Data Architect

Posted on12/18/2017
Job typeFull-time
Reports toChief Technology Officer
Reports in officeLibrary and Technology Services
Application due dateJanuary 12, 2018
Job start dateNegotiable
Other Location18015
InstitutionLehigh University
Institution descriptionLehigh is a premier private residential research university. Most of our students—undergraduate and graduate—live on campus, allowing research and discovery to happen almost anywhere. We are ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year, and our four colleges have earned a reputation for their entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Today, more than 77,000 alumni from around the world have earned a Lehigh diploma, and nearly 95% of last year’s graduates have gone on to find career-related opportunities just six months after leaving campus.

Located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Lehigh Valley, the campus is in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia and is right in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic corridor. The Lehigh Valley region is home to about 820,000 people, giving our students and the campus community plenty to do. Our campus is on South Mountain in Bethlehem and actually consists of three contiguous areas: The Asa Packer Campus (home to most of our academic and residential buildings), Mountaintop Campus and the Murray H. Goodman Campus (where many of the athletic facilities are located).
Job dutiesThe Data Architect creates, modifies and installs applications in support of the University's Strategic Reporting and Analytics endeavor. The successful candidate will determine the data requirements of a diverse client base and implement solutions as appropriate. The Data Architect will research, design and execute solutions to address problems and inefficiencies. The Data Architect will also develop and recommend state of the art structured and unstructured database solutions for the campus. The Data Architect will work with Lehigh's software and application teams to recommend database structures based on the data storage and retrieval needs throughout the campus. The Architect works with other Enterprise Systems staff, Security Officers and Business Intelligence team to monitor our various databases addressing database issues, problems, and recommendations for enhancements. They will also provide a clear overview of the institution’s data and ensure the University can consolidate multiple data sources to leverage all available data to make strategic decisions.

Identifies, inventories, understands and ensures the integrity of the University's key source data assets
Participates as an ex-officio member of the Data Governance Executive Committee and the Data Standards Committee and also participates on the Information Systems Steering Committee
Collaborates with subject matter experts, database administrators, data stewards and others to understand industry requirements and outlines high level integrated designs to meet these requirements
Provides a standard common business vocabulary and data dictionary
Analyzes database implementation methods to ensure alignment with University policies and any external regulations that may apply
Assesses the impact of and test proposed changes to the University's source database applications or systems
Creates and enforces data integration standards with the assistance of the Data Governance Committees
Partners with Library and Technology Services colleagues and other University stakeholders to ensure all data/data sources needed for organizational reporting are defined and incorporated into the appropriate data mart
Designs, implements and manages architectural solutions for the University's Analytics and Reporting needs
Works with the Vice Provost of Institutional Research and Strategic Analytics and associated team to define the strategic data requirements
Works with the Library and Technology Services Security team to define the security requirements of the University's Analytics solution to ensure that data is treated as a protected asset and adheres to current policies
Identifies, evaluates and recommends best in class hardware and/or software reporting solutions to achieve Lehigh's desired Strategic Reporting and Analytics goals
Provides insight into the changing database storage and utilization requirements for the University and offers suggestions for solutions
Plans and installs upgrades of database management system software to enhance database performance and maintain current security standards
Monitors and reports system resource consumption trends to assure production systems meet availability requirements
Defines, builds, tests and maintains the reporting software infrastructure including design, publication, and communication of data structures
Develops database architectural strategies at the modeling, design and implementation stages to address University requirements
Works in partnership with management and staff as necessary, to ensure the accurate collection, analysis, and distribution of historical and predictive customer data
Maintains the integrity and security of the University's data repository
Designs database structures to support established business requirements, ensuring system stability, security, performance and reliability
Documents and communicates database schemes, using accepted notations to provide a clear overview of the information architecture
Creates and manages data models for applications, metadata tables, views and related database structures
Develops data quality metrics that identify gaps and ensures compliance with standards across the enterprise.
Provides system and functional specific knowledge transfer to University staff
Provides leadership in establishing analytic environments required for structured, semi-structured and unstructured data
Maintains technical proficiency via training and/or self-directed efforts
Maintains competence through training, research, user groups, conference, and workshops
Researches current industry trends
Contributes to the Library and Technology Services organization, Lehigh University, higher education and other communities by participating in service activities and providing education and training on topics related to Enterprise Systems
Collaborates with other Library and Technology Services members to problem solve, identify opportunities for improvement, and to share knowledge and information
Serves on Library and Technology Services and University committees
Participates in Library and Technology Services and University events and activities that benefit the team and the organization’s knowledge, skills and morale
Writes and presents papers, presentations, and workshops/seminars at professional conferences and to the University community
Produces supporting materials for events such as written documentation, online tutorial videos and podcasts
Participates in professional activities that contributes to the individual and team's knowledge and skills
Provides individualized training as needed
QualificationsBachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field required; advanced degree in Applied Mathematics, Business Analytics, Statistics, Machine Learning, Computer Science or a related field is a plus
Five to eight years related work experience
Solid experience with Data Warehouse and BI systems; extensive experience for collecting business requirements from customers, and transforming the requirements into DB data processes and data schema
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Solid writing ability and organizational skills
Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, county and national criminal background checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance. Based upon the requirements of the position Lehigh may also request credit history reports, motor vehicle checks and professional license/certification verification
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsLehigh University offers an outstanding package of employee benefits.
Application procedureTo learn more and to apply please visit our website.