SENIOR WEBSITE ARCHITECT
Company: Central Michigan University
Location: Mount Pleasant
Posted on: March 18, 2023
SENIOR WEBSITE ARCHITECT
Position Number: 78990
Type of Recruitment: External
The CMS Architect will be part of the University Communications Digital Strategy Team and responsible for aligning the external Sitefinity CMS platform with the strategic website roadmap. The Architect will develop project plans, including architectural specifications; collaborate with university departments concerning system and process requirements; evaluate new technologies and web development tools; establish and maintaining standards, methodologies, and frameworks for Sitefinity, .net and website development; provide technical leadership for all Sitefinity development, provide guidance related to system integrations with other university systems and ultimately ensure the long term maintainability of the Sitefinity CMS Platform. The architect will assist the Director of Digital Strategy with vendor management. The architect will mentor team members by providing guidance on current development best-practices, maintainability techniques and will reinforce best practice through code reviews, coaching and training.
Bachelor s degree, preferably in Computer Science, or a combination of education and experience the equates to a bachelor s degree.
Four years of relevant technical experience showcasing full stack software development skills.
Two years of experience designing enterprise solutions.
Two years of experience with CMS platforms.
Experience with unit and integration testing tools.
Experience with build tools including MsBuild.
Experience using Object Relational Mapping (ORM) tools (i.e. NHibernate, Entity Framework, DataObjects.NET, etc.)
Experience researching and evaluating vendor solutions.
Demonstrated history of successful development of software-based solutions.
Experience with large-scale developments with enterprise-wide impact.
Experience with the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
Experience in requirements gathering techniques and models.
Current knowledge of industry software and hardware technologies.
Advanced technical proficiency in relevant operating systems, applications, and/or languages.
Advanced technical proficiency in application design as well as multi- tier applications including relational databases.
Demonstrated programming and debugging skills.
Ability to provide individual and group training.
Proficiency with the .Net framework, C# and/or VB.Net.
Strong understanding of Dependency Injection Frameworks (i.e. Autofac, Ninject, Unity, Spring.Net, etc.)
Advanced technical proficiency in SQL, T-SQL and related database programming.
Demonstrated ability to maintain positive interpersonal relationships with students, faculty, visitors and fellow work associates.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Experience in systems documentation.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
Master s degree or equivalent, preferably in a technical field.
Advanced experience and programming expertise in object-oriented languages, scripting languages.
Proven experience designing and architecting solutions across a variety of systems and business processes.
Proven experience providing solutions that integrate with enterprise applications and ERP systems.
Experience with a variety of SDLC methodologies.
Advanced experience with software development, modeling, and architecture tools, preferably Microsoft Visual Studio, Visio or similar tools.
Experience with Sitefinity development and maintenance.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Acts as technical and architectural lead on complex and high-visibility projects and requirements gathering initiatives. Establishes development technologies, design patterns, and methodologies that will contribute to advancing the organizational mission.
Mentors team members on current development best-practices and documentation through direct reviews and training.
Evaluates user requests concerning web design and development and provides architectural guidance for design and implementation of the solutions.
Communicates system architecture needs to other teams responsible for components outside the purview of the web development team.
Provides exceptional customer service to all faculty, staff, student, and third-party partners.
Develops and tests specialized web site configurations and directs team members on the same.
Communicates complex concepts and solutions effectively to both technical and non-technical parties.
Provides guidance for proper access and use of university data sources, including, but not limited to, databases, enterprise applications, and ERP platforms.
Evaluates and recommends web development languages.
Consults with necessary individuals on campus as well as vendor representatives.
Coordinates web design policies, procedures, and support on campus.
Creates and maintains external web sites.
Delivers solutions to maximize the value of requested initiatives.
Assists with purchasing specifications for development hardware and software.
Researches, collects and organizes information concerning university web compliance, regulations and mandates.
Analyzes present systems, procedures, and practices; recommends changes or improvements.
Ensures Application Architecture supports the University s mission and goals.
Translates Business Requirements into Technical Specifications.
Develops Solution Design Options, based on Business Requirements and Enterprise Architecture.
Ensures that new solutions are designed to meet functional requirements, while also ensuring that service qualities (performance, scalability, extensibility), current and anticipated, are achievable.
Manages risk identification and risk mitigation strategies associated with the Enterprise Application Architecture.
Acts as a technical liaison with the Office of Technology (OIT).
Performs related tasks as necessary.
Other duties as assigned.
Employee Group: Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level:
Pay Range: $85,000 - $95,000
Department: University Communications
Position Status: Regular
Position End Date:
Employment Status: Full Time
Position Type: 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule: M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; evenings & weekends as required.
Location: Mount Pleasant, MI
Open Until Filled: Yes
About the Department:
Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.
We serve nearly 15,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.
CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.
Central is home to 17 men s and women s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.
CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.
Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more are within easy reach of the city s central location in Michigan s Lower Peninsula.
CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.
CMU Leadership Standards:
Central Michigan University is a place where we value students and work for their success, where we act as family, and where employees are engaged, appreciated and have extraordinary opportunities to make a difference.
We intentionally maintain and strengthen the hallmark CMU culture that sets us apart from our peers by expecting CMU leaders and employees to model the following Leadership Standards and develop them within their teams.
Please review the Leadership Standards before applying for this position.
Message to Applicants:
Central Michigan University is dedicated to fostering a broadly diverse and inclusive campus that respects all social identities, experiences, and perspectives. In an effort to further this initiative, we are especially interested in candidates who will advance and promote an inclusive and supportive environment for every member of our university community.
You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.
Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.
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