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Chief Information Officer San Marcos, CA

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) seeks a strategic leader and strong communicator for the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO has primary responsibility for leading, managing, and directing all aspects of information technology services, both in support of the academic mission of the University and as a means of enhancing the institution's management and delivery of services to all constituencies.

Since its founding in 1989 as the California State University’s 20th campus, CSUSM has grown to serve over 16,000 students across its 43 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs. A comprehensive public university offering diverse academic programs, the campus prides itself on exemplary teaching, innovative and experiential curricula, and the application of new technologies to solve real problems. A national model for student access and success, 54% of CSUSM graduates are the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree. Designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the University is also home to the highest per capita number of Native American students in the California State University system as well as the highest number per capita of military-affiliated students. Located approximately eight miles east of the Pacific Ocean and 35 miles from downtown San Diego, CSUSM grounds its mission in the public trust, alignment with regional needs, and sustained enrichment of the intellectual, civic, economic, and cultural life of the region and state.

The CIO will have the opportunity to serve as an advocate and champion for all members of the campus community while building on the University’s infrastructure of technology and support systems. The CIO will recommend, create, and implement long- and short-term strategic plan goals and operational plans for Information Technology Services. As a member of the campus community, the CIO will ensure a community focused strategy, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders. The CIO will lead and be a strong advocate for a unit of talented staff while facilitating an environment that motivates, empowers, and inspires commitment from employees.

The CIO will focus Instructional and Information Technology Services (IITS) resources effectively in order to enhance teaching, learning, and student outcomes, while serving as the key technical liaison in collaboration with the CSU Chancellor's Office and other educational institutions across the CSU and external to the CSU. This position requires a skilled, forward-thinking strategist with broad technology knowledge, a record of collaborative leadership, and strong team management skills. A more detailed position profile will follow this advertisement.

CSUSM has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; for best consideration, please apply by July 17th, 2022. Complete applications will include a CV, cover letter, and statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. For more details and to submit inquiries, nominations, and applications, please see below.

Courtney Wilk-Mandel is leading this search with Evan Layne and Cara Meyers.


California State University San Marcos is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, genetic information, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, age, disability, covered veteran’s status or any other protected status.



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