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Solution Architect - United States Soccer Federation (Chicago, IL)

The Opportunity:

We are U.S. Soccer and we are the future of sport in the United States. Our mission is to make soccer a preeminent sport in the United States. We embrace diversity, technology and global connections to drive the growth of our sport and serve our athletes and fans. We are seeking motivated, passionate, skillful people who can think, create and work on a team. 

U.S. Soccer is a growing company that looks for team members to grow with it. U.S. Soccer offers a comprehensive compensation package, casual work environment, an inclusive culture, and an atmosphere for professional development.

Position Overview

The Solution Architect will be responsible for overseeing and executing the design, implementation, growth and long-term integration of databases and other data stores underlying U.S. Soccer’s applications and platforms.

The position will initially focus on collaborating with third-party development and integration partners, but will also be responsible for long term strategic design and implementation of a cloud-based enterprise data architecture. The position focuses on data integration, but also requires a strong understanding of sporting business and technology, and a passion for soccer.

Primary Duties

  • Design, integrate and maintain databases using a variety of a structures to meet the needs of various platforms
  • Develop cloud-based data storage solutions and integrations
  • Consult with internal and external development partners on database implementation
  • Review new technologies and best practices in enterprise data architecture and their suitability for the organization’s mission and operations
  • Collaborate with all U.S. Soccer departments, external users, and partner organizations in data cleansing and the evolution of existing datasets into efficient and scalable data structures with an eye toward master data management
  • Collaborate with the Technology team to facilitate long-term application and systems integration through centralized cloud-based data structures
  •  Additional duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications (Education/Experience)

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information science or a similar field
  • Deep understanding of relational and dimensional database domains as well as extensive knowledge of IT infrastructure, application programming, and web and software applications
  • Experience designing and maintaining heterogeneous data structures and database management systems like PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server
  • Experience with managing large data structures (data warehouse, data lake) in cloud architectures (Azure, AWS)
  • Experience with Hadoop is a plus
  • Experience with common APIs and web services: SOAP, REST
  • Experience in Agile environments/Agile development methodologies (scrum, JIRA)
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Strong knowledge of data usage in sports and sports business
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional time management skills and ability to prioritize workflow
  • Full-time position, 40+ hour work week
  • Weekend and holiday work required
  • Travel may be required

An ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • Believe and commit to the company’s culture and organizational goals
  • Communicate in a direct, open and honest manner
  • Accountable for actions/decisions and does not make excuses
  • Desire to be part of a team
  • Display a tireless work ethic
  • Graduate degree is a plus
  • Knowledge of BI, Analytics, AI, and machine learning is a plus
  • Possess a growth mindset, is open minded and seeks challenges
  • Pursue lifelong development and learning
  • Communicate in a direct, open and honest manner
  • Accountable for actions/decisions and does not make excuses
  • Request feedback and is open to criticism
  • Practice self-assessment and self-reflection
  • Passion for soccer

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