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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
Vice President & Chief Information Officer
The University of Washington (UW), one of the nation's preeminent public universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President & Chief Information Officer.Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration, the VP-CIO will be responsible for leading the University's central IT function and for developing a vision and framework for major IT investments and services in support of teaching, learning, and research across the University's three campuses.
The VP-CIO reports to the University's Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration along with other central business functions including finance, human resources, and facilities management. The VP-CIO will provide strong leadership, collaboratively guiding investment in and support of IT systems and services, leveraging the tremendous resources of this $7-plus billion enterprise to help create world-class, strategic, scalable, and sustainable information-technology capabilities of value to all.
With direct responsibility for the resources of UW's central IT function, known as UW-IT, the VP-CIO will collaborate with faculty leaders, deans, chancellors, fellow vice presidents, vice-provosts, and school, college, and campus-based IT directors to identify opportunities to enhance UW's significant IT ecosystem. The VP-CIO will articulate a vision for IT that will maximize the value of IT at the University, define the optimum set of services and resources the University should sustain, define the governance structure for IT, and establish the external relationships that can best advance the University's objectives.
The VP-CIO will serve as a member of the EVP's senior team, advising on matters of information technology strategy, innovation, security, and investment. Working collaboratively, the VP-CIO will build and operate shared infrastructure, will ensure system interoperability and security, and will facilitate IT governance across the broader institution. The VP-CIO will also represent the University in state, national, and international IT-related initiatives and policy discussions, and will play a key role on behalf of the University with vendors and service providers.
Information Technology at the University of Washington
UW-IT's strategic plan calls for seven areas of necessary and transformative commitment:
Support world-class research
Modernize information and business systems
Provide access to excellent infrastructure
Improve IT management and efficiency
UW-IT is currently providing the program-management expertise and technical resources to complete the first of what is expected to be three major enterprise-software modernization projects: Workday's HR/Payroll system will go live in the summer of 2017. Initial planning is underway for the implementation of a new Finance system. A new student information system will round out this decade-long replacement of UW's core legacy applications and a host of shadow systems. There is strong institutional commitment to complete the work needed to modernize, harmonize, and optimize business processes across the Universityboth in the central administration and in academic divisionsto take full advantage of these powerful tools.
UW affirms its commitment to providing access in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. This commitment includes access to information technology that the UW develops, procures, or uses, such as websites, software, hardware, and media.
The VP-CIO leads a department of approximately 600 staff as well as a large number of students and consultants. UW-IT's annual operating budget is approximately $115M. For more information, see Strategic Plan.
Strategy and Leadership
Provide intellectual and organizational leadership to an ecosystem of people, technologies, and processes in support of the University's missions of education, discovery, patient care, and innovation;
Develop and implement policies and programs around data privacy, data management, and data preservation in support of effective university governance, management, and decision-making;
Work collaboratively with colleagues across the University on the development and implementation of IT strategy and an IT governance model;
Develop clear criteria for determining the array of technologies and services that should be provided centrally to achieve enhanced service, security, and efficiency and those that should remain as local solutions to support nimbleness and/or innovation;
Continue development of a comprehensive research-computing strategy consistent with the University's initiatives in data science and computational discovery;
Exercise oversight over the full range of information technology projects and acquisitions across the University, including its hospitals, clinics, and other organizations, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
Oversee development of an IT enterprise architecture to guide design and investment decisions; implement lifecycle management for the IT portfolio of products and services and an enterprise architecture for IT disaster recovery and business continuity;
Foster a customer-oriented focus among UW-IT professionals, striving for best-in-class service provision;
Represent the University in external, strategic vendor relationships to stay abreast of new IT developments; work in partnership with schools and colleges to develop vendor partnerships that offer opportunities for faculty and students;
Maintain positive relationships with appropriate funding agencies and foundations to stay abreast of new and emerging funding opportunities for IT initiatives;
Develop and maintain relationships with donors who have strong interest in information technology and its potential application at the University; collaborate in the cultivation of donor relationships and major-gift opportunities;
Coordinate the University's response to requests for IT-related information by the state legislature and state agencies. Serve as the principal authority for the University's technology proposals requiring approval by the Board of Regents or the state's Office of the Chief Information Officer.
Security, Privacy and Compliance
Direct and support the University's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) to ensure the UW has robust standards, programs, and policies in place in the areas of security, compliance, and privacy;
With the CISO, advise University leaders on the investments needed to protect digital information resources and, increasingly, the massive amount of University data hosted in the cloud;
Ensure the UW has the appropriate policies and educational programs needed to guide safe, compliant, and responsible use of IT resources together with the Attorney General's Office, Audit, and others.
