The Director of Enterprise Information within Library and Information Technology provides strategic vision, leadership, prioritization, and operational management to facilitate the college’s effective use of its enterprise-wide information assets. Responsibilities include stewardship of the college’s core databases, applications, and systems serving the business functions of the college, as well as addressing the growing need to aggregate data and store it in ways appropriate for future analysis and use. In this work, the Director is also expected to be a major partner with and facilitator of new data governance efforts at Ursinus.
The Director also serves as the primary custodian of the collaborative working relationship between LIT and the college units whose programs rely heavily on those systems and information. In addition, the Director serves as the primary contact with the many external vendors who provide systems, software, and services within the college’s enterprise-wide information environment. The ultimate outcome of the Director’s work will be found in the efficiency of processes that can be built on these systems, the level of seamless integration provided between and among systems, the implementation of new data stores (such as a data warehouse) to improve access to data, the quality of analysis enabled by access to information, and the level of skills that the campus builds in order to use these assets effectively.
The Director collaborates closely with the Director of Systems and Emerging Technologies to develop standards and directions for the college’s systems/applications and their underlying technologies; within that context, the Director of Enterprise Information is the primary architect and manager of the suite of enterprise applications (both acquired from commercial partners and developed internally), regularly assesses their quality and fit to evolving college needs, and works to ensure that they can support state-of-the-art digital interactions and transactions.
The Director manages a team of analysts and programmers to ensure that the systems are robust, reliable, cost-effective, feature-rich, and managed efficiently, while also appropriately serving the community they are intended to reach. The Director actively participates in developing a set of skills, services, and resources within his/her team to help support a culture of process improvement and reliance on data-driven decision-making across campus.
Serving on the LIT Leadership Team and the IT Leadership Team, the Director of Enterprise Information works with the CIO, fellow directors and managers, and with all colleagues in the department to realize the mission and vision of the organization. The Director facilitates open and active communication among staff and fosters effective collaboration across campus. He/she contributes to overall LIT strategic and tactical planning, policy development, service assessment, program assessment, and resource management. He/she actively researches emerging administrative technologies, business practices, and educational approaches that could benefit Ursinus.
The Director demonstrates leadership in and commitment to the concepts and practices of a “learning organization,” promoting the LIT organization as one that is central to the mission of the college. Similarly, the Director provides leadership and advocacy in helping the organization maintain its primary focus on student and faculty needs.
- Works within the guidelines of the Ursinus 150 strategic plan to appropriately establish the direction of the college’s enterprise information to help improve business processes and enhance assessment and decision-making.
- Lead LIT efforts to facilitate a cohesive Ursinus information/data governance group to define needs for integrated information and create a structure to support data quality and integrity, as well as information analysis and use.
- Plans and coordinates the implementation of appropriate information technology systems, services, and solutions for college business needs.
- Works to insure that the college’s Web site and core administrative systems work in tandem to properly reflect, support and advance the college’s vision and goals
- Provides ongoing management and oversight of the Enterprise Information team, services, resources, and budgets, and supports their work on cross-functional project teams.
- Serves as a consultant and advocate for business process analysis and improvement.
- Provides information and support as required for the college to meet compliance in areas including but not limited to: PCI, NCAA, audits, confidentiality and security.
Requirements and Qualifications
- Master’s Degree in a relevant field or equivalent professional experience
- Five years experience working with enterprise information, systems, and services
- Three years experience leading and managing a team of professional IT staff
- A highly collaborative approach
- Project-management experience
- A proven record of innovation and accomplishment
- A positive personal approach, treating all others with dignity and respect
- Ten years experience providing IT systems, infrastructure, and services
- Experience working in Higher Education
- Experience implementing a data warehouse
- Direct experience with our major platforms including Technolutions’ Slate (recruitment), Ellucian’s Colleague (student records, financial aid, and bursar), and Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge (donor management and fundraising)
- Experience within a merged Library/IT organization
Preferred Skills and Competencies
- Exceptional leadership and visionary skills with a passion for advancing the benefits that technology, information, service, and skill-development can bring to the campus
- Capacity for strategic thinking
- Extensive knowledge and experience with an enterprise information infrastructure in a complex institutional environment with high-expectations from the community
- Ability to develop and appropriately manage complex projects
- Strong analytic and system-oriented skills, as well as a grounding in relational database systems, data management and integration, and web-based systems
- Ability to speak eloquently, write fluently, and command attention
- Persistence, perseverance, flexibility, and adaptability
Interested candidates should apply online here. Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database.
Ursinus is an EO/AA employer. Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law in the administration of any of its educational programs or activities or with respect to employment.