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Deputy Chief Information Officer

Worcester, MA, USA | Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    IT / Information Technology
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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The Institution seeks an experienced, energetic, engaging and visionary leader who wants to become part of an exciting, vibrant community of information technology professionals supporting the institution's mission: helping students learn how to learn by applying your classroom experiences in projects that challenge you from a proficiency, social, and global perspective.

Information technology plays a vital and ever-expanding role in the institutional mission. The Institution's information technology environment is highly distributed and diverse, with strong leadership and coordination from Chief Information Officer (CIO) and direct report units. We are seeking a strong, knowledgeable leader to provide vision, strategy, broad-based planning, and hands-on responsibility as the Deputy CIO.

The Deputy CIO reports to the CIO, is a member of the CIO leadership team and serves a key role in university leadership, working closely with senior administration, academic leaders, and the campus community. The Deputy CIO will oversee four critical areas on campus: Project Management, Enterprise Applications, Data & Integration and Web Services, and includes oversight of WPI’s Enterprise Transformation Project.

In support of the Chief Information Officer, the Deputy CIO provides leadership and guidance in critical areas of technology administration at the university, including enterprise applications, data analytics infrastructure, integrations, project management, web services and digital transformations. This role also oversees administrative application governance and technology evaluation. The Deputy CIO will provide assistance to the CIO in managing business operations to improve cost effectiveness, service quality, and IT operational effectiveness. Provides leadership, direction, and support at the institution, analyzes technology trends and advancement in areas of specialization, and plans for the long-term direction of the IT organization. Acts on behalf of the CIO as assigned by the CIO or in the absence of the CIO as the principal IT officer on executive decisions and executive level committees.

WPI is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We are looking for candidates who can support our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


Duties and Responsibilities

Provides strategic leadership and guidance at the executive level in critical areas of technology administration having institutional impact. Serves on behalf of the CIO as the principal IT Officer, in the CIO's absence or as requested. Oversees cross-institutional initiatives and executive level projects, fostering strategic partnerships in carrying out enterprise-wide computing services for the central IT organization. Assists the Chief Information Officer in leading overall information technology strategic planning to achieve business goals by prioritizing information technology initiatives and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future technology projects. Assists the Chief Information Officer in governance oversight, project and portfolio management, and service delivery management. Responsible for overseeing the Enterprise Applications, Data & Integrations, Project Management and Web Services teams. Provides leadership for planning, developing, and implementing digital transformation and information technology initiatives. Leads the development and implementation of best practices and standards in process, design, architecture and operations of all aspects of service-oriented information technology delivery. Directs programs to monitor, evaluate and improve customer service delivery. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. Applicants must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and/or commitment to do so as an employee at WPI.

Minimum Job Requirements

Master's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

Knowledge and understanding of the current and developing strategic information requirements of a major research university.

Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.

Knowledge of project management best practices.

Knowledge of current trends and developments in information technology.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.

Strategic planning and advanced leadership skills.

Ability to develop requests for and evaluate proposals in reference to leading-edge information services technology.

Ability to provide strategic guidance and counsel to clientele in the assessment and development of existing and/or proposed systems.

Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources and to develop and evaluate proposals in reference to leading-edge information services technology.

Ability to foster a diverse, dynamic, fun and cooperative work environment.

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