The position is responsible for the applications portfolio that supports the academic and business functions of the university, whether the applications are internally developed or purchased/licensed. The incumbent leads the development of the strategic applications architecture and evaluates every proposed solution against that architecture. The position is also responsible for the systems development life cycle of the portfolio, identifying and implementing development tools and methodologies, gaining support for proposals from diverse customers, preparing capital plans with financial justification, and negotiating software contracts with suppliers.
Manage the portfolio of the university’s application systems through the systems development lifecycle. Classify each application at its lifecycle stage, and act as overall project manager for subsidiary project plans.
Maintain the five (5) year roadmap for each application in the portfolio. Plan upgrades and replacements to allow appropriate project planning time, communicate future needs for major financial investments, and deter obsolescence. Ensure the portfolio’s consistency with the University’s strategic plan and adherence to the applications architecture.
Using the IT governance framework and a consultative approach, lead the generation of ideas for new applications or added functionality. Pursue business process re-engineering opportunities.
Ensure that the systems development lifecycle adheres to current standards for information security. Working with internal and external information security teams, follow industry standard testing processes. Identify and schedule appropriate security training for the applications staff.
Develop financial metrics (budget, ROI, payback, etc.) and expected benefits for portfolio projects. Incorporate these measures into the governance process.
Work with suppliers to negotiate mutually beneficial software contracts. Leverage resources such as Gartner to verify that contracts contain customer-friendly terms, and that the university maintains flexibility within contracts.
Ensure that all licensing, maintenance, SSL certificates, domain names, etc. are current for the portfolio.
Conduct annual access reviews for all systems in the portfolio, documenting the process and results. Include security personnel in annual reviews for applications with local administrators (non-IT administrators) to include security process reviews, e.g., data classification, handling, retention.
Maintain appropriate benchmark metrics with Educause, Gartner, or other applicable industry source(s) and trend metrics over time. Produce an annual report that includes annual goals vs. accomplishments, progress against the five (5) year roadmap, benchmark and other relevant data.
Maintain the Applications team web portal.
Provide end user training for applications.
Maintain knowledge of current technologies. Understand the basic operations of university functional areas to be able to identify potential opportunities.
Train and develop staff. Jointly with each employee, develop annual goals and professional development plans. Measure progress quarterly, and include with annual performance reviews.
Communicate, and enforce departmental and university policies and procedures.
B.S. or graduate degree in information systems, computer science, or business administration; MBA preferred.
Management experience with at least five (5) of the following: strategic planning, multi-year capital projects, supplier negotiations, contract terms, software as a service (SaaS), cloud computing, outsourcing.
Technology experience with systems development lifecycles, software selection, internal application development. Technology experience with Unit4 Business World On, Oracle, MS SQL, Microsoft development tools, data warehousing, business intelligence, and mobile apps preferred.
Demonstrated technical leadership. Technical leadership can be demonstrated through implementing innovative ideas, significantly improving business processes, or introducing a new product.
Demonstrated consensus-building or networking abilities.
Self starter and innovative thinker with the ability to deal with competing demands.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Proven project management expertise. PMI or related certifications desirable.
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