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Colorado Springs Utilities Senior Solutions Architect in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Senior Solutions Architect

Job Type: Information Technology

Pay Range $122,000 to $143,500

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Date First Posted 4/29/22

Senior Solutions Architect

Who We Are: Colorado Springs Utilities is a community owned, four service utility serving our friends and neighbors for over 130 years! As Colorado Springs Utilities is growing quickly and adding many new users, your team will be essential to the continued support of our internal customers and, ultimately, the services that we provide to our community.

We strive daily to stay ahead of the business curve with our established priority to continually update and incorporate state-of-the-art technology and endeavor to provide a work culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and synergy.

Colorado Springs is the fourth most desired place to live in the United States (according to U.S. News & World Report, 2020) and included in the 2021 America's Mid-Size Employers list by Forbes. Our city is a particularly popular place to live for professionals, millennials and families – thanks to its unique neighborhoods, easy access to nature and adventure, and our beautiful parks. Want to know more about Colorado Springs? Look here: Choose Colorado Springs (

Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking a Solutions Architect whose core responsibility is to facilitate cohesive technology solutions across the enterprise, in alignment with our strategic business objectives and serves as a liaison between Information Technology, Cyber Security and Business technology owners/stakeholders, as needed to facilitate desired outcomes. Additionally, function as the subject matter expert and advocate for the middleware architecture team.

Key Areas of Focus:

  • Learn and understand the business strategy and define the technology systems architecture to support that strategy

  • Design Cloud native, scalable and adaptable systems to meet business strategies for now and in the future

  • Recommend third party systems that meet business requirements and integrate them into the enterprise architecture

  • Provide architectural and design oversight for all new and ongoing application development.

  • Act as part of a team of architects across IT that develops and supports architecturally driven approaches

  • Support the definition of policies for business attainment of patch levels (n-x) using architectural standards

  • Ability to guide and mentor agile teams on architecture, design, and integration of business software across multiple product platforms while making sure all application software is built with performance and scalability in mind.

  • Collaborate, define, and publish standards (components) related to the platform/middleware functions using technology that integrates with adjacent OSI Layers/functions that generates the reference model/architecture

  • Participate in the Architectural Review Board ARB

  • Participate in architecture review processes and ratification of technology system design

  • Develop and apply guidelines, architectural standards, and solution patterns to ensure alignment with the long-term technology strategy in collaboration with operational and engineering staff

  • Work with stakeholders to develop architectural documentation fully elaborating design, inclusive of components provided by Business IT and central IT Service

  • Provide architectural guidance and consultative support across the organization related to technology needs

Who You Are: A critical thinker who can navigate the evolving and everchanging technology landscape with the willingness to research and review creative solutions, new and existing challenges, with expertise to handle our most complex processes, issues and perform the highest-level technical responsibilities in the broad technology architecture space. This role requires you to have the ability to soar above the scenes and see the big picture, while also diving into the details as needed.

Key Qualifications:

  • Detail oriented, highly professional individual with strong business acumen

  • Strong knowledge of Cloud based design in a multi-Cloud environment

  • Working knowledge of structure and behavior of standard programming languages and of the systems development life cycle

  • Possess a strong understanding of disaster recovery and high availability architecture and systems design

  • Broad knowledge and experience with multiple technologies such as Java, Microsoft .NET, application servers, integration hubs, n-tier applications, database management systems and open-source trends

  • Clear understanding of object-oriented design principles, Enterprise integration patterns, and Composable Architecture concepts

  • Experience in software and system modeling, e.g. UML, EA tools a plus

  • Experience with business focused IT Architecture strategies and frameworks (TOGAF, Zachman, EAF)

  • Knowledge and experience with Identity and Access Management, PIM, and PAM solutions is a plus

  • Understanding of Utilities related technology needs is preferred

The military job codes/duty codes most closely related to this role are: 25A, 25G, 26A, 26B 37A1, 37A2, 37A3, 37A4 6420, 6423, 6425, 6427, IT 9634, 9934, 9975, 9985

What does this opportunity offer? You will be working with a diverse group of people and have the opportunity to be a leader among your peer architects, as you lead the Architecture Review Board, collaborate with functional managers, supervisors, and individual contributors. This is an exceptional opportunity to join an organization as it moves up the technology maturity model, and is embracing the need for architecture standards, modeling and all that surround such elements.

*This job is eligible for relocation assistance

*A Hybrid Telework Schedule will be considered for this position; hybrid is defined as a pre-determined blend of working from home and in the office.

Our Commitment to our Employees…

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That’s why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families through our rich benefits program.

  • Time Off – Because everybody needs time off to recharge

  • Vacation –New employees accrue 13 days of paid time off to start, while our more tenured employees accrue 24 days per year

  • Personal Leave –3 days per year of personal leave

  • Paid Holidays –10 paid holidays per year

  • Sick Leave – Accrue 12 days of sick leave annually for those days when you or a family member is feeling under the weather

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase up to 40 hours of additional vacation time

  • Pension Plan – Looking forward to a comfortable lifestyle once you’re done working? The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) provides you with retirement benefits and peace of mind when you retire

  • Medical – Select from three comprehensive medical plans, starting at $10.30 a month. Employees also enjoy access to a Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Wellness Program – Voluntary wellness program that allows you and your spouse to each earn up to $500 to use towards healthcare expenses, $100 in Visa gift cards, and up to $400 in gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two dental plans, with in-network preventive care covered at 100%

  • Vision – Voluntary plan that covers full vision care services and discounts on LASIK eye surgery

  • Retirement Saving Programs – Supplement your pension plan with voluntary retirement programs such as the PERAPlus 401(k) and MissionSquare’s Roth IRA and 457 plans.

  • Disability Coverage –Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance available for purchase

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Makes the going a little easier by aiding with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more

  • Long-Term Care Insurance – Whether it's due to an accident or a serious illness, LTC insurance is available for purchase to help you and your loved ones

  • Life Insurance –Company-paid life insurance and supplemental coverage are available

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  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas). Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Job Type: Information Technology