Principal Enterprise Architect

Principal Enterprise Architect

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 1/4/2024
Full Time


Principal Enterprise Architect

Harvard Business School


Position Description

Are you excited by the idea of joining a world-class organization at the intersection of higher education and business? Are you drawn to the community and energy of a college campus? Can you see yourself supporting distinguished business academics?If so, consider joining our team! Our Principal Enterprise Architect (EA) will help define our vision and roadmap for enterprise architecture, champion enterprise architecture concepts across our technical and stakeholder communities, create a working definition of and lead implementation of enterprise architecture for Harvard Business School (HBS) while collaborating with our data, application and technology architects and our business analysts.

The role of the EA will help us develop models so business and IT leaders can make investment and design decisions that balance and prioritize current operational demands, disruptions, and opportunities with the longer-term strategic vision of the organization. Our EA will also establish technology guidance, road maps, principles, standards, and best practices, facilitating alignment of numerous architecture and technology efforts in support of HBS's mission to “educate leaders who make a difference in the world”.

The EA reports to the Senior Managing Director, Enterprise Engineering & Architecture. The EA’s work will help drive the evolution of the practices of our 300+ person IT organization. The ideal candidate will be an energetic quick study with superior interpersonal and communication skills, and is expected to be a thought leader, change agent and hands-on practitioner with significant experience with EA methodologies, notations, and tools.


  • Create the vision, charter and provides overall direction, guidance, and definition of EA to support the school’s business strategy
  • Function as thought leader, advocate, champion and lead practitioner of EA
  • Define and lead programs to develop, maintain, and govern EA across the organization
  • Establishes and leads the EA review board and ensures that solutions are compliant with target-state architecture models
  • Align architecture strategy with business goals and develop and communicate architecture policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures
  • Promote the EA process, outcomes, and results to the organization and senior leadership
  • Lead and facilitate creation of governing principles to guide EA practices
  • Manage exceptions to architectural standards at an enterprise level
  • Approve modification of the enterprise architecture to accommodate project needs
  • Advise on options, risks, costs versus benefits, system impacts, and technology priorities based on EA-derived insights
  • Work with business leaders to understand business requirements and help them understand how technology tradeoffs influence strategy
  • Develop a communication plan for enterprise architecture
  • Direct evaluation of EA-related emerging technology, industry, and market trends
  • Guide EA tool and component selection within the enterprise
  • Responsible for defining a skills profile and guiding the overall training and development of the team members working on EA
  • Complete other responsibilities as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of seven years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience

Additional Qualifications and Skills

In addition to the minimum of seven years’ post-secondary education or relevant work experience required above, a minimum of three years’ additional post-secondary education or relevant work experience is required, totaling a minimum of ten years’ relevant work experience.

A minimum of ten years' relevant work experience in technology architecture, with at least five years’ experience in Enterprise Architecture, is required.

The following are preferred:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in computer science, information systems, computer engineering, system analysis, business, or related field
  • EA experience in a higher education setting
  • Experience including enterprise architecture design and deployment, systems lifecycle management, an infrastructure planning and operations
  • Knowledge of the components of holistic enterprise architecture, business re-engineering principles and processes, and basic knowledge of financial models and budgeting
  • Experience with methodology and tools such as TOGAF or FEAF, ArchiMate, LeanIX, Ardoq, Capsifi, Blue Dolphin, and the like.
  • Supervisory experience
  • Exposure to multiple, diverse technologies and processing environments
  • Strong oral, written and presentation communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to present ideas in user-friendly, user-relevant language

Working Conditions

  • Additional support outside of regularly scheduled hours, including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holiday breaks, may occasionally be required 

Additional Information

This role is offered as a hybrid position (some combination of onsite and remote) where you are required to be onsite at our Boston, MA-based campus on a weekly basis. Specific schedule will be determined by your manager.

We may conduct candidate interviews virtually (phone and/or via Zoom) and/or in-person for this role.

Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore more about HBS work culture here: https://www.hbs.edu/employment.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website (https://hr.harvard.edu/totalrewards) to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function

Information Technology, Technical

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

I1860P IT Enterprise Arch Prof VI

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)



Salary Grade



Information Technology

Annual Salary Range

$150,000 - $155,000, salary commensurate with experience


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, Identity


40 hours per week minimum

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.