Solutions Architect | Minnestar

Minnesota IT Services

Working Title: Solutions Architect 
Job Class: Systems Architect
Agency: Minnesota IT Services

  • Job ID: 77890
  • Location: St. Paul
  • Telework Eligible: Yes – #LI-Hybrid
  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Unlimited
  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 06/26/2024
  • Closing Date: 07/16/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota IT Services
  • Division/Unit: Department of Corrections
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes – up to 5%
  • Salary Range: $42.07 – $71.79 / hourly; $87,842 – $149,898 / annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Exempt – Professional
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

The work you’ll do is more than just a job.

At the State of Minnesota, employees play a critical role in developing policies, providing essential services, and working to improve the well-being and quality of life for all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota is committed to equity and inclusion, and invests in employees by providing benefits, support resources, and training and development opportunities.

Join the 2,600+ professionals of Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) who connect Minnesotans to services that will improve their lives. This position serves our partners at the Department of Corrections (DOC). The MNIT DOC team runs many unique applications that manage the information and security of the department, supporting 4,500 employees across 10 prisons and 50 field offices located throughout the state. 

Job Summary

As a Solutions Architect, you will be responsible for strategic planning and advanced IT system design, architecture, and technology for MNIT DOC information systems, sets standards and guidelines for design activities, selects specific technologies to meet business needs, and guides strategic and long-range planning for information systems.  The incumbent serves as the chief architect for MNIT DOC IT solutions, catering to diverse users across multiple platforms such as commercial off-the-shelf software, platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS), Cloud computing, AI technologies, and hardware.  This position actively participates in new and existing technology projects to help select and design systems to meet business needs.

This position works with a cross functional team of architects to establish technology road maps for MNIT DOC that lay out continuous improvement opportunities that align with business needs and maintain IT industry standards.

This position is currently eligible for full-time telework: 

  • Telework for Minnesota IT Services allows an employee to perform work from a telework location and an employee may be required to be in the office based on business needs and other dependencies in St. Paul, Minnesota. 
  • Only candidates located in Minnesota and bordering states (Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin) are telework eligible. 



Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must clearly demonstrate all of the following qualifications in their resume:


Position requires a minimum of six (6) years of experience in a progressive technical role, performing enterprise architecture work.


Experience must include: 

  • Knowledge of architect standards and conventions such as TOGAF, ISO/IEC, Zachman, Federal Enterprise Architecture, etc.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • In-depth understanding of business processes and IT strategy alignment.
  • Ability to deliver effective verbal or written messages that facilitate a mutual understanding on both parties.
  • Customer service skills that include active listening, empathy, and problem-solving.

A master’s degree in Information Technology or an IT related field substitutes for three (3) years of experience, OR an IT related bachelor’s degree substitutes for two (2) years, OR an IT related associate’s degree substitutes for one (1) year.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge on corrections or judicial systems.
  • Track record in emerging technologies such as platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS), Cloud computing, AI technologies to drive innovation.
  • Extensive experience with IT infrastructure, cloud computing, and solutions development.
  • Proficiency in utilizing standard technologies and platforms to reduce IT complexity.
  • Proven ability to lead and collaborate with cross-functional teams.

Additional Requirements

It is the policy of Minnesota IT Services that a successful candidate must pass all legally required checks prior to employment which may consist of the following:

  • SEMA4 Records Check (applies to current and past state employees only)
  • Criminal History Check
  • Reference Check
  • Social Security and Address Verification
  • Education Verification
  • CJIS Background Check
  • DOC Background Check
  • Driver’s License Record Check
  • Other legally required checks

Minnesota IT Services will not sponsor applicants for work visas, including F-1 STEM OPT extensions. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States. 

Job Type: Full-time
Compensation: $42.07 - $71.79 / hourly - $87,842 - $149,898 / annually
Compensation Type: Salaried
Location: St Paul, MN - Telework
Posted by Karla on July 9, 2024