Solutions Architect

Ann Arbor
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Created: February 16, 2016


Solutions Architect

How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

Job Summary
The University of Michigan Library is seeking a talented and experienced Solutions Architect to join the Library Information Technology (IT) division in designing, engineering, and building solutions for enterprise architecture, technology infrastructure, and large-scale application integration for the U-M Library. The successful candidate will first focus on the large-scale implementation of a Hydra and Fedora based access and preservation framework, an umbrella initiative that over the next few years will include launching an ambitious enterprise research data preservation and access system, building an innovative digital publishing work flow engine, and migrating two of the most extensive archives of digital collections and digital scholarship in the country. The new system will handle a wide array of materials: research data sets, historical records, electronic journals, audio, video, and more. This is an opportunity to join a skilled and forward­-thinking group of developers and librarians, and to design and build elegant solutions to complex problems with modern technology infrastructure that supports digital preservation, research, publishing, archives, and broad public access to U-M Library resources.

The Library IT division has a combined staff of more than 60, focused on enabling library services through elegant technology solutions; and uniting the preservation, access, and publishing of digital content. Notable current preservation and access initiatives of the division include the HathiTrust digital library; extensive digital collections; the Text Creation Partnership (TCP) for encoding Early English Books Online (EEBO); the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) preservation initiative; the Deep Blue institutional repository; and the soon-to-be-released Deep Blue Data research data service based on the Hydra repository framework. National digital initiatives and communities we are connected with include the Unizin learning systems partnership; the APTrust consortium; the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) platform; the Hydra project; and the Fedora project. 
The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university's world­changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission.

  • Partners with experienced systems and application programmers, project managers, designers, and domain experts in requirements gathering and reviews
  • Collaborates across units to produce an optimal, high-level, technical conceptual design for projects
  • Responsible for analyzing and translating organizational, informational, and technical requirements into a service model, or architectural blueprint that outlines solutions to achieve library objectives
  • Develops enterprise-level solutions that integrate across applications, systems, and platforms or services and processes
  • Proposes changes in process, policy, and standards as they relate to the architecture or service and design principles
  • Researches and maintains knowledge in emerging technologies and solutions, or service life cycle and process frameworks to solve business problems
  • Responsible for service design or process work that is complex and varied in nature

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field and five or more years relevant experience
  • Experience designing solutions for, or participating in, technical projects that require complex coordination, high levels of integration, and/or diverse stakeholders and users
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role and potential of technology for achieving excellence in creating system architectures for the delivery of information resources and services
  • High levels of accuracy, problem-solving, dependability, and responsibility
  • Enthusiasm to learn and adapt as new technologies and requirements emerge
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong operational background, with an emphasis on working as part of a team
  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization

Desired Qualifications
  • Experience designing or developing systems to support adaptive work flows
  • Experience designing or developing multi-tenant systems, either local or cloud-based
  • Understanding of digital preservation concepts and principles
  • Experience leading various phases of technology infrastructure projects (concept, investigation, design, deployment, operations, migration, decommission)
  • Modern programming skills in any language, including version control, test-driven development, and debugging

Additional Information
This position may be filled at either the Intermediate or Senior level based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications.  Final salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.

The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous time off (24 vacation days per year), matched retirement contributions with immediate vesting, and more.

The U-M Library is committed to diversity in the work environment and embraces difference as strength. If you are interested in this opportunity, we want to hear from you.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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