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Senior Director of Data Governance

We Are Hiring

Senior Director of Data Governance

Do you have experience owning enterprise data governance? Apply today!

**This role can be located out of our Chicago, St. Louis, or Austin offices

Why Join Ascension?

Ascension Technologies  leverages technology to create collaborative solutions that improve everyday health decisions. The technology enables seamless access to data across all applications transforming the customer experience when interacting with technology and enhancing our ability across Ascension to better serve communities with greater agility and responsiveness.  It is used to provide insightful use of automation and data-drive improvements to enhance the provider, patient and consumer experience as well as keeping cybersecruity with a strong posture to protect data and other valuable assets.  

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, especially to those most in need. In FY2018, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. 

What You Will Do

The Senior Director will own enterprise data governance, defining processes and policies related to data access, master data management, metadata management, data quality, data sharing and data usage.  This role will report to Chief Data officer and partner with teams across Ascension clinical, data science, analytics, administrative and compliance in helping design data governance program, develop processes and enable data governance capabilities through technology supporting the evolution of Ascension into a data driven organization.


  • Governance Framework Creation and Development: Responsibility to develop and implement an enterprise data governance framework based on a long-term vision; and implement and manage an enterprise data governance program. Create and manage a central process to capture, prioritize and manage data management processes, including master data management, metadata management, data security and privacy, data quality control and data dissemination activities. 

  • Data Analytics: Partner closely with the enterprise data analytics team to ensure quality data supports robust data analytics and data science capabilities available and accessible to support strategic/operational planning and policy determinations while maintaining compliance with all applicable regulations and statutes

  • Process Improvement: Develop and maintain data quality metrics and monitor compliance with data-related policies, standards, roles and responsibilities, and adoption requirements. Monitor data quality through development and testing best practice. As applicable, provide progress reports to major initiative Steering Committees and leadership and maintain the data governance roadmap on an ongoing basis

  • Technology: Work closely with leadership across the enterprise to execute the data governance strategy utilizing technology where possible and building in functionality enhancements to prevent users from tainting clean data. Employ organizational change management practices to assist with adoption of data governance across the organization 

  • Partnership: Serve as a liaison between business, functional areas and information technology to ensure that data-related business requirements and rules for data quality and protection are clearly defined, communicated, understood and implemented 

  • Policies and Procedures: Establish policies, standards, practices, and security measures to assure effective and consistent information processing operations and to safeguard data. Develop and communicate goals, strategies, tactics, project plans, timelines, and key performance metrics to reach goals. Prepare communications and lead interactions with internal and external stakeholders

  • Training: Leader responsible for advancing an understanding of and appreciation for data governance, as well as the associated requirements, across the enterprise

  • Management, as applicable: Responsible for management and mentorship of data governance employees. Build, motivate, train, mentor, evaluate, and manage team members, and provide supervisory oversight to staff which includes annual reviews, staff development, and leadership. Make decisions in personnel matters (accountable for managing performance, performance reviews/coaching, hiring, disciplinary actions and terminations).

What You Will Need


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Master's degree preferred

Work Experience:

  • 7 years of experience required.
  • 10 years of experience preferred.
  • 5 years of leadership or management experience preferred.
  • 10 or more years’ experience in data management, with a preferred specialization in one or more of the following areas: data architecture, data quality management, master data management, and/or data governance. 

  • Strong organizational skills, critical thinking, project management leadership skills and solid understanding of patient services business areas

  • Knowledge of industry standard methodologies, master data management (MDM), data governance, established data management principles and techniques, and emerging data and reporting technologies

  • Ability to work effectively across a matrixed environment and influence without formal authority

  • Shown ability to drive outstanding employee performance and engagement through developing, mentoring, motivating, energizing and inspiring team members.

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Job ID: 381832
Category: Information Systems
Ministry: Ascension Technologies
Location: St Louis, MO

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