• Full Time
  • Pasadena, CA
  • $158,156- $207,444 DOE/DOQ USD / Year

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)

Information Technology Specialist II: Java Architect

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA)

Pasadena, California

Annual Salary: $158,156- $207,444 DOE/DOQ

*75% Remote, 25% On-Site Position*

Must live within a 4-hour drive from Pasadena

The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) is seeking an Information Technology Specialist II — Java Architect to orchestrate the planning, design, development, testing, and maintenance of the LACERA’s Java-based platform. This role offers an exciting opportunity to become a technical leader in the organization’s application architecture. The Java Architect will act as team lead on all Java-based projects, helping to scale up LACERA’s systems and maintain exceptional usability. They will be an expert in object-oriented design – creating powerful applications through encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism, and abstraction. In addition to foundational object knowledge, this expert should possess an understanding of security, DevOps, automated code review, and automated testing. Prior background in an organization that adheres to governmental compliance is ideal, with public sector experience preferred. The ideal candidate will be an effective communicator and relationship builder, capable of working closely with UX developers, systems administrators, and IT analysts. As this position encounters complex technical challenges and architectural dilemmas, they will demonstrate flexibility and think creatively as they find solutions. If you are an expert in Java software, help carry out LACERA’s mission to protect, produce, and provide the promised benefits to its members – apply today!

View the full recruitment brochure here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/a8235290-74bd-4b38-949e-89cd5d32384c


The Java Architect will report to the IT Manager II – Business Solutions, playing a pivotal role in crafting high-performance, scalable solutions that drive innovation at LACERA. This position will lead the design and development of enterprise-level applications, leveraging their expertise in object-oriented programming and API architectures. In addition to coding, their responsibilities extend to optimizing user experiences, enhancing security measures, and promoting best practices. They will also utilize tools, like JIRA, for efficient bug tracking, and maintain the integrity and quality of software. The Java Architect will have a comprehensive understanding of security fundamentals such as Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and OWASP guidelines, along with expertise in relational databases like MS SQL Server, and prior experience with containers and exposure in non-SQL databases. They will demonstrate adaptability by staying updated on emerging technologies and play a pivotal role in fostering a collaborative development environment, providing technical leadership in areas like code reviews, build automation, source control, and configuration management.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE may also have some or all of the below:


  • Degree(s): A bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major study in information technology, computer science, cyber security administration, or a related field.


  • Java Certifications: Java Enterprise Architect


  • Relational Data Management Systems: DB2, VSAM, RDBMS, MS SQL
  • Programming Languages and Tools: Java, JavaScript, Java Beans, Java Servlets, CSS, COBOL, PL/I, Assembler, PowerShell, Python, C#, Rust, experience writing and documenting unit tests
  • Operating Systems: z/OS, Microsoft, Lynx, Linux on Z systems, z/VM
  • Security Tools: Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), OWASP guidelines.
  • Java Design: Experience designing and coding high-performance, event-based, real-time, scalable, reusable, enterprise Java applications
  • Java Tools and Frameworks: SOAP, RESTful, Spring, Spring Boot, JIRA bug tracking; knowledge of OOPS concepts



    Two (2) years of experience, within the last three (3) years, at the level of Information Technology Specialist I, LACERA*, or Data Systems Supervisor II, LACERA**, in a large information technology organization providing technical leadership in java application development using standard systems development methodology and techniques for resolving business problems. Experience must include systems design, database management, development of online data entry and data inquiry capability, and defining techniques to be used for backup, restart, recovery, data security, file structuring, and optimum processing techniques; and communications network analysis, design, planning, and performance tuning.
    *Experience at the level of Information Technology Specialist I, LACERA includes acting as a consultant, technical expert, systems architect, or project manager in a specialized area of applications development, database administration, operating systems, cybersecurity, information system analysis, or network systems for a centralized IT organization.  This is principal level technical expert.
    *Experience at the level of Data Systems Supervisor II, LACERA, includes supervising through subordinate supervisors a large staff engaged in the analysis, design, and implementation of manual and electronic information and work processing systems, or coordinates the systems program of a centralized IT organization.
  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.


An annual salary of $158,156- $207,444 DOE/DOQ, plus a generous benefits package.

Candidates will have the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, with a requirement to be onsite 25% of their time.



Online Application: LACERA offers a simple and convenient online application (application process should only take 15 minutes). For consideration, please apply online by April 18th at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacera/jobs/4374344/information-technology-specialist-ii-lacera-java-architect?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs and attach your cover letter (desired) and resume.

Only the highest qualified applicants will be invited to continue to the Appraisal (Oral) Interview weighted 100%. The interview will assess the applicant’s knowledge, experience, and general ability to perform the essential functions of the position.

SAVE THE DATES: Those candidates which are determined eligible for hire under the Los Angeles County’s Civil Service Rules may be invited to the selection process. Round one interviews will be held virtually and take place on May 24th. Finalists will move forward to round two in-person interviews that take place on June 3rd. Candidates invited to interview will need to be available for both days.

Please contact your recruiter, Lauren Gerson, with any questions:

  • Email: lauren@wbcpinc.com
  • 866-929-WBCP (9227) toll free

To apply for this job please visit www.governmentjobs.com.