We are seeking a System Architect who will be responsible for leading architecture design for various lines of business and enterprise applications, from custom web solutions, 3rd party vendor products and open source options. Incumbent will also be accountable for web application architecture, service architecture, and technical design for high interoperability and modularity, and low technical coupling. Because this role requires extensive experience in architecting and deploying web-based and web-enabled business applications, Incumbent must possess hands-on experience in coding, deploying distributed architectures and platforms, creating architectural quality controls, designing for scalability and performance, and implementing impactful technology solutions. Additional responsibilities will include: 
  • Implementing a cross-discipline view on solution development including analyzing technical trade-offs, determining major applications, application components and subsystems, and defining scalable interfaces and collaboration between IT assets. 
  • Defining, assisting in implementing, and continually evolving Allegheny County's Department of Human Services (ACDHS) IT system architectural designs. This will include first assessing numerous custom application assets, mapping out current architecture, and understanding other potential IT solutions that could be integrated into ACDHS's overall IT landscape.
  • Leading efforts to decouple ACDHS's IT application components and enhance ACDHS’s IT system's overall interoperability and modularity, by way of API management design and implementation, leveraging open data concepts, etc.; developing a realistic approach and implementation plan to achieve greater interoperability and modularity maturity.
  • Defining and maintaining adherence to IT system's architectural fitness functions. This includes working with development team to create automated fitness function metrics and tracking controls to measure the health and adherence to architectural designs.  The output of these fitness function metrics serve as input into the constant evolution of ACDHS's IT system architecture.
  • Staying abreast of trends in technology across all industries and identifying what could be impactful to the business of ACDHS.  
  • Leading a team in identifying proof of concept spikes that provide insight into potential positive impacts to ACDHS's existing IT systems.
  • Developing an approach to support hypothesis-driven development, to enable silently incorporating end users into the design and development feedback loop.  
  • Developing an approach to manage dependencies within and between applications.
  • Developing an approach to identify, manage and rectify existing technical debt.
  • Supporting development teams in adhering to architectural design and coding quality standards (e.g., service templates).
  • Working with portfolio and enterprise stakeholders, particularly the Enterprise Architect, to ensure alignment with enterprise standards and objectives.

Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in computer science, system analysis, or a related field of study, plus a minimum of five years of design and implementation experience in IT, with a deep knowledge in at least two of the following technical disciplines: application development, application programming interfaces (APIs), application architectural design, database management, configuration management, or DevOps. Exposure to multiple, diverse technical configurations, technologies and processing environments is strongly preferred. Experience with integration hubs or similar middleware tools or platforms is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of/Experience in:

  • Technology architecture approaches, specifically with a slant toward creating decoupled solutions.
  • Different programming languages and their underlying concepts (modeling (UML), object-oriented, etc.).
  • Agile delivery methodologies.
  • Leveraging technology as a whole to ultimately achieve business objectives.

Skills/Ability to demonstrate: 

  • Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Excellent API service design and implementation skills.
  • Strong technical skills, specifically in .NET, R, and python.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong leadership skills, including fostering a collaborative culture as a servant-leader.
  • Curiosity and the courage to speak up.

Interested candidates should complete an application and submit a resume and cover letter online at:


*If hired for a position, candidates would work for Allegheny County, Department of Human Services and be employed by Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute.

About Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS)

In Allegheny County, we appreciate people who think big, act boldly, and care about making a difference. You don’t have to be from here to feel at home, or to make your mark. With only 1.3 million people in the County, it’s small enough for motivated people to get things done. Allegheny County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) is a perfect place to get things done that directly affect people in need in a positive and lasting way. We help children grow up safer and healthier, older adults remain able to live independently, and neighborhoods to thrive. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people in Allegheny County.

DHS is the largest agency in Allegheny County government, with a budget of nearly $1 billion. DHS serves over 200,000 people a year through services that include: Protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect and preventing  future occurrences of maltreatment; improving child wellness through family support, home visiting, early intervention and in-home services; providing treatment for behavioral health issues such as substance use disorders and mental illness; managing the care of adults with intellectual disabilities; preventing unnecessary nursing home stays; and services that prevent homelessness and provide shelter and housing for families and individuals.

 Why DHS?

  • It is innovative. Most recently, the national attention and awards we’ve gotten are for how DHS integrates data and uses them to improve the safety and well-being of children through tools that support front-line staff in making decisions (using predictive analytics).
  • DHS is diverse, but we strive to be even more inclusive. Our director has made it his top priority that DHS is “the kind of place where a diverse group of talented people want to come, grow, and do their best work.” This includes equity in hiring and advancement, as well as in unleashing the creativity and ideas of staff at every level of DHS.
  • It has strong, assertive leaders. We do not hire yes-people.

You can make a big impact here. We stand out as one of the best human services organizations in the country. But we need problem-solvers, innovators, and terrific leaders to make sure we are smart in how we use our funding so that we reach the people who most need our help to make their lives better. 

 “DHS strives to be the kind of place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come to grow and do their best work.”  
-From the organization’s statement on Equity and Inclusion


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