Chief Information Officer


General Description of Position:

The Chief Information Officer (CIO), serves as the university’s senior information technology executive and leads and manages Information Technology Services, or ITS, the university’s enterprise IT organization.  The CIO is in a new reporting structure directly to the president of Kansas State University and serves on the president’s cabinet and the president’s advisory council. The CIO also has a dotted-line reporting responsibility to the provost and senior vice president to facilitate a close working relationship with the university’s academic community. Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at

Successful candidate will provide:

Strategic IT Leadership

The CIO provides vision and leadership to effectively integrate technology into the work of Kansas State University, working closely with university leadership and the university community to shape and implement information technology investments, plans and strategies aligned with institutional goals and customer needs. This includes facilitating and coordinating university IT strategic planning, prioritization and governance, and working collaboratively to develop and deploy new services and technologies that meet the needs of a wide range of university constituencies. 

Oversight and Management of Information Technology Services

The CIO is responsible for the leadership and management of Information Technology Services (ITS), with approximately 155 technical and non-technical professionals and a budget of 20 million dollars. In this capacity, the CIO has strategic and operational oversight of university-wide IT services including communications, networking, and server/storage infrastructure and services; academic, administrative, and instructional technologies and support services; desktop support; university-wide technology training; infrastructure for research computing; data and information management, and information technology security, risk mitigation, and business continuity. The CIO is responsible for effective enterprise IT budget and expenditures, including improved procurement leverage and maximizing resources.


Fostering a unified IT culture with high performing teams is a critical responsibility for this position. The CIO is responsible for all aspects of staffing and workforce management for ITS; including assessing current and future staffing needs and planning appropriately to meet those needs, promoting appropriate training, mentoring, on-the-job experiences and other professional development opportunities, and fostering overall morale within ITS.

Advice and Communications

The CIO serves as the senior information technology advisor to University leadership on issues related to IT strategic planning, policies, technology investments, and risk management and as a spokesperson for the University on matters related to university information technology and services. The CIO is also responsible for ensuring the development and communication of university information technology policies, standards, and procedures.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

A master’s degree from an accredited institution. The successful candidate must also have a record of experience as a strategic leader who is customer- and business-driven with a demonstrated commitment to customer service and the ability to integrate business and technology strategies to improve an institution’s overall programs and services.

The successful candidate must also demonstrate:  

  • Success as a collaborator and relationship builder and change agent, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and ability to build coalitions and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups, including senior executives, to achieve results.
  • A proven record of success in an administrative leadership position with responsibility for guiding strategy, budget planning and financial management, staffing and personnel management, policy formulation, business planning and operations, continuous service improvement, and risk management.
  • Seasoned competence in at least six of following areas:
    1) IT governance processes; 2) capital planning, Return On Investment, and cost analysis; 3) process metrics and reporting; 4) enterprise architecture; 5) infrastructure and information security, privacy and business continuity; 6) business process analysis; 7) information architecture and management; 8) systems acquisition and development; 9) operations (infrastructure and applications); 10) outsourcing; and 11) higher education practices.
  • The ability to effectively delegate as well as to supervise, lead, manage and develop high-performing personnel and teams, and foster a unified IT culture that values diversity.
  • The ability to think and plan strategically consistent with institutional goals and customer needs.
  • Innovative with the ability to effectively execute complex technology plans and strategies.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • Must be able to acquire and maintain a security clearance.
  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.
Preferred Qualifications:

A terminal degree in a related field. Special Instructions to Applicants:

In your application materials, please include:

  • A letter of interest describing relevant experiences and interest in the position;
  • Curriculum vitae or Resume;
  • Three professional references, including titles, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.
Screening of Applications Begins:

The search committee will accept applications and nominations until July 7, 2017. The committee will begin identifying candidates to interview on July 10, 2017 and initial interviews will take place between July 26-28, 2017.  Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.