Cloud Architecture & Smart Cities Fellow, City of Syracuse

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The City of Syracuse is looking for a professional in the technology world with a passion for public service to support the city’s efforts to become a smart, data-driven, digital city, through the use of a cloud-based infrastructure. Currently the city is partnering with Microsoft and leveraging its Azure platform. This breakthrough partnership will constitute the backbone of the city’s efforts to digitize antiquated processes, modernize applications to ensure an optimal experience for its employees and constituents, capture and analyze data at scale, as well as enable the implementation of Syracuse Surge, Mayor Ben Walsh’s smart city strategy for inclusive growth in the New Economy.

CenterState CEO is a partner on Syracuse Surge, helping to lead the planning, development, and advancement of the initiative by activating partnerships and networks, launching programs, and connecting local residents to opportunities.

To apply: Forward cover letter and resume to: mwilcox@centerstateceo.com.

About the role

This fellowship is a 1-year opportunity funded by Microsoft Philanthropies to support the pursuit of smart cities, data modernization and digital transformation in the City of Syracuse. This position will report directly to the city’s Director of Digital Infrastructure and will work in tandem with other technology leaders and advocates in the city.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Support existing initiatives that leverage the Azure platform
  • Manage and grant permissions within existing environment
  • Craft the roadmap for future uses of Azure that will allow the organization to better meet its business goals
  • Enable the framework of policies and procedures to govern our Azure environment in a sustainable and effective way
  • Help advise efforts to prototype and scale internet of things (IoT) and smart city projects that ultimately result in a more efficient, effective and/or equitable city government
  • Work closely with the Director of Cybersecurity to ensure cybersecurity protocols are consistently followed
  • Work closely with the Chief Innovation and Data Officer to ensure that data governance and privacy principles are monitored and followed in the City’s cloud environment
  • Work closely with the Director of Digital Services to manage and review new requests to move applications to the cloud
  • Support the City’s Data Engineer in the scaling of the city’s data platform
  • Develop an understanding of technology standards applicable for Smart City products (data infrastructure, network connectivity, etc.) and map out the current product against future use cases
  • Be an advocate for digital transformation, cybersecurity, cloud adoption and data-driven decision-making in government

Desired qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, information technology or relevant field.
  • Possess an understanding of cloud technologies and how they support digital and data modernization efforts across a variety of industries
  • Familiarity with various software development frameworks and concepts such as Agile, DevOps and others
  • Familiarity with and interest in core concepts and government trends related to adoption of internet of things, artificial intelligence, edge analytics and other emerging technology innovations
  • Experience and certifications in Azure Cloud are highly desirable, but can be substituted with those of alternative platforms (Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Cloud, Amazon Web Services). The city will provide access to training and resources to take the official MS exams if the Fellow hasn’t been certified yet but desires to be so
  • Ability to communicate complex technical work to a wide variety of internal and external audiences
  • Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively with internal stakeholders and drive change while serving the business needs of city departments and residents
  • Migrating and transforming legacy applications and systems to the cloud