Director of Enterprise & Applications Systems

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: Director of Enterprise & Applications Systems  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  
Advertised Salary: Salary commensurate with education, experiences and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: The Director of Enterprise, Applications & Infrastructure services is a technical service management position responsible for the on-going assessment of technology needs related to the University's computing systems and the management of those systems. Directs a large and diverse group of applications analysts, system and network administrators in support of University strategy and mission.
Plan, facilitate and coordinate the implementation, maintenance and integration of academic, educational, and business applications used by the University.
Collaborate with institutional divisions, colleges, administrative business units, and steering committees to ensure that University priorities are implemented and maintained in a cost-effective manner.
Develop and recommend policies, procedures and technical guidelines. Promote the implementation of new and emerging technologies in support of the University strategy.
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Information Management, Computer Science, Business Management, or related discipline.  
Required Work Experience: Five years of progressively responsible management experience in a large, complex higher education or comparable environment that involved implementation and prioritization of multiple software applications, technology-related projects.
Experience with related IT infrastructure including experience in telecommunications, networking, server hardware, operating systems, infrastructure software, configurations, administrative and academic computing.
Experience in building and supervising talented teams.
Demonstrated expertise in use, implementation, and administration of information management systems.
Experience managing projects, applications integration, and database environments. Experience with data networks and server-based and cloud-based computer systems.
Self-starting, strategic thinker with leadership qualities such as: skilled communicating; visionary outlook; willingness to initiate change; ability to motivate employees; tech savvy; ability to manage expectations.
Ability to administer and support multiple enterprise level Microsoft on premise and cloud platforms (like Active Directory, SharePoint, Azure, and Office 365 ecosystem).
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Repetitive movement
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Experience with Ellucian Banner information systems, Ellucian Degree Works, and datacenter operations.
Higher education experience.
Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, may be considered.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Reports directly to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
Prepare short and long-term IT infrastructure and enterprise application plans while reviewing current business strategies and making recommendations for improvement to the CTO.
Plan, facilitate, and coordinate implementation, maintenance, and integration of university applications with staff, colleges, business units, and committees.
Lead the analysis, evaluation, development and implementation of enterprise infrastructure and applications to insure alignment with academic and business units in support of the University’s mission.
Ensure that special projects are completed (i.e. Disaster Recovery Planning, new project implementations, upgrades, maintenance, etc.)
Participate in campus-wide business continuity and emergency management planning. Directs operations for University data center
Direct and facilitate the acquisition of information technology while ensuring all technology is cost justified and consistent with short and long-term business objectives
Recommend appropriate policies, procedures, and metrics for campus-wide related IT infrastructure; helping ensure IT infrastructure is reliable, scalable, and has the appropriate amounts of redundancy.
Maintain and manage technical operations with appropriate support structure that provides academic and administrative units with staff assignments for university systems.
Direct, motivate, delegate, empower and evaluate staff in the successful performance of their duties and responsibilities.
Recommend for hire, manage, coach and develop project teams as required to ensure higher departmental performance and user service levels.
Maintain strong communications and relations with the University stakeholders to ensure appropriate follow-up on service and/or support requests.
Ensure users/customers are provided professional, courteous, and timely support and service. Ensures the consistency and maintainability of existing applications by creating, maintaining, and enforcing standards/procedures for implementing technical solutions. Forecast costs, equipment, and personnel needs for projects and programs as required. Maintain an awareness of best practices for information security management.
Manages and works with contract staff and consultants as needed.
Maintain and manage vendor relationships.
Work with a diverse group of faculty, staff and students.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: Maintain a general knowledge of all educational and business applications systems. Represent the University at various conferences and seminars relating to management and the integration of business applications.
Make presentations for a variety of audiences including faculty, administrators, committee groups and external constituencies.
Skills and Abilities: Ability to exercise strong judgment in analyzing, evaluating, and solving problems of a difficult procedural, organizational, administrative, or technical nature.
Ability and desire to train and mentor other team members
Understand and clearly communicate the business impact of IT goals
Establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with co-workers and every level of management.
Experience managing project efforts using standard project management methodologies and tools
Strong customer service skills with the ability to communicate clearly (written and orally) and interact with customers at all levels of the business including members of the senior leadership team
Work with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Information Management, Computer Science, Business Management, or related discipline.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
Initial Application Review Date:
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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