CUNY Vice President for Information Technology / Chief Information Officer in New York, New York
Vice President for Information Technology / Chief Information Officer
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The CUNY Graduate Center (Graduate Center/GC) is the focal point for advance teaching and research at the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science and Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation; nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.
The Graduate Center benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni – who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.
The Vice President for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer (VP IT/CIO) will play a critical role in providing institutional leadership and ensuring that technology supports teaching and learning as well as institutional success at the Graduate Center (GC). The VP IT/CIO is responsible for planning, implementation, and continued supervision of all technology projects at the GC and the coordination of specific CUNY-wide academic and administrative technology initiatives. The VP IT/CIO leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive multi-year strategic IT plan for the GC, aligning academic and operational IT goals with the objectives of the GC’s multi-faceted educational mission. The VP for IT/CIO works with constituent groups such as the President’s Cabinet, the faculty, the Executive Officers of the GC’s Ph.D. and master's programs, the Directors of Centers and Institutes, the Doctoral and Graduate Students Council leadership and others at the GC to ensure that IT resources are responsive to needs and promote opportunities for the use of technology to support excellence in teaching, learning and research, as well as to improve support services for faculty, students, and staff. This is a senior leadership role directly reporting to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration. This role is 100% in person.
The Vice President for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer:
Provides leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of college policies, procedures and guidelines pertaining to information technology.
Develops an overall IT strategic plan to maintain a robust and unified information technology infrastructure, implement an academic and administrative technology strategy, and deliver a maximum return on investment in technology resources.
Provides leadership in assessing operational and technology needs, and formulating strategies and work plans to achieve integrated, efficient and cost-effective technology solutions.
Implements technology innovations and improvements based on continual assessment of institutional technology needs.
Manages the operations of the Office of Information Technology and is responsible for the technological resources of the GC to support the academic and administrative programs of the institution within the context of the City University of New York as a whole.
Partners with campus leadership on strategies that will enhance the teaching and learning process, and coordinates work efforts with the provost on academic computing and instructional technology strategies.
Works closely with senior managers to provide IT support in areas to include the office of the president, student services, the library, institutional advancement, finance and administration, human resources, as well as public and non-degree programming.
Oversees the breadth of core IT functional areas including academic and research computing, administrative services, user services, enterprise network and systems, application development, audio-visual and media services.
Consults with key stakeholders at the College, and within the CUNY system, to exchange information, present new approaches, and discuss IT policy, equipment and system changes.
Provides advice and guidance to management on the emerging challenges in information security faced by academic institutions and leads initiatives to implement strategies to effectively mitigate the risks.
Consults with the CUNY Office of Computing and Information Services in implementing procedures and technologies to mitigate cyber security risks and keep sensitive information secure.
Effectively manages operating and capital budgets.
Prepares, recommends, and implements budgets for assigned areas, monitors expenditures, assures that human and financial resources are allocated efficiently and effectively, and takes necessary actions to ensure compliance with budget limitations, and established fiscal policies.
Manages key relationships with IT vendors and service providers. Participates in vendor contract negotiations for new computer equipment, cloud computing and software purchases.
Fosters an inclusive work environment for a staff of approximately 75 employees that encourages a culture of high performance focused on improving operations, streamlining work operations, and providing quality customer service.
Serves as the GC’s representative to the CUNY IT Steering Committee and serves as the Chair of the GC Student Tech Fee Committee.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.
This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.
A preferred candidate should have:
Capacity to provide leadership at the institutional level and a sense of service to the College’s diverse constituencies, both internal and external. A commitment to the teaching and research mission and related functions of the college. A commitment to open communications and transparency.
A BA/BS degree in computer information systems, business administration or management, computer science or a related field. An advanced degree in one of these disciplines is desirable.
Strong leadership skills and at least 8 years of IT experience working in higher education, with a particular focus on complex multi-divisional information technology collaborations.
Knowledge and experience creating and implementing strategic plans for community collaborative frameworks for IT personnel.
Experience with project management.
Advanced knowledge of IT hardware and software, end-user computing devices, computing networks, server and database systems, and system design.
Successful proven experience supervising IT teams, including with users of IT resources, managing budgets, and administering contracts with IT hardware, software, and telecommunications vendors.
Understanding of job titles, and career ladders, with a particular focus on examining and understanding IT work.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with a particular focus on facilitation of generative discussions that lead to action items tied to clear outcomes.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
$175,000 - $205,000/year. Salary commensurate with education and experience.
CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.
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After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period.
If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.
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Open until filled with review of applications to begin on February 8, 2023
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