Data Architect

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week $104,545 - $126,091 Per year CA UCSB Information Technology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 4101 SAASB, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, United States


This is an excellent opportunity to join the Information Technology Department at The County of Santa Barbara. Come and be a part of a team of talented individuals who are passionate about fostering a culture of teamwork, learning and respect!  

In the IT Department our success is powered by people and technology. Our culture is what makes IT a fun and rewarding place to work! We establish, develop and nurture partnerships and open communication within our communities. We embrace a willingness to learn and accept new ideas, to actively listen and to be receptive to change. We strive to grow our talents and do our best in the service of others while taking pride in our work. We explore and deliver new and creative ways to pair technology with business needs. We ensure the resources necessary to succeed and encourage thoughtful participation leading to inclusion and ownership. 

This role is responsible for reviewing and analyzing the data infrastructure of the County as well as developing data sharing standards and agreements; developing data governance policies; planning future databases; implementing data storage and management solutions; drafting data management frameworks to meet business and technology requirements; and ensuring data security and compliance with regulations.  

We are currently recruiting to fill one full time vacancy. Remote work is permitted but onsite work in Santa Barbara, CA is required when needed (travel expenses are not included). Employees of the County typically must reside in California. 

Highlighted Benefits: 

  • Primarily remote schedule is permitted (onsite work is required when needed) 

  • Health Plan: County contributes towards premium; HSA and FSA offered 

  • Retirement Pension 

  • Reciprocity with other public sector retirement systems (like CalPERS) 

  • 13 holidays, 12 sick leave days (unlimited accumulation), and 12 to 25 days of vacation (based on length of service) per year 

  • Time and service credit towards an advanced vacation accrual rate for previous public service. 

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Desired Characteristics: 

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and practices; 

  • Strong analytical ability and attention to detail; 

  • Customer-focused and solutions-driven approach; and

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills demonstrated across various levels of the organization.

Examples of Duties

  • Identifies strategic data requirements for the County; defines data governance policies, data governance strategies, data management processes and procedures, and data protections. 

  • Researches and creates policies and procedures regarding data system and database standards, security, and maintenance. 

  • Collaborates and builds strong partnerships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders (County departments and commissions, Board of Supervisors, etc.) regarding developing and carrying out data sharing, reporting and analytics strategies. 

  • Prepares technical, administrative, and other reports and presentations for organizational leadership to use in a business setting.  Presents written materials and reports in a manner understandable and appropriate to the intended audience. 

  • Translates business requirements into databases, data warehouses, and data streams; develops and documents data access requirements and strategies.  Defines, implements and documents technical requirements including data definitions, data structures, operational guidelines.

  • Analyzes, plans, and defines data architecture frameworks, including security, backup and recovery, data capacity, reference data, metadata, and master data.

  • Performs technical and administrative research, development, design implementation, and evaluation of the County’s automated data systems. 

  • Creates procedures to ensure data accuracy and consistency, data integration, adherence to data standards and governance policies, and accessibility. 

  • Researches, recommends, implements, and maintains new database management systems and system upgrades, including system design, feasibility studies, cost estimates, impact analysis, database security, data conversion, and reduction of redundant data. 

  • Designsdevelops and implements data collection and reporting systems and other strategies that optimize efficiency and data quality while also integrating with other activities. 

  • Manages the design and production of data products and data systems that provide information and data analysis and reporting tools. 

  • Acts as the subject matter expert for data analytics and data reporting initiatives. 

  • Migrates data from legacy systems to new solutions as needed; ensures new data systems adhere to established data architecture frameworks. 

  • Troubleshoots and integrates new elements and system upgrades; monitors and evaluates database performance.

  • Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers and other County staff. 

  • Performs other related duties as required. 

Employment Standards

  1. Completion of 24 quarter/18 semester units of college-level courses in the principles and methods of systems analysis, systems design, computer program design, computer programming using a language utilized by the hiring department, and information system technology; and four years of increasingly responsible applications analysis experience for the type of business application and computer environments used by the hiring department; OR, 

  1. Two years of experience as an EDP Systems and Programming Analyst II with Santa Barbara County for the type of business application and computer environments used by the hiring department; OR, 

  1. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the . 

This role has a working title of Data Architect, the payroll title is . Please click on the link to view the job classification descriptions.