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Chief Enterprise Architect

Austin Community College
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 18, 2024

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Chief Enterprise Architect

Austin Community College

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Austin Community College is a public two-year institution that serves a multicultural population of approximately 41,000 credit students each Fall and Spring semester. We embrace our identity as a community college, as reflected in our mission statement. We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriate applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.

As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:
  • Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching
  • Is attracted by the college's mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities
  • Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for populations including; first generation college students, low-income students, and students from underserved communities.
  • Focused on student academic achievement and postgraduate outcomes
  • Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others
  • Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC

Job Posting Title:
Chief Enterprise Architect

Job Description Summary:
Under the direction of the CIO, the Chief Enterprise Architect (CEA) is responsible for the organization's overall Enterprise Architecture. This role is typically engaged as the highest-level technology expert across all architecture domains. The CEA manages a team of solution and domain architects and directs that team in working towards the strategic transformational goals of the college. The Enterprise Architecture team is also tasked with designing solutions that support day-to-day operations.

Given the ongoing digital transformation, the CEA will be responsible for developing and maintaining architecture standards which drive solution designs. The CEA will also be responsible for delivering solution designs that are consistent with ACC's enterprise strategies. This role functions within an IT as a Business (ITaaB) model which requires clear definition of IT business processes, including: a clearly defined service catalog, operating and service level agreements, streamlined business processes, and strategic budgeting for the team. Therefore, the ideal candidate will be a highly technical individual but will also need to have keen business acumen.

Job Description:

Description of Duties and Tasks
  • Supervises, trains, coaches, directs, coordinates, and disciplines personnel while adhering to organizational human resource policies and procedures as well as related employment laws. Recommends hire and termination personnel actions for positions supervised.
  • Leading or co-leading specific initiatives related to technology changes, including infrastructure, data systems and security systems. This includes being the person primarily responsible for integrating new student information systems, ERP systems, data center infrastructure and the college's data hub, among others.
  • Learning business needs, business capabilities, and delivering the corresponding enterprise system designs to drive the organization towards targeted business outcomes.
  • Researching and understanding emerging technologies and incorporating new technologies into existing and upcoming environment and solution designs.
  • Developing and maintaining the business of operational Enterprise Architecture at the college (service catalog, processes, budget, OLA's, etc.)
  • Working with the CIO to clearly define the charter of the EA team and refine it over time.
  • Establishing and/or continuing to mature ACC's enterprise architecture standards.
  • Establishing KPIs and success metrics for the Enterprise Architecture function and reporting on those metrics to the CIO and the broader IT organization.
  • Owning the creation and maintenance of environment and solution documentation according to established standards.
  • Taking complex business challenges and creating high-level solutions consistent with ACC's enterprise architecture strategies.
  • Leading the effort to take existing high-level architecture solutions down to the lowest level of detail needed to facilitate implementation.
  • Leading the Architecture Review Board (ARB) in assessing solutions for viability within existing and planned technology environments.
  • Managing a blended team of architects in their efforts to build out designs for various strategic solutions spanning all TOGAF architecture domains.
  • Managing the day-to-day operational work of the enterprise architecture team.
  • Providing overall guidance on best-practices in technology architecture.
  • Providing consulting support to the IT leadership team as needed.
  • Working with and at times leading 3rd party partners to realize program goals.

  • Working knowledge of The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF)
  • Knowledge of, and experience working with Enterprise systems such as ERPs, CRMs, middleware, and Business Intelligence tools at the solution design level.
  • Knowledge of all concepts and components of an Enterprise Technical Architecture (ETA).
  • Working knowledge of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework is strongly desired.
  • Deep technical knowledge of infrastructure systems and networks, including hyper-converged infrastructure, on-premise enterprise storage solutions, cloud-based computing and storage solutions, physical and virtual networking technologies.

  • Strong people management skills with proven ability to motivate employees and get tangible results.
  • Strong business acumen is critical.
  • Ability to present complex solutions and designs using visualization tools.
  • Ability to understand the long-term (“big picture”) and short-term perspectives of situations.
  • Strong communication and influencing skills.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships, including the ability to coordinate the work of others.
  • Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Maintaining an established work schedule.
  • Effectively using interpersonal and communications skills.

Technology Skills
  • MS Visio and Lucidchart to all levels of the organization.

Required Work Experience
  • Five years of experience in IT roles of progressively increasing responsibility.
  • Three years of supervisory experience. Completion of the ACC Supervisor Certificate Series Program will satisfy one year supervisory experience required for this position.

Preferred Work Experience
  • Extensive experience leading both hardware and software focused operational IT teams.
  • Five or more years of related work experience leading an IT organization with responsibility over solution architecture.
  • Fifteen years of experience in IT roles of progressively increasing responsibility highly preferred.
  • Seven years of related work experience leading an IT organization with responsibility over solution architecture highly preferred.

Required Education
  • Bachelor's degree in business information systems (IS), computer science or related field.

Special Requirements
  • ITIL Certification preferred.
  • TOGAF certification preferred.
  • Valid Texas Driver's License and reliable transportation for travel in the Austin area as required.

Physical Requirements
  • Work is performed in a standard office or similar environment.
  • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling.
  • Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.

  • Supervise safe operation of unit. Facilitate safety inspections. Take reasonable and prudent actions to eliminate identified hazards. Ensure employees receive appropriate safety training and foster a workplace safety culture.

Number of Openings:

Job Posting Close Date:
May 2, 2024

Clery Act

As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.


The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC at its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions of the job.

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