California State University,
California State University, Chico invites applications and nominations for the newly
established position of Vice President for Information Technology. The Vice President will serve as the executive officer for the newly
established division and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University.
The Vice President and CIO
(VP/CIO) is a member of the President’s Cabinet and reports directly to the President, serving as a leader and collaborator in the
University’s strategic planning and decision-making activities. The VP/CIO will provide strategic vision and leadership as the University
moves toward a more centralized, risk focused, and equitable IT operation, as well as develop policy and prioritization of resources in the
rapidly changing information technology environment.
The new Division of Information Technology encompasses
programs that support more than 16,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff in Chico State’s residential campus environment. The VP/CIO will
be responsible for leading an expanded and integrated portfolio, including Creative Media and Technology (web services, classroom tech,
video production, photography), Computing and Communication Services (enterprise systems and cloud based services; data networking and
security; infrastructure and telecommunications), Enterprise Applications and Data Services, Administrative Service Center, Information
Security, IT Support Services, Institutional Research and Data Services, and the Office of the CIO
The Division of Information
Technology provides technologies, resources, and services to support learning, research, and the business operations of the University. Our
vision is to be a leading organization of high caliber professionals that align campus needs with relevant, accessible, sustainable,
innovative, and cost effective technology solutions and resources. The VP/CIO also will be an active partner in contributing to CSU
system-wide level technology initiatives and adhering to CSU system-wide information technology and security policies and procedures.
The VP/CIO will assess Chico State’s information technology needs, which will include
a full review of the IT infrastructure, staffing requirements, and resources, and will provide vision and strategic leadership to advance
the university’s information technology programs in a more centralized organization.
As leader of the division, the VP/CIO will
work with all IT directors, campus stakeholders and working groups to develop long-range strategic initiatives into annual operational plans
and facilitate the open discussion of campus IT plans and policies at all levels of the campus administration. The VP/CIO will envision,
investigate, design, and champion the development of new IT-based systems and solutions that support the University’s mission and commitment
to diversity and equity. Working collaboratively with senior campus leadership, including cabinet members, college deans, and academic
senate, the VP/CIO will provide long-range strategic direction for the application and delivery of information technology to fully support
the University’s core academic mission and its business functions.
The VP/CIO will employ innovative strategies to position IT
to fully meet the information and analysis needs of the entire campus community, placing a strong focus on customer service, accountability,
accessibility, and measured performance while utilizing resources effectively and efficiently. The VP/CIO will guide the use of technology
as a mechanism to promote inclusion and take action to address digital inequities. The VP/CIO will be responsible for the technical aspects
of university data protection and business continuity and will provide strategic direction in alignment with the campus and CSU strategic
plans, coordination and management of university-wide contracts and purchases for technology, and will be responsible for the development of
policies, procedures and guidelines for the deployment of computing and Internet technologies. The VP/CIO will develop and effectively
articulate funding needs and strategies to support the implementation and ongoing maintenance of technology initiatives.
VP/CIO will lead 120 staff and 80 students, focused on all aspects of IT within an overall university budget of $18 million. The budget will
increase as the unit evolves into a division. The successful candidate will be an ambitious, innovative, and visionary leader, focused on
the future and best practices in information and technology management.
The VPIT/CIO Agenda
VP/CIO builds and sustains effective partnerships and collaborations with academic and administrative departments, creates a unified and
service-oriented IT organization, and ensures a reliable and secure technology infrastructure. The VP/CIO will lead a collaborative process
to develop and implement an enterprise-wide technology roadmap in support of the University priorities. In addition the VP/CIO will:
- Assess university-wide IT services and recommend a more centralized structure to support university-wide information and technology
- Establish and sustain a new structure for IT governance that promotes collaboration, shared governance and executive
engagement in setting strategic priorities.
- Further develop a streamlined and transparent financial model for the division.
