Senior Information Governance Officer

University of Alberta

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement , this full time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range which will be commensurate with qualifications.

Location – Enterprise Square. This role is hybrid with a mix of remote and in person

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Department summary

The Performance, Analytics and Institutional Research unit has a dynamic work environment, where teamwork is highly valued and customer service is paramount

Position summary

Reporting to the Director, Enterprise Information Governance, the specialist is engaged in the development and implementation of the multi-faceted information governance framework and Information Governance Program for the University of Alberta. The Specialist is focused on consultation, change management, and development of governance policy and processes that guide the collection of information and data (e.g., clarity and clear practices for common data structure classification, stewardship, and quality). Expert consultation skills are applied to educate and advise staff and leaders, including data stewards, to facilitate their transition and alignment to the new framework. The Specialist leads key governance projects, ensuring quality deliverables


  • Supports assigned consultations and initiatives to clarify and define organizational-wide elements of information governance (e.g., new roles; common responsibilities of data owners; core processes for data; business glossary and data quality resolution processes).
  • Develops and refines an interconnected suite of policy.
  • Identifies key performance indicators regarding data governance program performance and data quality metrics.
  • Provides comprehensive advice, recommendations and perspectives on current organizational activities and issues related to data governance.
  • Supports change management strategies to support transition and implementation of the governance framework through the Data Governance COE.
  • Within the governance framework, works with data stewards to appropriately classify and restructure data to facilitate consistency in reporting and operational uses across the University.
  • Consults with various data roles and leaders to foster integration of broader thinking about governance impacts to specific actions (e.g., how will current action potentially impact subsequent actions or processes and ultimately the quality and use of data across the University?).
  • Serves as an expert resource to multiple levels across the organization including data stewards, and leadership. Leads complex, specialized work on behalf of area.
  • Works with data stewards, who are generally executive leaders, to restructure data to support reporting and operational uses in alignment with the governance framework.
  • Works with multiple groups to advise and educate them on new roles and accountabilities. Provides ongoing guidance to advance change and alignment to the Information Governance Framework.
  • Builds and delivers governance training and resources as needed


  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 3-5 years experience in the field.
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing data to create high quality, relevant information products.
  • Sound knowledge of the principles and approaches for information governance
  • Ability to see the big picture and understand the details
  • Ongoing awareness of new and leading practice and industry standards in data governance.
  • Excellent judgment, and decision-making abilities
  • Effective written and oral communication and presentation skills with diverse audiences
  • Strong project management and people management experience
  • Demonstrated exceptional internal/external relationship management skills
  • Advanced strategic and systems thinking skills to consider multiple facets of a comprehensive and holistic information governance framework and data governance program
  • Proficient in data mining
  • Good knowledge of Business Process Modeling Notation and process automation
  • Strong BI capabilities and able to develop governance metrics and dashboards

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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