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Stanford University Data Governance Manager

Company: Another Source
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Stanford University's IR&DS's team is hiring for a Data Governance Manager! They are seeking a candidate who is an expert in change management, creating buy in, and has the ability to build a framework with lasting relationships across the Stanford campus. You will have the opportunity to implement and develop a university wide data governance program with this exciting opportunity!

Another Source’s client, Stanford University, is recruiting a Data Governance Manager to join their IR&DS team in Palo Alto, CA.  


Here’s a little about Stanford University’s Institutional Research & Decision Support team and the position they are recruiting for: 


About the Team:  

Institutional Research & Decision Support is the first-choice provider of timely, high-quality, accessible management information and analysis for informed decision-making at Stanford. IR&DS accesses, utilizes, analyzes, and reports on data from all of the major administrative systems at Stanford, including student, faculty, course, research, and financial data. IR&DS performs and facilitates complex analyses for both departments and central offices, including collaborating with other universities to provide comparative data, and proactively publishing management reports. 


Learn more about IR&DS: 


We are seeking a candidate who is an expert in change managementcreating buy in, and has the ability to build a framework with lasting relationships across the Stanford campus. You will have the opportunity to implement and develop a university wide data governance program. The Data Governance Manager reports to the Associate Vice Provost and Director, Institutional Research and Decision Support. Priorities for the data governance program are established in high- level university governance bodies, from which the DGM takes direction. 


About the Role:  

The Data Governance Manager (DGM) will focus on facilitating and socializing a university-wide data governance program in consultation with university governance bodies. The data governance program scope covers Stanford administrative data, including financial, human resources, student records, and other data used in administrative applications (data collected as part of Stanford’s research mission are outside of the scope of the data governance program). 


The Data Governance Manager works to bring people across the university together around the shared purpose of leveraging our data to achieve Stanford’s mission. The Data Governance Manager needs excellent diplomacy, facilitation and communication skills to work effectively across our highly decentralized institution. This position works with organizations across campus to tailor the data governance program to local needs while supporting university-wide structures, policies, and processes. The Data Governance Manager would ideally have a background in data analysis, reporting, and enterprise systems to effectively partner with technical colleagues. 


This role has university-wide reach and impact and offers the opportunity to build connections across schools and business units. The purpose of the role is to forge shared agreements across schools and units on the definition, documentation, and appropriate use of Stanford data assets. As all parts of the university become increasingly data-informed, the Data Governance Manager works to ensure that Stanford stakeholders know what data mean, know where to find data, and know how data should be used. 


Core Duties 

The Data Governance Manager leads strategic planning and analysis for the university’s data governance program. The data governance program ensures the integrity and usefulness of university data assets by supporting their consistent definition, documentation, and appropriate use. The DGM manages and directs the development, implementation, administration and evaluation of data governance initiatives through the following activities: 


  • Monitors trends and developments in the field of data governance and recommends strategic directions and priorities to Stanford leadership. 
  • Acts as the subject matter expert for the university regarding the interpretation, implementation and compliance with data governance policies and regulations.  
  • Formulates and proposes policies to the university governance bodies. Produces documentation, instructions, usage agreements and other guidance documents. 
  • Recommends actions and solves complex issues that span organizational boundaries. 
  • Represents the program to university stakeholders, including schools and administrative units. Represents Stanford in consortia with peer universities and through data governance professional organizations. 
  • Creates and manages an outreach strategy that includes relationship development, communications, and compliance. 
  • Leads working groups appointed by the Data Governance Board to achieve articulated priorities. 
  • Maintains the data stewardship structure at the university, including defining roles and providing support to campus stewards. 
  • Resources and support to data stewardship groups across the organization. 
  • Serves as the business owner of the university-wide data governance application (the Collibra Data Governance Center), providing training and support to campus users. 
  • May oversee or supervise staff in the development and implementation of programs or functions. 




Education & Experience: 

Bachelor’s degree and ten years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of data governance concepts, techniques, processes and applications. Knowledge and experience of data architecture, business intelligence, and analytics. 
  • Knowledge of higher education institutions and experience with enterprise data in a university context. 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to influence and motivate constituencies which span multiple organizational boundaries. 
  • Demonstrated excellent planning, organizational and analytical skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound business decisions using good business judgment and innovative and creative problem-solving. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage financial, organizational and staff resources. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to cultivate professional and business partnerships. 
  • Excellent writing skills and abilities to communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences. Strong project planning and management skills. 
  • Experience in or knowledge of business process improvement methodology. 
  • Ability to act independently and as part of a team. A willingness to be flexible and adapt to different stakeholder needs and organizational cultures. 


Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job. 


Why Stanford is for You:  

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with: 


  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak. 
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources. 
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits. 
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums. 
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more! 


Stanford is an equal opportunity employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or another other characteristic protected by law. 


Another Source works with their clients, on a retained project basis, to maximize the recruiting process.   

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