Sr Director of Data Architecture and Strategy

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 29 Feb 2024


Off-Campus: Scottsdale

Sr Dir Info Technology Svc

Job Description

EdPlus at ASU  is a dynamic unit of Arizona State University focused on the design and scalable delivery of digital teaching and learning models to increase student success and reduce barriers to achievement in higher education. We advance the economic, social, cultural, and overall health of the local, national, and international communities served by ASU. Want to know more about working at EdPlus? Click here!

We’re seeking a Sr. Director of Data Architecture and Strategy to oversee the strategic direction and coordination of data assets across EdPlus and the university broadly to enhance and optimize the flow and use of data. This role includes prioritizing data structure, processes, responsible data practices, and adhering to the ASU Charter. In collaboration with other leadership in Action Lab, another core responsibility encompasses cultivating innovation,
inclusivity, and continuous learning to keep EdPlus’s data capabilities cutting-edge.

The role requires leadership and collaborative skills to influence across collectives within and outside of EdPlus. A successful candidate will: (1) evangelize best practices in data management, structure, and flow; (2) determine how to best leverage relevant existing and emerging technologies; and (3) promote better understanding and utilization of data, analytics, and business intelligence through responsible data governance.

Essential Duties
The ideal candidate for this role is an experienced data practitioner who will lead this team strategically, operationally, and collaboratively. Strategically, by helping to vet and design the best ways for the Action Lab to ingest and manage data in our ecosystem. Operationally, by working with the team and support partners to make sure our day-to-day data pipelines/structures are performant. And collaboratively, by enabling the Action Lab team and other data partners to continue to grow in the same direction. See below for a descriptive list of
essential duties.

Develop Data Strategy and Governance: Formulate and execute a comprehensive data strategy and governance framework aimed at cultivating deep data expertise within EdPlus.

Stakeholder Collaboration: Collaborate effectively with stakeholders, leadership, and cross-functional teams to define both short-term and long-term roadmaps for strategic initiatives inside EdPlus and across the University at-large.

Personnel Leadership: Co-develop personnel management activities, including recruitment, training, and performance evaluations with Action Lab leadership. Provide strong leadership and mentorship to the team.
Program and Project Oversight: Direct, manage, and oversee the orchestration, development, ingestion, and coordination of data flows required to ensure successful review, research, and implementation of EdPlus ideas.

Technology Management: Lead the management of data and analytics technologies at EdPlus, encompassing data ingestion, integration, data lake management, reporting, visualization, and intelligence tools.

Data Infrastructure Optimization: Ensure that the infrastructure, processes, models, and algorithms are optimized for data integrity, performance, security, and governance. Foster cutting-edge and coherent ways of storing, leveraging, and sharing data insights in a multi-cloud environment.

Vision Execution: Establish and execute a vision for delivering information and analytics platforms and solutions to meet the needs of EdPlus stakeholders and partners. 

Data Governance and Privacy Advancement: Advance EdPlus and ASU's data governance and privacy program, working closely with Enterprise Technology (another university unit) and data stewards to uphold ethical data practices, mitigate biases, and ensure responsible data usage.

Adaptability and Innovation: Continuously explore and experiment with innovative data technologies to identify opportunities for automation, data synthesis, and advanced analytics, fostering a culture of innovation and transparency (e.g., modern data stacks and cloud agnostic approaches, when appropriate). 

Data-Driven Decision Support: Enable data-driven decision-making by collecting and reporting information to measure operational performance and strategic outcomes through reports, dashboards, and data enrichment. Being comfortable with competing deadlines and leading through uncertainty is required as no two projects are the same in our unit.

Strategic Roadmap Development: Collaborate with the Executive Director of Action Lab, other leadership, and other stakeholders to co-develop strategic roadmaps that optimize the efficiency and efficacy of data assets serving EdPlus’s mission and ASU's charter. 

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of data enrichment, business analysis, data analytics, project management, and data quality assurance.
  • Knowledge of change management practices and techniques needed for large, complex projects such as strategic planning practices and establishing priorities.
  • Knowledge of data analytics structure, methodologies, and practices at large universities or companies.
  • Skill in forecasting, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • Skill in critical evaluation of produced reports.
  • Experience leading and maturing a team of data practitioners by providing strategic guidance, supporting ongoing professional development, and fostering a thriving work environment.
  • Skill in program design and development through data orchestration and analytics.
  • Evidence of effective communication, both verbal and written.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

Desired Qualifications

  • Conversant and experienced with business intelligence tools (Tableau, Alteryx, Control-M, PowerBI, Collibra, etc.).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cloud data technologies (AWS Redshift, AWS S3, Azure SQL, GCP, etc.).
  • Aptitude for learning and leveraging new data and emergent technologies.
  • Experience in leading organizational improvement, creating technical and process efficiencies, appropriate governance, and quality assurance within a multi-layered business intelligence ecosystem.
  • Experience with one or more enterprise business intelligence tools such as Tableau, PowerBI, or Alteryx.
  • Experience with one or more cloud data platforms (AWS, Azure, GCP), specifically with database or data warehouse applications. 
  • Experience in ETL, data migration, and cleaning processes to ensure data integrity and fidelity.
  • Experience in identifying and shepherding institutional culture, process, and technical change.
  • Experience leading large and diverse data-focused teams.

ASU offers a total compensation package that includes valuable employee benefits. Click


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  •  Healthcare
  •  Financial Security
  •  Retirement
  •  Family Resources
  •  Tuition Reduction (Eligible ASU Employee, their dependents and spouse.)
  •  Discounts

Job Family

Information Technology

Department Name

EdPlus Action Lab



Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$145,000 - $242,000 per year; DOE

Close Date


Essential Duties

Please see above. 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a related field AND ten (10) years of related experience which includes five (5) years of management/supervisory experience; OR, any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

Please see above. 

Working Environment

EdPlus at ASU is located at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. The center houses a diverse business community that links technology, research, education, and entrepreneurship to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders in the knowledge economy.

Activities are primarily performed in a regular, climate-controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting or standing. Daily use of desktop or laptop computer is required. Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential duties. Regular review of completed tasks.

EdPlus at ASU supports flexible work options, ranging from alternate work schedules to hybrid remote work schedules, subject to approvals per ASU policy.

Department Statement

EdPlus defines itself through a culture of curiosity, risk-taking and refusing to accept the status quo. As a central enterprise unit for ASU focused on the design and scalable delivery of digital teaching and learning models to increase student success and reduce barriers to achievement in higher education, our commitments support the university charter. ASU is a national service university and aspires to accelerate positive social outcomes through the seamless integration of cutting-edge technological innovation and scalability.
EdPlus employees are valued, respected, and encouraged to be their unique selves. We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in everything we do. We know that our ability to deliver high-quality services and educational experiences is strengthened by the diversity of our employees. Our innovative culture drives outcomes through serving learners, achieving milestones, striving for excellence, solving problems, feeling a sense of urgency, and being bold.

EdPlus at ASU

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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume and cover letter should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

Applicant must be eligible to work in the United States; EdPlus at ASU will not be a sponsor for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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