Amherst
Amherst is a financial services and technology company that helps investors invest in US real estate
Austin, TX
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Director, Data Governance

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Amherst is revolutionizing the way U.S. real estate is priced, managed and financed in order to unlock opportunities for all market participants. Driven by data, analytics, and technology, Amherst has a 20-year history of anticipating where the next risks and opportunities are likely to emerge and designing actionable strategies for investors to capitalize on opportunities across residential real estate, commercial real estate and public securities. Amherst, along with its affiliates and subsidiaries, has more than 900 employees, $5 billion under management and approximately $15 billion under advisement and oversight. www.amherst.com.

We are seeking an experienced data and technology innovator to join our senior leadership team to modernize our data platform and help us maintain our industry-leading position in the real estate market for the years to come.

Responsibilities:
  • Provide strategic direction and planning for data governance initiatives.

  • Collaborate with business unit leaders and key stakeholders to advocate support for and partnership in the development and implementation of policies, standards, and the framework for data governance as well as identify and build a taxonomy of key data domains.

  • Create governance surrounding data management through education, engagement, and alignment with data stakeholders across business units.

  • Design, develop and maintain enterprise-wide data governance metrics to measure the effectiveness of the data governance program. Ensure that metrics include appropriate benchmarks to legal, regulatory, and industry standards. Continually evaluate the accuracy and effectiveness of the metrics.

  • Define roles and responsibilities related to data governance and ensure clear accountability for stewardship of the company's principal information assets.

  • Implement and maintain a data governance organizational structure and supporting governance solutions that promote better decision-making, operational efficiencies, data quality, and revenue growth.

  • Manage full lifecycle of data including data classification, data access and security, data risk management, and data valuation.

  • Serves as a business consultant on client business problems, identifies data needs and formulates data solutions, creates practical development roadmaps, and presents recommendations to stakeholders at all levels of the business.

  • Develops business case and ROI for implementing information governance enterprise wide. Author information governance guidelines, principles, policies, and standards for information / data stewards, stakeholders, and development teams.

  • Orchestrates audits of information governance capabilities through subject matter experts.

  • Prepares formal reports and presentations of findings and recommendations; presents findings to various levels of leadership.

  • Responsible for acquiring and applying advanced knowledge of various lines of the business, channels, and their applications and processes.

Qualifications:
  • Degree in computer science preferred, or relevant technical and data compliance experience

  • 8+ years’ experience in an IT field and data governance, or equivalent relevant work experience.

  • Prior management experience is preferred

  • Demonstrates leadership in executing IT plans successfully that enable technical or business capabilities and address technology or business priorities

  • Strong understanding of Regulatory demands, compliance, risk, and Agile/Lean leadership principles

  • Exhibits courage by taking smart risks and encouraging others to do so; empowers innovative approaches by motivating others to be proactive and resourceful

  • Has proven and demonstrated data governance knowledge and skills in one or more technologies or industries

  • Able to apply broad business and technology understanding of internal and external trends and capabilities, to ensure successful implementation of IT plans.

  • Able to communicate a compelling vision and need for change that generates excitement, enthusiasm, and commitment to the process

  • Demonstrates strategic and critical thinking capability

  • Interacts with others, internally and externally, in a way that gives them confidence in their intentions and those of the organization

  • Understands the business case for each deliverable undertaken and works with their manager and product owner to help ensure benefits are realized

  • Has strong planning, communication and presentation skills, and the capability to listen and influence

Our full-time employee benefits include:

  • A competitive compensation package, annual bonus, 401k match
  • Flexible PTO including 7 paid holidays, 1 floating holiday, and 1 volunteer day
  • Employer-paid benefits (medical, dental, vision, health savings account)
  • Professional career development and reimbursement
  • Up to 16 weeks paid maternity leave; up to 4 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Backup childcare offered through Bright Horizons
  • Relaxed casual environment with virtual office events

Amherst is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or veteran status, and encourage all applicants to apply.

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Where we are

Austin at our HQ with beautiful views of Lake Austin in a modern office as well as our second office in the top floor of the Frost Tower downtown

Technology we use

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What are Amherst Perks + Benefits

Amherst Benefits Overview

Competitive compensation + annual bonus
Generous & Flexible PTO, paid holidays, paid volunteer time off
Flexible work from home option
Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, Life, EAP,
401K with matching benefits
Employee Referral Program
16 weeks Maternity/4 weeks Paternity
Career Development/Advancement

Culture
Volunteer in local community
The Amherst Foundation supports numerous initiatives in areas where we live and work, with a targeted focus in education, social services, medical research, and the health and welfare of our community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Amherst has established the Amherst People Council focused on Engage, Grow and Give to promote employee engagement such as Affinity Groups, Career Growth and Mentorship and Philanthropy events.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Amherst provides unconscious bias training to all employees
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age or disabilities.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
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Performance Bonus
Amherst has a discretionary annual bonus program based on performance.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Amherst provides Backup child care assistance.
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Amherst also provides 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Amherst provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Amherst sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Amherst employees receive between 20 and 30 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 8 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Free Daily Meals
Full-time in-office employees receive a monthly meal stipend through local delivery
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Parking
Relocation Assistance
We offer relocation assistance depending on location and position.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Amherst provides a monthly stipend for remote employees.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Amherst offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Amherst hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Amherst. allows employes to set aside 50% of working hours for learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Competitive compensation and bonus program. Flexible PTO. Health, vision, dental and long term disability coverage. Paid maternity/paternity leave. Attractive office space. Training certification assistance. Monthly birthday celebrations. Casual work environment with regular team-building outings.

An Insider's view of Amherst

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Something worth bragging about is our newly opened office in the Frost Tower, featuring one of the best views of downtown Austin, cutting-edge IT equipment, a well-stocked employee lounge, and state-of-the art infrastructure to host clients and facilitate cross-divisional team collaboration.

Kate

Vice President, Capital Management

What projects are you most excited about?

One of the coolest projects I worked on was the automation and integration of the Concur, Yardi, and Workday systems. Before, employees followed a very time-consuming process for filing expense reports. Integrating these systems simplified the process and saved the Company time and money. It was great to share that news with my fellow team members.

Nick

Assistant Controller - Shared Services

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I have developed a robust knowledge of the single-family rental world and am part of the roundtable of leaders that continues to help the Company evolve through process improvement and execution. Having a voice that is heard and respected is what I always look for when maintaining a career with a company.

Lori

Vice President, Property Management

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

My team is expected to create new IP (Intellectual Property) through innovation in software, hardware, workflow process and data. Our goal is to build franchise value/shareholder value, solve difficult problems through creative solutions, and improve over-all efficiency that in turn makes life easier for all of Amherst

Todd

Chief Technology Officer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We use data to drive our innovations and decisions. As part of the modeling team, I study huge amounts of data, build models, and provide analysis and market signals. Our team never ceases to find ways to improve upon our work. That helps us produce market analyses that are months ahead of our competitors.

Thu

Staff Financial Data Scientist

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