Chief Data Officer

University of Rochester
Aug 24, 2017
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Chief Data Officer

The University of Rochester (“Rochester”) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Chief Data Officer (“CDO”). Reporting to the Provost and working with the IT Executive Committee, the CDO is responsible for the University’s enterprise-wide data and information strategy, governance, control, policy development, and effective use. The CDO will devise and implement policies and practices for information protection and privacy, information governance, data quality and data life cycle management, and the use of data assets to create value. The CDO has primary responsibility for insuring that Rochester has the right data usable in the right ways to fulfill its mission.

The CDO will join the leadership team of the University of Rochester at a time of considerable achievement and opportunity. In 2016, the University completed its Meliora Challenge capital campaign, raising $1.373 billion against an original goal of $1.2 billion. New buildings and facilities have opened on campus including Wegmans Hall, home to the newly created Goergen Institute for Data Science, and the University has taken significant steps toward developing a regional healthcare system. Building on this progress, the University has now defined an ambitious Next Level initiative emphasizing programs in data science, humanities, imaging, neuroscience and neuromedicine, optics, photonics, and performing arts, and, more broadly, a revitalization of the greater Rochester community. The community in turn is poised to capitalize on these initiatives with new public commitments to invest in the university and the region, including $600 million for the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster and an additional $500 million as part of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

The CDO will be expected to pursue the following key objectives:

  • Create a common data culture with cross-institutional understanding of the meaning and use of key data elements;
  • Identify and engage key stakeholders in establishing data policies and practices;
  • Improve data integration by establishing standards across enterprise systems, expanding data warehousing, and reducing shadow systems;
  • Working closely with the Chief Information Security Officer, establish consistent criteria for appropriate access and security;
  • Enhance data-driven decision-making through expansion of self-service data queries with clearly defined data elements, making data accessible to department and divisional users; and
  • Identify business opportunities by increasing revenue or decreasing costs based on the information learned through data initiatives.

The CDO will collaborate with information technology leaders, data stewards, the chief privacy officer, the chief security officer, and the chief compliance officer for initiatives occurring across the university in eight key data domains—finance, human resources, student, research, faculty, clinical, facilities, and alumni and advancement. The focus areas of data governance will be: architecture/integration; privacy, compliance, and security; policy, standards, and strategy; data quality; data warehouse and business intelligence; and data management support.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be sent in confidence to:

The University of Rochester is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students.  All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.