Based in Ithaca, New York, Cornell University is a leading, privately endowed research university and as the federal land-grant institution of New York State, Cornell University has a responsibility -- unique within the Ivy League -- to make contributions in fields of knowledge to help improve the quality of life in its state, the nation and the world. Its global campus footprint in Ithaca, New York City, Doha, Qatar and other regions across the world serves over 23,000 students. To provide these students with the highest level of education possible, Cornell University employs close to 10,000 faculty and staff. Its entire workforce -- faculty and staff -- contribute to the fabric of the community and the possibility for building on a long and recognized tradition of alumni relations and development excellence. The Division of Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD) facilitates lifelong relationships between alumni, parents, and friends and the university. We embrace an unwavering commitment to donor-centric fundraising and collaboration.
Do you thrive in a customer-centric environment, interacting and guiding stakeholders and helping them to identify technology roadmaps and solutions to address their challenges?
Are you interested in working in a team that facilitates lifelong relationships between alumni, parents, and friends and the university?
Are you interested in playing a critical role in defining and implementing the next generation of technologies that will help to enable Cornell's philanthropic and engagement efforts?
If you are a dynamic and motivated individual who embraces IT change and challenges as opportunities, and wants to lead, collaborate and influence in your next role, then the Solutions Architect just may be the perfect opportunity for you.
The Solutions Architect will lead the practice and technical vision to optimize the value of advancement, fundraising, and alumni engagement technology solutions and services.
This role will bridge the gap between business problems and technology solutions. It encompasses the components of business, information, and technology architectures. This role will evaluate existing and new systems/integrations within the enterprise environment. This person must understand how all parts of the business model work together including processes, operating systems, and application architectures. This person must have breadth of technology experience including but not limited to architecture, data (synchronization, integrations, workflows, analytics), APIs and application software systems (hosted, on-premise and SaaS). Understanding these processes, they will be able to design a specific solution that fits the environment best.
This role will functionally report to Cornell Information Technologies (CIT), the university central IT organization with a dual reporting relationship to Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD).
Serve in an IT capacity and bridge the gap between IT and the business.
Define and maintain a system and data architecture strategy encompassing all advancement and engagement-related systems.
Develop and maintain a deep understanding of the business needs of AAD program areas (both in the central university office as well as college and unit departments) and their dependence on technology, and work with them to identify and implement technology solutions that support their business goals.
Partner with technology-supporting organization in AAD including Information Technology Services, Business Intelligence, and Digital to maximize value and deliver solutions that support our work to engage alumni, parents, and friends.
Find the best technology solution among all possible to solve existing business problems.
Play a critical role in defining the technology ecosystem that will ultimately replace the current system of record.
Describe the structure, benefits, behavior, and other aspects of software to project stakeholders.
Partner between CIT, AAD, and 3rd party vendors to design and implement system integrations and data management solutions to ensure data accuracy, timeliness, and integrity across systems.
Provide technical leadership for advancement and engagement-related systems.
Maintain knowledge of all system updates and roadmaps to optimize system usage in meeting current and future business needs.
Proactively evaluate existing offerings and technologies against vendor product roadmaps, competing products, requests for new products and market trends in order to meet current and future campus needs.
Work with customer stakeholders/advisory groups, vendors and internal teams in assessing, analyzing, architecting and deploying solutions and products to align and scale with the University. Drive improvements in efficiency and quality through cost-effective delivery models and support processes.
Contribute and lead technology-based discussions and decisions spanning
Provide education and knowledge, which will enable Customers to become more proficient.
Provide business process analysis, workflows, documentation that facilitate and drive conversation and decisions.
Evaluate ongoing effectiveness of current systems through monitoring, user feedback, and assessment of performance metrics to measure ROI.
You should have...
Bachelor's degree in Information Systems with a minimum of 5 years' experience with architecture, design and management of enterprise software, preferably cloud-based services and vendor packaged "off the shelf" configurable solutions.
Experience with system
Experience developing and managing strategy around data-driven and web-based systems.
Experience eliciting and documenting business and technical requirements.
Experience designing, implementing, and managing systems and data integrations.
Experience developing and maintaining an overarching system and data architecture encompassing numerous applications and ensuring data integrity between them.
Experience architecting, configuring and supporting enterprise application software.
Experience with cloud products and data integrations.
Experience leading or managing complicated, large-scale IT projects/assignments.
Experience developing and carrying out structured plans, tracking and communicating progress.
Experience interacting with customers and stakeholders at all levels of the university.
Desired experience as a technical lead in deployment of enterprise applications / platforms and services.
Desired experience in advancement fundraising and engagement systems
Desired past experience in software development and database architecture
Business and Application analysis
Application lifecycle management for enterprise vendor-packaged configurable solutions
Working knowledge/understanding of cloud offerings (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS)
Understanding infrastructure components necessary to manage or integrate on-premises and cloud offerings
Ability to formulate plans, build and organize documentation, maintaining consistency and quality across projects
Experience in root cause analysis and problem resolution
Ability to adapt to changing priorities, situations and demands
Effectively manage multiple tasks with often competing priorities, maintaining consistency, organization and with close attention to detail
Effective communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, and presentation skills, particularly with respect to communicating with non-technical audiences.
No Visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
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