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Senior Data Governance Engineer

Who We Are:

System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with a few smaller offices located on the campuses. Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses, but System Administration is not considered a campus. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty. Learn more about CU System Administration .

University Information Services (UIS) provides technical services and enterprise applications to the University of Colorado’s (CU) four campuses and the Office of the President. UIS is committed to excellence in customer service, technical expertise, and the development of enterprise applications responsible for supporting CU’s students, faculty, staff, and others. Learn more about UIS values and culture here .

Position Summary:

As part of the Data Governance group on the Data Governance Enablement team, this position exists to administer and maintain a data governance catalog product, Collibra, which exists to support the understanding of data therefore improving reporting and analytics for the university.

The Senior Data Governance Engineer is a customer-centric position passionate about collaborating with internal functional and technical teams and advising key partners, developing analysis and reports, presenting the roll-out of upgrades, patches and improvements, system administration, and aiding end-user adoption and continued successes of the Collibra output. This role provides ongoing end-user support and maintains a solid data catalog architecture environment and provides customer guidance on BI standard processes as a member of a Data Governance Enablement team.

This position reports to the Senior Director of Research, Grants, Customer Success, & Data Governance and is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified Staff system.

Where You Will Work:

Remote – this role is eligible to work remotely within the United States, however, preference will be given to applicants residing in Denver.

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado System Administration Office is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse workforce. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provides overall Collibra domain expertise
  • Participates in meetings, workshops, and interviews (as needed) with Business and IT partners to understand strategy and requirements
  • Designs, configures, validates, and supports Collibra structures reflecting how CU is organized around data assets and metadata asset model
  • Partners with Collibra and/or third-party consultants, and internal CU resources to support Data Governance technology operations
  • Administers the Collibra application
  • Configures, validates, and implements functionality of Collibra platform (workflow, lineage diagrams, UI, dashboards, views, etc.) per CU’s technology roadmap
  • Works closely with Data Governance Enablement team to bring together technical and data requirements for design, configuration, and expansion of Collibra and other third-party tools
  • Designs, develops, tests, implements, and maintains security model in Collibra supporting CU’s data governance needs
  • Designs and implements automated and manual metadata import/export methods
  • Implements and maintains third party tools, e.g. Expleo, to automate ingestion of content/data into Collibra
  • Conducts meetings and reviews documentation as the need arises
  • Develops and delivers training materials, use case and asset model documentation, as well as implementation specification
  • Configures and maintains the required server infrastructure
  • Collaborates with a third party, Collibra, to coordinate upgrades on the cloud
  • Identifies and resolves issues or bugs introduced into the tool or process
  • Responsible to craft product content for internal website
  • Participates in Sprint planning and retrospective to manage and deliver work
Secondary Responsibilities:
  • Serve as backup to Collibra and Expleo product manager
  • Identifies, analyzes, and documents existing repositories or data management practices to accelerate Collibra metadata opportunities
  • Consults with IT, enterprise, and data architecture SMEs
  • Trains CU personnel on functionality implemented, including search, navigation, and metadata maintenance activities
  • Supports and delivers Metagovernance recommendations including Asset Models and Operating Models
  • Develops results for CU Technology roadmap (Collibra strategy) required to enable and/or support data governance and management capabilities
  • Identifies Collibra standard methodologies relevant to and required by our CU partners
  • Recommends curation processes for high quality content in Collibra

What We Offer:

Salary: The anticipated hiring range has been established at $88,000 - $94,000 .

CU System Administration takes into consideration a combination of the selected candidate’s education, training and experience as it relates to the position, as well as the position’s scope and complexity, internal pay equity and external market value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Benefits: With our unparalleled range of benefits, including top-notch healthcare, comprehensive wellness programs, enriching professional development, and a dynamic work-life balance, we ensure your holistic growth and happiness.
  • No-cost or low-cost medical & dental plan options, some inclusive of IVF assistance.
  • Disability, Life, Vision Insurance options.
  • Multiple retirement planning options including a mandatory 401(a) plan where CU contributes 10% of your gross pay, a 401k or 403b plan and a 457 deferred compensation plan.
  • Pre-tax savings plans, such as Health care and Dependent care flexible spending accounts.
  • Embrace a healthy work-life balance with ample sick and vacation leave, along with at least 12 paid holidays. This includes a dedicated week off for winter break.
  • 4 weeks of parental leave to adjust to the joys of parenthood.
  • A tuition benefit program for you and/or your dependents.
  • Free RTD EcoPass and Free Onsite Parking at our 1800 Grant Street Office.
  • Many additional perks & programs with the CU Advantage .
Additional taxable fringe benefits may be available.

For more information on benefits programs, please review our Comprehensive Benefits Guide .

Access our Total Compensation Calculator to see what your total rewards could be at CU. (This position is a University Staff position)


Minimum Qualifications:

Please ensure your resume includes any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against these qualifications. You must meet all minimum requirements listed at the time of application to be considered for this role.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or equivalent professional experience (professional experience may be substituted for the degree on a year-for-year basis)
  • Three (3) years of software development or technical application management experience, including:
    • Crafting, developing, and implementing custom application code
    • Implementing and supporting third party (vendor) applications
    • Vendor coordination and supporting application and server upgrades
    • Java, Rest API, JSON, XML, and SOAP
    • Writing SQL queries
    • Detailed understanding of the software development life cycle (SDLC)
  • Familiarity with data governance processes
  • Familiarity with agile processes
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Five (5) years of relevant experience as detailed above
  • One (1) year of experience in data governance tool architecture and/or administration
  • Experience in:
    • Collibra as an Architect or Administrator
    • Higher education settings
    • Using SQL and APIs to retrieve data from cloud-based applications
    • Reporting, data warehousing, and data governance applications
    • Reporting on data warehouse data with exposure to star-schema design
    • Developing reports using Cognos (version 11 or newer), MicroStrategy, Tableau, or similar tools to build sophisticated reports, OLAP cubes, and dashboards, including administration
  • Proficient in BPMN and workflow creation
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

To be successful in this position, employees will need to know the following:
  • Knowledge of data governance concepts
  • Knowledge of data warehouse concepts
  • Knowledge of SQL and Relations Database Management Systems (RDMS)
  • Ability to effectively communicate, in writing and verbally
  • Ability to participate as a solid teammate and highly motivated to work independently
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to provide hard-working service orientation with sensitivity to the needs of users at all skill levels
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Understanding of all software development life cycle (SDLC) areas

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please attach the following as separate documents to your application:

  1. A cover letter identifying the job specific minimum qualifications you possess
  2. A resume including any and all relevant experience to be accurately assessed against the qualifications listed in the posting.

Please ensure you check the “Job Specific Attachments” box next to each document on the “Required Documents” page of the application for the appropriate documents to be attached.

When to Apply:

For full consideration completed applications must be submitted by July 1, 2024 . Reference checking is a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including email addresses, for up to five references as part of the search process for this position. *Please note: All application materials must be submitted through CU Careers; emailed materials will not be considered.*

Sponsorship Statement:

We are unable to sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

Background Check Statement:

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial history, motor vehicle history and/or fingerprinting background check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that a verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

ADA Statement:

We are committed to an inclusive and barrier-free search process. We provide accommodations for applicants requesting accommodation through the search process such as alternative formats of this posting. Individuals with disabilities in need of accommodations throughout the search process should contact the ADA Coordinator at: .

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