Senior Director, Application Development

Analytical skill, Finance, Forecasting, Health care, Human resources, IT management, ITIL, Continuous improvement, Customization, DevOps, Education, Enterprise software, IT, Budget, Business operations, Business partnership, CIO, Coaching, Collaboration, Recruitment, Research, Resource allocation, Revision control, SDLC, SaaS, Performance management, Production, Professional development, Reporting, Science, Operational excellence, Organizational structure, PaaS, Partnership, Problem solving, Implementation, Insurance, Leadership, Line management, MOST, Mentorship, Strategy, Time management, Training, Software development management, Software development methodology, Security, Senior management, Software, Software deployment, Software development, Strategic management
Full Time
Depends on Experience
Work from home available

Job Description

Relocation opportunity. Consider a move to the Twin Cities!

Position Overview:

The University of Minnesota seeks a Senior Director who will provide strategic vision and leadership for the Application Development directorate within it s Office of Information Technology (OIT). OIT's mission is to serve as a catalyst for leveraging technology to advance and support extraordinary education, breakthrough research, and dynamic public engagement; the Individual in this position plays a key role in engaging staff to fulfill this mission. The Senior Director provides critical direction for the strategic management of enterprise-level application development. Application Development consisting of approximately 110 full-time staff, is one of six major functional areas in OIT. This team of analysts and developers serves the enterprise and other application needs of our business partners, some of which include human resources, finance, and student administration. The Senior Director position requires strong leadership skills, understanding of complex business and technical processes as well as an ability to mentor and coach the direct reports (line managers), service owners and staff to ensure high levels of operational performance and effectiveness within OIT.

The Senior Director serves as a member of the IT Leadership Team within OIT and reports directly to the Vice President and Chief Information Officer. OIT has approximately 500 full-time staff and an annual operating budget of approximately $96 million. It is the University's central IT unit and provides enterprise-level technologies and services that are broadly consumed and core to central administrative business operations.

About the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive universities in the country and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. The University has scholars, scientists, artists, and teachers of national and international reputation as well as a strong tradition of public engagement. It has the special distinction of being Minnesota s land-, sea-, and space-grant university, dedicated to serving the public good; and its globally engaged flagship research institution, charged with positioning the state at the forefront of emerging knowledge and educating highly skilled workers, professionals, leaders, and global citizens to thrive in a diverse and changing world. The University plays a major role in shaping an economically strong, culturally vibrant, and civic-minded state.

The University of Minnesota system includes five campuses, which together carry out its mission of research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and public service: the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, located in the large metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul; the University of Minnesota Crookston, located in the northwest corner of the state; the University of Minnesota Duluth, located on the shores of Lake Superior; the University of Minnesota Morris, located on the western edge of the state; and the University of Minnesota Rochester, located in southeastern Minnesota.

Job Responsibilities:


  • Oversee enterprise application development activities and provide strategic vision and leadership.
  • Initiate and foster business partnerships across the University that increase efficiency and effectiveness; balance business partner needs with University and OIT priorities, business strategies, and objectives.
  • Cultivate an environment of continuous improvement. Ensure the highest levels of stability and performance for enterprise applications.
  • Stay abreast of new vulnerabilities and use knowledge in security to protect applications and data.
  • Leverage SaaS and PaaS services.

Operational Excellence:

  • Plan and manage operational budget in collaboration with the OIT Business Office.
  • Collaborate with application development managers to drive ITIL based operational support models across enterprise applications.
  • Incorporate critical application improvements into release cycles to enhance production stability.
  • Follow industry-standard development and deployment processes (SDLC, DevOps, version control).


  • Develop and coach managers to be effective people leaders. Perform and provide guidance on job design, staffing, performance management, resource allocation, and skills forecasting. Set clear expectations and create a climate that empowers others, provide recognition, and encourages high performance.
  • Foster an inclusive environment appreciative of differences in the workplace. Meaningfully participate in and lead efforts to support the University s commitment to equity and diversity.
  • Provide direct oversight for senior managers in the application development area, including performance evaluations, coaching, and professional development.

*Please document qualifications on resume.

Required Qualification:

  • Bachelor s degree and 10 years of related experience to include information technology managerial experience in a complex organization.
  • Prior experience with performance management, managing managers, resource forecasting and hiring, job development, unit organizational structure, resource allocation, skills forecasting and development, direct report coaching and development.
  • Prior experience with leading the implementation and customization of large-scale vendor applications.
  • Experience in supporting a broad base of users and systems.
  • Thorough understanding of software development methodologies.
  • Proven successful time management, problem-solving, and analytical skills in an information technology setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of constituents.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience providing leadership within a matrix organization.

We Offer:

  • University paid contribution (10% of your salary) to your retirement account - vested immediately.
  • 22 paid vacation days per year, in addition to sick leave and 11 paid holidays.
  • Reduced tuition opportunities covering 75% - 100% of eligible tuition.
  • Excellent and affordable health care benefits.
  • Wellness program with the opportunity to earn lower health care rates.
  • Free disability insurance.
  • Annual merit increase program.

Posted By

Prince Saah

Minneapolis, MN, 55454

Dice Id : RTL90967
Position Id : 336499-4
Originally Posted : 4 months ago
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