KC Scholars

KC Scholars

Data Architect / Engineer



Reports to: Technology Manager

Location: Kansas City, MO     Hybrid: 2 days in office, 3 days remote (technology provided)

Status: Exempt, Full-time

Salary: Annual salary based on experience

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, Life Insurance, PTO, Holidays, leave program, 401k including employer contribution, and others

Operating hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm CST

 Key Performance Indicators:

·      Maintain 95% accurate and on-time data ETL processing. 

·      Architect data platform with scalability to accommodate 100% of data storage and processing requirements. 

·      Ensure data accuracy of at least 90% 

·      Maintain 100% compliance with applicable regulatory and data governance requirements. 

·      Ensure data environment scheduled availability (uptime) of at least 99%  


The Data Architect/Engineer will be responsible for designing and implementing efficient data architectures, as well as building and maintaining the data pipelines that support our organization’s data-driven initiatives. They will oversee the implementation and operations of industry-leading data and interoperability platforms that will enable the accessibility and analysis of information to drive improved Scholar outcomes and gain a better understanding of our impact. 

Primary responsibilities include:

    • Create efficient data platforms and models to support the organization’s data-driven initiatives.
    • Lead the identification, implementation and management processes of data platforms, data collection and storage and data analysis tools.
    • Design, build and maintain data pipelines for the efficient movement and transformation of data.
    • Integrate external and internal data sources into well architected data models that support business analysis and data science initiatives.
    • Work with stakeholders to understand emerging data and configure the data solution that effectively and efficiently meets the needs
    • Evaluate ongoing data systems and designs to optimize business’s data analysis and decision-making ability and adopting the data environment to support new services and capabilities.
    • Ensure data quality and integrity through the implementation of data governance and management practices.
    • Organize and maintain data catalog and warehouse architecture.
    • Collaborate with other members of the Technology team to integrate data systems with other technology platforms.
    • Train assistants and other team members on data dictionary and metrics and models established to enable them to properly organize findings and analyze data collected.
    • Research and properly evaluate information sources to determine possible reliability or usability limitations.



·      Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or a related field.

·      Experience with Salesforce or other CRM systems and related constituent data models preferred.

·      Experience in Education, with knowledge of related compliance and governance requirements preferred. 

Work Experience:

    • 5+ years of experience in data architecture and engineering.
    • Amazing understanding of data modeling, data warehousing, and ETL processes.
    • Experience with SQL and at least one programming or scripting language such as Python or Powershell.
    • Experience with cloud platforms such as AWS or Azure and databases, data warehouses and data lakes.
    • Excellent knowledge of database design and data warehouse principles
    • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
    • Excellent communication and collaboration skills. 

Additional Knowledge, skills, and competencies:

    • General understanding of college access, persistence, and completion issues – particularly for low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students and returning adult learners.
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
    • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
    • Ability to work in a fast-pace, transformational environment.
    • Able to shift priorities as needed.
    • Strong project management.
    • Ability to make objective decisions through facts and data.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Self-driven yet willing to follow direction, at times with limited input.
    • Strong relationship building skills.
    • Willing to go the extra mile as needed.
    • Personal value system that includes the highest standards of honesty, confidentiality, integrity, loyalty, and professional ethics reflective of the ability to succeed in building and maintaining positive relationships with the community.
    • Excellent communications skills (written, verbal, research skills, presentation skills, facilitation skills).
    • Extremely detail oriented and organized.

Physical requirements:

    • Ability to lift up to 15 lbs.
    • Ability to work in an office and remote environment.
    • Ability to travel from and to work and occasionally to regional sites as the organization grows.
    • Ability to interact with others via technology, face-to-face and collectively.



To apply, please follow this link, and be prepared to upload your resume.

KC Scholars firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state, or local law.