise-wide highly-available, clustered and load balanced hardware/software environments across multiple platforms, integration of college wide computing environments.

Incumbents assigned to network support may be responsible for:

  • Managing the design, installation, upgrade, maintenance and troubleshooting of all network systems on multiple technologies.
  • Managing the design, installation, upgrade, maintenance and troubleshooting of all College network infrastructures.
  • Directing technical management of all network analysts. (including IT analysts, Advanced Analysts, and Principal Analysts).
  • High level network architecture, design and integration work in a multi-technology environment.

Incumbents assigned to programming support may be responsible for:

  • Directing technical management of IT Analysts, Advanced Analysts, and Principal Analysts involved in with enterprise-wide software applications technology including logical database administration.
  • Architecting major software environments to include enterprise-wide integration such as with Luminis and Banner for multiple clients and multiple client driven objectives. 
  • Highest level of systems architecture, design and integration based on existing and new infrastructure technologies for highly complex environments and multiple objectives and business goals that include client and the upper administration.
  • Managing the design, implementation, upgrade, maintenance, and troubleshooting of multiple enterprise software and database systems on multiple platforms.
  • Assisting with enterprise-wide planning, communication and implementation across all constituent groups and technical divisions.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):
Bachelor's Degree and four years appropriate technical experience, including two years lead or supervisory experience or related coursework; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing Requirements (positions in this class typically require):

  • Software Manager certification
  • CCNP preferred for some positions
  • Microsoft industry certifications
  • Linux industry certifications
  • Oracle industry certifications
  • Storage industry certifications

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Leadership principles
  • Project management principles
  • Expert computer networking principles
  • Multiple computer and network operating systems
  • Expert database design, management, and programming principles
  • Applicable programming languages
  • Advanced systems, application and network security principles
  • Application design and systems integration principles
  • Personnel or technical management principles
  • Expert systems analysis and administration principles
  • Expert software application development tools
  • Advanced programming principles

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Monitoring and assigning work to employees
  • Prioritizing work
  • Performing needs assessments
  • Evaluating hardware and software applications
  • Communicating technical information to a non-technical audience
  • Analysis and critical thinking
  • Written communication
  • Ability to read and write technical documentation
  • Applicable software application development tools
  • Applicable programming languages
  • Conceptualizing, designing and documenting complex systems solutions
  • Managing complex technical projects or functional areas
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

Physical Requirements:
Positions in this class typically require: manual dexterity, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Prepared by Human Resources 05/05, 06/2013, 12/2013