University of North Carolina — Vice President for Information Technology

The University of North Carolina General Administration (UNC-GA) seeks a collaborative and experienced technology leader to join the leadership team as Vice President for Information Technology (VPIT) and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Budget, the VPIT is responsible for oversight of the information technology operations of UNC-GA, including but not limited to, information technology policy and standards, information security, enterprise business systems, applications development, information technology infrastructure and operations, networking and communications, and software licensing. The VPIT will be a proven information technology professional with strong communication skills and will create transparent and effective partnerships that advance the educational and service missions of the UNC system and its constituent institutions. The VPIT is a member of the Senior Vice President’s leadership team, s/he will participate collaboratively with this team, and be an important resource to the President and Board of Governors.

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The Opportunity
The VPIT role has a dual focus on internal information technology operations of the UNC General Administration and on externally facing activities related to the 17 constituent institutions. Internally, emphasis will be on the strategic oversight and management of information technology operations for UNC-GA and its affiliated entities in the areas of policy development, technology planning, enterprise business systems, applications development, networking and communications, infrastructure and operations, and information security. This includes closely partnering with the UNC-GA’s academic affairs unit for technology solutions that focus on supporting the instructional mission.

Additionally, a significant focus will be on system-wide coordination and monitoring of constituent institution activities related to information technology standards, software licensing and collaborations, shared services, and enterprise data management. As liaison between the Chief Information Officers of the constituent institutions and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, the VPIT will assist UNC-GA leadership in communicating and monitoring initiatives from the President, Board, and North Carolina state government. S/he will work collaboratively with senior officers of UNC-GA and the constituent institutions in assuring a robust, resilient, and secure set of information technology capabilities for the University. The VPIT will oversee efforts in strategic sourcing and implementation of information technology software, solutions, and services that provide improved economies of scale for General Administration and the constituent institutions compliant with State of North Carolina purchasing guidelines and with industry best practices. S/he will also provide system-level oversight and support to the information technology activities of the constituent institutions aligned with legislative authority and the priorities of the President and the Board of Governors.

Of particular focus for the VPIT will be:

Developing and communicating UNC-GA IT strategy and resources to align with University System strategic objectives as outlined here; Leading UNC-GA data modernization efforts as outlined in the 2017-2019 Budget and Policy Priorities approved by the Board of Governors in January 2017 and funded by the North Carolina General Assembly in the Appropriations Act of 2017; Leading UNC-GA cybersecurity strategy and implementation; Leading UNC-GA IT through a new zero-based budgeting effort.

Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate will be a proven information technology leader with a minimum of ten (10) years of progressive experience in information technology policy and planning, enterprise applications development, project management, and cultivating and sustaining collaborative partnerships to advance strategic technology goals. Experience with senior-level information technology management in a substantially similar public sector or higher education setting is highly preferred. A Bachelor’s degree is required; preference will be given to candidates with a Master’s degree in computer science, information technology, business administration, higher education administration, public administration or other field relevant to the responsibilities of the position.

Candidates must have a proven ability to provide creative solutions and leadership in a dynamic, complex environment and work collaboratively and collegially across divisions with multiple constituents to meet a variety of shifting priorities and time sensitive deadlines. Candidates should be experienced in working with a governing board and in articulating technical and strategic ideas comprehensibly to multiple audiences. Candidates should have a strong understanding of and an appreciation for the distinct research, teaching and public service missions of a public university in a highly regulated political environment and for the intricacies involved in a system with multiple institutions with diverse populations and missions.

UNC-GA has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Amy Sugin and Tom Phillips at:

Background checks will be performed on all final candidates.

The University of North Carolina General Administration is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.