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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Location

Austin at our HQ with beautiful views of Lake Austin in a modern office

An Insider's view of Amherst

What are some social events your company does?

Amherst is always participating in exciting events. From Dell Match Play to SXSW, Amherst engages in a variety of local events. We also host smaller events for employees such as summer BBQ's and happy hours. Nothing tops our holiday party, a true family celebration!

Austen

Director of Talent Programs

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm most excited about our Budget Revision Project! We were tasked with the challenge of moving a tedious process into a more user and mobile friendly system. This will allow the field teams to submit budget revisions from MSR Properties and have one system to manage the majority of their work. This excitement is why I love being a part of the team

Gage

Business Analyst

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

“At Amherst, I am able to work collaboratively with peers who have had years of experience similar to mine. The technology is current and evolving as the company grows. Therefore, my skills stay current and always improve.”

Stan

Senior Systems Engineer

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

What are some things you learned at the company?

Within my first year, I have acquired solid enterprise-level knowledge in developing .NET applications by using Angular 4+, ASP.NET MVC, WPF, Entity Framework, and advanced SQL. We’re transitioning into ‘React’ apps that I'm excited about as it will add to my tech skills. I like that we have autonomy regarding the tech decisions in development

Ruchi

Software Engineer

What are Amherst Perks + Benefits

Amherst Benefits Overview

Competitive salaries
Choice of Mac or Windows hardware
Flexible vacation days, paid holidays, and work from home options
Medical, Dental, Vision, LTD, Life, EAP, and 401K with matching benefits
Stellar colleagues with proven track records

Culture
Volunteer in local 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
Acme Co. provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match 4% of contributions up to $5,000 of an employee's annual gross pay.
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
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

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.

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