Director of Data Governance

Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Director of Data Governance to support the development of data culture on campus. This position is responsible for growing the accessibility, usability, trust, and quality of campus data systems. The Director of Data Governance is a Social Technologist, a person with deep expertise in data related technologies who can help build the vision and infrastructure around how large institutions interact with their (critical) data assets to help students succeed and research flourish.

The director will work broadly with technical teams and the leaders of business units to ensure that:
  • Campus crafts and curates a data ecosystem.
  • Institutional data systems both contribute to and consume information from the campus data lake.
  • Data within the central campus infrastructure are well detailed, discoverable, and usable.
  • Campus data systems are secure and used in compliance with relevant regulatory frameworks.
  • Campus community can efficiently request access to information. Data use on campus is auditable.
  • Success criteria are defined and understood for data projects.

The Director of Data Governance will lead the development of a centralized institutional resource for discovery of, and access to, data. This is a meaningful role that will work closely with Institutional Research, Data Science and Engineering Teams within the Office of Data Analytics and senior leaders and technical staff within campus business units.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Office of Data Analytics (ODA) houses the Institutional Research, Reporting & Analytics, and Faculty Information System groups, which specialize in data collection, analysis and visualization. Some offerings to campus include department- and campus-level surveys, faculty course questionnaires and additional consulting projects that address data analysis and exploration needs for an individual classroom to larger campus initiatives. ODA also led efforts to create and currently manages the university’s Data Lake, which brings many data sources across campus into one location for deeper, meaningful analysis. The ODA mission is to foster an understanding of institutional knowledge. This is done by transforming data into actionable intelligence; aiding the decision making processes throughout the university.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Develop and maintain data governance policies and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain institutional data catalog.
  • Support master data management and the development of reference data sets for major campus entities.
  • Develop and manage a “Data Desk” for campus.
  • Hire and manage a data request fulfillment staff (2x data analysts).
  • Triage, fulfill, and manage data requests.
  • Report on data usage and users.
  • Build and maintain innovative new data products.

What We Can Offer

The hiring pay range for is $92,000 to $110,000, relocation is available.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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Be Ambitious. Be Strategic. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • Two years working in data analysis and/or management including experience managing large cross-functional projects.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.

What You Will Need
  • Entrepreneurial: a new position and a role that is unusual in large educational institutions. This position demands vision, collaboration skills, and an entrepreneurial attitude.
  • Passion about crafting something novel.
  • Experience working with, crafting, or managing large collections of institutional data.
  • Ability to write accessible descriptions of large, sophisticated data sets.
  • Understanding of the Amazon (AWS) cloud data ecosystem.
  • Familiarity with Version Control (git).

What We Would Like You To Have
  • Proficiency in Python, R, and/or SQL.
  • Strong technical writing skills, ability to translate technical metadata/lineage into a human readable, organized, and searchable catalog of data assets.
  • Experience as both a consumer and producer of data resources. Ability to demonstrate experience making data products that are used by wide audience.
  • Prior experience developing metadata and or an institutional data catalog.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of and experience with cloud data infrastructure and its use in large organizations.
  • Demonstrate operational excellence. Able to develop a highly responsive team that demonstrates outstanding technology to make data accessible and secure.
  • Experience implementing or using data governance tools such as Collibra, Alation, or other similar tools.
  • Experience in Higher Education setting along with a strong interest in advancing the mission of a public research university.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by 3/15/2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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