Vice President and Chief Information Officer

University of Washington in Washington

Date Posted March 7, 2017
Type Executive
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Washington invites nominations and applications for the position of  
Vice President & Chief Information Officer

The University of Washington (UW), one of the nation’s preeminent public universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President & Chief Information Officer. Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration, the VP-CIO will be responsible for leading the University’s central IT function and for developing a vision and framework for major IT investments and services in support of teaching, learning, and research across the University’s three campuses.

The VP-CIO will provide strong leadership, collaboratively guiding investment in and support of IT systems and services, leveraging the tremendous resources of this $7-plus billion enterprise to help create world-class, strategic, scalable, and sustainable information-technology capabilities of value to all. With direct responsibility for the resources of UW’s central IT function, known as UW-IT, the VP-CIO will collaborate with faculty leaders, deans, chancellors, fellow vice presidents, vice-provosts, and school, college, and campus-based IT directors to identify opportunities to enhance UW’s significant IT ecosystem. The VP-CIO will articulate a vision for IT that will maximize the value of IT at the University, define the optimum set of services and resources the University should sustain, define the governance structure for IT, and establish the external relationships that can best advance the University’s objectives. The VP-CIO leads a department of approximately 600 staff as well as a large number of students and consultants with an annual operating budget of approximately $115M.

The successful candidate for the VP-CIO must be a strategic and highly experienced information technology leader with demonstrated success in overseeing a large-scale information technology organization that serves a complex enterprise with multiple missions and stakeholders. S/he must bring experience in strategy development in a decentralized organization and a track record of success working with interdisciplinary teams to create and implement a shared long-term vision. S/he must have led transformative change in a complex, decentralized setting. And s/he must be an excellent communicator and relationship builder with a reputation for integrity and openness. A masters-level or other advanced professional degree and a minimum of eight years of professional experience is required. Experience in a research university with an academic health system is preferred.

Ranked in the world’s top 15 universities in measures that include US News & World Report and The Academic Ranking of World Universities, the UW is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the Pacific coast. Together, the University’s three campuses in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell anchor the Puget Sound region and are firmly established as the pinnacle of the higher education system in Washington State. The UW’s three campuses educate approximately 31,000 undergraduates and 14,000 graduate and professional students, with about 5,000 students at Bothell and Tacoma (each with about 4,300 undergraduates and 500-700 graduate students). In addition, the UW’s Continuum College programs (online, MOOC’s, summer programs, and extension activities) will educate another 49,000 students this year.

The UW receives more research dollars than any other public university in the nation, with $1.39 billion in awards in FY 2016. With $5.3 billion in revenues for its 2016 fiscal year, the University is one of the five largest employers in the state; factoring in the revenues from its affiliated hospitals, the University’s FY 2017 budget is $7.1 billion. Its annual economic impact on the state of Washington is now $12.5 billion, up from $9.1 billion just five years ago. At the end of FY 2016, the University’s consolidated endowment exceeds $3 billion and its credit rating is Aaa (Moody’s).

The University of Washington has retained Opus Partners ( to support this recruitment. For more information or to apply, please contact Thomas Lapierre, Senior Associate, at Inquiries, nominations and applications will be kept in strict confidence.

The University of Washington is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. 

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