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Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)
Position Description

Job Summary

The Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) reports to the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance (A&F) and serves as a member of the A&F Division’s senior leadership team. The CIO is responsible to the Senior Vice President on matters of university strategy, planning and governance related to information technology infrastructure and support services. The CIO additionally serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and is the campus liaison with the CSU System Office of Information Technology Services.

The CIO works with university leadership, faculty, and staff to develop and communicate the status of technology plans and initiatives and is responsible for managing administrative and academic technology support staff under their supervision and for promoting and delivering quality service to the campus community. The CIO engages and collaborates with faculty and senior leadership to ensure information technology services are provided in an effective manner that supports the academic and administrative needs of the university.

The CIO develops and implements a strategic plan for information technology services consistent with the university’s strategic plan and academic mission. Additionally, the CIO oversees the budget, personnel and policy development as they relate to information technology for the campus. The CIO is responsible for the development and execution of an information technology governance structure to ensure the organization's ability to effectively prioritize and properly resource new technology investments. The CIO is an advocate for development and use of information technology and cyber security in instruction and institutional support.

The CIO leads the university in the effective and efficient application of technology across the enterprise and guides the University's investment in technology and is a contributor to the campus commitment to a continuous process improvement effort in this regard.

The CIO works in conjunction with the divisional Vice Presidents, Deans and executive leadership of campus auxiliary organizations to develop both public and private support for campus information technology needs including the cultivation and establishment of industry, governmental, and institutional related partnerships, as guided by the strategic direction of the University. The CIO works closely with the Information Security Officer and security services team implementing Cal Poly’s Information Security Program.

Department Summary

The CIO provides leadership for centralized information technology services across the Cal Poly enterprise including auxiliary organizations such as Cal Poly Partners, Associated Students Inc., and the Cal Poly Foundation. This includes enterprise and academic technology strategy, information security and training, user and workplace support, productivity and collaboration applications, application management, web content management, information management and business analytics, application development, voice services, data center and cloud storage, classroom technology, learning management systems, network services and technology installation and campus-wide user support services. The CIO further provides leadership in resource management and generation for the IT enterprise. This includes grant writing and developing business models that provide financial sustainability for the IT enterprise.

Key Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to leading a collaborative, service-driven organization;
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems;
  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the university with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds;
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner to a variety of audiences, both verbally and in writing;
  • Expert knowledge of current issues and opportunities associated with information technology and cyber security as it relates to large, complex organizations;
  • Working knowledge of successful project management approaches for large technology initiatives;
  • Skilled at managing a complex information technology organization and building and leading strong teams; and
  • Working knowledge of cloud technologies and application for academic services.

Education and Experience

  • Ten years of progressively responsible professional and leadership experience including a senior leadership role(s) in delivering information technology services and programs in a large, complex organization; and
  • Master's degree and/or advanced degree in information technology or a related discipline.

Salary and Benefits

The anticipated hiring range for this role is $290,000 - $310,000 annually. Note that the offer is calculated based on the background and relevant years of experience of the individual selected.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

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