Director of Information Systems

Calbright College - Remote - Full time

Director of Information Systems

Calbright College

Position Type: Full time

Requisition No: 21032

Category: Administration

Supervisor: Chief Technology Officer

Last Updated: December 2020

Job Purpose: Leads system development, automation, and data

Location: Remote, various locations throughout California

Position Overview

The Director of Information Systems leads the development of systems and solutions responsible for supporting student success and administrative operations at Calbright College, including the digital tools supporting the end-to-end student experience and the data and information systems tracking and reporting on core college operations.

Calbright College is committed to increase economic mobility and close equity gaps for working adults who lack easy access to traditional forms of higher education. We do this by offering online, flexible, affordable skills-based programs that provide tangible economic value for both working adults and hiring managers. In order to achieve this mission, we focus on building, measuring, and learning on multiple fronts on a regular basis: new models for student support and success, new program offerings, new models for outreach, and new models for post-graduation support. As a fully online institution, each of these efforts has a layer of digital technologies supporting students and staff.

Under the direction of the Chief Technology Officer, the Director of Information Systems plays a key role in leading a team tasked with architecting new systems and solutions for students and staff in order to support and connect these efforts. The Director oversees a number of technical contributors focused on areas including engineering, product management, and user experience design. The Director works closely with others on the technology team and with other departments to understand problems that need to be solved for both students and staff, and ensure that the team is positioned to deliver on needs that align with organizational priorities. The Information Systems team is responsible for developing both student-facing digital experiences and internal tools used to support and connect those experiences. The student experience consists of a sequence of steps required to complete a program, and a wide array of services and resources designed to support the student in accomplishing this. Today, this is done through websites for applicants and for students, marketing automations, integrations between our core systems (including Salesforce CRM, ERP/SIS, LMS) and select third-party tools (including Google Workspace / GSuite, Zoom, Calendly, Slack.)

The Director coordinates efforts and collaborates closely with a number of other leaders and teams including the Information Technology and Early Product Development groups within the Technology Team, the Instruction Team, the Success Team, the Welcome Services Team, and various cross-functional project teams tasked with initiatives detailed in Calbright’s enabling legislation.

As a part of the process of implementing new solutions, the Director of Information Systems is responsible for ensuring that systems are configured such that Calbright can meet applicable reporting requirements (i.e., system, state, federal) with a minimal amount of manual effort. Effectively structuring and managing the streams of data flowing in, out, and between systems is a critical part of this role.

Technology leadership roles at Calbright are hands-on, so we expect the Director to be both a team leader and also a direct contributor.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

The duties below are representative of the role and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed within the scope of work.

  • Manage a small team of technical professionals. Meet regularly, provide productive feedback, and support growth and development of each team member.
  • Set high expectations of team members and offer support as needed towards meeting those expectations.
  • Oversee the security and privacy of student data within and across systems.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams from across the organization in order to enable and support focused initiatives.
  • Lead engineering projects structured around an Agile development process
  • Translate validated prototypes and plans into operational systems, and implement a prioritized stream of iterative changes to these systems based on post-launch feedback.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned that support the objective of the position.
  • Master Data Management across systems.
  • Work with our SIS/ERP vendor to streamline data pipelines and processes for meeting mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Create an increasingly connected and cohesive system composed of a number of distinct underlying technologies, via system integration and automations.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to learn from experiences
  • Assure compliance with applicable District policies, procedures, and governmental regulations.
  • Present solutions to management level with confidence and effectiveness.
  • Train, supervise, mentor and evaluate personnel.
  • Oversee, review, and critique the work of others.
  • Ability to build and maintain software systems.
  • Ability to develop appropriate sets of automated tests to ensure correct functioning of systems over time and through subsequent changes.
  • Foster a team-oriented, collaborative and positive work environment.
  • Interpret, apply, and explain rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Operate a computer and related office equipment.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Analyze situations accurately; exercise sound judgment; work independently; and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, staff and faculty.
  • Minimum Qualifications

  • Five or more years of experience building software-based solutions
  • Two or more years of management experience
  • Experience working with educational data and data systems
  • Demonstrated experience creating technology-based solutions
  • Desired Qualifications

  • Professional experience in higher education is preferred
  • Experience working with and/or managing product managers, UX designers, and/or engineers
  • Experience building and maintaining data systems.
  • Experience coding with Python and/or other programming languages.
  • Experience designing database schema and writing efficient SQL queries.
  • Experience working with REST APIs.
  • Experience working with and connecting together systems such as: LMS, CRM, SIS, ERP.
  • Experience working in a startup-like environment is a plus.
  • To Apply

  • Please submit your application through our web-based system at
  • Only those applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be considered.
  • We prefer the successful candidate to be a California resident or someone who is willing to relocate to California.
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S. as a precondition of employment.
  • Working Conditions and Travel

  • Calbright College is a statewide online college where all instruction and support are done via various online technologies both in person and remotely. Calbright College has administrative offices in Sacramento available for use. When working remotely, employees should be able and willing to use digital communication tools as used by the college, and have the ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.
  • The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Calbright College policies, procedures, and Title IX.
  • Calbright College celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing Calbright College’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
  • Requires the ability to function in a remote online instructional environment performing work of primarily a sedentary nature. Requires the ability to use hearing and speech to make presentations to groups and carry on conversations over the phone and in-person. Requires speaking skills to communicate with staff and students in one-on-one and small group settings, on the phone, and to distinguish sound prompts from various types of equipment. Requires near visual acuity to read printed materials and computer screens. Requires sufficient hand/arm/finger dexterity to retrieve work materials, operate a personal computer keyboard, and operate standard office equipment. Requires the ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Work is performed indoors where minimal safety considerations exist.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity

    Calbright College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Calbright College complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

    Who We Are

    Calbright College is one of California’s newest community colleges – the first statewide, online campus designed to bridge the gap between employers with unfilled positions and students who don’t have either the time or money to attend a traditional school. Our mission is to increase economic mobility and close equity gaps for working adults who lack easy access to traditional forms of higher education by offering online, flexible, affordable skills-based programs that provide tangible economic value for both working adults and hiring managers.

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