Villanova University — Chief Information Officer

Villanova University, a top 50 doctoral research university in the United States is seeking a unique individual with expert technical knowledge and strength in setting strategic vision, leading and developing a team, communicating and implementing change, and managing large scale projects to be its next Chief Information Officer (CIO). Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the successful candidate will assist the University in accomplishing its goals and objectives by bringing a collaborative, creative, and solution-oriented approach to leadership.

In September 2019, Villanova launched “Rooted. Restless.”—Villanova University’s Strategic Plan: 2020–2030. This 10-year Strategic Plan will continue to propel the University forward to a new level of success. It will guide Villanova into its next era of greatness, building upon its strengths and enhancing the Villanova experience for the entire community, including faculty, students, staff, alumni, parents and friends. Villanova’s campus continues to undergo a massive transformation. In September of 2019, The Commons, a complex of 6 new residence halls, that house over 1100 students and brings student on-campus living to 85% opened on Lancaster Avenue. A brand-new performing arts center is slated to open in 2020 and Finneran Pavilion, home to the 2016- and 2018-men’s basketball national champions reopened last year after a $65 million-dollar renovation.

This is an ideal time to be joining the Villanova University community. The upward trajectory of the institution is impressive, and more exciting is its desire to propel itself to even greater levels of success. The institution will make significant investments in its campus, teaching and learning, academic facilities, and technology and data/analytics over the next ten years. The CIO will play an integral part in Villanova’s plans for moving forward as academic and administrative leadership will look to Information Technologies to provide the tools that enable innovative teaching and learning, groundbreaking research and scholarship, and data-driven decision making. 

Villanova requires a visionary leader with sound knowledge of both the business and technical practices of the University as well as emerging technologies, best practices, and regulatory requirements in the field of information technology. The CIO is responsible for technology infrastructure, information security, network, ERP, tech support, card systems, communication systems, instructional technology, and application development. Resource management includes large-scale staff, budget, equipment, hardware and software. The CIO manages a staff of about 117 people and an annual operating budget of about $20 million. 

Villanova is seeking candidates who possess a record of professional experience that demonstrates progressive responsibilities and significant senior-level management experience in a complex IT environment.  A BS in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related major is required, and a graduate degree is preferred. Project management experience and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is preferred as is experience in higher education. 

Candidates must be proven leaders demonstrating a minimum of 15 years information technology experience with at least 5 years in a significant leadership/management role managing cross functional teams in complex organizations including accountability for strategic planning, consensus building, organizational leadership, and technical performance.  The CIO will ideally possess an in-depth understanding of a university academic environment and the roles and relationships of faculty, staff, students, and third-parties. Experience developing and/or supporting information technologies in a multi-platform, distributed environment, with responsibility for networks, enterprise applications, and security required.  

Equally significant qualifications include strong integrity, a high level of energy, and exceptional interpersonal relationship and team-building skills. The successful candidate should be highly collegial, consultative, have a non-hierarchical management style, the ability to develop and sustain collaborative relationships, and demonstrate commitment to cultural diversity and equal opportunity.

The full position profile can be found here. 

Villanova University has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Tom Phillips, Vice President, and Charlotte Harris, Consultant, are leading this search. Please submit a compelling letter of interest and resume here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Villanova University is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution. There shall be no discrimination against any employee, applicant for employment or any student on any basis prohibited by law, including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status (disabled or Vietnam era), or disability. This non-discrimination policy applies to all educational policies and programs and to all terms and conditions of employment, which include (but are not limited to): recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, benefits, promotions, disciplinary actions and termination.

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