Vice Chancellor for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer

Job description

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 4th, 2021. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae, and a letter of application. Please direct all application materials to Nick Giannas or Tammy Jackson via the WittKieffer Candidate Portal here. Inquiries and nominations may also be directed to the consultants through the portal.


Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is an independent, doctoral-granting university with high research activity. The University has become increasingly known, nationally and internationally, for its creative, 21st-century approaches to problem-based scholarship, as well as its holistic, student-centered approach to learning and its dedication to the public good through local, national and international partnerships. The University plays an integral role in the cultural, social, economic and educational vibrancy of the fast-growing city and region it calls home.

The University of Denver is located on a 125-acre campus less than 30 minutes from downtown. During the past 20 years, the University has invested more than $852 million in renovating, modernizing and growing its campus and has recently constructed three new buildings: The Burwell Center for Career Achievement, the Dimond Family Residential Village, and a new student-focused Community Commons. These three new buildings represent the first phase of the Denver Advantage Campus Framework Plan, an ambitious and innovative vision for the physical future of DU. Through the Denver Advantage, the University aims to integrate the campus and its surrounding neighborhood, open the doors of campus to the city of Denver, and foster a great sense of belonging for the DU community. The beautiful campus, with sweeping views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains, is also designated as an arboretum.

The Opportunity

The University of Denver (DU) seeks an accomplished, strategic and customer-focused IT executive to serve as its next Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, Chief information Officer (VCIT/CIO). This is a tremendous opportunity to join a vibrant and progressive University located in one of the fastest growing and diverse cities in the U.S.

Summary of Position

The VCIT/CIO is a cabinet level position responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Information Technology Division in support of the administrative, academic and research functions, as well as IT infrastructure including networking, systems and IT security. The VCIT/CIO will report to the Chancellor and will be an active member of the Chancellors Cabinet, providing the IT strategy and vision that is consistent with the mission and goals of University of Denver. In addition, the VCIT/CIO will have close working relationships with the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs, Chancellors Cabinet and Deans. The VCIT/CIO will work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students across DU and lead an environment that is highly responsive, reliable and service oriented.

Information Technology is comprised of approximately 100 FTEs with an operating budget of $19 million and a capital budget of $3 million.


  • A bachelors degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or closely related field is required. A graduate degree is highly preferred

Leadership Skills and Competencies

  • A strategic leader who is forward thinking, has a vision of the future, "and can see around the corner"
  • A strong proponent of the university's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • An understanding and appreciation of the culture and history of DU and embrace the DU Impact 2025 vision
  • Strong technical and business acumen
  • A leader who is open, approachable and transparent
  • Collaborative team builder; ability to develop productive relationships across an institution
  • Politically savvy, diplomatic and emotional intelligence
  • Provide great leadership; ability to mentor and develop staff; Possess a strong scholar, teacher model who can service educators
  • Superb listening and influencing skills; a change agent with the ability to cultivate trust and credibility with colleagues; high integrity
  • Thorough knowledge of the current developments in the rapidly changing field of information technology
  • Knowledge and understanding of the academic, administrative and research functions
  • Knowledge of current information technology best practices including technical aspects and support aspects
  • Broad awareness of key issues and opportunities in higher education including the support of innovative teaching practices through the utilization of technology
  • Knowledge of management and supervisory best practices and principles
  • Knowledge of current government regulations that impact the privacy and security of information
  • Adaptable, engaging and personable; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Advanced skills in systems analysis, planning, forecasting, budgeting, and staff and project management
  • Persuasive and able to make difficult decisions in a complex institutional environment
  • Operates with a sense of urgency and brings innovative ideas to fruition




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Job No: 493311
Posted: 11/4/2020
Application Due: 12/21/2020
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable