Data Solutions Architect

  • Activate Global
  • Remote (Berkeley, CA or Boston, MA)
  • Jul 27, 2021
Full time role Information Technology

Job Description

Position Summary
Reporting to the Director of IT, the Data Solutions Architect creates and maintains data-driven solutions—applications and their integrations—used across all of Activate’s functional groups. To help streamline business workflows, they build data-centered solutions via internal user interviews and use case analysis, data modeling and user experience design, implementation (in-house or outsourced as required), documentation, user training, and ongoing support and enhancements to existing applications and integrations. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Design and build data solutions that streamline major workflows in the organization

  • Collect user requirements and determine how they translate to application features

  • Create clear, detailed specifications for new data-centric solutions

  • Design working prototypes according to specifications

  • Write high-quality code when necessary to automate/script application features

  • Perform unit and integration testing before launch

  • Troubleshoot and debug applications and integrations

  • Develop technical documents and handbooks to accurately represent solution designs

  • Document technical requirements, goals, metrics, and implementation/rollout schedules

  • Develop training plans and materials that staff will want to read

  • Evaluate existing solutions to determine needed updates and new features as necessary

  • Make ongoing enhancements and fixes to existing solutions

  • Keep up on the latest features of core software tools, identify strategic improvements to existing solutions

The Ideal Candidate…

  • Has a minimum of 5-8 years of experience designing and creating data-centric solutions

  • Has a bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, or other relevant field

  • Has a solid understanding of at least one popular online database platform (Airtable and/or Salesforce strongly preferred)

  • Possesses a background in designing data-centric solutions and planning their implementation, testing, documentation, rollout communications, and training

  • Is proficient in at least one modern programming language (JavaScript strongly preferred)

  • Can plan and coordinate complex development projects across multiple functional groups

  • Has excellent analytical and problem-solving capabilities

  • Can produce clear technical writing for non-technical audiences

  • Understands technical governance, compliance, and data security 

  • Is comfortable working in a dynamic, fast-paced, high-growth work environment 

  • Is detail-oriented with a track record as a self-starter and follow through on projects

  • Can design and deliver solutions to a wide variety of audiences

  • Has excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Is willing to be scrappy, experiment constantly, and learn from failures

  • Believes in the power of science innovation to combat climate change and create a sustainable, resilient, equitable global economy

About The Role
This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and a comprehensive suite of benefit offerings. This position is located in Berkeley, CA or Boston, MA.

Activate’s culture is built around the following values:

  • We put people first through mutual support, respect, and continuous improvement

  • We live in trust, acting with authenticity, integrity, and a presumption of good intention 

  • We appreciate experimentation, using data to improve, and accepting that failure and discomfort are necessary for growth

  • We create value through connection and building community

  • We are guided by intention and are purpose-driven to improve society


Activate Global, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

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