Director, Applications and Database Development - McDonough School of Business

Washington D.C.
Jun 30, 2017
Jul 19, 2017
Full Time
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Director, Applications and Database Development - McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business (MSB) - located at the intersection of business, government, and international relations - develops principled leaders committed to serving both business and society. Through our global perspective, we prepare students to compete in today's international business environment.

The Director of Applications and Database Development has responsibilities that incorporate all aspects of multiple current and emerging network hardware and software systems, business process administration systems, software application development and integration processes, database management technologies, and network and web security systems protocols, providing technical expertise, long-range planning, and guidance throughout.  Reporting to MSB's Chief Technology Officer, the Director has duties that include but are not limited to:

Management of Applications Development

  • Leads the software application group, and oversees new initiatives, enhancements, and production support for all applications maintained by the group.
  • Undertakes custom and routine programming for MSB network applications in order to achieve integration compliance or functional requirements. 
  • Coordinates with MSB personnel and vendor technical staff on server implementation efforts, including selections, sizing, physical space requirements/preparation, security, and setup - including backup and disaster recovery.
  • Manages the design, development, enhancement, and support of multiple network applications.
  • Oversees the development team, providing the necessary support to team members to ensure that each application meets the functional and quality requirements. 
  • Supervises a team of up to three additional application programmers.

Management of Database Development

  • Configures databases for systems based on needs analyses and functional requirements and in accordance university procedures; and tracks and documents database modifications. 
  • Plans and performs data migration from legacy systems; and develops verification scripts and procedures for successful migration.
  • Acts as technical contact for vendor and client technical staff. 
  • Participates in needs analysis, research, and vendor evaluation of third party systems. 
  • Develops relevant documentation, including database and system design, and other materials needed to support the operation.
  • Incorporates quality assurance in all phases of project efforts.
  • Manages responsibility for the inventor, update, and accounting of all MSB financial data resources - both hosted and subscribed, including CRSP, Compustat, Lexis Nexis, Thomson Reuters, NYSE, and others.

Technical Project Management

  • Manages projects through the development life cycle. Initiate Plan, Execute, Monitor & Control and Close projects based on scope, time and cost - for example, managing the processes, procedures, people, material, and information required to plan, technically and graphically document, schedule, allocate resources; and delivering and maintaining projects through the information technology lifecycle.
  • Assists in drafting, negotiating, and administering contracts for the acquisition of services on behalf of the university. 
  • Issues, directs, and oversees RFP/RFI processes, including establishing requirements/specifications, perform vendor pre-qualification, , evaluating proposals, developing  bid analyses, and negotiating and drafting agreements. 
  • Assesses and mitigates contract risk during all phases of contract actions with business areas, through consultation with cross-functional areas such as Legal and information security.

Financial Project Management

  • Manages budget, billing, payment, and audit of department applications development projects through the development life cycle.
  • Initiates Plan, Execute, Monitor & Control and Close projects based on financial parameters, to include working directly with contracted services in documenting, reviewing, and tracking requirements for a variety of projects, systems, and applications. 
  • Manages department contracted budget authority in excess of $400,000 annually.


  • Bachelor's degree in related field required - preference for Master`s degree in relevant course work in Computer Science, Information Systems or related field(s)
  • At least 3 years of experience in a leadership role managing software applications development projects
  • Broad knowledge of database software systems, web protocols, web scripting languages, and applications programming - preference for experience with SalesForce
  • Expert knowledge of personal computer hardware and software - including both operating systems knowledge and applications program knowledge
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communications skills - presentation, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Expertise in documenting, reviewing, and tracking requirements for a variety of projects, systems, and applications.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and verbal and written communications, and executive presentation skills

The Director, Applications and Database Development. will receive formal training and must qualify as a Department Buyer in in Georgetown GMS Financials System.

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