Technical Solutions Architect, Regulated Data Security – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California (USC) Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) is seeking a Technical Solutions Architect experienced in federal data security regulations and with an exceptional commitment to service excellence to join our team.  USC is a leading private research university which ranks No. 3 overall among western universities now grown to 49,500 currently enrolled students and over 30,000 faculty and staff.  In the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the University of Southern California attracted $955.6 million in sponsored research to fund studies in biotech, public health, biomedical engineering, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease, among others.

As the Technical Solutions Architect, Regulated Data Security you will be an integral member of the Security Architecture team of the Office of the CISO while reporting to the Director, Security Architecture.  This is a full-time, nonexempt position, eligible all USC Benefits + Perks available to its tenure such as comprehensive medical coverage, generous retirement matching, and free tuition.  

This opportunity is open to remote contributors within the United States and committed to working the Pacific time zone with occasional time onsite, both aligned with business needs.  Due to federal requirements, this role is not eligible for sponsorship.

The Technical Solutions Architect, Regulated Data Security will act as Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the areas of federal, state and local regulatory requirements to identify, communicate and document applicable regulatory requirements to design solutions that meet operational, business and regulatory requirements.  In addition, this SME will provide forward looking guidance on architecture, security and compliance in the areas of federal, state and local regulatory requirements. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Great candidates for the position of Technical Solutions Architect, Regulated Data Security will meet the following qualifications:

  • A minimum 10 years of relevant professional experience.
  • A bachelor’s degree in relevant field and/or combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.
  • Demonstrated experience architecting solutions in regulated data environments with demonstrated experience handling audits of those solutions.
  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one: CMMC v2, DFARS 7012, NIST 800-171, FISMA.
  • Recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME) in at least one IT discipline (Networking, Information Security, High Performance Computing, Cloud Computing, Software Engineering, IT Infrastructure).
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in a highly matrixed, heavily federated organization through a combination of influence, partnership, and authority.
  • The ability to create original concepts/theories for various projects and to work independently.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Exceptional candidates for the position of Technical Solutions Architect, Regulated Data Security will also bring the following qualifications or more:

  • 15 or more years of relevant experience 
  • Graduate degree(s) in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Administration or Management.
  • Recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME) in multiple IT disciplines (Networking, Information Security, High Performance Computing, Cloud Computing, Software Engineering, IT Infrastructure).
  • Strong analytical, research, and conceptual skills plus high interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain key relationships to achieve business objectives.
  • Extensive knowledge in the use of Project Management and Enterprise Architecture methodologies and tools.

SCOPE OF THE ROLE

The Technical Solutions Architect, Regulated Data Security will:

  • Partner with business teams and stakeholders to scope projects and define high-level requirements. Develop appropriate enterprise-level application and custom integration solutions including major enhancements and interfaces, functions and features and validates that the proposed solution architecture supports the stated and implied business requirements. Drive solution architectures from ideation through release and support.
  • Design solutions that meet operational, business and regulatory requirements.
  • Provide technical leadership, analysis and design facilitation across business, information, technical and solution viewpoints and enterprise architecture. Lead the effective integration of the enterprise architecture process with other related processes (i.e., investment, enterprise program, and IT portfolio and project management) for the University.
  • Ensure that system architectures are functional, robust and appropriate for the specific business and technical needs. Review technical team deliverables for compliance with architecture standards, guidelines and leverages best practices. Plan and lead transitions to integrated infrastructures, identifying training needs and delivering training as needed. Ensure delivered solutions are monitored, have a support plan, and adequate business controls. Provide architecture and technical support during production incidents.
  • Define multi-year architectural evolution and roadmaps for University-wide improvements that align with the reference architectures.
  • Serve as Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the areas of federal, state and local regulatory requirements to identify, communicate and document applicable regulatory requirements to design solutions that meet operational, business and regulatory requirements. 
  • Provide forward looking guidance on architecture, security and compliance in the areas of federal, state and local regulatory requirements.
  • Conduct research in emerging technologies and continuously identifies technologies with high-potential business value and specifies their appropriate usage in developing business solutions. Conduct technology trends studies and publishes trend reports on an annual basis.

THE TEAM

The ITS vision aligns strategy, business, and services; affirms ITS cultural values; empowers cross-functional teamwork; embraces world-class best practices; and promotes innovation, excellence, agility, and efficiency. To achieve this vision, ITS is committed to providing a resilient modern technology infrastructure that delivers the performance necessary to meet the demands of a growing customer base. By training in the latest technologies for its highly productive and motivated workforce and providing outstanding customer experience and technology services, ITS aligns with the university’s mission to provide exceptional learning opportunities for students. ITS is creating a workplace where employees can develop cutting-edge skills, take pride in the services they provide, and have access to the roles and career paths that align with their abilities and potential. We are looking for top talent to join us on our journey.

ITS CULTURE

USC’s ITS organization represents a diverse and talented team committed to supporting a collaborative culture and delivering secure and innovative IT services, core to the mission of USC. ITS values accountability, excellence, and commitment to exceptional customer experience. ITS strives for a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages employees to do their best work every day and where individuals are recognized and celebrated for their contributions.

ABOUT USC

USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology, and international business. With more than 49,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles and various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.

Join the USC ITS team and work as a trusted partner in shaping an environment of innovation and excellence.

The annual base salary range for this position is $165,000 to $180,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Experience: 10 years

Minimum Skills: Recognized subject matter expertise in at least one IT discipline (e.g., Networking, Information Security, High-Performance Computing, Cloud Computing, Software Engineering, IT Infrastructure). Excellent presentation and communication skills. Demonstrated ability to lead in a highly matrixed, heavily federated organization through a combination of influence, partnership, and authority. The ability to create original concepts/theories for various projects and to work independently.
Preferred Education: Master’s degree Computer Science Or Master’s degree Computer Information Systems Or Master’s degree Business Administration

Preferred Skills: Recognized subject matter expertise in multiple IT disciplines (e.g., Networking, Information Security, High Performance Computing, Cloud Computing, Software Engineering, IT Infrastructure). Strong analytical, research and conceptual skills. Ability to develop and maintain key relationships to achieve business objectives essential. Extensive knowledge in the use of Project Management and Enterprise Architecture methodologies and tools. Strong leadership skills.

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