Ellucian Senior Director, Software Development in Reston, Virginia


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Senior Director, Software Development


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Role Description:

As the Director of Platform Solutions, you will lead a growing team of architects and developers building the Ellucian Cloud Platform. Successful candidates will bring their direct experience in Cloud architecture and development to drive the latest generation of core infrastructure for our Ellucian products, including the Higher Education Data Model. This position reports to the VP of Platform Solutions in R&D. The successful candidate will add value by:

• Provide oversight of development plans, target dates, progress, and quality

• Be accountable for high quality, on-time, on-scope delivery for all projects

• Build highly effective and empowered teams

• Remove impediments escalated by the team

• Define, review, and drive organization policies and procedures

• Collaborate effectively with teams and leaders across the R&D organization on cross-dependent projects

• Drive continuous improvement for the teams and company

• Conduct performance reviews, salary reviews, and provide individual coaching and mentoring

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What we need from you:

• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or relevant field

• 15+ years related work experience developing, designing and architecting enterprise scale solutions

• 10+ years experience managing software development teams

• Working knowledge of common architectural patterns, design patterns and best practices

• Ability to bridge gaps across business areas, operational business units, infrastructure team, and development teams

• Passionate advocate for agile software development methodologies

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Comfortable presenting to technical and non-technical audiences

• Ability to rapidly learn new technologies and practices, mentor and coach others and foster a culture of innovation

• Experience with globalization and localization strategies

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Demonstrated ability of strategic planning and tactical execution

• Results oriented with relentless focus on operational excellence and execution.

• Demonstrated ability to implement agile approaches, which dramatically improve software quality and speed to market.

• Demonstrated ability to manage distributed teams and projects

• Demonstrated the qualities of servant leadership and team motivation Desired Skills/Knowledge/Experience:

• MS in Computer Science or related field

• Certified Scrum Master, with direct experience leading agile scrum teams

• Experience developing and deploying cloud/SaaS solutions – AWS expertise a plus

• Experience designing and architecting logical data models for enterprise class solutions

• Experience with Domain-Driven Design

• Working knowledge of NoSQL persistence mechanisms, ETL, and Business Intelligence (BI) tools and technologies

• Experience architecting and developing enterprise-class APIs and RESTful web services. Extensive experience with JSON

• Experience collaborating across a global workforce

• Working knowledge of higher education business practices preferred


Company Information:

Ellucian is the world’s leading provider of software, services and insight to higher education. Ellucian helps the higher education community—students, faculty, and staff—achieve their goals more efficiently, effectively, and with reduced risk. Ellucian’s comprehensive suite of software solutions includes student information systems (SIS), finance and HR systems, recruiting and retention systems, among other offerings. With more than 1,500 institutions subscribing to Ellucian’s cloud services and SaaS offerings, the company is one of the largest providers of cloud-based solutions. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services, such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting. More than 2,400 institutions in 40 countries rely on Ellucian to help enable the mission of higher education.

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We’re inclusive

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at Ellucian without regard to race; creed; color; religion; national origin; sex; age; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; genetic predisposition or carrier status; veteran, marital, or citizenship status; or any other status protected by law.