Director of Analytics
Columbia University, School of Professional Studies
United States

Requisition no: 500208
Work type: Full Time
Location: Morningside
School/Department: School of Professional Studies
Grade: Grade 14
Categories: Administrative Support, Finance/Accounting, Information Technology, Other

Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Finance, Budget Planning, and Strategy and working collaboratively with other members of the School the director leads the development and school-wide adoption of a data governance policy and system alignment. The director will oversee the members of the analytics team and will have dotted line oversight of the Systems Integration Manager to ensure the ongoing development of a holistic digital ecosystem that enables real-time reporting, ensure data is captured and shared with the central university systems of record. The incumbent will be responsible for leading school-wide adoption of Student Information Systems. He/she will also be responsible for identifying what systems align with unit needs and complement the ongoing development of the school-wide digital ecosystem.

Working in collaboration with the Executive Director of Analytics the incumbent will direct data governance efforts at the School of Professional Studies to ensure there is consistency of reporting, monitoring, and evaluation our efforts that are in line with our central administrative systems, Student Information Systems and Finance, and Administration. The incumbent will be responsible for developing and implementing school-wide data governance policy while serving as the liaison with stakeholders and the Executive Director of Analytics. The incumbent will be responsible for supervising the members of the analytics team and coordinating with the Finance and Administration Unit to ensure there are coordination and alignment with goals and our systems. The Director develops and maintains productive partnerships with program directors, administrative department heads, faculty, central University leadership, and external partners.



Provide strategic planning, policy development and implementation, and potential business process modification and implementation to support key School needs and goals
Manage high-level target setting process for drivers and results tied to critical metrics of value creation (revenue, cash flow, expenses, etc.) and work with Finance to incorporate into budgeting and budget management processes
Provide support to school-wide strategic decisions
Establish key performance metrics and incorporate into budgeting and day-to-day operations.
Manage the School's strategic planning efforts in conjunction with the School's senior management team
Ensure systems align in order for there to be effective and nimble reporting


Develop, implement, and direct data governance strategies and policies at the school that complements unit needs
Lead the development of new financial and program data resources, improve the consistency of finance and program data across units of the School in concert with the Executive Director of Analytics and the Executive Director of Strategic Planning
Spearhead outreach efforts to identify and supply financial and program data analysis needed by decision-makers in the programs and administrative departments in coordination with the Executive Director of Analytics and Strategy
Direct efforts to ensure school-wide adoption of SIS, including access management, training, alignment with current systems and reporting platforms.
Prepare and deliver high-level reports to key audiences to facilitate decision-making
Oversee and manage the day to day operations of the analytic team
Business process assessment and improvement

Lead and execute business process assessment, recommend modifications, and direct the implementation in partnership with the Associate Dean, in order to support key School needs and goals including:
managing data collection to quantify people, process, and technology costs
performing quantitative and qualitative analyses to define and support recommendations to senior leadership

preparing reports and analyses to present current processes and alternatives

guiding the development of decision frameworks, business options, and business plans

developing fact-based plans to align the academic program and/or functional unit strategy with school priorities and overall strategy

Lead project management initiatives to realize the improvement if necessary
Performs other duties and special projects as assigned or requested

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree
5-7 years of related experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

Management consulting experience coupled with a proven consultative approach to solving business problems and addressing new opportunities highly desirable.
Experience and in-depth knowledge of SIS and SQL.
Experience working in higher education.

Other Requirements

Demonstrated leadership experience in financial planning and/or analytics
Extensive experience with database development/integration, analysis, and reporting
Must have the initiative and ability to start and complete projects with minimum direction as well as the ability to work as part of a team.
Stellar analytical and strategic thinking skills with an ability to assess different scenarios and to develop useful management financial and program performance reports
Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and work under deadlines required.
Consultative skill-set with proven experience in client service.
Strong project management, writing and editing, analytical, and interpersonal communication skills required
Demonstrated organizational and supervisory experience essential

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

Applications open: May 29 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Aug 30 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

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