- In partnership with Academic Affairs, expand the use of technology to support the academic experience by improving access to digital
- Improve University operations by:
- Creating efficient digital processes and services;
technologies and strategies to enable effective digital marketing of University programs;
- Leveraging the functionality of existing
technology solutions and services (includes improving adoption and reducing duplication);
- Engaging in data-driven decision
- Delivering technology support and solutions to the University cost effectively; and
- Establishing a culture of
partnership and transparency between IT service providers and University end-users.
- Lead collaborative
design processes to plan technology enabled classrooms, collaboration spaces and workplaces.
- Utilizing industry standards and
frameworks to introduce, fund, and implement the required tools and processes to protect and secure the university’s data assets.
- Master’s degree or equivalent work experience.
- A minimum of 5 years of
progressively responsible IT leadership in a collaborative IT role in a large complex organization.
- Demonstrated experience leading
and integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
- Experience in leading IT strategic planning, complex budgeting, and
- Record of successfully managing complex projects, including technology innovation and maintenance projects
with multiple stakeholders.
- Experience engaging diverse stakeholder groups to set IT priorities, plan services, and develop
- Demonstrated knowledge with experience in a broad range of information technologies as well as a solid understanding of
trends in higher education broadly, and technology and student-centered applications specifically, with the ability to articulate concepts
and directions to the university leadership and campus community.
Preferred critical attributes:
- Terminal degree
- Demonstrates strategic vision, anticipates future trends and incorporates knowledge of successful applications
of information technology to ensure information technology efforts align with campus wide goals.
- Broad technical expertise across
IT disciplines, leading practices in service management, resource management, portfolio management, and project management.
- Effective collaborative leadership style that incorporates organizational, analytical and decision-making skills with strong change
management, project management, and team building skills.
- Experience and commitment to enhancing an active and collaborative
relationship between Information Technology and other divisions (Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Business and Finance, and
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with internal and external constituencies, such as regional partners.
- Excellent communication skills, oral and written, and the ability to convey technically complex information and concepts in accessible
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to use diplomacy, inclusion and consensus to inform the decision-making
- Ability to mentor staff and advance a culture of service and collaboration with all campus and system constituencies.
- Demonstrated personal and ongoing commitment to anti-racism education and initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Strong financial management skills including ability to manage complex budgets with multiple fund sources including experience
developing revenue streams through grants and corporate partnerships.
- Demonstrated ability to create a positive team environment
and lead, motivate and develop staff.
- Demonstrated competence/knowledge in a collective bargaining environment.
- Ability to
establish effective working relationships in a diverse environment and work in the University’s model of shared governance and
- Demonstrated ability to understand the structure, operations, strategic objectives, regulatory issues and cultural
environment of academia.
California State University, Chico, a Hispanic-Serving
Institution, is one of the most highly ranked regional public universities in the West and one of the most popular within the California
State University 23-campus system. With 7 colleges, and 70 undergraduate and 35 graduate degree programs, Chico State provides students a
Northern California small-college-town, residential campus experience that rivals many private universities. The University prioritizes
equity, diversity and inclusion; emphasizes and fosters sustainability and resilience; and is committed to service to the community and
civic engagement in order to transform student lives and enhance the local and extended environment. Over 135,000 alumni have achieved
distinction as graduates. A comprehensive capital campaign, Transform Tomorrow, concludes in June of 2021.
applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, only complete applications received by
August 15 can be assured full consideration. As a condition of employment, persons will have to submit to a confidential
background check and submit official, sealed transcripts. All information obtained will be strictly confidential.
Applicants should submit a complete and current resume and a cover letter
indicating why you are interested in the role and how your experience aligns with the qualifications of the position. This search is being
assisted by Next Generation Leadership Partners and applications should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations and requests for confidential conversations may be sent to consultants Mary
Beth Baker at email@example.com or Phil Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate
against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender
expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected
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contacting the California State University Police Department (530) 898-5555 or by accessing the following web site: http://www.csuchico.edu/up/.
Additional information about the University is available at: http://www.csuchico.edu.