Oberlin College and Conservatory — Chief Information Technology Officer

Oberlin College of Arts & Sciences and Conservatory of Music (Oberlin) seeks an exceptional and experienced leader for the position of Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO). Reporting directly to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the CITO will be responsible for providing vision, leadership, oversight, and management for the Irvin E. Houck Center for Information Technology (CIT) and will provide a comprehensive, strategic vision for the CIT that will align with and enhance Oberlin College’s strategic plan, https://new.oberlin.edu/strategic-plan/. The CITO supervises six direct reports and oversees a combined IT operating and capital budget of over $7.0 million and a staff of about 40.

The CITO will have the opportunity to make a significant impact and share in the success of meeting many strategic objectives. These include:

  • Evaluating, motivating, and empowering an IT organization that is experiencing significant change;
  • Consulting and collaborating with campus stakeholders to provide IT solutions that integrate and enhance the strategic use of data to further institutional goals;
  • Leading the creation and implementation of an IT Governance process;
  • Evaluating and/or establishing standardized processes (for example, inventory management, work flow, and business processes) that lead to efficiencies and budget savings;
  • Enhancing Oberlin’s ERP and other information systems. [Oberlin has been a Banner school and is in the planning stages for a migration to Banner XE];
  • Evaluating and providing consultation on learning management systems and advising tools, specifically Blackboard and AdviseStream;
  • Creating a Business Intelligence/Data Warehousing strategy.

The new CITO must be an experienced IT executive, someone who is a strategic and critical thinker, who values collaboration and communication, and understands the practice of shared governance. The CITO should be a visionary and inspiring leader and must have experience with managing change. The ideal CITO will have at least a Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) and at least fifteen years of related experience in progressively responsible positions, including prior experience managing a department or functional area; experience in higher education or other organizations of similar size and complexity; in-depth knowledge of current and emerging IT infrastructure, service management, user support and training, hardware and software, and data security issues; understanding of classroom and learning technologies relevant to higher education academic needs; and strong oral and written communications skills, including the ability to communicate across a broad range of technical expertise (from both highly technical to completely non-technical audiences);

Please submit applications and nominations to: OberlinCITO@neumannsearch.com.


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