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Salary: $5,065.00 - $6,660.00
Posted: 07/01/2014

Job Description:

When applying for this position, please note on your application: Position #815-626-1312-006 RPA (13-750).

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) is seeking a motivated individual for an exciting career as a STAFF INFORMATION SYSTEMS ANALYST (SPECIALIST). Join us in our beautiful LEED Platinum Certified headquarters building in West Sacramento, overlooking the Sacramento River within walking distance of restaurants and shops in historic Old Sacramento. Enjoy the full service café, free on-site gym and parking fees of only $45.00 per month.

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Under the general supervision of Enterprise Architecture Manager within the Technology Services Branch, the Staff Information Systems Analyst (Specialist) will act as the project leader on the development, implementation, and management of CalSTRS architectures. The incumbent will serve as the advanced technical specialist performing complex analytical studies and activities on complex information technology systems. Creates an infrastructure that defines the interrelationships between people, processes, information, and technology and ensures adherence to organizational strategy. Must be able to work collaboratively across multiple disciplines, understand how Enterprise Architecture is used to facilitate change and investment decisions and be able to develop and interpret Enterprise Architecture artifacts.

Essential Functions:

Documents and validates current and future architectures from the business, information, application, and infrastructure view points, in order to facilitate the design and deployment of technology solutions across the organization. Develops and maintains business, technology, service, and data models. Translates the models into various formats that can be used to communicate with all levels of stakeholders. Promotes, documents, and publishes CalSTRS modeling standards and procedures. Defines, promotes, and ensures compliance with the standards, guidelines, and principles. Manages alignment of project decisions to Architecture road maps by working with projects to ensure continued compliance.

Evangelizes, publishes, and communicates the program through a variety of mediums, such as presentations, intranet or newsletters. Participates in regular Architecture planning, review, governance, promotion, and project evaluation meetings. Assists the Enterprise Architecture Manager with the creation and evolution of enterprise information technology strategies, analyze current environments in order to make recommendations for improvement and continued viability of CalSTRS systems. Formulates and collaborates on architecture goals and objectives, identifies key stakeholders, and manages relationships. Participates and makes recommendations for continual improvements in IT efficiency and effectiveness around technology convergence and application development by establishing standardized computing and storage/data platforms, project design improvements, and infrastructure simplification. Stays abreast of the CalSTRS’ business strategies and long range plans, incorporates them into the architecture vision, and recommends solutions to accomplish the objectives.

Utilizes knowledge of systems, databases, and infrastructure to work with business staff to analyze problems and makes appropriate solution recommendations. Participates on the development of an implementation plan for key aspects of enterprise architecture based on business requirements and IT strategies. Incorporates SOA principles into enterprise architecture design, including opportunities for common services and service reuse.

Provides Architecture guidance for solution architects and technical leads through project and SDLC life cycles. Participates in selection and procurement of preferred technologies. Analyzes technology industry and trends in order to create and evolve CalSTRS Architectures. Participates in relevant external organizations, industry groups, etc. for continued educations and growth.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • A working knowledge of the Pension Industry.
  • Knowledge of the enterprise architecture domain and its different sub-domains.
  • 5 or more years of hands-on business experience in insurance, financial or pension organization.
  • Exposed to application development (requirements analysis, detailed design, modeling, coding, testing, troubleshooting, production support, etc.) of enterprise scale applications using various technologies.
  • Work experience in one or more enterprise architecture frameworks (FEAF, TOGAF, and Zachman) is ideal.
  • Excellent oral, written and graphical skills will be needed to communicate and influence various levels of leadership across the organization.

Agency Description

The California State Teachers' Retirement System, with a portfolio valued in excess of $181.1 billion, is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. CalSTRS administers a hybrid retirement system, consisting of traditional defined benefit, cash balance and voluntary defined contribution plans, as well as disability and survivor benefits. For 100 years CalSTRS has served California's public school educators and their families, who today number 856,000 from the state’s 1,600 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.

Our employee recognition program, Virtuosity, garnered the 2012 Best Practice Standards Award for Best Overall Recognition Program from Recognition Professionals International! The international award celebrates employee recognition innovations that enhance organizational performance. This award is a clear recognition of our employer of choice commitment, as CalSTRS continues to emphasize the importance of our core values and mission statement.

CalSTRS Core Values: A set of attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that define CalSTRS and its employees.

  • Customer Service: We never compromise on quality as we strive to meet or exceed the expectations of our customers.
  • Accountability: We operate with transparency and accept responsibility for our actions.
  • Leadership: We model best practices in our industry and innovate to achieve higher standards.
  • Strength: We ensure the strength of our system by embracing a diversity of ideas and people.
  • Trust: We conduct ourselves with integrity, acting ethically in every endeavor.
  • Respect: We respect the needs of our members, co-workers, and others, treating everyone with fairness, honesty, and courtesy.
  • Stewardship: We recognize our fiduciary responsibility as the foundation for all decision-making.

CalSTRS Core Competencies: Behavioral characteristics that are essential for the success of each contributor and are directly related to the success of CalSTRS as a whole.

  • Adaptability / Flexibility: Adapts well to changes, approaches change positively, and adjusts behavior accordingly.
  • Communication: Demonstrates applicable job-related written, oral, and listening skills.
  • Customer / Client Focus: Identifies and responds to current and future client needs.
  • Teamwork: Participates as an active and contributing member of a team to achieve team goals.
  • Work Standards / Quality Orientation: Sets high quality work standards while displaying a high level of effort towards completing assignments in a timely manner.

The following appointment options may be considered when filling this position: list appointments, lateral transfers, reinstatements, training and development assignments, out-of-class assignments, limited-term appointments, etc. To find out how to become a civil service employee, please go to the State Personnel Board’s website at:

Candidate may be selected by resume review only.

(1) Prior to employment with CalSTRS, a background investigation (BI) will be conducted. The BI consists of a Personal History Statement and fingerprinting through the Department of Justice. The BI will check criminal and civil records and, if applicable, verify education and check driving records.

(2) The position may be subject to the disclosure and disqualification requirements concerning economic conflict of interest in government work, pursuant to the CalSTRS Conflict of Interest Code and the Political Reform Act.

(3) Applicants will not be considered if the application is not completed appropriately and/or if required additional information is not submitted with the application.

How to Apply:

Interested individuals should submit a STD 678, Examination and/or Employment Application (Rev. 12/06 or later) to the address below. Surplus applicants must attach a copy of their letter. The STD. 678 can be accessed through the State Personnel Board website at

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Enterprise Architect 815 - 626 - 1312 - 006
Location County
Technology Services / Enterprise Architecture YOLO
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
07/24/2014 None Specified
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
State Teachers' Retirement System
P.O. Box 15275, MS 31
Sacramento, 95851-0275
Human Resources

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