Data Governance Lead



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Who We Are

At Justworks, you’ll enjoy a welcoming and casual environment, great benefits, wellness program offerings, company retreats, and the ability to interact with and learn from leaders in the startup community. We work hard and care about our most prized asset - our people.

We’re helping businesses get off the ground by enabling them to focus on running their business. We solve HR issues. We’re data-driven and never stop iterating. If you’d like to work in a supportive, entrepreneurial environment, are interested in building something meaningful and having fun while doing it, we’d love to hear from you.

We're united by shared goals and shared motivations at Justworks. These are best summed up in our company values, which are reflected in our product and in our team.

Our Values

If this sounds like you, you’ll fit right in.

Who You Are

You’re a passionate data governance expert enthusiastic about building a strong data culture through data organization and governance. You enjoy driving changes that lead to measurable gains in data quality and understanding. You’re able to work effectively in an evolving environment and can adapt effectively as the situation requires. You’re an evangelist within the enterprise and a mentor for data stewards as it relates to best practices in delivering trusted data that is easy to use and understand.

As the Data Governance Lead at Justworks, you will work closely with many teams on the hands-on implementation and oversight of enterprise data governance policies, standards, goals, measurements, and processes. You will work closely with Business Operations and Data Services leaders to improve the quality and value of enterprise data assets, ensuring that our data effectively supports strategic requirements and operational needs. This role is a high-value add, and is a business partner to the full organization by providing effective methodologies, efficient processes, value-added information, and third-party tools required for a healthy data ecosystem.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Play a central role in establishing an enterprise-wide data governance framework that supports Justworks' business objectives, including overseeing, managing, and developing data management strategies, governance policies and procedures, and data quality processes.

  • Serve as an expert advisor to the various data owners and leaders on issues related to Data Governance and management.

  • Serve as a liaison between teams to ensure that data-related requirements for governing data are clearly defined, communicated, and well understood and considered as part of operational prioritization and planning.

  • Facilitate the development and implementation of data quality standards, data protection standards, and the adoption of routines to support those across the enterprise.

  • Facilitate the cross-functional decision-making bodies within the organization driving decisions, documenting outcomes, and ensuring execution through projects and business-as-usual efforts.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to collect, store, and use data in a consistent and compliant manner.

  • Develop & maintain inventory of the enterprise information maps, including authoritative systems and owners.

  • Measure and monitor data quality, drive the RCA process and ensure remediation and improvement.

  • Monitor the effectiveness of data governance with both quantitative and qualitative measures and make recommendations for continuous improvement.

  • Represent Data Governance to all levels of the organization from senior leadership to hands-on contributors, providing data stewards and other stakeholders with best practices in data governance.

How You Will Do Your Work

As the Data Governance Lead, how results are achieved is paramount for your success and ultimately results in our success as an organization. In this role, your foundational knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal attributes are anchored in the following:

  • Good judgment - the exercise of critical thinking, analyzing and assessing problems and implications, identifying patterns, making connections of underlying issues, understanding risks and developing mitigation strategies, and taking ownership of the outcome.

  • Resourcefulness - taking a can-do approach, even in the face of obstacles and constraints by assessing what’s in front of you and effectively and efficiently optimizing what you have, whether working on something new or thinking about how to do something better.

  • Curiosity - looking beyond objective and easily obtained information to understand the “Why” allows you to discover opportunities and barriers that others miss and enables you to influence culture, processes, and thinking to truly implement meaningful change.

  • Teamwork and communication - putting our collective best together through documentation, collaboration, relationship-building, listening, empathy, recruiting, and evangelism.

  • Influence and leadership - fostering a community of knowledge-sharing, collaboration, mentorship, and forward-thinking.

  • Skills and knowledge - the capacity to actively learn and apply specific domain knowledge, know-how, and best practices to continually enhance and improve.

In addition, all Justworkers focus on aligning their behaviors to our core values known as COGIS. It stands for:

  • Camaraderie - Day to day you can be seen working together toward a higher purpose. You like to have fun. You’re an active listener, treat people respectfully, and strongly desire to know and help others.

  • Openness - Your default is to be open. You're willing to share information, understand other perspectives, and consider new possibilities. You’re curious, ask open questions, and are receptive to thoughts and feedback from others.

  • Grit - You demonstrate grit by having the courage to commit and persevere. You’re committed, earnest, and dive in to get the job done well with a positive attitude.

  • Integrity - Simply put, do what you say and say what you'll do. You’re honest and forthright, have a strong moral compass, and strive to match your words with your actions while leading by example.

  • Simplicity - Be like Einstein: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”


  • Minimum 5+ years experience in data, in either a business intelligence or analysis-based environment

  • Minimum 3 years of hands-on experience in applying and demonstrating impactful data governance program management in more than one of the following areas: data standardization processes, data modeling techniques, data dictionaries, data inventorying and cataloging, metadata standards, data warehousing, data analytics, data mining, data integration, data engineering, and business intelligence.

  • Experience working with cross-functional teams and collaborating with stakeholders at all levels of an organization

  • Experience advising on data-driven and evidence-based decision-making, developing analytics products to advanced analytics and emerging technologies.

The base wage range for this position based in our New York City Office is targeted at $137,500.00 to $151,250.00 per year.

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Actual compensation is based on multiple factors that are unique to each candidate, including and not limited to skill set, level of relevant experience, and specific work location. Salary ranges for positions based in other locations may differ based on the cost of labor in that location.

For more information about Justworks’ Total Reward Philosophy, including all of the perks and benefits we are proud to offer our team members, please visit Total Rewards @ Justworks.

Diversity At Justworks

Justworks is committed to maintaining a workplace where diversity of identity, culture, and life experience is the norm and is celebrated authentically and respected consistently. Diversity in our work, our people, and our product drives creativity and innovation, entrepreneurial leadership and integrity, competitiveness, and collaboration throughout our business and in the market. We depend on our differences to make our team stronger, our workplace more dynamic, and our product accessible to all of our customers.

We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or familial status, disability, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.

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