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Enterprise Data Architect

Vancouver, BC · Information Technology
The Enterprise Data Architect is responsible for guiding the research, planning, definition, refinement and implementation of the enterprise data architecture for all university enterprise systems. This position ensures, policies, principles, models, standards, technologies, and processes are in place to ensure data is treated as a strategic asset for the University. The Enterprise Data Architect establishes frameworks that facilitate access to and flexible sharing and exchange of enterprise data. information. This position, in close collaboration with business and technology leaders across the University, leads effective change by understanding business challenges and translating them into requirements/solutions.
This position reports to the Chief Data Officer, the Director, Architecture, Strategy and Planning and works closely with data governance stakeholders, data stewards and the Enterprise Architecture team Championing efforts to improve business performance through enterprise information solutions and capabilities, such as master data management (MDM), metadata management, analytics, content management, data integration, and related information management or information infrastructure components.
There will be extensive consultation and interactions with technical project team members; IT Team members; the extended IT community; data stakeholders from across the academic and administrative community.
Specific Duties:
  • Assess the benefits and the risks of data architecture initiatives by using tools such as business capability models to identify priorities.
  • Uses tools and models to provide a future-state view of the data landscape that is not limited by specific data implementation details imposed by proprietary solutions or technologies.
  • Leads change activities to ensure that the Enterprise Architecture team can consolidate multiple data sources and repositories to deliver additional business value.
  • Influences information strategy by providing strategic, information-based recommendations to protect the organization from disruptions while also embracing innovation.
  • Under the leadership of the CDO develops governance processes and strategies by providing recommendations on actions to take with what information and in what circumstances.
  • Analyzes the impact of business strategy changes on information management practices with the Enterprise Architecture team. Investigating ways to maximize value from existing information assets
  • Established and manages data models all their forms, including conceptual models, relational database designs, message models and others.
  • Ensures data adds value by exploring the impact of business strategy changes on information management practices with the Enterprise Architecture team. Investigating ways to extract additional value from existing information assets.
  • Ensuring that the architecture is used as a lens and a filter to enable the CDO to focus only on those internal and external data sources and repositories required to deliver the targeted business value.
  • Analyzes data security requirements and solutions, and working with the chief information security officer (CISO) and the CDO to ensure that data (both on-premises and in the cloud) is treated as a protected asset.
  • Championing efforts to improve business performance through enterprise information solutions and capabilities, such as master data management (MDM), metadata management, analytics, content management, data integration, and related information management or information infrastructure.
Core Duties:
  • Leads and guides the development of function specific strategies and initiatives that are aligned with the University's strategic goals and long-term plans.
  • Provides technical expertise and oversees the expansion of innovative business solutions, programs and services.
  • Creates and fosters strategic partnerships and influential relationships with senior leaders to within IT and the IT broader community.
  • Sources, negotiates, and allocates financial, physical, or human resources to implement and support major projects and programs.
  • Develops and administers budgets for the implementation and support of integrated, cost effective business solutions.
  • Approves and monitors plans, performance targets and measures for reporting areas.
  • Develops leadership strength in functional areas by coaching reporting leaders and staff in the development of critical competencies and by modeling valued leadership behaviours.
  • Anticipates and analyzes trends in technology and assess the impact of emerging technologies on the business.
  • Maintains appropriate professional designations and up-to-date knowledge of current information technology techniques and tools.
  • Performs other related duties as required 

Post-graduate degree Post-graduate degree with concentration in Information Technology or Business preferred. Minimum of 11 years of experience and 4 years specialized experience in the design and implementation of major computer systems and Five years managerial experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Extensive experience working on information management, data governance and/or records management programs required. Significant experience writing policies and procedures required.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present ideas and suggestions clearly and effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate business problems to the underlying data and link to solution to solve those business problems.
  • Superior follow-up skills; ability to organize applicable department timelines and follow up with internal and external customer needs.
  • Superior organizational skills; ability to accomplish multiple tasks within the agreed upon timeframes through effective prioritization of duties and functions in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong track record of building and maintaining solid relationships with internal and external customers and vendors.
  • Self-motivated; able to work independently to complete tasks and respond to department requests and to collaborate with others to utilize their resources and knowledge to identify high quality solutions.
  • Ability to work with functional groups and different level of employees throughout the organization to effectively and professionally achieve results.
  • Ability to educate and influence program stakeholders regarding program goals, objectives and approach.
Collaboration: Identifies and improves communication to bring conflict within the team into the open and facilitate resolution. Openly shares credit for team accomplishment. Monitors individual and team effectiveness and recommends improvement to facilitate collaboration. Considered a role model as a team player. Demonstrates high level of enthusiasm and commitment to team goals under difficult or adverse situations; encourages others to respond similarly. Strongly influences team strategy and processes.

Communicating for Results: Converses with, writes strategic documents for, and creates/delivers presentations to internal business leaders as well as external groups. Leads discussions with senior leaders and external partners in ways that support strategic planning and decision-making. Seeks a consensus with business leaders. Debates opinions, tests understanding, and clarifies judgments. Identifies underlying differences and resolves conflict openly and empathetically. Explains the context of multiple, complex interrelated situations. Asks searching, probing questions, plays devil's advocate, and solicits authoritative perspectives and advice prior to approving plans and recommendations.
Problem Solving: Anticipates problem areas and associated risk levels with objective rationale. Uses formal methodologies to forecast trends and define innovative strategic choices in response to the potential implications of multiple integrated options. Generates and solicits the approval of senior leadership prior to defining critical issues and solutions to unclear, multi-faceted problems of high risk which span across and beyond the enterprise.
Analytical Thinking: Establishes strategic goals and enterprise-wide priorities. Uses techniques of advanced business and organizational analysis to identify and assess problem definitions and potential solutions, and compares and contrasts them against predetermined criteria. Creates framework for reviewing large volumes of unorganized data. Probes for, and points to, subtle and unclear relationships in highly complex matters and evaluates the merit of problem definitions and potential solutions. Anticipates the possible outcome of potential solutions. Systemically identifies and resolves complex enterprise-wide issues, while educating senior leaders as to their solution.
Information Systems Knowledge: Engineers, coordinates, and submits approval for significant enterprise-wide information system solutions that align with organizational processes and long-term strategies. Recommends large-scale, best practice technological opportunities. Engages appropriate technical consultants, experts, and leaders.
Thoroughness: Sets the vision, defines the value, and acts as role model for creating a culture that sets superior standards and delivers on time and on budget. Agrees upon service level and project expectations with senior leaders. Reviews enterprise's progress against established goals, objectives, service level targets, and project milestones. Devises strategies for delivering largescale projects on time. Proactively conducts business review meetings for reprioritization of resources and taking corrective action to respond to strategic initiatives. Holds self and leadership team members accountable for achievements, publicly recognizing successes. Identifies areas of potential vulnerability in achieving strategic business drivers. Supports the enterprise in achieving deliverables by investing in world-class organizational processes.
Strategic Technology Planning: Recommends long-term best-in-class policies and plans that will provide enhanced support across the enterprise. Sponsors, coordinates, and approves the enterprise strategic technology plan. Steers enterprise initiatives that support the technology strategy. Allocates and aligns resources to meet the objectives of the plan. Partners with senior enterprise leaders to integrate the strategic technology plan with the enterprise long-term plans.

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