Director, Data and Analytics


Alberta Innovates (AI) is seeking a Director, Data and Analytics to leverage modern data practices and technologies to transform how Alberta Innovates and its subsidiaries’ view, manage, and use data for reporting and intelligence. This hands-on role will lead governance, drive organizational change, and oversee the data technology platforms and delivery of data products.


Are you our next Director, Data and Analytics? You would be a good fit for this position if you: 

  • Have strong leadership skills and have a successful record of driving organizational change, from vision to realization, through collaboration with business stakeholders.
  • Are skilled in data analysis, data science, and modern data management methodologies (ex: fabric, mesh).
  • Have a service-oriented mindset to deliver outcomes and measurable business value.
  • Have extensive experience in business analysis and problem-solving to transform complex business problems into secure and sustainable solutions.


Intrigued? Here’s some more information about the position: 

Reporting to the Executive Director, Information Technology, the Director, Data and Analytics will lead a new data-focused discipline within the organization and will work closely with their direct report, Manager of Data Platforms, to bring our data strategy and vision and organization’s business plan to realization.


We are in the early stages of our journey towards data competency. Initially, this role will be tactical and hands-on, and the Director will need to apply their expertise to set strategic direction, deliver data products and services, drive organizational change management, and to directly interface with senior leadership and stakeholders across the business departments. As the organization matures in its data practices and capabilities, this position may evolve to become a senior strategic role within Alberta Innovates over time.


This role will be accountable for (but not limited to) the following: 


  • Develop and communicate strategic plans for data and analytics initiatives, ensuring alignment with organizational goals, priorities, and business plan.
  • Lead the implementation and operation of data management technologies, prioritizing data integrity, security, and accessibility.
  • Drive organizational change towards a data-driven culture by promoting awareness and adoption of data and analytics capabilities.
  • Establish strong relationships with stakeholders, gaining buy-in for initiatives and fostering collaboration across departments.
  • Provide leadership to the data organization, overseeing governance, compliance, and continuous improvement efforts to optimize data practices and drive tangible business outcomes.


A successful candidate will have:

  • A post-secondary education from a recognized institution in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Business Administration, or related program.
  • 10+ years of experience in progressively responsible roles within data management, analytics, corporate reporting, business intelligence, or related fields.
  • 5+ years of experience in leadership positions, with demonstrated leadership in areas such as data analysis, business intelligence, data engineering, or data governance.
  • A proven record of successfully leading and developing technical teams, managing complex projects, and delivering impactful business outcomes.
  • Experience in collaborating with cross-functional teams and senior leadership to translate business needs into data strategies and initiatives.
  • A proficiency in modern data management principles (ex. Mesh, fabric), analytics methodologies, and relevant tools and technologies.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders and influence decision-making.
  • Operate with a sense of urgency and speed.
  • Strategic planning and execution, creating roadmaps for improving data processes and platform operations.


Additional skills and experience that are considered assets:

  • Data related certification (ex. Certified Data Professional).
  • Proficient in using or delivering cloud services in an enterprise setting.
  • Combination of private and public sector experience is ideal.
  • Proficient in data visualization tools like PowerBI, Tableau, or similar.


We are game changers. 


Alberta Innovates is a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans. We do this by building on our province’s research and technology development strengths in the core sectors of health, environment, energy, food and fibre, and platforms such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and omics. We are working with our partners to diversify Alberta’s economy, improve our environmental performance and enhance the well-being of Albertans through research and innovation. 


Our subsidiary, InnoTech Alberta, offers a diversified range of scientific engineering and technological research and testing capabilities, and the facilities to support technology scale-up. Our multidisciplinary team has the depth of experience to work across all sectors, from energy to health to food and fibre. InnoTech Alberta offers you access to research talent, technical expertise, and unique facilities that can help accelerate technology development that serves both the private and public sector.


Why Alberta Innovates?  


We offer our employees opportunities to work on projects that will expand their skill sets while witnessing the visible impacts of their efforts. We value the development of our employees and create opportunities for working in capacities that allow new skills to be learned. We know that the wellness of our team is the most important part of our business, so we offer a strong benefits package and generous vacation and paid time off programs to promote work-life balance.   


The final candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance. All interviewees must be able to meet the requirement specified in the Physical Demand Analysis. This document will be supplied during the interview process to the successful candidate. This competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.