The American Accounting Association (AAA) seeks candidates for the newly created position of Data Integration Developer As a new member of the Association’s Internet Technology Department.
The Data Integration Developer position is part of the Internet Technology Department (we are more IS-focused than IT), which owns the creation, onboarding, enhancement, and support of applications and integrations between AAA platforms and third-party AMS, ERP, SAAS and various custom applications and systems. Our primary customers include association membership which is comprised of Accounting PhD students, Accounting faculty, business schools focusing on accounting education, and vendors supporting these groups. Our demographics are increasingly global with each year. The IT department also provides support for internal IT/IS needs, ranging from front-line IT support, reporting, to content development and more.
Our in-house IT team consists of a Data Analyst and Systems Support Coordinator, Web/Database Projects Specialist, and the Director of IT. Externally facing, we engage with a managed services provider for parts of our server and network infrastructure, and work with numerous vendor platforms across publishing, submissions systems, virtual events, and others
The Data Integration Developer recruited for this position will participate in the planning, coordination, and solution development and implementation activities related to the integration of applications and technologies within the organization's application integration environment. Proven communication skills, problem-solving skills, proficiency in programming languages and data structures, and knowledge of integration best practices are critical to successful performance in this role.
A great candidate will be a systems thinker and have a passion for acquiring, analyzing, and transforming data to generate insights and value. This role is very hands-on and requires a structured approach and solid implementation skills. Qualified candidates will have a strong knowledge of application integration, implementation, and data manipulation technologies.
As a Data Integration Developer, you will drive the successful development of solution infrastructure and the completion of data integration projects that automate the flow of data between the American Accounting Association and other systems, or that customize AAA content and e-commerce workflows. Your efforts will be critical to driving the long-term partnership between AAA, our membership, member-volunteers, and the public.
You will be primarily responsible for the solution design, delivery, and support of data integrations. You will be expected to contribute to multiple implementations simultaneously, which will include both new applications or features, as support and enhancements for members. You will work directly with our membership and on cross-functional teams to design solutions that address member and staff needs, analyze and map data files, and implement specific business rule configurations. As our organization pivots more and more to cloud solutions, an ability to create functional and empowering user interfaces to complement integrations will become essential.
In addition, the position will be cross-trained against IT/IS department roles, supporting headquarters leadership and staff. Versatility and a willingness to learn across a spectrum of technology topics are key attributes of the successful candidate.
THE POSITION ESSENTIALS
The Data Integration Developer will:
Develop scalable and extensible approaches to data integration between AAA platforms and third-party applications.
Actively deliver multiple cross-functional and membership projects simultaneously and resolve obstacles to completion.
Develop and maintain robust and accurate end-to-end knowledge of business processes and applicable procedures.
Implement and support data management and ETL solutions. Understand and interpret the business objectives and requirements in order to identify, access, and integrate data sources.
Design and execute manual and automated tests, analyze the results, and deduce next steps. Develop testing methodologies and train AAA professional staff to assist in testing.
Understand and participate in AAA's events and membership cycles to understand specific business requirements and contribute solutions for proposal.
Strategy & Planning
The Data Integration Developer will:
Participate in planning of integration projects and corresponding strategies between AAA departments, member stakeholders, and vendors. Work with IT project teams (composed of both staff and member volunteers) to help gather business requirements to aid in the design and development of software applications and workflows.
Provide integration environment technical knowledge and experience during the planning, execution, and management of integrating new applications into the existing application environment.
Identify and resolve systems issues.
Develop standards and processes to support and facilitate integration projects and initiatives.
Identify common patterns and document best practices for integration.
The Position implementation
The Data Integration Developer will implement the following:
Develop relationships with vendors of application software deployed in AAA's IT environment to both understand and provide insights/feedback on integration capabilities.
Participate in integration testing phase of software and applications under development in order to identify and remedy potential problem areas.
Assist in integration with / development of APIs to interact with AAA platforms / environment.
Assist with troubleshooting and resolution efforts when operational issues with integration solutions arise.
Implement audit, logging, and monitoring solutions to provide proactive operational support in the IT environment.
Assist with identifying opportunities to enhance or improve business processes via integration, or, as necessary, minimize the impact of integration on those processes.
