Job Information

University of Utah Principal Data Engineer in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 05/13/2022

Requisition Number PRN30594B

Job Title Data Architect Sr

Working Title Principal Data Engineer

Job Grade H

FLSA Code Computer Employee

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00728 - U of U Medical Group

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $93,000 - $112,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The Principal Data Architect will have direct reporting responsibility to the Team Lead, Data Science within the University of Utah Health Medical Group. This role feeds the analytics life cycle by extracting, cleaning, and transforming data and data products into substrate that can be leveraged by those who seek insight from enterprise data. Develops programmatic solutions in response to technical needs such that they meet requirements and design specifications. Ensures organizational data is organized, managed, and stored in a manner that facilitates business enablement and intelligence. May lead small teams and develop overall data architecture and technical strategy. May evaluate new data sources for adherence to the organization’s quality standards and ease of integration. Provides tutorship to other analysts on these principles. Also serves as a mentor to others on data warehouse principles/design concepts, business intelligence quality assurance best practices, SQL and enhancing knowledge of EHR workflows that impact data use/integrity. Assists team leads in developing training pathways for technical analysts to improve these team skills/competencies. Provides data architect and consultative services for both analytics products and innovation teams.


Competencies and Behaviors

Healthcare Domain Knowledge

  • Speaks fluently with healthcare vocabulary, healthcare policy issues, common abbreviations, and organizational mission.
  • Leads process mapping of operational workflows.
  • Develops collaborative relationships across care and business roles and engages appropriate care providers to understand business workflow.
  • Able to identify the most knowledgeable care providers to understand business workflow and communicate to others.
  • Creates cross-functional teams that include representatives from across the organizational structure

Strategic Thinking

  • Generates a wide variety of approaches to solving problems while both tolerating ambiguity and embracing failure as a learning opportunity.
  • Maintains a clear personal strategy to maintain fluency and awareness of the latest healthcare and health analytics advancements.

Analytical Thinking

  • Asks appropriate questions prior to delving into the data.
  • Implements a structured methodology to solve problems.
  • Communicates insights such that the organization can effectively and efficiently operationalize the recommendations

Data Visualization

  • Communicates effectively findings both visually and in plain language as to make them useful to non-analytic stakeholders.

Data Management

  • Ensures the privacy and protection of data and its responsible use in decisions.
  • Documents, drives improvement, and champions consistency in data naming standards, definitions, aliases, standard calculations, and derivations.

Technology Literacy

  • Follows the data processes surrounding Institutional Review Board ( IRB ) protocols and

Protected Health Information ( PHI ).

  • Understands how decisions during the EHR build process impacts the ability to collect and retrieve business data.

Analytical Product Management

  • Maintains and monitors processes and procedures to ensure organizational performance and effectiveness
  • Forecasts resource allocation of projects and prioritize tasks. Support trade-off decisions

that right-size effort to project need.

  • Implement technology solutions that will enable or augment the quality, expediency, reliability, and longevity of data and analytic products and services.
  • Collaborates and engages with subject matter experts and knowledge workers to support business projects.


  • Fosters opportunities to collaborate between individuals and teams.
  • Facilitates and participates in brainstorming strategic and tactical actions for solving business problems.
  • Provides feedback and insights to key decision makers at critical design points
  • Encourages others to work together to solve business problems and change circumstances that affect them

Technical Skills

  • Proficient with standard office productivity tools, such as MS Office
  • High expertise in data architecture and warehousing.
  • Advanced knowledge of sql and tools.


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.


Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of tasks. Leads and directs the work of others. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. Typically reports to a manager or head of a unit/department.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Hybrid work arrangements are available for this position.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor’s degree in area of specialty or equivalency and 6-8 years of experience in the field or in a related area.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.