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Solutions Architect – Teaching and Learning Solutions

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Posting Date:
August 31, 2020
Closing Date:
September 27, 2020
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Enterprise Architect

Salary (Grade: NM3)

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Position Purpose

Provides senior solutions architecture leadership and enterprise level advice to the organization, with a focus on teaching and learning solutions. The Solutions Architect is responsible for translating overarching business requirements and designing, defining and implementing solutions to ensure that the University’s teaching and learning solutions are implemented consistently, based on best practices, aligned with financial budget and maximizing the University’s technology investments. Ensures alignment with the Enterprise Architecture principles and priorities, and balances teaching and learning business needs for access against security and performance requirements.

Collaborates with several project or solution teams, acting as visionary to provide the direction and to define the solution roadmap for the use of appropriate and sustainable teaching and learning solutions.

The University has been recognized as one of the National Capital Region’s top employers in 2019. The main campus, located at the heart of Ottawa’s downtown core, gives you access to a range of services, including fitness facilities and popular food outlets. As an employee, you will be working in a multicultural environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, respect and appreciation. To encourage you to feel at home, the University has created a work environment that promotes health and well-being and facilitates a healthy work-life balance.

Information Technology is a dynamic and collaborative environment. We are focused on prioritizing and optimizing technological investments that facilitate the best student experience, as well as the activities of faculty, researchers and staff. Our greatest strength are the people working with us. People like you, professionals eager to flex their intellectual muscle and achieve new heights in their career. Working here gives you access to a great IT environment, rich with a diverse range of platforms, products, and services. This is a place where innovative ideas are welcome.

In a nutshell: working here is challenging and rewarding. It’ll bring out the best of you. We want people that have the drive to advance IT in higher education. We have the technologies to keep your inner fires burning, and benefits that can help you sustain a better lifestyle. And all this minutes away from gyms, the Byward Market, downtown, and the Rideau Canal at lunch time for runners and skaters.

Essential Qualifications

Bachelor’s or Master’s in computer science, information systems or a related field;
Eight years’ experience with solution architecture strategy and design consulting, supporting large-scale systems in a multi-platform environment;
Expert knowledge of concepts, philosophies and tools behind application design, information and information technologies;
Proven record of applying common solutions patterns and middleware solutions;
Experience with vendor and open-source solutions including design patterns;
Experience with learning management systems and related teaching and learning solutions;
Experience with data integration and integrating software-as-a-service solutions;
Experience working in a diverse work environment, with a broad understanding of multiple business sectors, hardware and software technologies, data and information management practices, and IT security;
Knowledge of leading vendor platforms such as VMWare, Oracle, F5 and IBM, as well as mainstream open-source frameworks and products;
Ability to apply project management methods and processes to define, plan, cost, resource, track and ensure achievement of goals;
Ability to work both independently and in a team environment;
Ability to explain technical concepts in a non-technical manner;
Ability to proactively keep abreast of new and emerging trends and technologies in teaching and learning ;
Bilingualism — French and English (written and spoken).

Key Competencies

Key competencies required at the University of Ottawa:
Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to achieve an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.
Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Be proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond expectations whenever possible.
Service Excellence: Reflect a positive attitude, demonstrate competence and professionalism, treat members of the community with respect, exercise care, devote full attention and find solutions. (Visit the section "Useful links" on the home page to read the detailed definition).
Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal. Accept and give constructive feedback. Adjust own behaviour to reach team goals.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and racialized persons. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

Contract of approximately 12 months, with possibility of renewal. Eligibility to benefits will be determined upon hiring. This position is excluded from all union accreditation units. All applications will be considered equally. Schedule with an average of 35hrs/week. Requirements related to skills and experience are determined by the University of Ottawa, and all positions are subject to relevant laws, collective agreements, and regulations. Please note that we will only communicate with candidates who are chosen for a preselection test or for an interview. Remember to upload a copy of your diploma(s) or a certificate of merit as well as a current version of your CV into the My documents section of your career profile (please include the job ID number, i.e. J0000-0000, in the title of your document).