Microsoft Systems Architect

The Microsoft Systems Architect position will work as the lead resource in a small Cloud Services team responsible for providing solutions based on the Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 platforms.  This position will be expected to architect and manage solutions across all lifecycle stages.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

The Microsoft Systems Architect will ensure that all Azure and Microsoft 365 services are managed according to best practices and are leveraged in a cost-effective manner. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate an architect-level technical understanding of the Microsoft Azure/M365 stack and a history of success translating business needs into sustainable solutions.


Responsibilities include:

  • Microsoft Exchange and Proofpoint On-Demand administration
  • Identity and Access management with Azure Active Directory P2, ADFS, and SAML trusts
  • Support full ITIL Service Value Chain lifecycle activities for services hosted in the Azure cloud environment
  • Cost management through cloud service consumption monitoring and rationalization, strategic licensing, and Enterprise Agreement negotiation
  • Coordination of all M365 roadmap releases, ensuring that proper planning, tracking, and communication is in place for upcoming changes
  • Provide insight and guidance on role and responsibility coverage for critical services
  • Create and maintain cloud security strategies, policies, procedures, and documentation
  • Monitor and review system telemetry to support continuous improvement and security initiatives
  • Proactively provide guidance on cloud service offerings, best practices, engineering methodologies, and design patterns to other Information Services staff
  • Maintain familiarity with strategic District levels of service
  • Continuous improvement monitoring and innovation efforts
  • Perform other duties as required


Required Experience:

  • Ten plus (10+) years of progressive IT experience, with at least four (4+) years of senior-level Azure and M365 administration in an enterprise environment
  • Microsoft Exchange administration including experience with mail authentication methods (SPF, DKIM, DMARC), spam filtering, and retention management
  • Experience in PowerShell, Azure CLI, Ansible or similar configuration management and automation tools
  • Extensive, real-world experience designing and implementing enterprise solutions based on Microsoft cloud technologies
  • Identity and access management experience with Azure AD (MFA, Conditional Access, b2b), ADFS, and SAML trusts


Desired Experience:

  • Ten plus (10+) years of demonstrated progressive experience with relevant Microsoft technologies
  • Familiarity with advanced telemetry tools such as Elastic, Splunk, or Application Insights
  • Experience with Azure DevOps CI/CD
  • ServiceNow
  • Experience with Kubernetes-based orchestration systems
  • Previous Microsoft 365 administration of Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive


Required Education/Certification/License:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, MIS, Engineering, or related field. Bachelor’s degree requirement can be substituted with additional years of experience and/or industry certifications
  • Valid Texas driver’s license


Desired Education/Certification/License:       

One or more of the following certifications are desired:

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Identity and Access Administrator Associate
  • Architectural framework certification: TOGAF, Zachman, FEAF or equivalent


Success Factors/Job Competencies:

  • Ability to analyze and operate at various levels of abstraction
  • Self-motivated and constant learner
  • Excellent problem-solving ability and strategic thinking skills
  • Planning – ability to think ahead and plan over five years
  • Strong team player


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. Must not be afraid of heights.  Must be able to drive necessary distances when required.  Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee typically resides within an office or cubicle and may have occasional field work that will expose the employee to weather conditions prevalent at the time.
Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 544.32 550.00 -5.68
Benbrook 689.19 694.00 -4.81
Bridgeport 832.02 836.00 -3.98
Cedar Creek 320.12 322.00 -1.88
Eagle Mountain 646.88 649.10 -2.22
Lake Worth 592.15 594.00 -1.85
Richland-Chambers 312.57 315.00 -2.43
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
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