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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Solutions Architect - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA)

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people - especially those with the fewest resources - have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Patty Stonesifer and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Job Description

Foundation Information Technology (IT) is responsible for evolving and executing the foundation's strategy for information technology systems in accordance with the organization’s business requirements. This includes planning, implementing, maintaining, and evaluating cost-efficient enterprise systems that support both distributed and centralized grant management and business operations. IT also supports foundation programs directly, consulting on the execution of grants that include IT components.

The technical architect brings a blend of competencies in the infrastructure and application domains. Qualified candidates will enable the successful implementation of enterprise architecture by identifying solution options and trade-offs and assisting in design and implementation efforts. The technical architect oversees application integration, reviews and implements third-party solutions and tools, and is responsible for defining technical standards and reviews.

• Applies technical and process background to define and document release management and configuration management processes and procedures
• Drives and documents technology-related decisions required to support general infrastructure requirements (e.g., e-mail, file sharing, load balancing, etc.)
• Work with application teams to ensure coding standards and adherence to architecture principles
• Work with the information management team and data architect to implement the foundation’s information management strategy
• Establish measures and techniques to achieve design quality
• Review, recommend, and influences selection of third-party software solutions
• Provide thought leadership to influence strategy, architecture direction, and technology decisions
• Identifies problem areas and opportunities and makes recommendations


• Bachelors degree in computer science,  information systems, or equivalent work and education experience
• Excellent technical, organizational, and overall management skills
• Ability to articulate and adhere to a vision
• Experience in development, configuration management, infrastructure architecture, systems integration, solution deployment, and operations
• Experience with data center management and capacity planning
• Experience using Active Directory in custom developed solutions and commercial package deployments
• Knowledge of the architectural implications associated with the .NET platform
• Background in SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, WinFx technologies (WCF, WF) solutions
• Background in Microsoft SQL Server Data Warehousing and Data Management
• Well developed written and oral communication skills and the ability to work well in a collaborative team environment.
• Four-year college degree in computer science,  information systems, or equivalent work and education experience


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