University of Colorado Online Education Solution Architect in Boulder, Colorado

Online Education Solution Architect

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

Be a part of CU Boulder’s Online Initiative to catalyze a campus transformation in digital and online education and seize a leading position in digital education. Join us and be part of creating a structure for continual innovation and program development in the online sphere. To learn more, go to: CU Regents Approve Online Initiative.

Our goals include, among other campus-wide objectives:

  • Creation of at least four massive and automated, for-credit, online degrees or certificates

  • The ability to offer at least 10% of all main campus courses directly online, leading to online degrees.

In this role you will provide direction for the new Online Education Initiative solutions, serving as a key subject-matter expert and providing technical leadership and product delivery for the project. You will be developing a holistic online education solution with attention to system integration and feasibility.

In partnership with CU’s internal business owners, Enterprise Services, and external vendors, you will be responsible for specific application, database, infrastructure and/or online education portfolios and platforms while helping connect the dots among our existing systems, infrastructure and vendor solutions, thereby facilitating an integrated user experience.

Who We Are

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is a dynamic organization, filled with energetic staff and students who aim to serve the campus and contribute to student success while supporting the University’s academic, research and service missions. We’re located in the heart of the beautiful CU Boulder campus. See what OIT is all about by watching our This is OIT video.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The Online Education Solution Architect will:

  • Drive successful solution implementation from technology planning, investment decisions, implementation to ongoing operational support for several, highly complex platforms or portfolios.

  • Identify and accelerate the elimination of applications and infrastructure which are not preferred or viable platforms for the online education initiative.

  • Be responsible for improving the availability, security, compliance, interoperability, performance, and technology that supports the online education program.

What You Should Know

This is a 3-year appointment. While it may easily be the case that this appointment becomes ongoing, for the present we have dedicated funds only for the first 3 years.

What We Can Offer

Base salary for this position is market-based, highly competitive and will be commensurate with background and experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree from an accredited institution in computer science, computer information systems, or related field.

  • A combination of education and/or related experience may be substituted for the degree on a year-for-year basis.

  • Five years of professional experience as a solution architect, including knowledge of software and application design and architecture.

  • Two years of experience in data management and data architecture.

What You Will Need

  • A combination of business, technical and leadership skills.

  • Ability to:

  • Successfully advocate for change and innovation.

  • Create compelling technology.

  • Seek out and synthesize IT and higher education trends into technology investment plans.

  • Appropriately interact with campus-wide information technologists and end users, including faculty, staff, and students.

  • Work independently and be proactive to ensure proper availability of systems/services.

  • Experienced mentoring and influencing others in a matrixed team environment is critical to success.

  • Ability to provide excellent customer service in resolving highly technical issues in a higher education setting.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Five or more years experience in technology solutions engineering, technical infrastructure, or technical operations.

  • University / Higher Education Experience with both Administrative Offices and Academic teams (Student Administration, Student Affairs, Academic Administration, Online Programs, etc.).

  • Understanding of, experience with, and a passion for online education systems.

  • Understanding of software quality assurance principles.

  • Experience with with HTML/CSS, JavaScript and UI/UX design.

  • Experience integrating with PeopleSoft systems, such as Campus Solutions.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • A current resume.

  • A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by January 20, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer