Northeastern University — Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Northeastern University (Northeastern) is seeking a strategic groundbreaker to envision, design, and lead the Information Technology Services (ITS) team as Northeastern dissolves the old boundaries of higher education and establishes new, agile, and flexible modalities for learning and discovery. The next Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Northeastern will lead ITS as it supports academic and administrative innovation and provides the tools that make the unimaginable possible. Northeastern has positioned itself to revolutionize higher education and the next CIO will be a central advisor and partner charged with enabling every objective in Northeastern’s strategic plan. In short, there is not a more exciting IT leadership opportunity in higher education today.

The Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal technology leader for the university with overall responsibility for the vision and leadership of the information technology strategy. The CIO will oversee the delivery of all technology services supporting administrative, academic, and research functions. The CIO will lead an organization of almost 200 full time staff (and an additional 30+ contractors and upwards of 150 part-time staff) and manage an annual operating budget of nearly $45 million.

Key priorities for the CIO will be to:

  • Craft an ITS strategy that ensures that students, faculty, staff, alumni, and employers have the tools needed to meet both current needs and the bold objectives laid out in Northeastern 2025. The CIO will fulfill the ITS mission and provide products and services that faculty, students, and administrative departments depend upon for their various research, learning, teaching, and business needs while bringing a deep understanding of future technology trends and acting as a proactive advisor/consultant to help constituents anticipate problems and develop solutions.
  • Enable and support Northeastern’s current and emerging digital platform for learning, research, and collaboration. Student Assessed Integrated Learning (SAIL) is one such custom application initiative that is currently being piloted.
  • Enable Northeastern’s ongoing aspiration to be the world leader in globally networked learning opportunities. The CIO and the ITS function are vital to Northeastern’s ability to achieve the objectives outlined in The Global University Final Report. Initiatives such as the professional Advancement Network (PAN)demonstrate Northeastern’s ability to provide lifelong experiential learning opportunities, across multiple channels and through the Northeastern University Global Network (NUGN.
  • Research computing. The CIO plays a critical role in charting the course for creating and delivering a state-of-the-art research-computing environment on campus, and at MGHPCC, the green high-performance computing facility located in Holyoke, MA. The candidate should be knowledgeable in current trends in Big Data platforms/technologies, as well as in high performance computing standards. The candidate should be prepared to develop a research computing master plan that will insure our research teams can achieve the ambitious goals laid out in the Northeastern 2025 plan.
  • Structuring for digital transformation. Achieving the University’s 2025 goals assumes the development of an integrated digital footprint enabled by a robust, stable, and secure infrastructure. The CIO must help enable change in organization, structure and technology to support an agile software development-like approach including interactive design and development of new web and mobile applications (IE: SAIL).

Overall, the CIO will be expected to:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the university’s priorities and set clear information technology priorities that anticipate needs and are responsive to the university’s plans and goals;
  • Create, and/or identify and evaluate new technological tools and advise on their appropriateness for the university and their alignment with ITS strategy;
  • Develop opportunities for collaborative resource generation for information technology; and
  • Participate in strategic discussions with university leadership on IT driven/enabled aspects of the academic plan.

Northeastern is seeking candidates with the rare combination of technical, business, and emotional intelligence. The successful candidate will possess a record of professional experience that demonstrates progressive responsibilities and significant senior-level management experience in a complex IT environment. Candidates must be proven leaders demonstrating at least fifteen years of experience managing cross functional teams in complex organizations including accountability for strategic planning, consensus building, organizational leadership, and technical performance. The CIO should have experience providing an environment which facilitates and supports both intra and inter institution collaboration, using secure methodologies where appropriate, providing access to resilient and fault tolerant systems, and promoting enterprise systems which support the research lifecycle.

Critical to this role is the ability to use technology to translate client/institutional needs into workable business solutions. A Bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree, or equivalent experience, is strongly preferred.

The full position profile can be viewed here. Koya Leadership Partners is assisting Northeastern University with this hire. This search is being led by: Liz Neumann, Managing Director, Beth Schaefer, Vice President and Tom Phillips, Principal.

Nominations and applications, including a detailed letter of interest, qualifications, and a current curriculum vitae, should be submitted here.

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law.