Vice President for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer (CIO)

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Position Title:

Vice President for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer (CIO)

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Position Status:

Full-time Continuing

Reports to (Supervisor) Title:

President of the College

Position Summary:

The Vice President for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer (CIO) will provide leadership, vision, management, and advanced technical knowledge in the design, development and implementation of the College’s strategic plans for Information Technology. The VP will coordinate campus-wide Information Technology planning between the Information Technology Services, Office of Instructional Technology, Academic Affairs School offices, Administrative offices, Madigan Library and the Workforce Development office.

Position Work Calendar:


Position Work Hours/Week:

37.5 hours per week

Abilities and Skills:

*Evidence of management abilities and leadership skills. (Minimum)
*Excellent communication skills, oral and written; the ability to convey technically complex information and concepts in terms understood by nontechnical people. (Minimum)
*Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards. (Minimum)
*Evidence of logistical and organizational ability. (Minimum)
*Commitment to continuing professional development. (Minimum)
*Commitment to and understanding of the role of information technology systems in enhancing the delivery of quality educational instruction and effective/efficient business operations. (Minimum)
*Ability to prioritize projects, make decisions regarding “make or buy,” and move work forward effectively in areas of highest need using organizational leverage. (Minimum)
*Ability to translate highly technical issues and terminology into language understood by the broader College community. (Minimum)
*Broad knowledge of legal issues and risks relating to cyber security, privacy, data stewardship, intellectual property, and copyright. (Minimum)
*Current knowledge of computing and communications‐related technology such as digital networks, telephony, multimedia applications, distributed computing, hardware and software infrastructure, and cloud‐based services. (Minimum)


*Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Information Systems, Technology Management or related discipline. (Minimum)
*Master’s Degree in Information Technology, Information Systems, Technology Management or related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience. (Highly Desired)


*Eight (8) to ten (10) years of progressively responsible leadership experience in information technology, encompassing strategic planning, budgeting, process improvement, and managing IT resources, staff, and services. (Minimum)
*Experience with Anthology/CampusNexus ERP. (Highly Desired)
*Experience in computer systems analysis and design. (Minimum)
*Experience with VoIP telephone, video distribution, and library information systems. (Minimum)
*Experience with data communications and networking. (Minimum)
*Experience in building strong collaborative relationships with partners inside and outside of IT. (Minimum)
*Demonstrated success leading initiatives focused on transformational change, within IT and the larger organization. (Minimum)
*Leadership experience in a higher education environment. (Highly Desired)
*Experience with development, installation and maintenance of ERP systems in an educational environment. (Highly Desired)

Responsibilities and Duties :

Responsibilities and Duties
-Envision, investigate, design, and champion the development of new IT-based systems and solutions that support the College’s mission.
-Provide strategic vision and leadership in the development of policy and prioritization of resources for the rapidly changing information technology environment.
-Coordinate campus-wide IT planning between: ITS, Office of Instructional Technology, Academic Affairs School offices, Administrative offices, Madigan Library and the Workforce Development office.
-Work with all IT Directors to develop strategic long-range IT plans into annual operational plans.
-Facilitate the open discussion of campus IT plans and policies at all levels of the campus administration.
-On President’s Council, serve on the Emergency Management Committee, and the Accessibility in Information Technology Committee.
-Interface with IT organizations at other colleges and universities and participate in EDUCAUSE events and other IT user groups.
-Develop long-range plans, standards, policy and guidelines for the deployment of computing and Internet technologies throughout the campus.
-Provide the vision and champion the use of the Internet to enhance College marketing, improve student services, and facilitate campus communications.
-Build, expand, and enhance the IT infrastructure through the use of professional technology-acquisition practices.
-Lead the effort to formulate an effective computer and network security plan for the campus.
-Develop campus policies on the appropriate uses of digital information, electronic communications, networks, and computers.
-Supervise the department administrators, Enterprise Applications & Systems, Enterprise Systems & Infrastructure and Educational & Emerging Technologies.
-Conduct research and evaluation necessary to facilitate the acquisition, installation, and maintenance of IT infrastructure equipment including; computer hardware and software, network hardware and software.
-Recommend personnel changes to the President, such as hiring, promotion, termination, training, and staff development.
-Review and oversee the annual operating and capital budgets for all IT departments.
-Work collaboratively with administrators, deans, directors, faculty, academic and administrative staff, and students in identifying and implementing effective uses of technology.
-Effectively negotiate and assess contracts and license agreements for competitive pricing, compliance, risk management and data security.
-Collaborate with campus leadership in planning for disaster recovery and business continuity.
-Provide for continual skill and professional development among ITS staff and assure that staff have the resources and skills to perform their responsibilities effectively.


*IBM iSeries
*Computer Workstations
*Campus Network
*Cisco telephone switch and telephone equipment
*Video equipment

Physical Standards:


Positions Supervised:

*Director, Enterprise Applications & Systems
*Director, Enterprise Systems & Infrastructure
*Director, Educational & Emerging Technologies

Interfacing Departments:


Special Job Features:

*Occasional evening and weekend work necessary to meet the needs of Information Technology.
*Occasional evening and weekend duties necessary to meet the responsibilities as a member of Presidents Council.
*Background check will be required on selected candidate.

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Additional Expectations:

-Possess interpersonal skills necessary to deal effectively and courteously with students, faculty, staff and the public. (Essential)
-Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity and multicultural issues. (Essential)
-Be sensitive to the needs and expectations of students, faculty, staff and administrators. (Essential)
-Maintain a high degree of confidentiality with regards to any and all information as a direct or indirect result of job responsibilities/job functions. (Essential)
-Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner and maintain the standard of care that is appropriate for this position. (Essential)
-Perform other appropriate job-related duties as assigned by the supervisor. (Marginal)
-Employees who provide student instruction will develop and maintain proficiency in the effective pedagogical use of current and future instructional technologies, including but not limited to learning management systems, media, instructional software, and connectivity devices. As such, are required to use the following elements of the Learning Management System (LMS): Upload all syllabi, timely use of the grade feature, and collection of digital student work and distribution of digital course materials.

College Statement:

This is not a complete itemization of all facets of this position. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. The College has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without prior notice.


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Open Date:


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Pay Rate / Salary:

Commensurate with credentials submitted as applied to the College’s Administrative, Professional and Technical Staff Salary System.

Additional Information:

Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires and the completion of an Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) by the candidate and the employer. Any offer of employment shall be contingent on the applicant’s timely production of required documentation to verify identity and employment authorization. If you cannot or will not be able to produce the required documentation, we cannot consider your application.

If you are currently receiving an annuity from the State or Public School Employees’ Retirement System, employment at Pennsylvania College of Technology may affect your annuity status. If you are currently a member of either the State or Public School Employees’ Retirement System you may be required to contribute into the System.

Desired Start Date:

As soon as feasible

Special Instructions to Applicants:

If you wish to apply for this position, you must submit all application material through the College’s on-line recruiting website at

For further information on this position, call 570-327-4770.

Position Type:

Administrative, Professional and Technical Staff

EEO Statement :

Penn College is committed to equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.




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Job No:
Posted: 2/6/2021
Application Due: 3/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time