ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT FOR UNIVERSITY TECHNOLOGY/CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER- Missouri Western State University seeks a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative professional with a successful track record to serve as the Assistant Vice President for University Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Missouri Western is a comprehensive, state-supported institution serving more than 5,000 students on a beautiful 723-acre campus about 35 minutes north of Kansas City International Airport. It is an active partner in the educational, economic, cultural, and social development of the people and region it serves. A distinct focus on applied learning and applied research is a hallmark of the innovative teaching and learning environment.
The CIO will report directly to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. The successful candidate is will assume primary responsibility for creating and implementing comprehensive information technology (IT) strategies that support the mission, strategic plan, core educational and administrative objectives of Missouri Western. This is an exciting opportunity for a senior IT executive who has the experience, demonstrated commitment to students, and energy to join the new senior leadership team at Missouri Western to create a strategic direction for IT services.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced IT leader with strong strategic and leadership abilities. Ideally, s/he can anticipate the emergence of new technologies that will benefit a comprehensive regional university. The new CIO will be grounded in fundamental principles, but will also be capable of recognizing and embracing change. Ideally, the CIO will exude creativity and explore dynamic and diverse technologies to meet the needs of students, staff, faculty, and the University. In collaboration with key stakeholders, the CIO will prioritize technology initiatives, identify risks, evaluate trends, and make IT recommendations.
The new CIO will also have the opportunity to:
Develop a strategic IT direction and plan consistent with Missouri Western’s strategic plan and capital plan in collaboration with the senior leadership team and key stakeholders;
Provide strong leadership and work together with the IT team;
Partner with departments to streamline processes and find technology solutions;
Appropriately support administrative, academic, and research functions through network administration, security, and related areas;
Maintain systems that secure data records associated with student and personnel records, financial records, and research data;
Identify the appropriate balance of campus-based resources and services versus brokered resources and services delivered by vendor and cloud-based providers;
Develop and manage the IT budget;
Build strong working relationships among IT and faculty, staff, management, vendors and other organizations by facilitating communication and resolving conflicts; and
Use IT to improve student recruitment and retention.
The preferred candidate will have the following qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in business, computer science, engineering, or other related discipline with significant experience is required; master’s degree is strongly preferred.
Successful record of visionary leadership, innovation, and excellence in IT in a complex environment;
Broad understanding of and/or experience with IT within a university system;
Understanding of and experience maintaining an Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP), such as Ellucian Banner;
Senior IT leadership experience at an institution of higher education, preferably as a CIO;
Strong interpersonal skills, well-organized, solution-oriented, and self-directed;
Ability to adjust to, learn, and implement new hardware/software technologies;
Experience supervising staff and ability to build a team, manage, and mentor staff while working effectively with the president, provost, vice presidents, deans, faculty, university staff, and students;
Unwavering commitment to excellent customer service and expeditiously assisting students, faculty, and staff in a friendly manner;
Ability to effectively manage finances and other resources;
In-depth knowledge of current and emerging information technologies, hardware, software, data security issues, and use of social media;
Desire to facilitate collaboration and partnerships across the University and with external constituencies; and
Commitment to inclusion, diversity, and integrity.
Application Procedure: Interested applicants should send a cover letter addressing position qualifications, resume, and contact information (name, title, address, & telephone numbers) for at least three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For priority consideration, applications should be received by August 16, 2019. Applications will continue to be considered until position is filled however. Nominations may be sent to the same address. Employment is contingent upon proof of the legal right to work in the U.S., as well as a thorough background check. An appointment is not final until documents are provided. The position will begin as soon as the successful candidate is available. For more information about Missouri Western State University, please visit online at www.missouriwestern.edu. EOE
As a student-centered learning community, Missouri Western is dedicated to inclusion and the promotion of diversity as essential to our mission as a public university. This commitment contributes to transforming lives and demonstrates our values of freedom, respect, and courage. The university encourages applications from individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas, and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of our educational community.