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Vice President and University Chief Information Officer Cambridge, MA

As of mid-April, this search has reached an advanced stage.

Harvard University seeks an exceptional leader to serve as its Vice President and University Chief Information Officer (CIO). This is an outstanding opportunity for a forward-looking, highly effective, and deeply knowledgeable leader to guide a talented, energetic, and committed team of information technology (IT) professionals to meet the varied and extensive needs of the Harvard community. The University has exceptional standards and high ambitions in its educational and research agendas, and a top performing IT organization is critical to their achievement.

Since its founding in 1636, Harvard has been devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, creating knowledge and developing global leaders across a breadth of disciplines. The University has twelve degree-granting schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The University enrolls over 36,000 degree-seeking candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and counts more than 360,000 alumni around the world.In 2018, Harvard inaugurated its 29th President, Dr. Lawrence S. Bacow.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, and as a member of the university executive leadership team, the CIO is responsible for information technology strategy, policies, and services that support teaching, learning, and research across Harvard.The CIO also maintains strong connections to the University’s academic mission through reporting relationships with the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Provost.The CIO heads Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT), a $200 million central IT organization with a staff of 640.HUIT is directly responsible for operating and supporting university enterprise systems, Central Administration’s IT needs, and IT for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The CIO works closely with and convenes the School CIOs by chairing the University’s CIO Council, which comprises the IT leads of each school. In collaboration with Harvard's CIO Council, HUIT fosters innovation across the University, in partnership with many departments and groups throughout the institution.

As a leading partner in Harvard’s strategic technology initiatives, HUIT’s overarching mission is to make it easier for faculty, students, and staff to teach, research, learn, and work through the effective use of information technology. HUIT accomplishes this mission by delivering high-quality IT services that meet the needs of over 50,000 students, faculty, and staff; implementing new technology through programs and large projects; developing IT strategies, plans, and processes; overseeing IT security and protection; and creating the best work environment.HUIT comprises administrative, planning, and strategy groups; service delivery groups; and strategic programs.

The successful candidate will be an imaginative information technology leader and an outstanding manager with an instinct for consultation and a talent for collaboration. The ideal candidate will bring experience in a complex organization and knowledge of a spectrum of technology issues from infrastructure, to research computing, to teaching and learning, to enterprise systems supporting the business needs of the University. They will have a proven record of building and developing high-performing teams and sustaining productive working relationships with colleagues and partners across their organization. The successful candidate will understand the importance of recruiting, developing, and leading a diverse and vibrant workforce. The new CIO will bring a deep and expansive understanding of the potential information technology has to advance the purposes of a preeminent teaching and research institution.

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted in strict confidence below.

Daniel Rodas and Vivian Brocard are leading this search with Joanna Cook.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. Harvard University welcomes individuals with disabilities to apply for positions and participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact our University Disability Resources Department.

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