Application Architect (ITP-A, Exempt)

City of Seattle - Seattle Information Technology Department   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
Posted on May 15, 2023
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Application Architect (ITP-A, Exempt)

Salary $51.89 - $77.84 Hourly

Location Seattle, WA

Job Type Civil Service Exempt, Regular, Full-time

Job Number 2023-00964

Department Seattle Information Technology

Opening Date 05/15/2023

Closing Date 5/30/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

Position Description

As a city, Seattle is known as a dynamic leader in technology, innovation, and the environment. As an employer, the City of Seattle is leading local government in environmental stewardship and social justice among other things, making our city what it is today and shaping our exciting future. The organization’s workforce plays a meaningful role in making this possible.

Seattle IT is a trusted partner that provides secure, reliable, and compliant technologies enabling the City of Seattle to deliver equitable and responsive services to the residents of Seattle. This purpose statement is a simple declaration of who we are and why we do our work. It is intended to be a guide that helps us to not lose sight of why we perform everyday tasks or to invest effort to tackle difficult problems. It emphasizes that our existence as a department is to support our City partners. It reminds us that we are part of a larger organization that collectively is working towards improving the lives of the residents of our city. The 600+ strong professionals in Seattle IT are involved in the full spectrum of a modern IT enterprise offering many dynamic career opportunities. We hope you’ll join us!

The Application Architect plays a lead role in developing the framework for a healthy ecosystem of platforms and applications that support the business needs of City departments and the constituents they serve. This position is a strategic planner, envisioning a future state of well-integrated systems and platforms that provide optimal outcomes. The Application Architect develops tactical plans to achieve the desired future state, working with IT and customer departments to formulate roadmaps that inform project plans, budgets and portfolio management activities.

Job Responsibilities

The architecture group in the Applications Division has a broad area of responsibility, ranging from solution architecture to the development of application lifecycle and portfolio management practices. The architecture team develops standards, tools and processes that are used across the division to improve outcomes for projects and operational work. As part of this team, the Application Architect will lead initiatives, participate on project teams, mentor other team members and supply unique expertise to grow the architecture practice.

The Application Architect will:

  • Champion an architecture practice group within the Applications Division, facilitating a team of highly skilled technologists from various domains of expertise to set standards and improve practices for application and solution architecture.
  • Create architecture documents and diagrams for specific applications and/or implementation projects that replace current systems or implement new functionality, applying knowledge of business goals, objectives and desired outcomes as well as advanced analysis and design skills to guide product implementation.
  • Lead in the application portfolio management practice area, creating and facilitating processes, templates, standards and performance metrics to improve portfolio and lifecycle management practices.
  • Advocate for critical initiatives in information technology, developing strategies for adoption of cloud technologies, migration from stand-alone systems to supported enterprise platforms, support for agile methodologies, and adoption of innovative processes.

The Application Architect will join a highly performing team, bringing key skills including: 

  • A passion to improve the architecture landscape of platforms and applications supported in the City of Seattle
  • General knowledge of multiple technical areas of architecture including security, networking, integration/middleware, database and application front ends.
  • Ability to quickly understand key business goals, objectives, constraints and anticipated future needs, and ability to propose secure and reliable solutions to meet these business needs.
  • Good communication style to influence decisions at many levels in the organization.
  • Ability to learn the strengths and weaknesses of newly emerging technology, identifying potential benefits and risks to the organization.
  • Understanding of software development methodologies (such as waterfall, spiral, agile, rapid prototyping, incremental, synchronize and stabilize, and DevOps).
  • Strong analytic skills to use data and metrics to measure and celebrate the accomplishments of our APM and ALM programs.


Required Qualifications:
NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered for the required qualifications.

  • Minimum of seven years of experience in at least two IT solution development disciplines, including technical or application architecture, technical analysis, application development, security / risk assessment, middleware, or database management.
  • Bachelor’s or master's degree in computer science, information systems, business administration, related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience developing architecture blueprints, strategies, and roadmaps.
  • Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies, platforms and processing environments, and ability to provide technical direction to teams in these areas.
  • Good understanding of strategic and innovative technology trends, and the practical application of existing and emerging technologies to new and evolving business and operating models
  • Experience creating and delivering presentations to senior-level executives, technical and business audiences.
  • Experience managing an application portfolio, including portfolio data management, application planning and road mapping, incorporating software development lifecycle practices. and applying lifecycle management processes throughout the development, maintenance and retirement phases of applications.
  • Commitment to supporting a diverse and equitable working environment.
  • Outstanding communication, analytical, planning, organizational and technical skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Understanding of IT standards and controls.
  • Knowledge of different modeling languages (such as UML and ArchiMate).
  • Conversant with security requirements and assessments, preferably in a public sector setting.
  • Knowledge of IT service management (ITSM) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).

Additional Information

The full salary range for this position is $51.89  - $77.84 per hour. The salary for this individual role has been identified as $51.89 - $71.35 per hour.

Why work at the City of Seattle
The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our views and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and provide equitable processes and services.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Application Process: For optimal consideration, we encourage you to include a cover letter and resume with your application. We encourage you to use your cover letter to discuss why you want to do this work and how you meet the qualifications for the position. Your resume should summarize the talent, experience, knowledge, and skills you bring to this work. Apply online at

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Vogt at
Workplace Environment (Telework Expectation): This position offers the flexibility of a hybrid work schedule. At this time, hybrid telework schedules have a minimum requirement of two days onsite per week. Individual schedules will be based on operational needs and agreement between the employee and their supervisor.

This hiring process involves a background check of conviction and arrest records in compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

Who may apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values different view points and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience.



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