Technical Architect (Remote)
Herndon, VA 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description

Over 20 years ago, Stride was founded to provide personalized learning - powered by technology. We reached students where they were in their own journeys. We knocked down their barriers to great education. And we gave every learner equal opportunity to succeed - however they defined success. Stride innovated the learning experience with online and blended learning that prepared them for their lives ahead.

Stride is a community of passionate leaders. Whether teachers, engineers, curriculum writers, or financial managers - whatever your expertise or role, we all work to empower futures through learning. And changing the trajectory of learning itself is one of our greatest missions. Join us in developing more effective ways to learn and helping learners build the skills and confidence they need to make their way forward in life.

The Technical Architect will work with solution architects, business stakeholders and senior engineering staff across the IT organization to design the best solutions to address the business objectives for your assigned product platform(s). The role requires a strong understanding of technology, software development, and application architecture as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Essential Functions: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Stride Architecture

  • Understand Stride technology environment and architecture strategy;
  • Actively participate in the Architecture Council, bringing your proposed solutions to the council for review and providing insightful analysis and feedback on solutions brought by others;
  • Understand the architectural strategy and roadmaps for product platforms other than your own, maintaining awareness of the mutual dependencies and cross-platform impacts;
  • Work with technical architect peers, solution architects, engineering directors, and other technology stakeholders to evaluate solution architecture options and select the most appropriate one.

Product and Platform

  • Partner with solution architects and business representatives to understand their needs with respect to existing platforms, including both functional requirements and other drivers such as total cost of ownership, time to market, etc.;
  • Define and maintain an architectural vision for your platforms that addresses security, reliability, performance, monitoring/operations, deployment/DevOps, testability, and other critical technical considerations in addition to meeting the functional requirements;
  • Proactively work with engineering leadership to avoid critical business problems by identifying and maintaining a prioritized inventory of the technical debt in your platforms, anticipating the issues and potential consequences it might have;
  • Enable management to make informed decisions regarding the business through participating in development of high-level estimates of cost and duration of initiatives;
  • Collaborate with Product Management, User Experience, and other engineering team members to define a product roadmap that breaks complex, long-term development efforts down into a logical sequence of manageable phases;
  • Provide architectural assistance and guidance to product engineering teams throughout the development process, helping them to solve problems and keeping the implementation aligned with the target architecture, evolving the architecture as necessary in response to changing circumstances;
  • Create and maintain documentation of the architectural strategy and decisions for your product platforms;
  • Ensure that engineering teams working on your platforms fully understand the architectural vision for those platforms and how their work relates to other Stride systems in order to enable them to make better decisions;
  • Foster technical innovation, including conducting prototypes and proofs-of-concept as necessary to evaluate potential solutions and/or new technologies.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no formal supervisory responsibilities.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Eight (8) years of software engineering experience, including responsibility for application architecture across multiple systems & environments
  • Three (3) years of experience with development and solutioning on AWS
  • Three (3) years of experience with Java, Javascript, Angular, Spring, and SQL
  • Three (3) years of experience architecting and design for enterprise service bus on Tibco or MuleSoft or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience

Certificates and Licenses: None required


  • Must be adept at solving complicated technical problems
  • Proven track record of enterprise architecture experience with large volume, high availability enterprise applications
  • Deep analytical and critical thinking skills, including the ability to reason strategically about the future implications of current decisions and identify business risks
  • A keen interest in keeping up with current technologies and approaches in the industry with a particular focus on identifying ways to apply such new techniques to improve our performance
  • Ability to evaluate complex trade-offs between competing business & technical drivers to arrive at an optimal solution
  • Understanding of application design patterns and enterprise integration patterns
  • Experience with service-oriented-architecture and object-oriented design patterns
  • Experience of distributed architectures
  • Experience in Java application performance profiling and analysis.
  • Excellent communication & collaboration skills with ability to document technical requirements and implementations.
  • Ability to work constructively and collaboratively with business users, technical staff, and management to reconcile differing points of view and build consensus
  • The ability to lead by influence rather than formal authority


  • BS or MS in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in developing Software as a Service (SaaS).
  • Familiar with emerging web technologies.
  • Familiar with open source technologies and frameworks.
  • Experience in cross browser support issues and solutions.
  • Experience with Stencil and UI components, accessibility best practices, and responsive design

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position is virtual and open to residents of the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The above job is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. All employment is "at-will" as governed by the law of the state where the employee works. It is further understood that the "at-will" nature of employment is one aspect of employment that cannot be changed except in writing and signed by an authorized officer.

Compensation & Benefits: Stride, Inc. considers a person's education, experience, and qualifications, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value when determining a new employee's salary level. Salaries will differ based on these factors, the position's level and expected contribution, and the employee's benefits elections.

  • We anticipate the salary range to be $113,566 to $192,197 per year. Eligible employees may receive a bonus. This salary is not guaranteed, as an individual's compensation can vary based on several factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, geographic location, experience, training, education, and local market conditions. Stride offers a robust benefits package for eligible employees that can include health benefits, retirement contributions, and paid time off.

Stride, Inc. is a Federal Contractor, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status age, or genetics, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

K12 is a Federal Contractor, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
8 years
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