American Public University System Chief Enterprise Architect in Charles Town, West Virginia

Requisition Number 18-0021

Post Date 3/8/2018

Title Chief Enterprise Architect

Location Charles Town, WV

Company APEI


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  • Reports To: Chief Information Officer
  • Department: Information Technology
  • Office Location : Charles Town, WV
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Date Posted : March 8, 2018
  • Date Closing : Open Until Filled

Synopsis of Role :

The Chief Enterprise Architect (CEA) will have overall responsibility and ownership for the design and implementation of the American Public Education Inc. (APEI) enterprise architecture and associated strategy. A key objective with the enterprise architecture is to drive simplification and standardization across the application and infrastructure portfolio. The enterprise architecture will also function as the vision of a target state architecture that enables the APEI business growth strategy. This position will be responsible for the technical and architectural aspects of enterprise wide business decisions including the strategy and planning for applications, infrastructure, network, security, and data architecture. This includes the establishment of a governance process which ensures adherence to these architectures and enables the organization to make informed business decisions when choosing solutions and technologies.

The CEA will possess extensive experience from information industry and online portals with a large number of users, including experience with major technology development environments, architecture design and implementation, and large systems integration. Industry standards, including service-oriented architecture (SOA) approaches, will be utilized to integrate components and systems as well as preserve current and future technology investment.

Essential Functions :

  • Establishes an architect capability within the IT department including an enterprise architecture group reporting into the CEA, and a domain architecture layer owned by solutions architects in the software engineering team.
  • Establishes an enterprise architecture encompassing:

  • Application architecture

  • Application platform architecture
  • Content and data architecture
  • Infrastructure architecture
  • Architectural governance
  • Establishes a capability to monitor competitor’s activities as it relates to technology, technology adoption, partnerships etc.
  • Establishes the capabilities to stay up to date on new technology developments in the general global marketplace.
  • Actively contributes to increasing the exposure within the University to new ideas, ways to leverage technology and new trends in the technology market to foster innovation.
  • Develops a technology strategy, organization supporting transformation initiatives, and the development and deployment of companywide enterprise architectures.
  • Identifies and drives opportunities to simplify and leverage the existing tools/assets and resources across IT.
  • Develops and fosters a culture of technical excellence and innovation across the University.
  • Researches and plans the appropriate technologies and solutions to meet changing business directives.
  • Identifies commonalities between businesses and develops an action plan to guide management and peers toward one architecture vision.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Standard office environment in Charles Town, WV
  • Occasional travel to Manassas, VA is required.


Required Skills:

  • A strong, pragmatic approach to leading architecture and development solutions, with a proven record in technology strategy planning and delivery.
  • Experience with the development, ownership, and successful delivery of an enterprise wide technology architecture plan that has achieved application simplification and standardization.
  • Strong/expert level technology skills and understandings.
  • The ability to prove the value of the function to the organization, make it meaningful and accountable; and as a result, use it to influence decisions.
  • Ability to communicate technical information effectively and efficiently to both technical and non‐technical management and staff.
  • An expert-level technologist and architect with a passion and enthusiasm for technology
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and build the enterprise architecture function “from scratch”.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and very effective time management skills. Proven ability to influence people indirectly, work with people in multi-functional roles, and success in being a driver of change
  • Able to manage towards both short term goals and long term goals. Project management and process experience including the ability to accurately estimate resources, timeframe, and budgets needed for projects and deliverables
  • Experience with the development, ownership, and successful delivery of an enterprise wide technology architecture plan that has achieved application simplification and standardization.

Required Experience:

  • A Master of Science degree in Computer Science, engineer or related field is required.
  • 15+ years ‘relevant experience with at least 7+ years in a multi-entity, complex, and distributed environment required.
  • Technology consulting and proven project management experience preferred.
  • Experience with architecture technology as part of the revenue stream and product offering, and not part of internal systems preferred.
  • Experience with dev-ops and the automation of testing builds and deployment is preferred.

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of American Public University System to afford equal opportunity to all qualified persons. We treat all qualified individuals equally as to their recruitment, hiring, assignments, advancements, compensation, and all other terms and conditions of employment. American Public University System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, or sensory disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.