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Job description for the Requirements Architect at FCMAT/CSIS

Salary & Benefits

$#,### – $#,### per month. Maximum entry level is $#,### per month. Holiday, sick leave and vacation benefits are provided. Prepaid medical, dental, vision, and counseling plans provided for employee and family. Prepaid life insurance policy provided for the employee. Employees of this office are not covered by Social Security, but do have mandatory retirement coverage with Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). This position is located in Sacramento, CA.


The CSIS Requirements Architect, working under the general guidelines of the CSIS Program and under the direction of CSIS Senior management, has the primary responsibility to elicit, analyze, validate, specify, verify, and manage the needs of the project stakeholders and clients.
The Requirements Architect is the lead role in the CSIS requirements management process that serves as the conduit between the CSIS client community and the software development team; working to transform client needs into technical specifications.
The Requirements Architect interfaces with CSIS management, senior staff and clients; and supervises other CSIS staff involved in requirements capture, identification, definition, documentation, analysis and specifications roles.
·         Elicit requirements using interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, storyboards, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, use cases, scenarios, event lists, business analysis, task and workflow analysis, and/or viewpoints;
·         Write requirements specifications according to standard templates, using natural language that is simple, clear, unambiguous, and concise;
·         Decompose high-level business and user requirements into functional requirements, specified in an appropriate level of detail suitable for use by those who must base their work on the requirements;
·         Define quality attributes, external interfaces, constraints, and other nonfunctional requirements;
·         Represent requirements using alternative views, such as analysis models (diagrams), prototypes, or scenarios, where appropriate;
·         Lead requirements analysis and verification, ensuring that requirement statements are complete, consistent, concise, comprehensible, traceable, feasible, unambiguous, and verifiable, and that they conform to standards;
·         Participate in reviews of work products derived from requirements specifications to ensure that the requirements were interpreted correctly;
·         Participate in the planning, scheduling and evaluation of resources.


Knowledge of:
Possess in-depth knowledge of state educational and/or local K-12 operations; an understanding of contemporary requirements elicitation, analysis, specification, verification, and management practices and the ability to apply them in practice.
Ability to:
Demonstrated ability to:
·         Critically analyze information and interpret complex relationships, including drilling down from high-level requirements to implementation level details, abstracting up from low-level information to a more general understanding, identifying client needs and translating these into system requirements, distinguishing between user requests and the underlying true needs, critically evaluating the information gathered from multiple sources and reconciling conflicts, and distinguishing solution ideas from requirements;
·         Interview clients, management and technical staff individually and in groups to explore their needs and surface essential requirements information;
·         Listen to what people say, to understand both the content of what is said and to detect what they might be hesitant to say;
·         Validate data obtained via other techniques and expose new areas for elicitation;
·         Write requirements, program documents, reports and correspondence, to effectively communicate information to customers, managers, and technical staff;
·         Mentor other staff members, build teams and work in a team environment, including facilitating and leading requirements meetings.
Required experience:
·         Minimum of three years experience in Education and/or K-12 Information Technology operations;
·         Minimum of three years experience in developing and documenting business and technical requirements;
·         Extensive practice in designing and/or evaluating complex systems.
Desirable experience includes:
·         Involvement in large-scale systems design, development and/or operation;
·         Involvement in student information systems design, development and/or operation.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a major in systems engineering, computer science, information systems, or a related field is required.
Work experience resulting in an equivalent knowledge base may be substituted for the major requirement.

Application Deadlines

Filing Deadline: Month xx, 201x
Oral Interview: Week of Month xx – Month xx, 201x
All candidates must file an application, supplemental application, resume, and proof of education with the California School Information Services Program, 770 L St. Suite 1120, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 325-9200 on or before Month xx, 201x, by 5:00 p.m. College transcripts or other proof of education is required with application.
This position is located in Sacramento.
Each candidate’s application papers will be thoroughly evaluated and ranked by a screening committee appointed by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office. Candidates achieving a rating of 70% or better will qualify to continue in the eligibility screening process with an interview scheduled the week of Month xx, 201x. Interviews will be held at the California School Information Services Office, 770 L St. Suite 1120, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Conditions of Employment

Some positions may require proof of privately owned automobile insurance and possess a valid California Motor Vehicle operator’s license. Fingerprint clearance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice is a condition of appointment after all other required job conditions have been met. This position has a probationary period of one year.