Vanderbilt University Sr Application Architect in Nashville, Tennessee

Sr Application Architect (Job Number: 1800969)


Position Summary :

The Senior Application Architect is part of the Administrative Solutions team with the Information Technology Department at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for designing and leading the implementation of enterprise applications, APIs, and integrations with internal and external systems using departmental standards and industry best practices. This position promotes effective software development practices within the team by leading development scrums, mentoring other developers within the team, and coordinating with other groups within VUIT to support resource requests and change management.

About VanderbiltUniversity Information Technology – Administrative Solutions :

The VUIT – Administrative Solutions team creates, configures, manages, and supports software that supports various areas within Vanderbilt University including Core HR, Payroll, Benefits, Finance, Alumni Relations, and others.

Key Functions andExpected Performance:

Applications System Design

§ Demonstrates mastery of systems design tasks independently and without support from others for moderate to difficult applications, batch, on-line and event-driven.

§ Conducts all of the tasks and activities required to complete the systems design phase and participated in the process of fully developing and implementing the system.

§ In terms of structured systems design, if applicable, has knowledge of all the tools of structured design.

Applications System Architecture

§ Has detailed knowledge of the architecture of the systems which support more than one core business area.

§ Demonstrates knowledge of how the core business areas' applications and support systems are structured, how various components and parts interact, as well as what protocols and interfaces are used for communications and cooperation between modules and components.

§ Participates in the overall planning and design of the specific core business systems.

Delivering Excellent Services

§ Serves others with compassion. Seeks to understand current and future needs of relevant stakeholders and customizes services to better address them.

§ Solves complex problems. Approaches problems from different angles. Identifies new possibilities to interpret opportunities and develops concrete solutions.

§ Offers meaningful advice and support. Provides ongoing support and coaching in a constructive manner to increase employees' effectiveness

Managing Resources Effectively

§ Demonstrates accountability. Demonstrates a sense of ownership, focusing on and driving critical issues to closure.

§ Stewards Organizational Resources: Applies understanding of the departmental work to effectively manage resources for a department/area.

§ Makes data driven decisions. Demonstrates strong understanding of the information or data to identify and elevate opportunities.

SupervisoryRelationships :

This position does not have supervisory responsibility; this position reports administratively and functionally to the manager of the Administrative team.

Education andCertifications:

§ A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.

§ A Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in computer science or a related field is strongly preferred.

Experience and Skills :

§ Five years of experience in a related field is necessary.

§ Proficiency in SQL and batch processing as well as the Agile software development methodology is necessary.

§ Excellent interpersonal skills in areas such as teamwork, facilitation and negotiation with direct experience in working with senior executives across IT and business functions is preferred.

§ Knowledge of many, if not most, aspects of an enterprise technology architecture is preferred.

§ Organizationally savvy, with understanding of the political climate of the enterprise and how to navigate obstacles and politics is preferred.

§ Ability to balance the long-term (big picture) and short-term implications of individual decisions is preferred.

§ Excellent analytical and technical skills, written and verbal communication skills, and presentation skills is preferred.

KeyCharacteristics of a Successful Team Member in this Work Unit:

§ Analytical& Detail-Oriented – Accurately assesses information and applies applicable law, policy and procedure. Considers the long term implications of actions today and advises employees appropriately. Even small mistakes can create big issues; attention to detail work indicates care about the outcomes.

§ Teamwork – Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers; make them feel valuable and important by acknowledging what they do well. Doesn’t expect from others effort that one is unwilling to do themselves. Finds ways to acknowledge other’s strong suits.

§ Integrity – Holds oneself accountable; takes responsibility for failures as well as successes, recognizes that trust is required to hold a team together.

§ RespondsPromptly – When emails and phone messages aren’t returned in a timely way, it sends the message that the other party is not important. Responds even if just to acknowledge receipt and provide a timeframe by which the requester can expect a full response.

