The Director of Business Applications for University Relations plays a key role in various decision-making capacities related to the business technology vision and management of the division for the use and access of both internal and external constituents. The director is responsible for ensuring the smooth and effective running of the technology infrastructure and allied facilities.
The director leads a team of professionals that provide support services, web services, reporting services, technical implementation, technical training, business process analysis, and business process reengineering for the division. The director acts as a mentor and coach for business applications staff, providing internal training, guidance, and leadership to help the staff grow as individuals. When appropriate, the director provides technical guidance to technical staff supervised by other division leaders.
The director’s role is a participative one, able to perform the essential duties of all staff members in order to level out resource constraints during the peaks and valleys of delivery expectations. The primary systems supported by business applications include the constituent database (currently Ellucian Advance), the on-line giving site, the gift processing system (used to manage gift entry, account agreements, and gift agreements), and outward-facing websites (such as the Donor Relations, Board Management, Celebration of Scholarships, etc.).
The director acts in a consultative role with division leaders to help them improve processes, select technical solutions, and actively leverage existing tools, systems, and data already available to them. The director serves as a liaison to the division of IT for technical matters related to the implementation of technical applications used in the day-to-day business operations within various departments.
The director works with senior leadership to deliver strategic business solutions for the division. The director must communicate effectively and efficiently across all layers of the division. The director provides technical, workflow, and process guidance to other areas of the division as desired to improve overall business continuity, effective communication, and efficient operations.
The director is responsible for leading the effort to plan, organize, and maintain technical systems for the division and develops procedures and best practices to ensure the integrity and security of all information systems. The director oversees the business applications staff to ensure projects meet the needs of division users in a timely and budget-conscious fashion.
The director is also responsible for researching, developing and implementing new constituent management database/software projects and tools geared toward upgrading the current systems and those being considered for the future.
Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field required.
A minimum of seven years of experience in enterprise systems environment required, including at least three years in development of SQL programs. Experience must also include at least 4 years of supervising technical staff.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Required technical knowledge includes: Programming languages: PL/SQL or T-SQL, .Net Database: MS SQL Server
Background in process review or business process reengineering. Ability to perform multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines. Excellent communication skills required when relating to various levels of users and vendors. Organizational skills and attention to detail necessary.
About University of Maryland College Park
The University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship campus of the State of Maryland and one of the nation’s premier public research universities. Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland is strategically located 9 miles from the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., and 30 miles from Baltimore. It is one of 63 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The university has 73 programs ranked in the top 25 nationally and attracts over a half-billion dollars annually in sponsored research grants and contracts. Our diverse community includes almost 27,000 undergraduates, almost 11,000 graduate students and more than 10,000 faculty and staff members.The Division of University Relations inspires excellence and achievement. We are a leader in illuminating the University of Maryland as a world-class institution with global impact. Our mission is to advance the goals of the University by increasing resources and support, enhancing awareness and affinity, and strengthening and developing relationships with the Maryland family and the greater community. Our core values are excellence, communication, and collaboration.