Chief Information Officer (Exempt 1M5)

Stanford University in California

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted April 6, 2012
Type Executive
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Chief Information Officer (Exempt 1M5)
Stanford University
Job ID: 47151
Job Location: Alumni Association
Job Category: Information Technology Services
Salary: 1M5
Date Posted: Apr 2, 2012

Stanford University

Office of Development & Stanford Alumni Association
Chief Information Officer (1M5)

March 2012

The University

Founded in 1891, Stanford University is among the top academic institutions in the country, excelling in a wide range of fields from the humanities to information technology to the health sciences and medicine. The university is located near Palo Alto, 35 miles south of San Francisco, on an 8,800-acre campus.

Office of Development

The Office of Development (OOD), formally organized in the 1940s, supports the goals and purposes of Stanford University.  OOD staff members, working in concert with academic leadership and volunteers, strive to enhance, over the long-term, useful gift support to Stanford.  In the process, development staff establish and nurture relationships with students, alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations and associations.  The objective is to create life-long relationships that enable the university to convey its aspirations and needs to constituents who can help Stanford achieve its goals.

Stanford Alumni Association

Founded in 1892 by the first graduating class, the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) formally became a university division in 1998. SAAs mission is to reach, serve and engage all Stanford alumni and students; to foster a lifelong intellectual and emotional connection between the university and its graduates; and to provide the university with goodwill and support. In support of its mission, SAA engages in a wide range of activities including: event production, volunteer recruitment and management, publishing, travel/study programs, community management, career/professional networking services, and broad-based communications.

The Position

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) leads a shared technology organization serving the needs of both SAA and OOD.  The CIO is responsible for setting the strategic vision for information technology at SAA and OOD, and overseeing IT development, deployment, and support across both organizations.  The CIO will lead a team of 30+ business analysts, software engineers, quality assurance engineers, web designers, network and desktop support staff, and help desk staff.  

This role will report to the Senior Director of Finance and Administration of the Stanford Alumni Association and the Senior Associate Vice President for Development.

Strategic Responsibilities

As a senior member of the SAA and OOD leadership teams, the CIO will provide vision, planning and operational leadership to deliver a highly functioning and forward looking IT environment for both organizations. The CIO will ensure the software engineering team is delivering innovative solutions that meet customer needs with respect to functionality, performance, scalability, reliability, implementation schedules and budget, with adherence to software development goals and principles.  He/she will also ensure that adequate help desk and technical support is being provided to all users of SAA and OOD systems.

One of the CIOs primary responsibilities will be to develop and implement a strategic vision for the future of IT for OOD and SAA. To do so, the CIO must work closely with internal and external stakeholders to create a realistic agenda that will help guide OOD and SAA in making solid IT decisions. Through collaborative teamwork and collegial relationships, the CIO must coordinate the strategic integration of traditional, new and emerging information resources/systems.  He/she will manage the transition from legacy systems to more innovative and current IT systems. Consistent with an agreed upon strategic plan, the CIO will investigate and lead the selection and implementation of new IT investments.

The CIOs responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  Make recommendations on the strategic use of information technology to leverage business results, working with executive management to understand business drivers, market requirements, and other issues that may impact departmental strategies.
  Develop a technology roadmap, identifying potential areas of risk and opportunity while meeting business and technology needs.
  Work with the technical team and management teams to develop and implement long-term architectural direction, providing accountability for project management, architectural strategy, and technology solutions.
  Assess software development trade-offs, find creative solutions to problems, and establish and meet aggressive but realistic delivery schedules.
  Oversee management of all technology projects including resource planning, process, milestone communication and scope management.
  Oversee the prioritization, analysis, design, development, testing and release of all technology products and projects.
  Develop and manage an annual operating budget in conjunction with the budget officers of SAA and OOD.
  Mentor and develop IT business analysis, software/web development, QA, and support teams and lead recruiting efforts as needed to enhance the technology organization.
  Oversee the preparation for disaster recovery and business continuity.
  Represent SAA and OODs IT organization to Stanfords internal IT constituencies. Serve as the liaison to the universitys central IT organization (ITS), the Controllers Office on matters of information security, and the IT staff in Stanfords schools and units.

The Person

Qualifications & Experience

Bachelors degree is required. An advanced degree, also in a relevant technology area and/or MBA, is desirable.

The CIO will be a highly effective business and technology leader who excels in a multidisciplinary environment with high standards and expectations. Specifically, the ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:

  A seasoned executive with an information systems focus and a strong track record of delivering innovative solutions. He/she will have a deep understanding of balancing priorities and delivering cost effective solutions.
  An understanding of business strategy and evidence of executing a technology program to meet business objectives in a complex changing environment. Capable of building a strategic plan with complete transparency, accountability, and measurable return on investment.
  Demonstrated ability to work with multiple business constituencies, balancing resources and ensuring alignment of the technology strategy with the business vision.
  Ability to balance the role of strategist with urgency while simultaneously managing the delivery of results in a complex environment of competing and changing needs.
  Proven track record of strategic analysis, solid decision making, and conflict resolution in an environment with many competing priorities.
  Demonstrated experience implementing structure into an IT organization including processes and standards. Strong planning and project management skills and the ability to organize and prioritize issues.
  Skilled as a superb and persuasive collaborator with the technical and business communities throughout the university and externally with technology partners.
  Proven track record of attracting, developing and retaining talented professionals at all levels and driving success across a complex organization. This person must also have demonstrated experience rationalizing organizations and making sure the right people are in the right roles.
  Demonstrated experience of transitioning from older legacy systems to more innovative and user-friendly systems.

Technical Expertise:
  10+ years of technology experience across multiple industries and platforms.
  Practical understanding of all IT disciplines including enterprise applications, IT operations, IT infrastructure, strategy and architecture, and data-security.
  Web, CRM, large database, and other relevant experience.

Leadership and Behavioral Competencies and Personal Characteristics

Most importantly, the ideal candidate will be a team builder, team player and a leader. He/she will have the personal drive, passion and enthusiasm to both understand and successfully navigate a complex set of organizations with ever-changing and growing IT needs. In addition, the ideal candidate will be characterized by the following:

  A leader who creates loyalty, trust and following. One who can energize people and teams, and make cross-functional cooperation happen. This individual must be highly respected by his/her staff, peers and senior management.
  A compelling leadership style that combines exceptional talent management skills, program management, business and technology expertise with the ability to inspire confidence in the organization and its services.
  Solicits the involvement of others to build a sense of ownership.  Must have the confidence to act swiftly and decisively when the challenges require such agility.
  Instills a sense of urgency in moving projects forward and meeting delivery dates while maintaining the highest levels of professional standards.
  Creative, innovative, strategic thinking, paired with relentless focus on delivery.
  Attracts a talented staff and builds and develops strong direct reports.

  Hands-on and entrepreneurial style--one who remains engaged in all elements of managing his/her functional responsibility, and someone who seeks to develop like-minded senior managers with similar capabilities.
  Instills management focus and discipline by translating strategies into specific goals, tactics, action plans and deliverables.
  Superb project management and successful implementation where on-time and on-budget delivery is the norm.
  Drives strong accountability with team, sets clear goals and expectations and measures against them.

  A combination of personality traits—collaborative, honesty, integrity, intensity and passion—necessary to blend with the rest of the executive management team.
  An executive with the intellect and presence to become a true business partner someone who is capable of contributing to broader business conversations beyond his/her functional expertise.
  Friendly, positive, and engaging personality.

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