Colgate University, among the top liberal arts institutions in the
country, seeks an experienced and thoughtful Director of Enterprise
Applications and Data systems, to join the senior leadership team
within Information Technology Services. This is an exciting
opportunity for a forward-thinking, creative professional who is
passionate about working with technologies and services that are
foundational for academic, administrative, and research
Colgate Information Technology Services ( ITS ) is a dynamic
organization that serves the diverse technology needs of the
university community. Comprised of several functional areas –
Classrooms, Digital Media & Events; Data Analytics &
Decision Support; Engagement & Support; Information Security;
Learning & Applied Innovation; Services & Shared
Infrastructure – ITS prides itself on exceptional customer service
and building collaborative relationships to meet the unique needs
of our liberal arts campus. ITS endeavors to foster an inclusive
environment that values diversity, professional development,
creativity, and innovation to support the growth of individuals and
the organization. Under the leadership of the CIO, ITS is embarking
on a strategic planning process to align services and resources
with several exciting new initiatives identified in Colgate’s Third
Century Plan. The Director of Enterprise Applications and Data
systems will have the opportunity to partner with stakeholders
across campus and influence the direction of several of
As a member of the ITS Strategic Leadership Team, the Director for
Enterprise Applications and Data Systems provides leadership,
vision, project management, and technical and operational planning
for the Shared Services and Infrastructure ( SSI ) functions and
team. This position also leads projects and handles technical
duties as necessary. As a member of the ITS Strategic Leadership
Team, the Director also fosters cross-team collaborations that
support a healthy organizational culture and provide quality
services to the Colgate community.
Provide strategic and long-range planning for Colgate’s enterprise
systems, data infrastructure, applications and databases. Establish
goals for the department that are clearly stated and communicated,
aligned with ITS and institutional priorities, responsive to
opportunities, challenges and current best practices, and
reflective of conclusions drawn from assessment results. Stay
current on trends, vendor products, and services.
Lead the development, implementation, and maintenance of Colgate’s
centrally-managed enterprise systems, data infrastructure,
applications, and databases. Coordinate dialogue and
decision-making about product selection, project timeline, and
implementation that ensures innovative, customer-focused and
user-friendly solutions. Effectively communicate with
Collaboratively choose and implement formal processes and best
practices necessary to ensure the reliability, security, and
sustainability of the software, systems, and applications. Ensure
systems, application and database backup/recovery procedures,
security and business continuity are in place and fully tested.
Work with ITS colleagues to ensure a disaster recovery plan is in
place for areas of responsibility.
Provide tactical planning and oversight, as well as guidance on
day-to-day operations. Manage the allocation of resources to
effectively support the current initiatives, services, and
offerings. Manage work plans; set timelines and milestones; and
involve others to deliver on time. Ensure appropriate distribution
of work assignments and high quality of employee work
Envision, manage, and operationalize innovative, future-directed
initiatives, such as support for new solutions, cloud/on-premise
system integration, web architecture, and high performance
computing. Research and recommend solutions, considering cloud
hosted and SaaS solutions where appropriate.
Responsible for the job evaluation, development and continued
professional growth of all direct reports.
Responsible for the effective supervision of staff as assigned.
Ensures selection and hiring of high quality employees; ensures
appropriate distribution of work assignments and high quality of
employee work product; ensures fair, accurate and timely
performance assessments and feedback to include identifying areas
for professional development and documenting and conducting
disciplinary measures, as needed. Responsible for ensuring fair and
accurate decisions regarding employment status (hire, promotion,
salary increases, termination); ensures the creation of effective
opportunities and programs for employee mentoring, development and
Provide resource allocation and oversight consistent with goals,
priorities, and budget; manage vendor relationships and negotiate
favorable contract terms; evaluate the financial impact of
decisions; and develop strategies to maximize resource
Develop productive working relationships characterized by a high
level of cooperation and mutual respect with faculty, students,
staff, other work units, vendors, etc. to meet mutual goals and
Participate in professional development activities.
Professional Experience/ Qualifications
- Progressive professional and management experience.
- Broad background in technology and firm understanding of system
management, system integration, ERP systems, custom application
development, and research and high performance computing. Ability
to collaboratively create long-term plans in all these areas.
- Experience with software life cycles, software development
methodologies (including agile), project management and system and
- Some familiarity with programming and scripting, cybersecurity,
security, unified communications, storage solutions, web
development, operating systems.
- Experience in Budget management.
- Five or more years in a project leadership, supervisory, or
- Proven ability to effectively lead a group and mentor
- Ability to effectively lead large projects and run large
- Proven excellence in client contact and strong communication
- Ability to work both independently and within a team. Willing
to collaborate, share ideas openly and learn.
- Demonstrated understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for
the academic, cultural and social diversity in the Colgate
Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or a related degree
preferred, or equivalent additional professional experience in
essential duties and responsibilities.
Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions Summary
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against
any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their
race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin,
marital status, disability, protected Veteran Status, sexual
orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic
information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial
status, and all other categories covered by law. This policy shall
apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to
recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion,
layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of
compensation and selection for training at all levels of
employment. Colgate University will not discharge or discriminate
against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or
disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another
employee or applicant. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity
Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected
Veterans are encouraged to apply.
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