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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Data Governance Program Manager in Sacramento, California


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Data Governance Program Manager


Information Technology Strategy & Governance

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The Data Governance Program Manager is responsible for leading the development, implementation and operation of enterprise-wide data governance processes related to data quality, data access, data architecture and data standards/definitions. This position provides both strategic leadership and tactical oversight with respect to implementing data governance strategies across the enterprise. This position enhances awareness and understanding of the uses of data at SMUD and helps drive our data-driven culture.

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Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience influencing matrixed stakeholders and leading matrixed employees

  • Experience working within the National Institute of Standards and Technology Risk Management Framework

  • Experience establishing governance structures for data warehousing and analytic data sets and models

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Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Relevant Bachelor’s degree desired.

Experience: Seven+ (7+) years of progressive leadership or project management experience, including experience developing strategic and operational enterprise-wide programs.

Knowledge of: Business and organizational acumen; deep understanding of electric utility operations and inter-workings, including both main business line operations such as generation, transmission, distribution, and customer service, as well as support services such as environmental services, finance, accounting, facilities management, and safety; strategic planning; best practice for understanding of data collection, management and analysis; common causes and resolutions for data quality issues, data security and privacy standards; data retention policies and practices; root cause analysis; project management techniques; change management resources and techniques.

Skill To: Superior communication skills to lead, influence, persuade and motivate; excellent interpersonal and coaching skills; direct and manage assigned operations effectively; develop, organize and implement programs/strategies designed to provide meaningful data across the organization; address complex issues and assimilate information rapidly; challenge assumptions and weigh consequences when making decisions; reconcile significant and/or controversial differences to bring interested parties to consensus; gathers data from appropriate sources and identify relevant factors; budget and allocate resources and materials effectively; apply applicable laws, codes, and regulations; hold self and staff (including matrixed resources) accountable for actions and results; provide knowledge transfer; explain procedures and/or activities; analyze procedures/systems and develop/implement operational improvements; generate viable alternatives to resolve data issues; identify organizational issues, concerns and needs and develop strategies for rectifying them; utilize logic and analysis to identify the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches; read and interpret system diagrams and specifications; schedule and prioritize own work assignments to meet expected timeframes; analyze business processes; effectively work independently or in a team; explain complex and/or controversial policies and regulations; lead/project manage medium to large sized projects, establish and maintain effective internal/external working relationships and work effectively in diverse teams; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; demonstrate honesty, integrity and respect for others; demonstrate initiative, willingness to be flexible, open to change, and results-oriented.

Position Type:

Regular - Full Time

Physical Requirements:

Applicants must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

The health and wellbeing of our employees and our community is our top priority. SMUD follows CDC guidance and adheres to all local, county and state orders. To this end, if you are scheduled to come on a SMUD campus, you will need to monitor your health (ensuring your temperature is below 100.4° and you’re free of COVID-19 symptoms), wear a face covering, and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Position Location:

Sacramento - S Street

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develops data governance vision, and builds, communicates, and operationalizes associated processes, including, but not limited to issue identification, prioritization, and tracking, metadata management, and report certification.

  • Evaluates and recommends standards, policies, processes and objectives for data governance across SMUD. Facilitates the implementation of changes required to bring data processes into compliance with enterprise data governance program policies and objectives.

  • Effectively partners with other business units-departments to promote data awareness in the corporate culture and to encourage and provide input into the development of enterprise data governance projects. Coordinates data initiatives that increase the probability of SMUDs strategic directives and business objectives being met.

  • Identifies data collection and management processes that present increased enterprise risk levels and inefficient execution of work and proposes alternatives and recommendations for solutions.

  • Works with business units to establish relevant and timely monitoring of critical data projects.

  • Effectively partners with Operational Business Units to ensure SMUD resources identified for data governance are prioritized appropriately.

  • Provides reporting and feedback on enterprise data governance efforts, proposed mitigations and implications that are presented to the Data Governance Council, executive and senior management teams. Coordinates with Information Technology to ensure that data management solutions have been properly implemented.

  • Develops industry contacts through networking to gain knowledge on data governance best practices.

  • Facilitates ongoing operation of the Data Governance Council and other data stewardship committees at SMUD.

  • Provides input to overall data architecture to minimize fragmentation of data.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Additional Posting Info for Candidate:

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) - Who We Are

As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, we're proud of our reputation as one of the best places to work in Sacramento. Our employees tell us in our engagement surveys they're "Happy, satisfied and engaged" which helps create a workplace that best serves our customers.

Sacramento was named as the 2nd happiest place to work in America by Forbes Magazine. Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and the world-renowned Napa Valley are within easy driving distance of our locations.

California Equal Pay Act

SMUD is committed to ensuring we're a workplace where diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), are part of who we are and how we do things. Supporting efforts that promote pay equality is part of that. Salary placement for the selected candidate will be determined in alignment with the California Equal Pay Act.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

SMUD respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles to deliver a culture that reflects the broader values of the community and our customers. Our Board's policy for Employee Relation sets our commitment to developing and maintaining a high quality, inclusive workplace that engages and inspires employees to commit to SMUD's purpose, vision and values.

Why Sacramento, California?

The capitol of California, Sacramento is the state's sixth-largest city, and the 35th largest in the U.S. Local universities include California State University, University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, and the University of California, Davis and several competitive community colleges. The UC Davis Medical Center, a world-renowned research hospital, is one of more than a dozen hospitals and shared services centers in the Sacramento region. Part of the agriculturally-rich Central Valley, Sacramento is at the forefront of the farm-to-fork food movement. Northern California is home to some of the country's top technology companies, including Google and LinkedIn, and a multitude of startups in many industries. Sacramento is home to the NBA Kings, the River Cats (AAA baseball), the Republic FC (soccer) and the San Francisco Giants, NBA Warriors and NFL 49er's aren't far away. Sacramento offers an affluent liberal arts community with Broadway, Mondavi Center, Crocker Museum and summer musical theater to name a few.

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