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Are you an information technology leader looking to have a broad impact across the UW? Are you passionate about graduate education and helping organizations to modernize technology to improve processes? Is your super power building bridges between technical and non-technical audiences on which technologies can meet business objectives? The UW Graduate School is seeking a dynamic and collaborative leader to serve as our next Director of Computing and Information Resources (CAIR).
This position has a significant impact on administrative and academic processes in graduate education at UW. The director has a responsibility to enhance and develop graduate education processes using technology to keep the UW competitive for graduate applicants and students. The director sets the technical strategy for graduate education that supports 2,800 users in over 350 graduate programs at all three UW campuses. From overseeing the development and management of vital legacy systems that touch graduate education to leading system changes, this position has the potential to improve not just the administration of graduate education, but also graduate education itself.
The technology managed by this position has extensive real-time and batch data integrations with other UW systems. The technology streamlines admissions and degree processing for the 15,000 graduate students at UW. Each year over 35,000 graduate applicants use the online application which the director also oversees. The position is responsible for streamlining and automating countless procedures which enable the Graduate School to redirect staff resources and saves thousands of hours of faculty and staff time at UW.
In addition, the position is responsible for reporting to federal agencies and national associations. The director may identify and pursue grant funding to support UW graduate technology initiatives, including soliciting, writing proposals, and administering grants.
Develop strategic and tactical plans for the use of technologies in graduate education at UW
Responsibilities include creating and identifying roadmaps for existing and future technology and advising the Dean on IT matters, including resource management and IT investments, which impact graduate education across all three UW campuses. Advocate for technical and unique needs of graduate education with central IT groups and committees. Develops and fosters partnerships with a wide array of IT and business leaders at UW. Participation on various advisory committees including the Computing Directors Group, UW Service Management Board, Student Data Council, UW Assessment Group and others. Chairs the Graduate Technology Advisory Committee and is a member of the Graduate School Executive Staff. Develop funding proposals for technology projects. The products of these activities are planning documents, proposals, oral presentations to senior administrators, and action plans. Manages the IT risk portfolio including security and accessibility of IT resources. Participate in UW data management and data privacy efforts. The position has authority to develop and implement IT plan details largely without formal approval of the Dean.
Conceive, design, develop/acquire, implement, and manage enterprise computing systems supporting graduate education at UW
Responsibilities include business process analysis, requirements, conceptual and physical design, database design, systems acquisition, and project management. The position has primary responsibility for conceiving and implementing projects which may impact policies and operating procedures on a University-wide basis. The Dean and the Graduate Technology Advisory Committee may influence priorities and certain policy decisions must be made formally by the Graduate School Council, but the position has largely autonomous responsibility for developing concepts, managing projects, implementing systems and process changes, and communicating and assessing results.
Information resources management
The director is responsible for planning, developing and managing the Graduate School's information resources including large longitudinal databases on graduate education and mechanisms to obtain data including system data transfers, survey instruments, etc. The director manages staff, including an institutional analyst who satisfies both ad-hoc and regular reporting needs from UW News and Information, the Public Records Office, federal agencies, national associations, UW administration, UW schools and colleges, and Graduate School deans. The director may also oversee surveys, data collection, and research efforts to answer strategic and tactical questions on graduate education at UW. Oversight of the Graduate School's data resources and collaboration with the UW Enterprise Data Warehouse including data acquisition, ETL, staging, server management, development of Tableau dashboards and other visualizations, cube design, and long term data storage.
Management of The Graduate School's computing staff and other resources
Directs a lean team of developers, data, reporting and infrastructure staff that is constantly looking for ways to process improve. The team manages the hardware and software infrastructure to support the activities above as well as the computing desktops, user support and training for faculty/staff within the School.
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION The ability to express oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc.
INTERPERSONAL AWARENESS Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results.
VALUING DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVENESS Respects, values and contributes to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
PEOPLE BUILDER Committed to developing others to become leaders.
DRIVING RESULTS Ability to effectively communicate objectives and guide direct reports and team members to make decisions and achieve goals
ORGANIZATIONAL PLANNING Ability to develop and manage comprehensive team goals and measure team progress while balancing short-term and long-term priorities that are consistent with the organization’s mission, priorities and goals.
MANAGING CONFLICT Recognizes and addresses conflicts and disagreements in a safe and respectful environment, manages conflicts collaboratively, and builds consensus with the best interests of the organization in mind.
ORGANIZATIONAL ACUMEN Ability to size up a situation, balance reason and the interest of others, and act in a decisive, timely and appropriate manner that is congruent with the organization’s values, goals and mission to achieve success.
Bachelor's degree and seven years’ experience in developing and managing enterprise computing systems including management of multiple concurrent projects and supervision of project teams.
Experience in database design and management, networking, business process analysis, application program design and development, systems acquisition and management, data warehousing, and management of user support.
Excellent written and oral presentation skills and interaction ability.
Experience in managing budgets and promise in development of funding proposals
Experience supervising/managing and developing technical staff.
Demonstrated skill in strategic planning, project management, team management, coordination and collaboration.
Demonstrated ability with consulting, advising and partnering with professional peers.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Master's degree in related field.
Ten years’ experience managing complex enterprise application systems, infrastructure and/or data reporting.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
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