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AVP of Information Technology Services (Chief Information Officer)

Job description

Macalester College invites applications and nominations for our Associate Vice President of Information Technology Services. This position is the college’s highest level IT role; the incumbent is the College’s chief information officer.

The position

Reporting to the College’s Vice President of Administration and Finance (CFO), this position leads and manages the College’s overall IT strategy and operations with a staff of 29 IT professionals. The department manages all of the voice, data, audio-visual, physical technology infrastructure, applications, enterprise level functionality, and campus support, including both academic and administrative computing. The new AVP will inherit an ITS function that is well regarded on campus; this was confirmed through an internal customer service survey taken in 2017 that showed the high regard that the community has for the service levels provided by the ITS team.

There are two foundational elements for this role:

  • Effectively manage all aspects of the information technology function at Macalester, ensuring timely, effective service to all members of the campus community.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the college’s academic and administrative leaders regarding the role of information technology in the college’s future plans and the plans of the major operating units.

Successful candidates will have significant IT and leadership experience, preferably within higher education or a comparably complex environment. An advanced degree is preferred and a Bachelor's degree is required. It is important that this leader understand the culture of a mission driven organization and the nature of operating in an open IT environment governed in part by the concept of academic freedom. That openness must be balanced with the realities of the evolving data security environment.

Because successful technology support is ultimately about the people delivering the service, this role will place a premium on demonstrated management skills, including the ability to attract, retain, and develop outstanding IT professionals. To this end, the department must be led in a manner that builds cooperation inside the department and collaboration with campus constituencies and off-campus partners.

The College

Since its founding in 1874, Macalester College, located in St. Paul, Minnesota, has provided students with the inspiration, insight, and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. The educational experience at Macalester supports the development of individuals who make informed judgments and interpretations of the broader world around them and choose actions or beliefs for which they are willing to be held accountable. Preparing students for engaged citizenship and effective civic leadership in the diverse society that will live in as adults is a critical part of Macalester’s mission. Students develop the ability to seek and use knowledge and experience in contexts that challenge and inform their suppositions about the world. That experience is enhanced by the College’s location in the heart of a vibrant metropolitan area of 3.5 million people. This location also offers access to a sophisticated community of technology professionals inside and outside of higher education.

Macalester currently enrolls 2,146 students who come from 49 U.S. states and over 85 countries around the world. Macalester is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college known for its high standards of scholarship and its special emphases on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. 

Macalester is proud of its longstanding commitment to social justice and creating a safe environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religion, age, or ability. Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities and women.

The working environment

Macalester’s most valuable assets are its people. As such, we seek a seasoned IT leader with demonstrated experience in environments conducive to engagement, development and service; cultivating highly functional relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders; and, foreseeing and navigating opportunities in the rapidly evolving landscape of Information Technology. The new AVP will be expected to build on already strong departmental and campus working relationships. We will expect this individual to be comfortable functioning in the culturally diverse and pluralistic environment that characterizes the College.

Candidates should have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and well-developed interpersonal skills. Effective project management and analytical skills and the ability to act independently, take initiative and exercise sound judgment will be integral to the success of the role.

Application Guidelines

For best consideration please submit resume and cover letter in one PDF document through the Macalester Employment Opportunities webpage no later than April 20, 2018. Review of applications will begin immediately. This posting will remain open until filled.




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Posted: 4/3/2018
Application Due: 4/30/2018
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