The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW's employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at www.wdfw.wa.gov.

Information Technology Specialist 5 (IT Solutions Architect)

(Full-Time, Permanent)

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is recruiting to fill one full-time, permanent, Information Technology Specialist 5 to work in the Information Technology Program. The duty station is in the Natural Resource Building, Olympia, Thurston County.

The Information Technology Services Division (ITS) improves business and science with enterprise information technology (IT). The staff fosters the most and best-possible secure, connected, and efficient information systems to maximize program-specific and/or organizational outcomes by implementing and supporting legacy and state-of-the-art technology infrastructure, hardware, and software. It administers enterprise-level technology services and support. Business and science operations are enhanced or newly-created via effective internal systems development activity or by assisting and selecting best-qualified external-developer partners and effecting necessary integration with DFW or State technology resources.


The IT Solutions Architect is primarily responsible for developing and implementing a DFW Business Solutions roadmap, then designing and building enterprise solutions across multi-channel architecture including web, mobile, social media and system integration.

Principal activities include:

  • Assesses current DFW solutions architecture and determines system capability to meet near and long-term IT solution requirements.
  • Works with Agency Programs, Business Analysts, IT Architects, DBAs, Developers, End-Users, the DFW Executive Management Team (EMT) and others to develop the DFW IT solutions architecture strategy.
  • Analyze the gap between the current state and the desired future state for IT solutions architecture and develops the agency IT solutions architecture implementation plan.
  • Works with Agency Programs, Business Analysts, IT Architects, DBAs, Developers, End-Users and others to design, develop and implement sound IT solutions within the DFW IT solutions strategy.
  • Serves as management advisor and technical consultant in the evaluation, use and maintenance of IT solutions architecture.
  • Provides expertise on integration, interfaces, data flows, technologies, and best practices for IT solutions projects.
  • Gathers customer's IT solution requirements and translates them into technical solutions
  • using the appropriate IT channels.
  • Utilizes deep understanding of software design principles in creating custom software solutions or modifying package solutions including integration.
  • Mentors peers in IT solutions architecture best practices. Leads and/or attends peer reviews and walk-throughs of enterprise mobile, social and web applications.
  • Retrieves assigned incident and change request tasks from the ITS Service Desk, resolves the problem and coordinates with team for testing and promoting to production.
  • Improves customer usability, usefulness and appeal across the IT solutions architecture.
  • Continually analyzes user experience and other data to optimize solutions.
  • Understands and analyzes future business strategies and works across multiple program areas to promote and maintain consistency.
  • Research emerging technologies to optimize current solutions and to make them sustainable for future and complaint with DFW and OCIO standards.
  • Defines, develops, publishes and maintains IT solutions architecture standards with heavy emphasis on web, mobile, and social media.
  • Defines, develops, publishes and maintains the information management and other processes required to support the IT solutions architecture.
  • Governs solution architecture including its integration with enterprise-wide IT solutions Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Analysis or a related field of study, or equivalent experience. At least five (5) years of demonstrable experience in:

  • Architecture for IT Solutions Projects.
  • Developing assets such as websites, mobile apps and solution integration with focus on performance, scalability, re-use, API, source control, continuous building/integration
  • Working with middleware and integration approaches with various APIs and message exchanges (i.e. JSON & REST, or also SOAP & XML).
  • Implementing security "by design" in IT solution architecture.

At least two (2) years of demonstrable experience with:

  • Mobility solution architecture, design, integration, deployment, and operations including the following components:
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM)
  • Mobile Application Management (MAM)
  • Mobile Applications Store (MAS)
  • Cloud architecture (PaaS, SaaS, IaaS) with focus on scalability, security and integration challenges.

Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing to technicians, managers, and professional staff about complex, technical topics. Undergo a background check, which will include fingerprinting.

Desirable Qualifications:

Demonstrable experience with:

  • Architecting and integrating backend business systems such as email, calendar, and contacts with mobility solutions.
  • Network and security architectures and topologies including routers and switches, reverse proxies, firewalls, load balancers, SSL accelerators.
  • A wide variety of mobile devices and platforms including iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry, tablets and smartphones.
  • Microsoft Active Directory environments with an understanding of ActiveSync.

Successfully translate business needs into enterprise solutions, maximizing reusability. Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate. Working knowledge of:

  • LEAN best practices.
  • AGILE best practices.
  • SDLC best practices.
  • Change management and release management best practices.

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions The successful candidate must be willing and able to:

  • Duties are performed in an office setting. This position requires extensive computer use and sitting.
  • Duties are typically performed in an office setting from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. However, a varied schedule may be required including working Saturday or Sunday and overtime during peak periods, system implementations, maintenance and outages.
  • Some travel may be required throughout the State to attend training, meetings, and conferences.
  • Computer hardware and software; multi-line telephones, mobile devices (Phones, Tablets, IPads etc.
  • Customer service and Customer interaction is integral to department success.

Union Notice This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE), which contains a "union security" provision. This means that, as a condition of employment, you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status.

How to Apply: To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualification of this position (generic cover letters will not be accepted)
  • A current resume (please make it succinct)
  • Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional references)

Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile.

Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process. In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, and ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (360) 902-2207.

Job Type: Full Time - Non-Permanent

Job Number: 2016-09966

Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Closing: 11/4/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $5,253.00 - $6,894.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA