Tacoma Power's Utility Technology Services (UTS) section is seeking a Data Architect with broad and deep experience implementing enterprise data warehouses, data pipelines, dimensional models, and ETL/ELT solutions using modern data architecture patterns, especially around data lakes, data pipelines, and cloud-based data warehouses.
The right candidate will be a collaborative team player with an excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to customer service.
This is an exciting time to join our team as UTS is building a new data engineering practice for Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU). As a Data Architect, you will design and deliver innovative data solutions on Amazon Web Services, Databricks, and Snowflake. You will play a critical role in defining our cloud data strategy, designing dimensional models, and translating utility business requirements into long-term data architecture solutions, including logical and physical models.
Serve as TPU's lead data designer, defining data standards for ETL/ELT data modeling, data quality, metadata management, data organization, data storage, and data movement.
Collaborate with business users to translate requirements into data design and solutions, especially dimensional models.
Provide data design recommendations on complex, high-impact integration technology projects.
Lead TPU's enterprise data architecture efforts and facilitate the definition of TPU's reference data architecture.
Develop enterprise-level expertise in business intelligence, data warehousing and big data across TPU.
Review and approve data designs for compliance with best practice guidelines and standards for data, metadata, data modeling, and management.
Manage and monitor contractor work and performance and ensure technical deliverables are completed on-time and according to quality expectations.
Bachelor's degree in Information Technology/Computer Science or related field, Master's degree preferred;
2+ years of experience as a Data Architect or senior-level Data Engineer or 5+ years of experience as a Data Applications Developer/Engineer or Database Administrator;
Experience with the AWS big data ecosystem, including S3, EMR, Athena, Glue and Redshift desired;
Experience with Databricks and/or Apache Spark desired;
Experience with big data technologies, including HDFS, MapReduce, Hive, HBase and Kafka desired;
Experience with cloud data warehouse technologies, such as Redshift, Snowflake or Azure Data Warehouse desired.
Expert-level knowledge of data architecture principles, approaches, best practices and emerging technologies.
Skill in customer service and working with a variety of people from diverse backgrounds.
Ability to work independently and as a team member.
Knowledge of implementing data-centric applications, such as data lakes, data warehouses, and data pipelines.
Knowledge of big data technologies, such as NoSQL, distributed file systems and data lake design patterns.
Knowledge of cloud-based big data ecosystems, such as Amazon Web Services, Snowflake and Azure.
Knowledge of data ingestion design patterns, including streaming analytics, complex event processing and micro-services.
Knowledge of master data management best practices and the ability to lead in their implementation and maintenance.
Knowledge to produce conceptual, logical and physical data models.
Knowledge of data governance processes and structures.
Knowledge of application, data development and data discovery methodologies.
Knowledge of metadata management-maintenance as well as design and implementation of metadata-driven enterprise solutions.
Knowledge of data classification, business ownership/stewardship definition and developing role-based data access.
Advanced knowledge of relational databases.
Knowledge of ETL (extract, transform, load) methodologies and tools.
Knowledge of data privacy, compliance and security principles.
Skill in analysis, problem solving and troubleshooting.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
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Selection Process & Supplemental Information:
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City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
One of the primary goals of the Equity and Empowerment Initiative is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.
Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.
The City of Tacoma
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim.
Propelled by significant developments such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.
Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.
A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.
Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability.
Interested individuals should apply online at cityoftacoma.org/jobs and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.
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