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Deputy Chief Data Officer

University of Colorado Boulder

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Deputy Chief Data Officer

Requisition Number: 41909
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: University Staff
Schedule: Full Time
Posting Close Date: 22-Aug-2022
Date Posted: 15-Aug-2022

Job Summary The Office of Data Analytics (ODA) encourages applications for a Deputy Chief Data Officer! ODA includes top-notch institutional research, data science, measurement, software engineering, and assessment teams. We collaborate widely within the institution.
The Deputy CDO is a key member of CU Boulder's Data Analytics Leadership Team. This person will work directly with the Chief Data Officer (CDO) and ODA leadership on initiatives that span multiple working groups within ODA and/or include multiple campus partners.
Some of these efforts include:
  • Improving our project management efforts to ensure that projects are properly and expectations are properly scope
  • Collaboration with campus communicators to enhance ODA's website
  • Developing and implementing a “service roadmap” to define scope and timelines of what we do
  • Creating a “front door” for ODA data requests and discussing those processes with campus leaders
  • Coordinating data literacy and training tools to enable a “distributed access, distributed accountability” governance model
  • Creating feedback loops to scale knowledge and learn from previous efforts
  • Leading the effort to enhance our technology stack for improved performance and collaboration
  • Enhancing our organizational stability with policies, processes, and documentation

The Deputy CDO needs both technical expertise and emotional intelligence to manage the continuing cultural and operational changes as processes and tools are introduced, improved, and integrated.
We're looking for someone who is a creative, independent leader with phenomenal organizational skills and a proven ability to assemble the people and resources necessary to convert strategic goals into project successes. This person will focus heavily on organizational alignment and change management, but should also be excellent at building relationships and scanning the environment in order to anticipate future needs.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are The Office of Data Analytics (ODA) houses the Assessment, Insights, and Measurement (AIM), Data Science, Institutional Research (IR), and Faculty Information System (FIS) groups. ODA’s mission is to foster an understanding of institutional knowledge. This is done by redefining data into practical intelligence to aid decision-making processes throughout the university. Some offerings include department- and campus-level surveys, faculty course questionnaires, and data collection, analysis, and visualization.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be Execution of Strategic Projects:
  • In partnership with the CDO, develop a roadmap for strategic projects;
  • Coordinate internal resources and work with project coordinators to build out timelines, communications plan, work and retrospectives;
  • Work with organization to define and streamline processes through the refinement of roles and procedures, the proper use and implementation of technology, and analysis of the organizational structure and workflow;
  • Ensure that policies, procedures, systems are aligned with standard processes in data governance and security;
  • Anticipate and lead change with understanding, perspectives, and tools to make change flawless and effortless;
  • Establish goals, objectives, policies, procedures and action plans that are consistent with the university’s strategic imperatives.
Communication, Collaboration:
  • Be a key campus connector and environmental scanner to help the Office of Data Analytics prioritize key efforts;
  • Help collect and aggregate opportunities for greater partnerships, efficiencies, or technical innovations;
  • Communicate results and follow-up with partners to solicit feedback;
  • Strengthen collaborations and relationships across the university to better serve the mission and communicate ODA policies and procedures.
Administration, Participation, and Campus Engagement:
  • Be an active member of the ODA staff and campus community;
  • Participate in staff meetings and training sessions;
  • Represent ODA on selected campus-wide standing and ad-hoc committees.

What You Should Know
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
  • This position is in a hybrid work situation.

What We Can Offer
  • Annual Salary Range is: $120,000 - $150,000.

Benefits The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements Be collaborative. Be visionary. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • Master’s degree or higher with background and/or experience using quantitative skills and research methods (e.g., statistics, psychology, sociology, mathematics, computer science. economics, etc.) to answer important business question;
  • Demonstrated experience working with quantitative data to solve business problems or answer research questions;
  • Demonstrated ability to convert strategic goals into tactical project, building support and coalitions around data use in higher education;
  • Experience coordinating sophisticated projects in a large, de-centralized organization;
  • Experience working with technologists, developers, analysts, and data scientist;
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.

What You Will Need
  • Entrepreneurial: This is a position that demands vision, collaboration skills, and an entrepreneurial demeanor.
  • Connective: This position demands an individual who can make personal and professional connections and help build campus-wide trust in a centralized analytics organization.
  • Collaborative: This position requires the ability to connect with disparate partners, sometimes with unclear or competing goals, to find a way to solve sophisticated business problem.
  • Team-focused: Focus on building a strong team and making sure they are supported and challenge.
  • Passion about solving sophisticated problems.
  • Effective implementer: Superb listening and influencing skills with experience advancing ideas from plan to results using processes that ensure input and feedback from campus constituents; able to cultivate trust and credibility with colleagues in a highly complex environment.
  • Well organized: Able to ensure work is completed on time with excellent products and anticipate implementation or workload issues related to emerging developments. Ability to prioritize work and handle multiple projects and internal customers.
  • Persuasive: Excellent writing and communication skill.

What We Would Like You To Have
  • Ph.D. in statistics, psychology, applied math, sociology, mathematics, computer science, decision science, education policy, economics, or a similar field;
  • Interest in or experience advancing the missions of public higher education;
  • Intellectual curiosity and a capacity to learn new organizational, technical, or analytic skills;
  • Experience working with agile project management tools, specifically the Atlassian Suite (Jira, Jira Service Desk, Confluence);
  • Knowledge or experience working with data scientists, BI developers, analysts, or software developers;
  • Knowledge of or experience with data governance, data security, or data life cycle processes;
  • Experience working with statistical programming or data science languages (e.g. SAS, STATA, SPSS, R, Python, Julia);
  • Ability to know the latest on topics in higher education, data analytics, and public policy to advise on external challenges or opportunities.

Special Instructions To apply, please submit the following materials:
1. A current resume.
2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by August 22, 2022, for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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