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Chief Information Officer: Humboldt State University

  • 1.  Chief Information Officer: Humboldt State University

    Posted 01-31-2018 14:50

    About the Position

    Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) will foster innovation, prioritize technology initiatives, collaborate with stakeholders to further University strategic and operational goals, and provide leadership to develop and implement internal and extramural collaborative research and networking initiatives. The CIO maintains current knowledge of new technologies and platforms and provides direction on the emerging technologies to be assimilated, integrated and introduced within the University to ensure IT capabilities are responsive to the needs of users and the University's mission and business strategy. The successful candidate will provide strategic direction in the IT organization's innovation efforts and role in adapting tested solutions to take advantage of those new advances.

    This individual has overall responsibility for all aspects of the organization's information technology systems, services, budget, and staff. The CIO develops and controls the ITS annual operating and capital expenditure budget to ensure it is consistent with the strategic objectives of the University. The incumbent will enhance the capabilities of IT by leveraging a multitude of internal and external resources and continually increase awareness of the services and skills IT offers the University community. The CIO directs the development of IT sourcing strategy and pro-vides executive oversight for strategic vendor and partner relationship management. The successful candidate will provide leadership, coaching and direction to the IT leadership team and staff.

    The CIO plays a major leadership role in organizing, managing and strengthening a comprehensive information technology portfolio. The incumbent will provide strategic vision and leadership in the development of policy and prioritization of resources for the rapidly changing information technology environment. Additionally, the CIO will collaborate in shared governance across campus and serve as a key member of the University leadership team. The incumbent will serve as a trusted advisor to campus executive leadership.

    The successful candidate for this position will be an imaginative information technology leader, an outstanding collaborative manager, and an excellent communicator with a proven record of leadership in information technology within environments of comparable complexity. The new CIO will bring an understanding of the potential of information technology to advance HSU's goals.



    • Ensures budgetary responsibility across ITS
    • Oversees hiring for ITS staff positions
    • Supports, promotes and develops Information Technology staff
    • Maintains a culture of quality customer service
    • Develops and maintains an appropriate IT organizational structure that supports the needs of the University.
    • Develops and articulates a compelling vision for the future of ITS in concert with University leadership, facul-ty, staff and students
    • Collaborates with campus partners on how best to use technology to meet academic and business needs
    • Establishes an appropriate IT organizational structure
    • Ensures resources are available to faculty, staff, and students for innovation and excellence in academic tech-nology and online learning
    • Identifies opportunities for the appropriate and cost-effective investment of financial resources in technology systems and resources, including staffing, purchasing, software as a service, and in-house development.
    • Provides vision and progressive leadership by exploring and assessing the feasibility of new and emerging technologies that will provide a technology-rich environment that meets the needs of today's diverse campus and student population
    • Meets the technology needs of students, faculty, and staff in an ever-changing university and technological environment.
    • Works with campus, regional, and CSU leadership to develop and appropriately fund IT initiatives
    • Provides technology leadership and trusted advising to members of executive, academic, and technology teams
    • Collaborates with campus leadership in planning for disaster recovery and business continuity.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and racial equity
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
    • Ten years of experience with increasing responsibilities for management and leadership of information tech-nology professionals
    • Proven ability to manage resources (human, financial and physical) to achieve work excellence
    • Experience providing leadership, coaching and direction to a leadership team and staff
    • Experience with creating, implementing, and evaluating strategic and tactical plans
    • An understanding of technology's potential to facilitate teaching and learning and the capacity to thrive in an educational environment dedicated to student excellence and success
    • Excellent communication skills, oral and written; the ability to convey technically complex information and concepts in terms understood by non-technical people
    • Experience with organization wide governance to determine the overall organizational needs and define opti-mal solutions that meet the goals within resource constraints
    • Demonstrated experience in building strong collaborative relationships inside and outside of IT, working across silos or boundaries (real or perceived) to accomplish goals
    • Demonstrated success leading initiatives focused on transformational change within IT and the larger organi-zation
    • Excellent and demonstrated negotiation and diplomacy skills.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Master's degree in computer science, business administration, or related field from an accredited institution
    • Ten years of leadership experience across different areas within an enterprise environment
    • Experience leading information technology teams in post-secondary education
    • Experience supporting online degree programs
    • Experience supporting IT research infrastructure at an institutional level

    Additional information is available at

    Application Procedure: Qualified candidates should electronically submit the following materials through Interfolio:

    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • One-page statement documenting evidence of a commitment to diversity
    • Contact information for at least three professional references

    If assistance is needed, the Human Resources & Academic Personnel Services office (located in Siemens Hall room 212) has a computer station available and our front office team would be happy to assist you.

    Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. To be notified in the event this recruitment re-opens for a subsequent review of applications, send an email to that includes the job number (17-75) and applicant's last name in the subject line of the message. 

    HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.