The Ohio State University — Chief Technology Officer

The Office of Technology and Digital Innovation (OTDI) helps students, faculty and staff use technology in learning, teaching, research, and administration. We are a diverse, creative and dedicated group of professionals who serve the university community in a variety of ways, but we have one common goal -providing faculty, staff and students with the technology resources they need to be successful. Our strategic direction is driven, first and foremost, by the university’s mission and vision. Using that vision, partners across the university came together to design a university-wide vision. With those as guidance, within OTDI, we have worked to develop road maps for our work that support the continued innovation of technology services and digital education at The Ohio State University.

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer, as a member of the Office of Technology and Digital Innovation (OTDI) Senior Leadership Team, the Chief Technology Officer is responsible for strategic planning, oversight, and direction of the IT functions of Infrastructure and Research Technology, and their related financial, human resource and administrative management. This position is also a key participant in strategic technology collaborations with University stakeholders as well as intra-university groups and consortiums. The successful candidate will be an innovative strategic thinker with an open and collaborative style of leadership and management that fosters teamwork, sustains a learning environment for staff, and develops a dedicated, results-oriented and customer-focused team that earns the trust of the University community every day.

Key Objectives:

  • Serve as IT executive partner to the Enterprise for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge (ERIK) and identify and provide IT services to support the expansion of research at the University.
  • Assist CIO in development and direction of short- and long-term strategy in support of the mission and goals of the University. Set direction and priorities in IT functional units to achieve strategic outcomes.
  • Lead the design, acquisition, delivery, and operations of services and technology for campus-wide computing environments.
  • Ensure central systems and data are secured properly and can be recovered effectively from disasters or other interruptions.
  • Helping to design a seamless, research- and innovation-friendly technology environment for the innovation district.
  • Leads design and implementation of a data and technology infrastructure that supports expanded interdisciplinary collaborations with fewer technical hurdles.
  • Serves as a liaison to the Ohio Supercomputer Center and the State of Ohio and advocate for advancing high performance computing capabilities for OSU researchers.
  • Develop and manage financial forecasts, funding mechanisms, IT capital budgets, and annual operating budgets for IT functional units, continually ensuring resources are allocated appropriately.
  • Clearly articulate the ongoing costs of services, IT capital investments, current projects, and the expected financial benefits of planned initiatives for IT functional units. Ensure that financial models are simple and transparent.
  • Communicate key financial, service and initiative performance indicators for IT functional units with stakeholders.
  • Provide direct oversight for staff development and ensure continual skill growth; ensure that staff skills are aligned with the services and initiatives they are responsible for delivering; foster cross-functional teamwork.
  • Partner with units across the University to meet common technology needs; engage units in university-wide technology planning; foster multi-unit collaborative solutions.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Level Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

15+ years’ experience managing large-scale, multi-million-dollar IT programs in a senior leadership role. Demonstrated experience managing multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced organization; advanced project, program and portfolio management skills; experience leading negotiations and managing customer relationships. Experience in developing strong relationships across a complex, decentralized organization. Demonstrated knowledge of leveraging technology in support of business objectives. Experience in leveraging technology in higher education for teaching, research and administration preferred.

Desired Qualifications:
Master’s Level Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience in leveraging technology in higher education for teaching, research and administration preferred.

Closing Statement
The Ohio State University is committed to building a diverse faculty and staff for employment and promotion to ensure the highest quality workforce, to reflect human diversity, and to improve opportunities for underrepresented and marginalized groups. The university embraces human diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and eliminating discrimination. This commitment is both a moral imperative consistent with an intellectual community that celebrates individual differences and diversity, as well as a matter of law. We are actively working to eliminate barriers and obstacles to create a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Additional Information
Please submit cover letter and resume by April 24, 2022.

The target hiring range for this position is $220,000-$245,000.

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The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law. Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit the Equal Employment Identification form.