§ CreativeThinking – Goes beyond the boundaries of the job description, willingly takes on new challenges, finds creative solutions rather than always awaiting direct instructions

General Characteristicsof a Successful Vanderbilt University Staff Member :

§ Acceptanceof Feedback – Takes constructive criticism with grace, and make improvements without taking it personally or holding grudges. When wrong, owns it – freely admits mistakes.

§ Adaptability – Reads cues and adapt accordingly. Adjusts style and approach to accommodate the styles and needs of others. Can anticipate and effectively de-escalate potential conflicts.

§ AssumesPositive Intent – Assume that others are working and taking action with good intentions. They may not have all the information yet and asking thoughtful questions and providing information is critical to mutual understanding and moving forward with success.

§ Assumesthe Best -- Assume that others are working as hard as you are on things that are as important as what you are working on. Just because you don’t know what someone does, it doesn’t mean they’re not doing anything.

§ Autonomous – Self-managing; self-motivated. Manages time, activities and outcomes well so that progress stays on track. Cleans up after themselves.

§ Believes – Believes in the work being done and in the importance of the organization’s mission.

§ Eager – Enthusiastic, wanting to learn, wanting to continue one’s personal and professional development and expertise.

§ Hard-Working – Is industrious as well as efficient (busy isn’t the same as productive). Can juggle multiple competing priorities simultaneously without becoming overwhelmed.

§ HelpfulNature – Offers to help lighten the load for others in times of need. Volunteers rather than waiting to be asked. Understands that almost no one works in a silo and needs the help of others to do their job well; recognizes that by helping others first, others will likely reciprocate.

§ Honestand Transparent – Doesn’t have hidden agendas. Doesn’t play people against each other. Is authentic and forthright.

§ Maturity – Exhibits professional maturity; doesn’t pass the buck to dodge accountability; doesn’t engage in petty office politics or inappropriate social conduct

§ NaturallyCommunicates – Readily shares information and is comfortable working within a highly collaborative team. Communicates proactively. Understands that open communication and the sharing of knowledge is fundamental to the success of the team. Asks for advice, and considers it thoughtfully.

§ Nice – Asks caring, interested questions and is a good listener. Smiles and is grateful. Sends appropriate notes of thanks to others who have helped. Avoid gossip or saying negative things about co-workers. Patient and generous. Make suggestions rather than stating hard and fast opinions. Avoids being negative, sarcastic, and cynical.

§ Optimistic – Is friendly, tirelessly cordial, polite, and genial. Comes in to work with a good attitude and doesn’t bring their own personal “little black clouds” into the work environment.

§ Perspective – Maintains a sense of humor and perspective. Can laugh first and foremost at oneself.

§ PraisesPublicly; Criticizes Privately – When dealing with a difficult co-workers or customers, “pretend your children are watching” how the situation is handled. Good manners help keep a cool head. Gives credit where credit is due.

§ Raisesthe Bar – Expects and delivers excellence. Is a creative problem solver. Is proactive. Welcomes input on making things better. Places a high value on learning and getting better

§ Reliable – Does what they say they will do, when they say they will do it. Shows up for work when expected. Doesn’t push the burden of work volume or deadlines to others.

§ Resilient – Is resilient in the face of daunting challenges and setbacks; bounces back readily.

§ Respect – Is friendly, tirelessly cordial, patient, polite, and genial. Comes in to work with a good attitude and is ready to help campus employees, managers, and colleagues through what may be a difficult and overwhelming time for them.

§ Sharing – Shares information. Communicates proactively. Transmits knowledge; recognizes that “knowledge is power” is less effective than “sharing knowledge is power.” Asks for advice, and considers it thoughtfully.

§ Worksthrough Issues – Recognizes that the work is about successful outcomes. If things aren’t going well, outcomes suffer. Is willing to have crucial conversations if things aren’t going well. Doesn’t just complain to management . . . does everything possible to remedy the situation directly first.

Job requires Bachelors and 5 Years of experience or the equivalent.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 46413 - Academic Programming

Job: Information Technology Professionals