Information Technology - Director of Data Strategy and Architecture

The Director of Data Strategy and Architecture is responsible for supporting the effective use of administrative data at Bradley University. The Director of Data Strategy and Architecture acts as the chief data strategist for the university and oversees the governance and policy infrastructure necessary to facilitate the use of data for operational benefit and decision support. The Director of Data Strategy and Architecture reports to the Chief Information Officer and will establish and maintain the quality of University data by recommending standards and guidelines around the management of data, including classification, lifecycle, and data integrity. S/he works closely with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in the Provost Office, the Chief Information Security Officer, university Data Stewards, Analysts, and with IT professionals responsible for data warehousing/reporting to build and sustain an enterprise data strategy that can help the University achieve its goals. The Director of Data Strategy and Architecture will be a key player in sustaining a campus-wide data governance infrastructure that fosters a culture of trust and shared responsibility for the ethical use of administrative data for institutional strategic purposes and will have the unique opportunity to help design and set the direction for Data Strategy on campus.

Responsibilities

Data Strategy:

  • The Director of Data Strategy and Architecture will be principally responsible for defining, developing, and implementing an enterprise data strategy that is focused on:
  • Supporting university strategic decision making by being the nexus between the strategic questions, the technological solutions, and the data resources.
  • Increasing the value of university data assets by aligning data collected for operational purposes with data needed for strategic purposes in order to provide the organization with data required to achieve strategic goals.
  • The Director of Data Strategy and Architecture will work in close collaboration with data users and data stewards to establish an enterprise data road map and data management processes that enable information sharing, collaboration, compliance, and security in support of the overall university data strategy.
  • Identify new categories and sources of data to enable administrative innovation throughout the organization. Create and oversee a centralized service for sourcing external data to ensure quality, traceability, timeliness, usability, and cost-effectiveness.

Data Governance:

  • The Director of Data Strategy and Architecture will sustain and enhance the university data governance system aligning data stewardship with the overall data strategy.
  • Organize and lead a data governance council to provide sponsorship for and oversight of data governance policy creation and compliance.
  • Identify and standardize the use and governance of data and analytics, have oversight, and ensure that standardized data governance "tools" including data requirements documents, data lineage workflows, metadata forms, data models, etc. are used across the organization by all relevant stakeholders in support of the enterprise's business strategy.
  • Define, manage, and advance enterprise information management principles, policies and programs for stewardship, advocacy and custodianship of data and analytics, in concert with legal, information security, and corporate risk and compliance offices.

Data Management and Operations:

  • The Director of Data Strategy and Architecture will have responsibility for campus wide data management and will influence the overall technical strategy for data collection, operations, reporting and analytics with responsibilities to include:
  • Define, manage, and advance enterprise information management principles, policies and programs for stewardship, advocacy and custodianship of data and analytics.
  • In cooperation with the Chief Information Security Officer, General Counsel, and other concerned parties, develop standards for the appropriate use of information taking into consideration changing security requirements, privacy needs, regulatory requirements, ethical values, societal expectations, and cultural norms.
  • Build and manage a transparent and auditable framework for data sharing between departments that implements appropriate use standards.
  • Responsible for Master Data Management and establishing common terms and definitions for data that facilitate cross-institutional data use.

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in business administration, computer science, data science, information science or related field and ten years of leadership experience in the information technology field is required; a master’s degree or higher is preferred.
  • Ten or more years of leadership experience, ideally in a senior IT Data Strategy or Management role.
  • Five or more years of progressive leadership experience in leading successful cross-functional teams and enterprise-wide data strategy initiatives, operating and influencing across the organization.
  • Broad experience in multiple competency areas of data and analytics delivery; examples are data warehousing, business intelligence (BI), data governance, data architecture, data integration, data classification, data strategy, data quality management, data security, data privacy, data standards, regulatory compliance, and enterprise architecture frameworks, data structure, information systems/tools, related software and data management, and record-keeping policies and practices in a complex organizational environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to describe business use cases and outcomes, data sources and management concepts, approaches and options, and to explain digital concepts and technologies to non-technical audiences, and business concepts to technologists.
  • Experience running data analytics teams using the latest data mining techniques.
  • Excellent business acumen and interpersonal skills; able to work across business lines at a senior level to influence and affect change to achieve common goals.
  • A strong commitment to building a diverse and inclusive team culture and a proven ability to balance team and individual responsibilities, 
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience running data analytics teams using the latest machine learning and/or artificial intelligence techniques is preferred.
  • Experience working within mixed systems environments, including home-grown, commercial, off-the-shelf, cloud hosted, etc. is preferred.
  • Experience in legal and regulatory areas are also desirable (e.g. privacy and data protection laws, compliance, contract review, etc.).

Qualified candidates should submit a resume, complete contact information for four professional references, and a letter of interest outlining their experience and qualifications for the position. Submit application materials electronically to data-strategy-search@bradley.edu.

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment with Bradley University is contingent on satisfactory completion of a criminal background check. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Bradley University is a top-ranked, private university in Peoria, Illinois, offering nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities, choices and resources of a larger university and the personal array of undergraduate and graduate academic programs in business, communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences, liberals arts and sciences, and technology. The university is located on an 85-acre campus in the largest metropolitan area in central Illinois.

Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff are committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented groups.