Reporting to the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Information Technology (VCIT) is responsible for oversight of information technology and cybersecurity. The information technology division designs, builds, operates and supports technology solutions and services supporting the UCSC community. Information security manages cybersecurity risk to systems, people, assets, data and capabilities
As a senior leader of UCSC, the VCIT identifies important business and risk trends for campus consideration and develops, recommends, and implements appropriate campus responses to those trends. They participate in various campus bodies, including the Chancellor's Cabinet, providing expertise and thought partnership. They also provide leadership to various governance and advisory groups on behalf of the Chancellor or Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor. In addition, the VCIT serves as the Cyber-risk Responsible Executive for the UC Santa Cruz campus.
Responsibilities Serve as a senior advisor to the Chancellor on a wide range of issues including long range planning and development of administrative programs, organizations and structures that support the campus teaching, learning, research and public service mission of the University.
Represent UCSC at the University of California Information Technology Leadership Council meetings and other systemwide committees on information technology services policy and direction as requested.
Maximize UCOP support for campus initiatives and programs and assist in coordinating shared services across the system.
Represent the campus with government, professional, higher-education and community organizations dealing with information technology services.
Maintain close working relationships and seek input from UCSC academic and administrative leaders to understand and support their information technology needs.
Develop and maintain multi-year strategic plans that address challenges and opportunities and determine future directions consistent with the University mission. Facilitate implementation strategies and monitor and measure goals and accomplishments.
Provide support for unified campus technology systems including, but not limited to, campus networks, data centers, identity and access management and cybersecurity systems.
Maintain the campus enterprise data management systems including but not limited to financial, human resources and student information systems.
Maintain an appropriate and comprehensive security program to protect information integrity and privacy. Assure the implementation of campus and systemwide security standards.
Provide data, technology and cybersecurity support services necessary for teaching, learning, working and research.
Assist and advise campus units in the selection and acquisition of information technology products and services.
Oversee the division's operating budget, allocating resources to advance the mission of the university. Monitor financial and programmatic results through periodic program and financial reports.
Develop and promote training and professional development for the information technology services division staff, as well as develop long-term succession plans for the division.
Represent the information technology services division in consultation with various campus constituencies and committees, and work constructively with the academic senate in a system of shared governance.
Develop and maintain policies, procedures, programs and standards that advance and support the academic and research goals of the university.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with the information technology industry and key vendors of related products and services.
Identify and apply for opportunities for extramural funding for computing and networking resources that will strengthen support for research and scholarship.
Basic qualifications An earned baccalaureate or equivalent degree in information technology or related field;
Leadership and management experience in information technology;
An understanding of the mission, goals and objectives of a major research university including how the information technology division supports and enhances teaching, research and academic support operations;
Demonstrated excellence in managing, organizing, and supervising to meet goals;
Knowledge and understanding of budgeting, financial control, and fiscal accountability;
Experience working with complex policies and procedures to initiate and execute new contracts with various individuals and agencies;
Experience defining and delivering information technology services;
Excellent interpersonal skills and effective written and oral communication; ability to communicate with constituents across all levels of the organization as well as with internal and external stakeholders;
Demonstrated ability to lead effectively in a diverse, mission-driven environment with a variety of different constituencies;
Ability to analyze and understand the impacts of policies and programs on diverse communities.
Advanced degree in information technology or a related field;
Executive level leadership experience, preferably in higher education at a research university;
Experience with development of external resources. Special Conditions of Employment Work hours beyond the standard 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. work day. Travel (inside and outside of normal business hours) required;
Successful background check;
Financial disclosure requirements of the California Reform Act of 1974;
Annual disclosure of outside professional activities;
Mandatory trainings as required by the University of California;
Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the UCSC Equal Employment Opportunity webpage.