California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI), a four-year, public university in Camarillo, California is seeking an innovative and collaborative leader to serve as Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Reporting to the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs, the AVP/CIO will oversee the delivery of technology services supporting administrative, student support and academic functions, foster innovation, and guidethe institution to discover new ways to use technology to support its mission. The new AVP/CIO will join a dynamic leadership team and talented staff with the expectation that the successful candidate will foster conversation and create a vision that defines CSUCI’s digital future inteaching, scholarship, constituent engagement and operations.
About CSU Channel Islands
Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.
Founded in 2002, California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) is the newest campus in the 23-campus California State University system, the largest public university system in the U.S. The mission of the CSUincludes preparing significant numbers of educated, responsible people to contribute to California's schools, economy, culture and future.
The current undergraduate student body is 50% Hispanic, 49% Pell recipients, and 59% first-generation college students. Over half of the undergraduates are transfers from community colleges. Graduate and credential programs are designed to meet the needs of working adults. In short, the CSUCI student body reflects the face of our region and of California.
CSU Channel Islands is located in Ventura County, midway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara on the Southern California coast. The area provides many educational and recreational opportunities. From the main campus in Camarillo, an hour’s travel by car or train brings one to the vibrant global city of Los Angeles, with its world-class museums, restaurants, performing arts offerings, and diverse communities. Santa Barbara lies an hour in the opposite direction. CSUCI itself is just 10 minutes from the beach and from downtown Camarillo. The University is set on rich agricultural land surrounded by lemon groves and strawberry and raspberry fields. Nearby features include biotech and other technology-oriented companies, a thriving arts scene, a military base, a working harbor, extensive agriculture, and world-class coastal and mountain recreation. The University has developed long-term relationships comprising everything from joint research projects to community-based service learning opportunities with several sectors of our region. For a virtual tour of campus, visit www.youvisit.com/csuci.
Key Priorities of the CIO
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal technology leader for the university and is responsible for the vision and leadership of Information Technology Services (ITS) the University’s information technology strategy. The CIO will lead the ITS organization of approximately 40 staff and manage an annual operating budget of nearly $8 million. While most information technology services are centralized, the CIO will also work in close collaboration with leadership in other areas of the University where IT services are provided. The CIO will fulfill the ITS mission and provide the products and services that faculty, students, and administrative departments depend upon for their various, learning, teaching, student support, research and business needs while bringing a deep understanding of future technology trends and acting as a proactive advisor/consultant to help constituents anticipate problems and develop solutions. He/she will ensure that technology talent is appropriately structured to deliver services in an efficient and effective manner across the institution. Key priorities for the CIO will be to:
Collaborate with the University constituents to develop a strategy for information and technology that supports students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community with the tools needed to meet both current needs and the objectives laid out in CSUCI’s 2023 Strategic Initiatives.
Foster a culture within ITS and with campus partners that welcomes and supports innovation and agility. The CIO will inspire and lead staff to embrace collaboration, collegiality, transparency, and accountability in pursuit of superior customer service and the organizational transformation required to support CSUCI’s 2023 Strategic Initiatives with the aim of increasing student success.
Enable and support CSUCI’s current and emerging digital platform for learning, research, and collaboration in partnership with the Faculty Development and Innovation Program in Academic Affairs.
Develop efficient online processes and services supported by a robust, stable and secure technology infrastructure to achieve the University’s goals. To facilitate change the CIO will introduce the organizational skills and methods necessary to help ITS and the University work more nimbly, design solutions more interactively, and take full advantage of new mobile and web technologies.
Advocate for a robust ecosystem of technologies, policies and procedures, which minimizes risk to the institution, facilitates business processes and complies with Federal and State privacy legislation.
Work collaboratively to implement strategies to build the organizational capabilities, data governance practices and technology foundations to enable CSUCI to use data to assess initiatives and inform decisions.
Assist campus colleagues using data for administrative analysis based on experience in data management plans and in keeping data secure but accessible in accordance with best practices, U.S. and international rules and regulations.
Overall, the CIO will be expected to:
Develop an in-depth understanding of the university's priorities and set clear information technology priorities that anticipate needs and are responsive to the University's plans and goals;
Collaborate closely with senior University officers, faculty, and academic and administrative leaders to ensure joint decision?making and planning, the highest quality learning environment, to assist individual units to achieve their unique objectives through IT tools and services, and to ensure the most effective use of available resources;
Create, identify and evaluate new technological tools and advise on their appropriateness for the university and their alignment with ITS strategy;
Conceptualize, launch, and deliver multiple projects on time and within budget;
Develop opportunities for collaborative resource generation for information technology;
Define criteria for measuring and assessing the performance of the IT organization, and monitoring and reporting results in order to take corrective action where necessary; and
Participate in strategic discussions with university leadership on IT driven/enabled aspects to support the University’s planning efforts.
Required and Preferred Qualifications
The CIO will have the following minimum qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
10 years of experience at a senior management level (Deputy, AVP, Director) of a major division of information technology organization in a complex, multi-tiered organization.
Experience directing multiple complex technology projects including proposal formulation, budget setting, contract negotiations, project planning and implementation, managing staff, and problem solving.
Significant understanding of information technology solutions and services and their applicability within an academic environment.
Highly collegial, consultative, and non-hierarchical management style, the ability to develop and sustain collaborative relationships with faculty, staff and senior administrators, and demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity and creating an inclusive excellence environment
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
The ideal candidate will also meet the following preferred qualifications:
Progressive leadership experience managing cross-functional teams in complexorganizations including accountability for strategic planning, consensus building, organizational leadership, and technical performance.
Leadership approach that is engaging, imaginative, and collaborative, with a sophisticated ability to work with other leaders to set the best balance between technology strategies and other priorities of the University.
In depth understanding of a university academic environment, the roles and relationships of faculty, staff, students, and third parties, and the diverse needs for technical support;
A combination of technical experience, business skills, and emotional intelligence;
Demonstrated success at managing and leading change in a complex, collaborative organization;
A good understanding of the challenges associated with using and managing data curation and data security.
Knowledgeable of emerging hardware and software technologies, and put in place the right set of computational resources, accompanied by supporting educational programs to best leverage these investments.
Experience providing a secure environment which facilitates and supports both intra and inter institution collaboration;
Demonstrated ability to use technology to translate client/institutional needs into workable business solutions.
Equally significant qualifications include strong integrity, a high level of energy, and exceptional interpersonal relationship and team building skills.
For full consideration please submit cover letter and resume to CSUCI@itleadersearch.com by November 2, 2018. Position will remain open until filled. The final candidate will have to successfully pass a background check. Please direct all inquiries or nominations for this position to Next Generation Executive Search Managing Partners: Mary Beth Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Goldstein at email@example.com.
The CSU 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 status.