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Director of Data Governance

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We are excited to announce the expansion of our Data Governance program. Get in on the ground floor of this new team at THECB! You will guide the way data is managed, utilized, and protected. If you're passionate about data, have a knack for ensuring its quality and security, and thrive in a dynamic and forward-thinking environment, we invite you to join us as the Director of Data Governance.

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Job Duties

The Data Governance Director leads and manages agency-wide data governance activities for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative. This position is responsible for improving quality, and managing the protection, of sensitive data and information assets. The position focuses on establishing and ensuring adherence to an enterprise-level data governance framework for data policies, standards, and practices to achieve the required level of consistency, quality, and protection to meet overall agency needs, including both agency-level and program-area data. Acting as the Data Management Officer for the agency, this position leads and manages data governance functions, policy recommendations and implementation, and Data Governance Council meetings and decision-making to drive the strategic direction of data management activities for the agency. This position reports directly to the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Data Management and works closely with the Deputy Assistant Commissioner-Research and Analysis, the Chief Privacy Officer, and Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative work groups. 

General Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Act as the Data Management Officer for the agency and serve as the agency’s representative on the statewide Data Management Advisory Committee.
•    Lead the development and direction of the THECB data governance framework, with a focus on increasing efficiency and ensuring the protection of sensitive data through clear organization behavior policies and standards, principles, governance metrics, processes, related tools, and data architecture.
•    Establish and govern a roadmap for data governance implementation, including strategic priorities in support of the agency’s Data Modernization Initiative and other agency programs. 
•    Lead and chair the Data Governance Council: responsible for facilitating meetings monthly, managing agenda creation, facilitating decision-making, leading data governance strategy, and executing escalation and appeals procedures.
•    Serve as a liaison between key division leaders and Texas Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative stakeholders (including TEA and TWC), and between data stewards and senior leadership.
•    Collaborate with Data Owners and Stewards to provide guidance and assistance in the development and maintenance of system architecture and data components.
•    Define indicators of performance and quality metrics, and ensure compliance with data-related policies, standards, roles and responsibilities, and adoption requirements.
•    Support the data sharing agreement process with internal and external stakeholders and coordinate with the teams responsible for processing and fulfilling data requests.
•    Continuously look for opportunities to streamline and improve agency services and data-related processes.
•    Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
•    Knowledge of Texas higher education system, including community college, university, and workforce-related institutions.
•    Knowledge of Federal and Texas standards, guidelines, and regulatory compliance requirements related to information security and industry best practices.
•    Knowledge of risk management and applicable data architecture and technology solutions.
•    Knowledge of customer service deliverables.
•    Knowledge of higher education policy. 
•    Skilled in process development, efficiency, and management, including leading and managing change.
•    Skilled in written and verbal communication. 
•    Skilled in gathering, assembling, correlating, and analyzing facts to devise solutions to problems.
•    Skilled in analytical thinking, interpersonal and leadership skills, and professional writing.
•    Skilled in using personal computers and Microsoft Office applications, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Teams, Zoom, project management software, and databases.
•    Skilled in developing presentations, reports, and other documents. 
•    Ability to communicate clearly with internal and external audiences, translating policies and procedures into plain language.
•    Ability to successfully coordinate across internal teams.
•    Ability to produce high-quality results with limited resources and efficiency.
•    Ability to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability toward changes in assignments and workload.
•    Ability to work under pressure, meet objectives, and successfully meet periodic, milestone, and final deadlines.
•    Ability to interpret guidelines, policies, procedures, rules, and statutes; exercise sound judgment and discretion when applying relevant policies and procedures.

Institution Description

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) provides leadership, guidance, expertise, and resources to improve the efficiency and quality of higher education in Texas. The THECB is responsible for the academic integrity of public colleges, universities, and health-related institutions serving almost 1.4 million students in Texas. The THECB provides oversight for Texas public and independent institutions of higher education to encourage and promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate education degree programs available for Texas students. 


Application Due Date: 2023-09-28
Job Start Date: 2023-10-02
Salary: $90000 - $110000
City: Austin Texas
State/Province/Region: TX
Institution: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Reports To: Director of Data Provisioning
Staff # Reporting to Position: 1
Reports In Office: Data Management and Research

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