Mission Applications and Business Systems
Foster a culture within IT and other units that promotes and enables innovation;
Oversee the strategy and direction of business and decision-support systems, including the transactional systems, data warehouses, and analytic, visualization, and reporting tools for executive leadership;
Provide general oversight and guidance for the implementation and use of IT systems and services in the schools and colleges, research units, and campuses to assure alignment, service excellence, and technology effectiveness across the enterprise.
Information and Communications Infrastructure and User Support
Oversee and refine an integrated and interoperable technology and communication infrastructure and platform, including high-performance networks, telephone systems, data centers, and computer systems;
Lead the growth and development of the community of IT providers across the enterprise.
| The VP-CIO must be a strategic and highly experienced information technology leader with demonstrated success in overseeing a large-scale information technology organization that serves a complex enterprise with multiple missions and stakeholders. S/he must bring experience in strategy development in a decentralized organization and a track record of success working with interdisciplinary teams to create and implement a shared long-term vision. S/he must have led transformative change in a complex, decentralized setting. And s/he must be an excellent communicator and relationship builder with a reputation for integrity and openness. |
In addition, the VP-CIO will have:
Experience building and leading a large team of high-level managers with specialized expertise in nurturing and managing competing interests to productive alignment, and in achieving lasting commitment to stated goals and objectives;
Experience working with internal advisory committees of constituents who are users of the services provided; outstanding skills in the development of business cases; demonstrated success in strategic investment planning and implementation; highly developed verbal and written communication skills;
A demonstrated track record of creating and overseeing complex projects with complicated financing and budgets involving multiple sources of revenue and differing requirements for expense allocation; experience in overseeing shared-services governance and funding models; demonstrated success in transparency and accountability of financial management;
Experience in leading a large and diverse workforce of technology professionals across many technology skill sets, fostering a customer-focused service culture; demonstrated success in the development of successful strategies for workforce recruitment, retention, and development for a large, complex organization;
Experience in building innovative, mutually beneficial vendor relationships, including the negotiation of contracts;
Knowledge of HIPAA, FERPA, and other regulatory regimes relevant to the University;
Masters-level or other advanced professional degree and a minimum of eight years of professional experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
Experience in a research university with an academic health system preferred; a corporate or public-sector background that demonstrates exposure to or familiarity with teaching, research, patient care, or large-scale data analytics will be considered.
The University of Washington
The University of Washington (UW) is one of the nation's most distinguished educational and research institutions. Ranked in the world's top 15 universities in measures that include US News & World Report and The Academic Ranking of World Universities, the UW is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the Pacific coast. Together, the University's three campuses in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell anchor the Puget Sound region and are firmly established as the pinnacle of the higher education system in Washington State. All three campuses benefit from the region's Pacific Rim location, from the growth of the Pacific Northwest, and from the growth and dynamism of Seattle.
Together, the UW's three campuses educate approximately 31,000 undergraduates and 14,000 graduate and professional students, with about 5,000 students at Bothell and Tacoma (each with about 4,300 undergraduates and 500-700 graduate students). In addition, the UW's Continuum College programs (online, MOOCs, summer programs, and extension activities) will educate another 49,000 students this year. For additional data about the University, see Discover the UW.
The Seattle campus's 16 schools range from Arts & Sciences to Education, Engineering, Built Environments, Information, Public Health, Law, Business, and Medicine. Average time to complete an undergraduate degree is four years, and 83% of entering freshman graduate within six years. The University's historic commitment to accessibility and aid is evident in the increase in the percentage of undergraduates from under-represented minority groups (up to 18% in FY 2010), the percentage of students eligible for Pell Grants (29%, more Pell-eligible students matriculate at UW than at all Ivy League institutions combined), and the number of students who are first-generation college matriculants (31%).
The UW receives more research dollars than any other public university in the nation, with $1.39 billion in awards in FY 2016. With $5.3 billion in revenues for its 2016 fiscal year, the University is one of the five largest employers in the state; factoring in the revenues from its affiliated hospitals, the University's FY 2017 budget is $7.1 billion. Its annual economic impact on the state of Washington is now $12.5 billion, up from $9.1 billion just five years ago. At the end of FY 2016, the University's consolidated endowment exceeds $3 billion and its credit rating is Aaa (Moody's). The University's financial reports are available at Financial report.
The University is governed by a 10-member Board of Regents, which is appointed by the governor of Washington State to renewable six-year terms, and includes one student appointed annually. The Regents meet monthly in open session and have three standing committees Governance, Finance and Asset Management, and Academic and Student Affairs.
UW staff enjoy not only outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. Seattle is the nation's fastest-growing city, with a population of approximately 700,000 in the city proper and over two million including surrounding King County. Major corporations headquartered in the Puget Sound area include Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco, and Weyerhaeuser. Seattle's average household income is over $60,000, and more than 55% of residents hold a four-year college degree or higher.