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Chief Data Architect
Austin, TX

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Job Description

The Chief Data Architect, Director V, selected by and accountable to the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for IT Strategy & Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The Chief Data Architect performs highly advanced data analysis and architecture work and provides managerial direction and guidance in strategic operations and planning. Helps create the next generation of Big Data analytic solutions. Combines engineering expertise with innovation and ingenuity to deliver robust, enterprise-scale data platforms that serve program areas across Texas. Manages a team of high-impact data architects and data engineers to extract and disseminate knowledge from vast amounts of structured and unstructured data. Drives new strategy and service offerings resulting in new functionality for health and human services program areas.

The position engages with multiple functional groups and agencies to understand challenges, prototype new ideas and new technologies, helps create solutions to drive the next wave of innovation, and manages a portfolio of delivery projects for agencies and program area engagements. Work involves developing policies, standards, designs, and action plans for enterprise-wide information governance, data system integrity and integration, and the use of data for business intelligence, data analytics, strategic planning, and program assessment. Plans, assigns, and/or supervises the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:

Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

Provides effective direction and leadership to staff within areas of oversight and holds them accountable for achieving performance expectations, stated program goals, and legislative mandates. Reviews legislation, audit findings and regulations pertinent to Information Technology Analytics. Oversees functions related to the management of data architect services and collaborates and integrates with other HHS, IT and business divisions to accomplish responsibilities. Conducts periodic evaluations to determine if objectives are being met and consistently identifies the opportunity and need to revise priorities. Evaluates techniques and approaches, identifies emerging trends to determine and implement appropriate strategies. Reports findings and recommendations for improvements to the CTO. (25%)

Provides guidance on data design and acquisition strategies for the development and implementation of data analytics, master data management, data warehouse, and data mart solutions. Drives data standards, data security, utilization and prioritization guidance and oversight. Acts as the point of escalation and serves as an expert on Data as well as assisting in the identification, analysis and resolution of data driven problems. Develops, implements and enforces data-related policies, controls, and standards. Analyzes database implementation methods to ensure compliance with HHS policies and relevant federal and state regulations. (25%)

Provides technical oversight for all activities related to HHSC and HHS data and its use for business intelligence, data analytics, and program assessment. Reviews and approves technical recommendations, data architecture designs, data acquisition strategies, proposed solutions, data models, and deliverables from vendors. Ensures the alignment of data designs with business requirements as both the data designs and business requirements change over time. Manages a portfolio of delivery projects. Coordinates with all areas of the HHS system, including Center for Analytics and Decision Support, Office of eHealth Coordination, Access and Eligibility Services (AES), Medical and Social Services (MSS) and Inspector General to assess data analytics, performance measurement and reporting needs to ensure technology and tool recommendations meet business needs. (20%)

Ensures that reports of enterprise data used for decision making and strategic planning consistently use authorized business intelligence and analytics data systems appropriately. Oversees the controls on data quality and integrity, including the deployment of data quality monitoring systems and processes. Reviews policies, procedures, and controls for the appropriate protection of enterprise information assets through a defined life cycle. (10%)

Participates in the development of procurement documents (RFP's, RFI's, SOW's, etc.) and Quality Assurance Team (QAT) Framework documents (particularly the Execution Capability Assessments and Technical Architecture Assessments). Participates as an evaluator and negotiator for procurements related to data analytics activities. (5%)

Represents HHSC and the division at business meetings, legislative sessions, seminars, conferences, workgroups, task forces and committees. Responds to legislative inquires or other requests for information. Oversees ongoing improvements, adoption of best practices, and implementation of system enhancements within the area. (5%)

Hires and manages staff and recommends appropriate personnel actions. Provides direct reports with work assignments, clear direction on responsibilities and performance expectations. Conducts performance evaluations. Oversees the development and advancement of staff through training and development plans. Disseminates information and management decisions to staff regarding departmental activities. Provides staff with tools and information needed to carry out their responsibilities successfully. Reviews and approves leave and carries out other expected human resources activities. Provides direction to subordinate managers regarding activities and operations of their functional areas and oversees the improvement of the program operations. (10%) Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Knowledge of master data, metadata, reference data, data warehousing, database structure, and business intelligence principles and processes, including technical architecture.

Knowledge of enterprise information management processes and methodologies.

Knowledge of operational support requirements of networks, operating systems, Internet technologies, databases, and security applications.

Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to data management and data governance.

Knowledge of industry standard technologies and tools, including database management systems, master data and metadata management tools, data acquisition strategies, cloud storage, and associated security considerations for all data classifications.

Knowledge of hardware and software technology infrastructure, configuration, networking and telecommunications requirements for data and analytics systems.

Knowledge of data mining and segmentation techniques.

Knowledge of data visualization tools (such as Tableau) and data modeling tools (such as Erwin and ERStudio).

Knowledge of SQL and Oracle.

Skill in enterprise level database design, including data security and access auditing considerations, and full data lifecycle management (gathering, cleansing, publishing, archiving, back-up and recovery, and purging) for large enterprise systems.

Skill in critical thinking.

Skill in the use of a computer and applicable software.

Ability to identify the internal and external dynamics that impact the work of the organization and negotiate with individuals and groups.

Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.

Ability to communicate effectively, prepare presentations, and build and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to develop and evaluate policies and procedures, and plan, assign, and oversee the work of others.

Ability to make high quality, timely decisions.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Candidate with industry certification(s) preferred (Certified Data Professional, Certified Professional in Business Intelligence, Certified Big Data Professional, Hadoop). Able to obtain two or more certifications within 18 months of starting position. Security+ or CISSP certification also preferred.

Initial Selection Criteria:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in health information technology, computer science, business administration or related study preferred; plus ten (10) years of progressively responsible professional experience.

Five (5) years of the required experience must be in health information technology and large IT operations, data standards, data cleansing and data governance.

Extensive technology experience in health information technology and large IT organization may be substituted for the education degree requirement.

Additional Information:

MOS Code:

Note: There may be no military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at

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In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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