Working in close collaboration with executive and administrative staff members across the College, the CIO will develop and implement a vision for computing and information technology that meets the needs of Denison today while anticipating its future. Embedded in this effort will be an attentiveness to processes and systems that serve students, faculty and staff, and a commitment to ensuring that Denison employs the necessary systems to support student learning and for operations to function effectively.
The CIO will lead, coach and develop a high-performance ITS team of professional and technical staff, hourly staff members, and student employees assigned to the following service areas: Educational Technology Services, Client Services, Enterprise Applications, and Infrastructure, Operations, and Cybersecurity. In so doing, the CIO will promote staff professional development; effectively managing employee relations and fostering a collaborative and motivating work environment while monitoring staff performance.
Strategic Execution of Services
In partnership with the senior management team, the CIO will drive technology planning efforts and implementation of processes to ensure consistency and platform integration with Denison's overall strategic direction. The CIO will apply a keen eye to existing business models and collaboratively drive priorities and efficiencies to best meet the College's technology needs. The CIO will ultimately be accountable for assessing and managing software licensing, hardware support contract and various information technology vendor contracts.
Communication and Implementation of Technology Best Practices
Utilizing operational analytics and metrics, the CIO will leverage resources, exercise diplomacy, and establish transparent systems for determining technology priorities on campus. Working in collaboration with the Information Technology Committee, the CIO will be responsible for technology policy development and governance while regularly reviewing and updating procedures for compliance and effectiveness. Included in this effort will be the regular evaluation of technology security and disaster recovery procedures to assure the College's business continuity for information systems and data integrity.
The CIO will oversee an annual operating budget of $5 million and a capital budget of $2 million. This will require that the CIO regularly assesses quality and forecasts costs of proposed technology acquisitions in academic and administrative departments, while ensuring sound and timely annual budgets and providing financial and programmatic reports to the VP for Finance and Management and Board of Trustees on an as-needed basis.
Perform other duties as required.
Bachelor's degree, preferably in a relevant information systems field, coupled with significant executive leadership experience in planning, developing and maintaining complex information systems or other advanced technologies. An advanced degree is preferred.
Experience leading major network, systems and/or data center technology organizations and projects along with demonstrated ability to lead implementation of major technology projects. Prior CIO experience or senior technology leadership at an institution of higher education, or similar industry, is also desired.
Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills with a track record of meeting the diverse needs of an academic community. This includes a commitment to providing community members with technology that facilitates their work and furthers the academic mission of the college.
Strategic planning experience in information technology in a customer-service focused environment, coupled with an open and collaborative style of leadership that fosters teamwork, sustains a learning environment for staff, and develops a first-class service organization that engenders trust from the College community.
A genuine, open and transparent approach to working across organizational boundaries with diverse groups of internal constituents.
Demonstrated experience in strategic budgeting and effective personnel management.
KEYATTRIBUTES Visionary leader of people and processes Exhibits passion for the educational mission Skilled relationship builder and listener Strategic thinker Collaborative and respected colleague Exceptional communicator Trust builder Critical thinker Connector of people and ideas Advocate and servant leader Innovative and proactive administrator
Strong attention to detail and organization. Ability to manage concurrent projects with overlapping deadlines. Collaborative and results-driven style that keeps Denison front and center. High degree of discretion and confidentiality.
Must have a current, valid driver's license and must be insurable under Denison's liability insurance policy.
To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to attract and hire candidates with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. Denison fosters a campus community that recognizes the value of all persons regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender expression and identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide (https://denison.edu/forms/diversity-guide). Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Background Check Statement:
The final candidate will undergo a background check and driving check as a conditional offer of employment.
Denison University is an academically rigorous liberal arts college with a diverse campus community. It offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. Denison is located in the village of Granville, 25 minutes from Columbus Ohio, the state capital, which hosts a wide range of cultural and artistic opportunities. Granville also offers an excellent public school system and easy access to outdoor activities.