American Accounting Association – Highlights
Having celebrated its centennial in 2016, the AAA has begun its second century of operation, existing to foster thought leadership in accounting around the world. Working with members, professionals, regulators, students, and those interested in accounting, the AAA:
Serves more than 7,000 members in higher education and related fields (approximately 20 percent of AAA members live and work outside of the United States);
Works with a broad range of constituents to continuously scan the environment and respond to opportunities to strengthen its members and the accounting profession, broadly defined; and
Implements the mission of the AAA – to further the discipline and profession of accounting through education, research, and service.
In addition to supporting the accounting community at large, the AAA also supports 17 special interest sections (such as Auditing, Financial Accounting & Reporting, Government & Nonprofit, Public Interest, and Teaching, Learning & Curriculum) and 7 regions across the United States. Each of these groups achieves its mission and delivers significant member value through its semi-independent structure and officer teams, working closely with AAA professional staff. In addition, these groups participate in association-wide governance, ensuring that the association’s initiatives reflect the breadth of accounting opportunities and viewpoints. With these groups, the AAA offers its members a variety of print, Web, and face-to-face forums, publications, and activities in which to share expertise, collaborate with colleagues, and advance the accounting profession.
Each interest section and region host meetings and events throughout the year, and an annual conference for all members takes place each August. The AAA’s journal collection includes three Association-wide journals: The Accounting Review (one of the premier journals in the world), Accounting Horizons, and Issues in Accounting Education, and fourteen journals edited by AAA Section communities.
In 2016 AAA moved its offices into spacious newly designed headquarters in Lakewood Ranch, FL. The new headquarters have provided the association the space necessary to carry out its diverse activities and will allow room for continued growth. For more information about the AAA, visit https://www.aaahq.org.
Applicants should submit a resume and a letter discussing their interest in the position as well as their accomplishments in light of the listed responsibilities and qualifications. Confidential review and screening of materials will continue until the position is filled.
Final candidates will be required to successfully complete a background check.
Please submit resume and cover letter, expressions of interest to Barbara Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Accounting Association is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action.
The new Data Integration Developer will have the following qualifications:
Client services, programming, or QA experience with responsibility for scoping and delivering technical projects.
Experience designing and developing flat file and RDBMS integrations using ETL and data integration technologies.
Demonstrated experience building, testing, and troubleshooting web applications built around web services and RESTful APIs
Knowledge in database architecture, system environments, SQL, and other data integration tools including experience with .NET apps, IIS, and UNIX / Linux command line. Solid understanding of underlying CS principles and practices without getting bogged down in theory: our stacks range across multiple operating systems and frameworks, can be virtual. We aren't looking for someone who can do everything from memory: we're looking for someone who can adopt new tools on the fly.
Creative thinker with natural interest in finding solutions to new problems.
Project management skills with an eye for detail and organized thought process, strong documentation skills (code, process, business logic) are a must.
Experience working in Agile development environments a strong plus. We do not follow scrum/agile, but succinct standups and self-motivation are hallmarks of working with our organization.
Good communicator (written and verbal) with the ability to build rapport with key stakeholders inside and outside the organization.
Support key project implementation activities including implementation planning, systems integration, training plan development and execution, procedure development, performance management modifications, business case tracking and realization, user acceptance testing planning and execution.
Understand the business objectives, processes, and underlying business logic of current systems. Perform analysis and evaluation of options, alternatives, and system capabilities. Where appropriate, recommend enhancements through the application of technologies, systems and process changes to solve problems or enhance business processes.
Required experience, knowledge, and skills include:
Fluency in SQL; knowledge of relational database design and management techniques.
Competency with JSON schemas, Yaml
5 years direct experience in enterprise-level application integration.
Proven experience in overseeing the linking of cross-functional applications between disparate business units and systems.
Experience with business and technical requirements analysis, business process modeling/mapping and methodology development, and data mapping.
Knowledge of risk management methodologies as they relate to integration/software engineering.
Confidence and experience with API protocols and schemas such as SOAP and REST.
Experience with securing integration scenarios using appropriate authentication, authorization, non-repudiation, and data encryption methods.
Strong knowledge of system and software quality assurance best practices and methodologies.
Knowledge of network protocols and standards
Understanding of end-user needs and requirements.
Once employed, residence in/near Sarasota, Florida.
About American Accounting Association
The American Accounting Association (AAA) is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, we have a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of our membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, we shape the future of accounting through teaching, research and a powerful network, ensuring our position as thought leaders in accounting.