Data Governance Specialist

Published on 06/27/2024Guide Stone - Dallas, TX


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What We Offer You!

We offer employees a generous benefits package, flexible work schedules, the opportunity to be involved in community outreach and tuition reimbursement.



Job Summary

Serve as the driving force behind GuideStone's data governance initiatives, ensuring the strategic alignment of data management practices with organizational objectives and fostering a culture of data-driven decision-making excellence.  


What You'll Do

  • Develop and maintain data governance frameworks, policies, and procedures to ensure data integrity and compliance.

  • Collaborate with IT and business stakeholders to implement data standards, data management practices, and data stewardship.

  • Monitor data management practices to ensure adherence to established policies and standards.

  • Facilitate data governance meetings and training sessions to educate employees on data governance practices.

  • Assist in the resolution of data quality issues and the implementation of corrective measures.

  • Manage metadata, including creation, updates, and deletion, to support organizational needs.

  • Participate in the creation and maintenance of data dictionaries and other data classification systems.

  • Work with legal and compliance teams to ensure data practices align with GDPR, CCPA, and other relevant data protection regulations.

  • Generate reports and presentations for senior management detailing the status of data governance initiatives.

  • Stay current with industry trends, technologies, and regulations regarding data governance and data management.

  • Collaborate effectively with business stakeholders, technology teams, and cross-functional units to understand data requirements and challenges comprehensively, ensuring a unified understanding across all parties.

  • Lead enterprise-wide data management maturity assessments to define status, future aspirations, and the guiding principles for data governance initiatives.

  • Develop a comprehensive enterprise data operating model covering people, processes, technology, and governance structures to achieve holistic data management excellence.

  • Align client business objectives with technological priorities, facilitating seamless integration and execution of data governance initiatives at GuideStone.

  • Drive the creation of thought leadership assets, communicating innovative insights, knowledge, and strategic recommendations in specific data strategy domains.


What You'll Need




  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience. 

  • Combination of 10+ years of relevant, progressive work experience and education highly preferred. 

  • Proven ability to lead cross functional teams toward corporate objectives. 

  • Excellent communicator, presenter, and team leader. 

  • Strong technical acumen of data warehouse, data lake and data architecture and data engineering systems and processes. 

  • Must maintain complete confidentiality regarding GuideStone business matters.  

  • Proficient skills in MS Office and appropriate GuideStone system applications. 

Skills and Competencies: 

  • Data Management Expertise: Demonstrated proficiency in data management principles, methodologies, and best practices, with a deep understanding of data governance frameworks and their application in complex organizational settings. 

  • Strategic Thinking: Ability to think strategically and translate business objectives into actionable data governance strategies, with a focus on long-term value creation and alignment with organizational goals. 

  • Analytical Acumen: Strong analytical skills, including the ability to analyze complex data sets, identify trends and patterns, and derive meaningful insights to inform decision-making processes. 

  • Leadership and Influence: Proven leadership skills with the ability to influence and inspire cross-functional teams, drive consensus, and facilitate change management initiatives. 

  • Communication and Stakeholder Management: Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to effectively engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders at all levels of the organization, including senior executives. 

  • Problem-Solving Orientation: A proactive problem-solving mindset with the ability to identify challenges, develop innovative solutions, and drive continuous improvement in data governance practices. 

  • Project Management: Strong project management skills, including the ability to effectively plan, prioritize, and execute multiple initiatives simultaneously, while managing resources, timelines, and budgets effectively. 

  • Change Management: Experience in change management methodologies and techniques, with the ability to navigate organizational complexities and drive cultural change towards a data-driven mindset. 

  • Business Acumen: Understanding of business processes, industry trends, and competitive landscapes, with the ability to translate business needs into actionable data governance requirements and solutions. 

  • Technical Proficiency: Familiarity with data management technologies and tools, including data governance platforms, metadata management systems, data quality tools, and master data management solutions. 

  • Collaboration and Teamwork: Strong collaborative skills with the ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams, foster a culture of knowledge sharing and collaboration, and build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 

  • Adaptability and Resilience: Flexibility and adaptability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, with the resilience to overcome challenges and drive towards successful outcomes in the face of ambiguity and uncertainty. 




About Guide Stone

GuideStone is a diversified Christian financial services provider, offering retirement, insurance, investment management, property and casualty coverage, and executive planning products and services to the Southern Baptist and wider evangelical Christian community. GuideStone sponsors the nation’s largest Christian-screened registered mutual fund family and is located in Dallas, Texas.

LocationDallas, TX 75244

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