Data Governance Lead

Date: 10 Jul 2024

Location: New South Wales, AU

Company: The Smith Family

  • Make a difference to young Australians through supporting their education
  • Drive change through maximising data efficiency
  • Permanent full time position
  • Flexible location (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane)


The Smith Family is a children’s education charity that helps young Australians experiencing disadvantage to create better futures for themselves through harnessing the power of education. 


We are seeking an experienced Data Governance Lead to join our organisation. Reporting to the Group Manager, Data & AI and working alongside dedicated, energised, and passionate team members, this role will play a crucial role in overseeing our organisation's data governance practices. You will be responsible for ensuring that our data assets are managed with precision and care, aligning with our strategic objectives and compliance requirements.  If you are passionate about data management and privacy, have a knack for developing strategies that ensure data is used effectively and responsibly, then we have the perfect opportunity for you!
About our role
You will be responsible for:


  • Develop, implement, and enhance data governance policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Ensure compliance with data privacy laws and regulations.
  • Define and maintain information and data standards and data quality rules to ensure the accuracy, consistency, and integrity of data.
  • Support data owners to classify data, based on sensitivity and importance and establish security measures to protect sensitive information from unauthorised access or breaches.
  • Lead and mentor a team of data professionals.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to promote data governance best practices.
  • Implement mechanisms for monitoring and continuously improving data quality, including data profiling, validation, and cleansing processes to protect the organisation's assets and minimise risk
  • Building relationships and credibility with key stakeholders and colleagues throughout The Smith Family and proactively work to champion Data Enablement initiatives


About you
As well as passion for community, you will bring the following: 


  • Strong project management experience leading data related projects.
  • Strategic thinking with a bachelor’s degree in information management, Computer Science, Business Administration, or a related field.
  • Several years of experience in data governance, with a proven track record of success.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to drive organizational change.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with stakeholders at all levels.
  • You will have highly developed stakeholder management and influencing skills.
  • The ability to articulate complex concepts in both oral and written communication for a range of audiences. 
  • Have or willing to obtain an employee Working With Children's Check


About our culture
The Smith Family has employees at the centre of its values and operations. We nurture a supportive and inclusive culture that enables people to achieve personal and professional goals, through collaboration and innovation. With a proven work-life balance, wellbeing and health are our top priorities. Enjoy many other benefits, such as tax concessions and flexible working arrangements.
If you are passionate about what you do, committed to make a difference and this sounds like your next role, please click apply, we’d love to hear from you. You may view the position description here.
Closing date: 26 July 2024
Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate must be prepared to undertake a National Police Check and a Working with Children’s Check. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to principles of cultural diversity. Applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged.