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AI Governance Lead

Western Governors University

Western Governors University

Software Engineering, Data Science
Posted on Monday, February 5, 2024

The salary range for this role takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs.

At WGU, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role, and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is:

Pay Range: $157,000.00 - $243,400.00

If you’re passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country—and you’re committed to working hard to play your part in building that future—consider WGU as the next step in your career.

Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

Current WGU employees should submit an internal application before 2/16/2024 to be considered.

The AI Governance Lead will play a critical role in developing and implementing governance and control frameworks for AI tools and technologies within our organization. This individual will work closely with cross-functional teams, including Security, Legal, IT, Product, Business, and external vendors, to ensure that AI tools are approved and used in accordance with company policies and industry best practices. Additionally, this person will play the role of a change agent and a catalyst for innovation, and take the lead on the usage policies, maintaining the artifacts, especially external data sources, POCs, materials and others.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute comprehensive AI governance strategies to guide the responsible and ethical use of AI tools and technologies within the organization.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to establish processes for the approval, access, and maintenance of AI tools, while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and industry standards.

  • Drive the development of policies, standards, and procedures to govern the use of AI, considering security, privacy, and ethical considerations.

  • Lead the assessment of AI tool capabilities, risks and provide recommendations on their appropriate use and access within the organization.

  • Foster a culture of ethical AI use and educate stakeholders on AI governance best practices and compliance requirements.

  • Be a change agent and a catalyst for innovation, and take the lead on the usage policies, maintain the artifacts, especially external data sources, POCs, materials and others.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • In-depth understanding of AI technologies and their potential impact on business operations.

  • Strong knowledge of regulatory requirements, industry standards, and best practices related to AI governance and compliance.

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills to effectively engage with cross-functional teams, senior leadership, and external vendors.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to assess AI tool capabilities and risks.

  • Ability to foster a culture of ethical AI use and educate stakeholders on governance best practices.

  • Ability to persuade others and keep a positive attitude in challenging situations.

  • Ability to understand and clearly articulate trade-offs of various AI tools to solving business problems.

  • Business acumen and understanding.


Organizational or Student Impact:

  • Works proactively; anticipates and prevents highly complex problems crossing disciplines.

  • Develops and establishes technical/business processes.

  • Will provide highly innovative solutions for extremely specialized, complex technical issues.

  • Fully understands and quantifies program risks with broad, significant impact.

Problem Solving & Decision Making:

  • Develops and accomplishes goals and objectives independently.

  • Builds, leads, and integrates multiple project teams and broad assignments, driving decisions and results.

  • Provides strategy and guidance to the organization’s AI approach.

  • Sets and models high standards for effective interactions across groups.

  • Assignments received and problems faced are broad and undefined, and occasionally require use of analytical concepts, investigation, and knowledge from prior experience.

Communication & Influence:

  • This individual communicates with experts within and outside the organization related to significant advancements specific to technology.

  • Works to influence others to accept and understand technical direction, new concepts, practices, and approaches. Requires ability to communicate and influence senior executive leadership regarding matters of strategic importance to the organization.

  • Ensures compliance with university policies and procedures within job area and influence others outside of job area to justify and gain cooperation for policies, practices, and procedures.


  • Responsible for providing guidance, coaching, and training to other employees across the company within the area of expertise.

  • Responsible for managing large, complex project initiatives or strategically important solutions to the organization, involving large cross-functional teams.

Job Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science, Machine Learning, Math, Physics, or any related field.

  • 5+ years of AI, Data Science or Machine Learning experience.

  • 5+ years of experience working in collaboration with business and other teams.

  • 3+ years of experience with Policy Development, Frameworks, Compliance Assurance and Auditing, Governance, Stakeholder and Change management, and AI Ethical education.

  • 3+ years of experience with cloud architecture (preferably AWS).

  • 3+ years of experience with Data Lakes (preferably Databricks).

  • 3+ years of experience working in selecting and managing external vendors.

  • Proven track record of developing and implementing governance frameworks for AI tools and technologies.

  • Experience with ML lifecycle management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD



As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people. We are committed to diversity.