VSU is conducting a search for an experienced and highly qualified Chief Information Officer (CIO) accountable for defining and delivering IT strategy and capabilities across the academic and administrative enterprise. This includes data analytics and business intelligence, development and support, infrastructure, governance, security, and technical services. Reporting to the Vice President for Administration, the CIO will be responsible for providing oversight and direction to IT and business leaders on strategy, standards, and opportunities for shared services and economies of scale. The CIO is a key contributor to the universityâs strategy and planning process and will be responsible both for IT operations and for technology and digital innovation. It is critical for the CIO to build strong and productive relationships with business unit leaders, acting as a true partner and making IT a business enabler. The CIO will serve as the department head for the Technology Services Department and will manage six direct reports on the IT leadership team; total headcount in the IT organization is approximately 35. The CIO will be responsible for leading and providing direction in four major categories: Strategy, Leadership, Team Development, and IT Operations. Strategy â¢As a member of the senior management team, make a key contribution to the formulation of the universityâs business and digital strategies. â¢Proactively advise the senior management team on the emerging technologies and digital trends that are most relevant to the university's goals and evolving needs. â¢Help determine capital investment parameters, priorities, and risks for enterprise-wide IT initiatives to maximize the return on investment. Leadership â¢Develop an IT vision, strategy, and a roadmap, and lead the IT team and its business partners in effective execution. â¢Ensure, on an ongoing basis, that current and planned technical architecture, investments, and solutions align with the university business objectives. â¢Prepare and monitor IT operational budgets that meet prevailing objectives and constraints. â¢Develop and execute an analytics program that will allow university business leaders to make data-based decisions. â¢Build strong relationships with business groups and their leaders across the enterprise, and develop a detailed understanding of their issues, challenges, and opportunities. â¢Implement the most appropriate and effective IT organizational design to support and engage with the business. â¢Ensure transparency and collaboration between the IT organization and its business partners. Team Development â¢Hire, develop, evaluate, rewards, and retain a highly qualified team of IT professionals. â¢Foster a culture of innovation, transparency, and accountability in IT. â¢Promote a âbusiness-firstâ mentality at all levels of the IT organization. â¢Ensure that Technology Services has strong systems analysis and project management skills, and the ability to execute business-critical projects. â¢Develop and maintain a plan that provides for succession and continuity in the most critical IT management positions. IT Operations â¢Direct the design, planning, implementation, and maintenance of the computing infrastructure that supports the university's academic and administrative applications. â¢Establish metrics for managing IT effectiveness and for measuring the impact of IT on the business. â¢Establish appropriate service levels and the processes to ensure that KPIs are met. â¢Maintain oversight of all IT projects, ensuring that projects are planned properly, staffed, executed, monitored, and reported on to university and where appropriate, to the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). â¢In conjunction with the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), establish a comprehensive enterprise information security program to ensure the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of VSU information systems and data assets. â¢Lead the design and implementation of enterprise-wide disaster recovery and business continuity plan. â¢Establish and enforce IT policies, processes, portfolio management, development standards, and methodologies. â¢Monitor the industry for developments in IT operations; evaluate and implement relevant new tools and service management frameworks. â¢Review, recommend and oversee all IT vendors and managed service agreements for computing, telecommunications, IT services, and equipment.
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Building a Better World Since 1882 Virginia State University, founded in 1882, is one of Virginia's two land-grant institutions, and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick. With a current student population of approximately 4,600, the University sits atop a rolling landscape overlooking the Appomattox River with expansive views of Petersburg. Our 231-acre campus boasts 11 residence halls, 18 academic buildings and a 412-acre agriculture research facility.
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