York University: Manager, Business Systems

York University is looking for a Manager, Business Systems:

Reporting to the Director of Business Systems the incumbent manages the day to day operations and leads a team of I.T. experts in: the development and support of departmental and enterprise applications, website support and development, and reporting requirements, across applications and systems for specific units within Campus Services and Business Operations (CSBO). CSBO provides services, which support the academic mission of the University, and enhances the quality of life for members of the York community. The Manager’s responsibilities include support for: York Bookstore, Food and Vending, Mailing Services, Housing, Parking & Security, Printing, Transportation Services and YU-card. The Manager prioritizes, plans and develops strategic objectives within their team to ensure the effective delivery of critical I.T. systems and services to meet the client’s needs, adhering to ITS and York University’s overall computing plan, policies and procedures and supporting the academic mission of the University.

The Good
The posted target rate seems reasonable (if perhaps not generous, which is about what I’d expect for a position in a University).  It’s a moderately senior managerial role with what looks like six reports, including two consultants, vendor liason, budgetary control, and so on.  A technical backgound is desired  (Java, .NET, SQL, XML, HTML).  If you’ve got managerial experience and decent exposure to both .NET and Java web development, you could be in a good position, as that combination of skills will already narrow down the field a fair amount.

The Bad
The hiring salary range is lower than the target rate, and heads into what I might consider ‘unreasonable’ territory for a managerial position.  And, unfortunately, I think this range is the more important one.  I’m guessing the target rate is some kind of future-facing “this is the rate we’d like to pay,” whereas the hiring salary range is “this is what we can afford to pay you right now.” 

What’s Missing?
Am I correct in my interpretation of the hiring salary range and the target rate?  Are there other factors in the YorkU compensation package to consider?  I’d want to know a lot more about the systems you’d be working on, whether they’re in active development or maintenance, any upcoming work, what your existing team is like, what percentage of the development is done in-house rather than with vendors, and so on.  There’s a lot of room for further discussion here, although I don’t really expect to see all that level of detail in the posting itself.

Your mileage may vary when it comes to the location of York University, particularly if you’re going to be on-site for 8:30 am.  I’m guessing that anyone outside of North Toronto would have to think seriously before considering this position. 

In Summary
If you’re interested in managing development and support for York University and the location appeals, this might be worth further investigation, although you’ll want to get a better understanding of the compensation.  Given the rates they’re looking for, I’m guessing this is most interesting if you’re already underpaid but have most of the experience they’re looking for.


2 Responses to York University: Manager, Business Systems

  1. bryanf says:

    Regarding the commute, transit options to York U are pretty good, what with all the students who need to get there. There are routes to get there via GO, Viva and TTC.

    Right now I’d be more concerned about having to cross a picket line to do an interview. I’ve had to cross one to get to work before, and it’s not fun.

  2. observer says:

    Crossing their picket line is no big deal. You stay friendly, tell them you don’t work there (just attending a meeting or something), they’ll delay your car for 2 minutes and let you in, that’s all.

    More important thing to consider is the environment. They’re unionized and, consequently, have a fair number of unmotivated people who can’t or don’t want to get a real job for decent money. If processes are your thing and you are not obsessed with getting anything done, ever, you’ll do well. Besides, universities are not known for laying people off in droves, so it may be a good place to survive the current economy. And when the market improves, well… you can always think again.

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