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Searching for a challenge where experience is valued? Looking for an exciting opportunity in a diverse and established workforce? Don't miss this chance to join the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a Chief Information Technology Architect. We are seeking a highly experienced, enthusiast and strategic Chief IT (Software Systems) Architect to act as the true end-to-end technology interlock between the Chief Technology Officer across business systems. The best fit for this technical leadership role would be someone who has cutting-edge hands on technical skills. You will find yourself connecting innovation and intellectual property within a challenging workforce among other technology driven professionals. This position will provide you with exposure for leadership opportunities that will take your career places you never imagined. Work for the largest Intellectual Property Rights Firm in the United States - United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries.

The Senior Level (SL), Chief IT (Software Systems) Architect is the principal advisor to the Director of Application Engineering and Development/Chief Technology Officer and the Chief Information Officer on analysis, planning, design, implementation, documentation, assessment, and management of the structural framework to align IT technology, plans, and systems with the mission, goals, structure and processes of the organization. The Chief IT (Software Systems) Architect develops plans for transitioning to target architecture while documenting key processes, and ensures that the systems conform to information security policies, practices and applicable federal mandates.

You’ll have access to alternative, flexible work schedules and highly competitive benefits in a stable, professional team environment. This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual to work with cutting edge technology that defines, enforces and protects the Intellectual Property of the United States around the world. Please review the announcement to determine if you are eligible and visit our website for more information on benefits and how to apply.


The Chief IT Architect develops plans for transitioning to target architecture while documenting the key processes. The Chief Architect will ensure that the systems conform to information security policies and practices along with any other federal mandates. The Chief IT Architect helps to mentor and review technology deliverables from federal and contractor employees for architectural and coding deficiencies and helps mentor programs for optimal performance and efficiency.

Specifically, the Chief IT Architect will:

■Provide direction to the CIO and CTO on all aspects necessary to deliver new systems such as planning, architecture, design, development, legacy migration, testing security, delivery and operations

■Provide technical direction for all Application Engineering Development Divisions for ongoing architecture, design, software development, development environments, deployment and operations and maintenance

■Develop and establish processes by which emerging and open source technologies are identified and incorporated into future development efforts

■Possess experience in creating, driving, and realizing a complex end to end solution and how decision/design impacts architecture delivery

■Articulate the architectural vision, conceptualizing and experimenting with alternative architectural approaches, creating models and component and interface specification documents, and validating the architecture against requirements and assumptions

■Communicate effectively at both the executive, customer, and developer levels

■Interpret business requirements and translates them into technical requirements

Participate in Enterprise Architecture Governance Board, provides oversight to SOA Governance, Best Practices and Standards for all systems