| The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. |
Capital Planning & Development ("CPD") is forming a new organization Capital & Space Management (CSM) to integrate management of its capital resources, its physical assets, and its space information through a unifying strategic portfolio management approach branded as the One Capital Plan. In this mission-critical organization, the Executive Director works across schools, colleges and campuses with executive stakeholders, academic and administration leadership, and within CPD to develop this approach to assess, position, leverage, and allocate capital resources including physical space.
We have an outstanding opportunity for a Director, Business Applications.
Under the general direction of the Executive Director for CSM, the Business Applications Director directs CPD's shift to strategic information and applications management practices to enable business practices to be more agile, transparent, and successful. The position manages CPD's enterprise applications and information management portfolio, including spatial/geographical, project, and financial information systems. It is also charged with the development of a modern capital resource information management practice, including a data stewardship practice to organize, manage, and make actionable critical information about the University's built environment and the change projects that transform the environment.
This position works across campus(s), department and functional lines and at senior levels of the University, developing strong relationships with stakeholders and customers, reconciling requirements for enterprise applications and information, building consensus on a roadmap, and executing based on well-articulated expectations in a visible manner.
The Business Applications Director will be instrumental in facilitating decision making, understanding and articulating investment trade-offs, developing and maintaining a visible, prioritized portfolio of work, standardizing applications management and SDLC practices, and driving execution of key improvements to technologies, workflows and information management in a highly complex organizational environment.
The Business Applications Director leads and mentors a newly formed team of project and portfolio managers, analysts, application development resources, and data stewards. The incumbent is accountable to catalyze the team and deliver enterprise application workflows that align with the needs of the business, as well as accurate qualitative and quantitative information, tools, and reports from multiple sources.
The responsibilities for this position are dynamic and challenging due to the UW's rapid growth, recent organizational changes, disparate data sources, and culture of consensus. To meet these challenges, this individual must aggressively identify, align and lead disconnected workflows and business processes in a matrixed environment (inside and outside of CPD), and develop strategies that address the University's needs through effective application and information management.
The successful candidate will be a creative, analytical problem solver who is equally comfortable leading discussions, forging new relationships and processes, building a team, recommending complex options, participating in the iterative process, and working on both near-term and long-term planning scenarios.
The scope of work for this position is wide-ranging and the Business Applications Director must navigate an extensive variety of work from a vast array of UW programs. The CSM organization plans and manages the capital resources for approximately 650 acres of land with over 20 million gross square feet of space across the UW Seattle campus, 130 acres of land with 700,000 gross square feet of space for UW Bothell, and 30 acres of land and 735,000 gross square feet of space for UW Tacoma, in addition to over three million gross square feet off-campus owned and leased space. The UW's biennial capital budget is typically $800M its current six-year capital plan targets spending approximately $2.4B for 40 proposed projects ranging from $2M to $200M.
-This position will lead a service function primarily accountable to the CSM Executive Director and the CSM team, and responsible for managing expectations with a broader stakeholder group including all of CPD, Facilities Services, central UW-IT, and other academic and administrative partners.
-Lead, motivate, develop and grow the newly formed Business Applications team, creating the structured environment to deliver technology solutions and information that support the One Capital Plan and its strategic goals and objectives.
-Develop and execute the technology roadmaps, services and processes, including business intelligence, space data visualization, data stewardship, business workflow applications, and infrastructure change projects.
-Identify, prioritize and facilitate the changes necessary for information management redesign and systems implementation.
-Identify need for key skill sets, working to build an appropriate balance of internal team skills based on technology roadmap needs.
-Augment internal team with vendors as required, sourcing and managing vendor relationships as needed.
-Work closely with partners to evolve a technology and information roadmap based on evolving and emergent needs, placing realistic expectations on the scope and delivery of the project services.
-Establish the selection, prioritization, balancing, and termination processes for technology initiatives to ensure alignment with CPD strategy.
-Optimize and standardize the information processes and workflows across all services for an effective implementation and post implementation operations.
-Develop expertise in CPD's commercial-off-the-shelf and custom applications stack (including PM Web and ArcGIS), and advocate for industry standard use of these tools as appropriate to CPD mission and goals.
-With the University partners, explore and develop cost effective process and technology solutions which deliver the desired results.
-Manage people, process and technology change required to enable application workflows to run more effectively.
-Work closely with University colleagues and analysts to ensure accuracy in translation of business requirements to process design and system configurations.
-Establish and maintain open lines of communication among affected teams, application team and end users.
| Bachelor's degree in business, information systems, or equivalent education and experience. |
10+ years of experience working with Enterprise Applications such as ArcGIS, PM Web, Workday, and Enterprise Document Management systems such as Oracle WebCenter, in a product management, program management, enterprise architecture, business architecture and/or business analysis role, and the ability to show increasing responsibility in these areas over time.
Demonstrated experience directly interacting with and/or leading IT Portfolio Governance practices.
Proven direct responsibility for liaising across multiple business functions such as Finance, IT, HR, Real Estate, etc. to develop and execute long term plans involving enterprise applications.
Excellent understanding and working experience with current software development lifecycle (SDLC) methodologies, and proven ability to implement and maintain effective and fit-for-purpose SDLC practices.
Good understanding of Finance/Accounting, HR, IT, and general operational business processes.
Experience in technology management focused on delivery to the business units
Experience leading business systems analyst and development teams
Proven experience in leading and driving projects from requirements to close-out.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Proven ability to work successfully with diverse audiences from a variety of backgrounds in a consensus based environment.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.