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University of British Columbia
Director, Architecture

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. UBC attracts, nurtures, and engages 65,012 students from 156 countries on two major campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna. With a $2.6B budget, research funding at $658M, 16,089 faculty and staff, 325,000+ alumni, this is Canada’s second largest university and recently recognized as North America’s most international university.

As one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia’s vision and values adhere to the principles of an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world. UBC is also working to build a community in which human rights are respected, and equity and inclusion are embedded in all areas of academic, work and campus life.

Enterprise Architecture plays a key role in enabling the University to achieve its goal of becoming one of the world’s leading universities. The Director, Architecture plays a pivotal role in the formulation, alignment and implementation of Enterprise Architecture (EA) for the University at large.

Reporting to the Chief Architect, the Director provides strategic leadership, vision and technical domain expertise to UBC IT leadership to help the organization plan, design, innovate, orchestrate, facilitate, navigate and operationalize the digital enterprise. The Director leads the formal EA practice, managing a team of domain architects (business, information, solution, technical, security and other) and Solution Architects directly and via dotted line relationships. The Director builds and motivates the EA team — empowering domain architects — with coaching and mentoring to build a creative and safe learning environment. In addition to this, the Director is responsible for managing the EA practice. This includes the management and day-to-day running of the EA practice as an internal management consultancy that offers a portfolio of services to business leaders and enterprise stakeholders.

The ideal candidate has a keen understanding of the role EA plays in the overall operation of a large, complex public education organization. They will have a demonstrable reputation as a skillful listener and communicator, and able to connect with audiences at all levels. The Director also has a track record of outstanding client relationship management, as well as a proven ability to develop, plan and deliver mission critical initiatives on time and on budget.

This individual will possess a nurturing and supportive leadership approach with an ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of faculties to reach new goals that serve the needs of the institution and the community. Additionally, the incumbent will have a track record of navigating ambiguity effectively, positively impacting change, and maintaining outstanding stakeholder relationships. They will have a strong technical foundation combined with the ability to understand institutional strategy and develop departmental strategies to enable these goals.

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