Enterprise Architect

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jan 06, 2017
Mar 16, 2017
Employment Status
Full Time

Health Care that Starts with You!

Join a truly mission-driven organization! Independent, nonprofit UCare is recognized as one of the Minnesota's leading health plans. We provide more than 225,000 members across Minnesota and western Wisconsin with the health coverage plans and services they need to maintain and improve their health. The innovative coverage we create makes a difference for Medicare-eligible individuals, individuals and families enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs, such as MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance, and disabled adults with special health care needs. UCare is growing in size, membership, products, geographic coverage, and employees. We're an organization that's going places. Be part of a team that cares about you, be part of UCare.



At UCare, we deliver high-quality health coverage and services to help members of all ages maintain and improve their health. It's a big job that takes innovative ideas, strategic partnerships, and a commitment to doing the right thing. Above all, it takes a compassionate team that is dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of our members and our communities.


Working at UCare is more than just a career; it's a mission. A mission that defines us as professionals, unites us as an organization, and shapes how we interact with our members and each other. Our values of integrity, community, quality, flexibility, and respect permeate every aspect of our organization - from who we are and how we act, to what we do and how we do it. We owe our continued success to our employees who proudly embody our mission and values in everything they do.


Position Description

This position is responsible to lead strategy and innovation, creating the alignment between business demands and IS solutions, and ensuring UCare realizes value from its technology investment. This includes the evaluation of existing systems and technologies, and the development of strategic solutions to solve business challenges facing the organization now and in the future. Focus on enterprise systems that support business value by leading research, evaluation, design and testing of technologies that improve and enhance security, availability, maintainability and cost effectiveness. Collaborate with internal and external partners to ensure that technology decisions align with the overall Enterprise Architecture Framework.

·Develop an understanding of UCare's current and future business needs and technical capabilities.

·Serve as an advocate for the business; drive decisions that meet evolving business goals, needs and features while aligning to IS strategy and objectives.

·Serve as an advocate for IS; key decision maker for IS solutions that support the Enterprise and ensure alignment with technology standards and practices.

·Provide long-term strategic planning and transformational responsibility for the company's IS systems.

·Ensure all systems are documented and diagrammed, and that artifacts are kept current.

·Lead the development of common reusable enterprise IS assets.

·Create and manage the Architecture Review Board; ensure that projects meet IS standards, do not duplicate functionality and align to business and IS strategies.

·Collaborate with functional architect(s) to provide a consensus based enterprise solution that is scalable, adaptable and aligned with ever changing business needs.

·Ensure technology architecture meets the organizational security standards by adhering to the appropriate standards and security policies.

·Development of policies, standards and guidelines that govern the selection, development, implementation and use of IS within the enterprise.

·Mentor functional architects and technical business analysts.

·Assist with vendor selection and negotiation.

·Other projects and duties as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or Business Management; demonstrated experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

Required Experience

Five years Healthcare Industry experience.  Ten years of experience collaboratively designing, standardizing and building enterprise systems in a complex environment, ensuring that solutions align with business strategies and goals. Eight years of developing enterprise architecture standards and practices.  Eight years of supporting/maintaining technology systems in an enterprise environment.   Five years of direct experience in enterprise-level application integration.   Five years of implementing enterprise architecture standards, governance and frameworks to meet specific company needs.  Five years direct and in-direct management of resources.  Three or more years of experience in Cisco LAN/WAN infrastructure.

Proven experience in developing enterprise and solution level architectural designs.  Proven experience in overseeing the linking of cross-functional applications between disparate business units and systems.  Experience developing capabilities and teams within an IS organization.  Experience with business and technical requirements analysis, business process modeling/mapping, methodology development, and data mapping.  Strong background in risk management methodologies as they relate to integration/software engineering.  Proven project management skills with substantial exposure to structured project methodologies including Agile development and waterfall.        

Experience with Portfolio Management and Business Relationship Management.   Strong knowledge of system and software quality assurance best practices and methodologies.  Knowledge of applicable security and data privacy practices and laws.  Proven vendor management and negotiation experience.

Preferred Experience

Enterprise Architecture Certification.  ITIL Certification.


UCare is proud to be a recognized Star Tribune Top Workplace for the 7th consecutive year. As a part of our collaborative team, you'll experience the rewards that come with helping others and seeing the positive results of your hard work. We value and respect each individual's ideas and contributions, and give you the freedom to grow both personally and professionally. We are centrally located, and offer onsite education, equipment and wellness resources, a myriad of volunteer activities, and a number of other rewards. If you're looking for a welcoming environment that celebrates what you have to offer, helps you build on your strengths, and gives you the opportunity to truly make a difference, we invite you to apply.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, we welcome and employ a diverse employee group committed to meeting the needs of UCare, our members, and the communities we serve.


Enter a highly collaborative environment where people are truly engaged, and feedback is valued. You'll enjoy a competitive salary and benefits, as well as a host of other perks, including a nationally recognized wellness program, and a bright, open, award-winning office space in Northeast Minneapolis just minutes from major freeways and retail centers. At UCare, we welcome and employ a diverse employee group committed to meeting the needs of UCare, our members, and the communities we serve.

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