The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is responsible for providing leadership for the information technology (IT) function at Illinois Wesleyan University. The CIO provides the vision and strategic, tactical, and operational leadership necessary to ensure that the IT operation provides the resources (infrastructure and services) and technology solutions to optimize university performance and alignment with strategic and operational goals of the university. The position accomplishes this through a partnership with organizational academic functions and business units that reflects a respectful, constructive and collaborative style.
The CIO reports to the Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs and CFO, and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. The CIO works in partnership with the CFO and university executives to ensure that any digital transformational effort works in concert with the strategic direction of the institution. The IT Department at Illinois Wesleyan University consists of 14 full time staff and a virtual part time DBA and virtual CISO service. The CIO currently has five direct reports. This is a full-time, location-based/on-campus position.
About the Organization:
Illinois Wesleyan University is a selective, liberal arts university founded in 1850, and located in Bloomington, Illinois. With an undergraduate enrollment of 1,625 (Fall 2019), IWU provides access to 50 majors across its College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine Arts, and School of Nursing, and is routinely recognized both for the quality and the affordability of its academic program by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The Illinois Wesleyan education is made more distinctive by its First-Year-Experience program, commitments to providing access to internship and study abroad opportunities, and by the number of its students involved in undergraduate research initiatives and community-centered research and service activities, especially through its Action Research Center.
Information Technology Services is made up of three departments – Enterprise Systems, Network Services, and Teaching, Learning, and Technology Services – and collaborates with colleagues in academic departments, student services, and the Office of Communications to manage the delivery of services to classrooms and public computing labs, and to oversee Web Services. ITS provides support to students, faculty, staff, and other members of the IWU community through a Service Desk located in The Ames Library. ITS and the Library collaborate on a number of technology initiatives designed to support innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and scholarship, primarily through The Thorpe Center.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Strategic Development, Planning, and Leadership:
Establish and maintain credibility throughout the university as an effective developer of solutions to academic and business technology challenges.
Provide technological leadership to the President’s Cabinet and other administrators in matters of strategic decision making, planning and resource management.
Responsible for budget planning, preparation, and management of all IT budgets and driving cost-effective IT strategies.
Lead efforts that assist in creating and fostering an inclusive environment with adaptive technology and that is supportive of diverse people and perspectives.
IT Infrastructure Planning and Implementation:
Collaborate with the executive and senior leadership teams to develop, prioritize and implement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, software, networks, policies, processes, and personnel designed to accommodate the dynamic nature of the university
Chair the Information Technology Governance Committee (ITGC) ensuring collaboration, communications, prioritization, and alignment of IT initiatives/projects to the goals of the organization
Develop and maintain the IT strategic, tactical, and operational plans to ensure that projects are aligned with the changing needs of the university
Lead the integration, security, privacy, and integrity of all technology systems
Performance Management and Employee Supervision:
Foster a success-oriented, accountable, professional IT Department
Assess staffing needs and select, train, coach and mentor IT staff as well as conduct performance evaluations and other managerial responsibilities for the team
Represent the university in a professional manner at all times. Engages with faculty, staff, students, vendors and contractors in a civil, caring, respectful way; supports the professional development of others in their work to advance the mission and vision of the university
Education and Experience:
Minimum of seven years progressive experience in Information Technology; five years in a director level or a senior level IT position with responsibility for managing several direct reports
Possess an understanding of the higher education industry; if there is no direct higher education work experience, must be able to articulate the distinctiveness of higher education IT
Ability to synthesize complex IT solutions and plans and effectively communicate them in writing and verbally to the university community
Familiar with a variety of software platforms including ERPs, CRMs, LMSs, and Office productivity tools like Microsoft 365 and Google Suite; Experience with Ellucian Banner would be beneficial
Familiar with a cloud-first philosophy, virtualization, and diverse end-point device strategy
Familiar with Information Security strategies and tools
Experience in working with diverse teams and fostering an inclusive environment
Familiarity with IT strategic, tactical, and operational planning. Experience with preparing and managing IT operational and capital budgets.
Occasional travel required
Please send a cover letter with salary requirement, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Illinois Wesleyan University is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. In addition to the other materials, please submit a one-page statement to discuss how you would contribute to Illinois Wesleyan University’s commitment to advancing a culture of diversity and inclusion, fostering a welcoming, affirming and equitable environment, and enhancing student success. Your response should include: a personal and/or professional statement of your values related to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI); examples of past EDI efforts that demonstrate your individual actions; and your future plans towards supporting our university commitment to diversity.
Review of applications will begin March 29; the position will remain open until filled.
The final candidate will pass a pre-employment background investigation.
Illinois Wesleyan University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.