Colgate University — Director for Enterprise Applications and Data Systems

Colgate University

Director for Enterprise Applications and Data Systems

Requisition Number: 2022S033Posting
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Dean of the Faculty
Department: Information Technology Services – Services and Shared Infrastructure

Department Statement:
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 initiatives.

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
these initiatives.

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.
Accountabilities 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 stakeholders.
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 product.
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 sustained performance.
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 allocation.
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 objectives.
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 database administration.
  • Some familiarity with programming and scripting, cybersecurity, security, unified communications, storage solutions, web development, operating systems.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in Budget management.
  • Five or more years in a project leadership, supervisory, or management role.
  • Proven ability to effectively lead a group and mentor others.
  • Ability to effectively lead large projects and run large meetings.
  • Proven excellence in client contact and strong communication skills.
  • 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 University community.

Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or a related degree preferred, or equivalent additional professional experience in essential duties and responsibilities.

Other Information
Colgate is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.

We strive to be an inclusive community — one that embraces and values diversity (in the broadest sense possible) in an environment of mutual respect, communication, and engagement. A variety of cultures and perspectives enriches the quality of campus life, and the opportunity to share different views and experiences is at the core of Colgate’s educational enterprise.

These differences can include but are not limited to: race; ethnicity; gender and gender expression; sexual orientation; socioeconomic status; geographic background; national origin; culture; age; mental, cognitive, and physical abilities; religious beliefs; and political beliefs.

As a result, we ask all candidates seeking consideration for the Director for Enterprise Applications and Data Systems position to submit a diversity statement with their application materials.

You can upload the statement under the Diversity Statement document heading. For information on how to write a diversity statement, see our Guidance on Crafting Diversity Statements.

A diversity statement may be any length (e.g. a short paragraph, a page) explaining your experiences, contributions, and/or commitments related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Examples of topics you may discuss include (but are not limited to): 1) how your experiences or competencies might serve to advance the university’s commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive campus, 2) your experiences working with diverse populations, or 3) how you will contribute to the university’s strategic initiatives in this area (see Colgate’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan). For information on how to write a diversity statement, see our Guidance on Crafting Diversity Statements.

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