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Senior Director - Solution Architect (Remote)

Date: Jan 4, 2022

Location: Portsmouth, NH, US, 03801

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 16502

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Senior Director - Solution Architect


Overall Objective and description:  

Responsible for designing and implementing technical strategic goals for managing systems and software while supporting the delivery of new products. Provides expertise and architectural assistance to software development teams. Contributes and runs architectural governance while ensuring adherence to best practices, technical consistency, and standards. Will be responsible for reviewing existing systems and making recommendations on future focused technology and security footprint.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage and mentor a team of developers to institute a new approach to software development methodologies and instill coding and product delivery best practices
  • Ability to gain consensus with other developers on technical approach
  • Provide product technology recommendations and solutions that fulfill business needs
  • Be able to convey the most complex technical issues or solutions to those that are not technical
  • Must regularly weigh and make tradeoffs between reliability, flexibly, performance and ease of implementation and still achieve product goals
  • Provide tactical technology planning with business leads and vendors.
  • Have a strong grasp on when to build something “in house” vs utilizing a 3rd party platform
  • Closely collaborate with DevOps, Quality Assurance Manager and other developers to implement best practices for deploying code to dev, qa, and production environments
  • Conduct code reviews
  • Contribute to the migration of servers to AWS



  • 10+ years in high level backend programing experience
  • Experience developing large scale product applications while working with multiple developers at once
  • Experience working with Agile development methodologies
  • Strong understanding of common education space technologies standards such as One Roster, LTI, and OAuth
  • Strong Experience with Java, NodeJS, Angular and React
  • Strong experience with large data sets working with Postgress and MySQL
  • Experience working Web Services, utilizing XML, SOAP, WSDL, etc
  • Ability to write code using AWS security best practices
  • Proficiency in developing, deploying and debugging applications using AWS
  • Experience with tools deployment and infrastructure versioning tools such as Kubernetes and Terraform
  • AWS Certified Developer
  • Can provide guidance on code management/repository best practices while leveraging tools such as GitHub
  • Experience with .NET, C#, and Microsoft SQL server a plus
  • Have a passion for Education Technology and a strong understanding of tools and planforms available in the space
  • Understanding of Student Data and Security best practices


Education: Degree or Master’s in Computer Science or relevant discipline


Physical Requirements:

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.


Benefits and Salary Range:

Salary Range - $140,000-$175,000

Benefits -  See Career Page Careers at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (hmhco.com)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

For more information, visit http://careers.hmhco.com  

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Nearest Major Market: Portsmouth
Nearest Secondary Market: Boston

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