The University of California, Merced seeks an entrepreneurial, service-oriented leader for the inaugural position of Vice Chancellor of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. Reporting to the Chancellor and serving as a member of the Chancellor’s cabinet, the VC/CIO will be a strategic and collaborative leader, effectively partnering with senior campus leadership to evaluate, plan, finance, and deliver technology solutions across the campus in direct support of the UC Merced mission of teaching, research, public service, and the University strategic plan. The position provides leadership for university-wide initiatives to deploy technological solutions to enable research, support student success, facilitate teaching and learning, improve business processes, and utilize data for evidence-based decision making. This position requires resourcefulness, innovation, collaboration, excellent and transparent communications and problem-solving skills, and a keen understanding of strategic higher education issues. The VC/CIO will position the Division of Information Technology team as influential collaborators and thought partners with faculty, staff, and students. The VC/CIO will represent the university externally and will work with University of California system-wide IT, financial, and business offices to coordinate local implementations with UC-wide enterprise systems, standards and policies.
About UC Merced
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable, and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities for highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project nearly doubled the physical capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
To set the course of UC Merced’s evolution, in 2021 UC Merced developed its first 10-year strategic plan. This plan will guide how the values of equity and justice influence our pathway toward earning Carnegie R1 research status, growing enrollment, upholding our identity as a minority-serving institution, and operationalizing how commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion are enacted within each campus unit. UC Merced is expected to engage in sophisticated thinking, planning, and implementation of actions that effectively diversify the professoriate and staff, improve campus climate for all campus constituency groups, and strengthen our equity, diversity, and inclusion infrastructure and capacity.
The VC/CIO joins UC Merced at a time of significant growth for the university and the Central Valley.
UC Merced’s VC/CIO will guide strategies to address multiple priorities including:
Collaborate with campus stakeholders to develop a vision and IT strategic plan to advance the University priorities (See Strategic Plan - https://strategicplan.ucmerced.edu).
Modernize UC Merced’s technology, organizational capability, and data integration, analytics, and management strategies to support the use of data in decision-making.
Partner with executive and academic leaders to improve the IT governance structure to set strategy, establish priorities, and address risk.
Lead the effort towards adoption and equitable access to technologies, tools and services to bolster student success and experience.
Expand support for research computing including high performance computing and other technologies and services to enable scholarship and creative works.
Design an optimal operating model for IT that strikes an effective balance between centralization and decentralization to enable efficiency, support for distinct unit needs and risk mitigation.
Develop and maintain a multi-year forecast of technology investment needs and collaborate with leadership to devise a funding strategy for needed investments.
Continue enhancing the technology and support services to faculty to enable teaching and learning in all modalities.
Support the optimization and support of the new campus financial management systems and processes.
Lead innovative and effective efforts to recruit, develop, and retain the talented and diverse IT workforce UC Merced’s unique mission demands.
Continue to evolve information security and privacy strategies to respond to rapid changes in risk, regulatory and cyber liability requirements.
Assess and optimize the current applications portfolio and continue efforts to improve University services and processes, in collaboration with any stakeholder units / leaders .
Collaborate with functional units to identify and advocate for opportunities to use technology solutions to improve business processes.
Enhance the availability and adoption of digital tools to facilitate communication, collaboration, and engagement.
Champion diversity and inclusive excellence by creating technology services and processes that are inclusive, equitable, and accessible.
Qualifications and Experience
UC Merced seeks candidates with a track record of collaboration, innovation and creativity in the application and management of technology and an understanding of the values and strategic issues facing higher education, and a broad perspective on successful IT practices. The CIO will have at least the following minimum qualifications:
7 years of senior management level experience of a major division of an information technology organization.
Capability for developing, communicating, and obtaining broad support for a vision for the present and future role of information technology.
Strong financial management skills, including the ability to manage complex budgets with multiple fund sources.
Demonstrated track record of collaboration and ability to effectively leverage internal and external resources and expertise to achieve outcomes.
Experience creating an inclusive organizational culture that is welcoming of equity and diversity for all, including women and minorities, which stresses collegiality, and values professional development.
Experience fostering teamwork and direction among information technology employees reflected in a results-oriented, energetic, innovative, flexible, and client-focused culture.
Ability to think creatively, as demonstrated by a record of developing and implementing alternative models or solutions to manage challenging problems.
Demonstrated ability to successfully conceptualize, launch, manage, and deliver multiple IT projects that meet organizational objectives on time and within budget, within an environment that depends on consensus, collaborations, and partnerships.
Experience with the financial and security implications of adopting cloud-based services for applications, platforms, and infrastructure.
We are interested in meeting candidates with varied experiences and backgrounds. The most competitive candidates will also have many of the following additional qualifications and experiences.
An understanding of the goals and values of a complex, mission-driven institution and how information technology investments and services support, enhance, and advance teaching, research, and academic administration.
Ability to develop, communicate and obtain broad support for a vision of the present and future role of information technology in higher education and how advancements in information technology will yield competitive advantages to the university.
Leadership role in the implementation of institution-wide technology solutions with significant process improvement and organizational change management components.
Demonstrated experience managing IT in a research-intensive higher education institution with an understanding of the diverse support needs of research programs and instructional activities.
Understanding of risk-based strategies and solutions needed to manage threats to data security and privacy in a university setting.
Demonstrated ability to successfully conceptualize, launch, and implement a major technology service or application that meets campus objectives on time and within budget.
UC Merced will be assisted by Mary Beth Baker and Phil Goldstein of Next Generation Leadership Partners. Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, statement of diversity (see below) and resume to firstname.lastname@example.orgFor full consideration of your application please submit materials by October 14, 2022. Please email Mary Beth Baker at email@example.com with any questions and nominations.
In a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity,” we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UC Merced. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.