The University of Delaware (www.udel.edu) seeks an accomplished, visionary, and transformative information-technology leader to serve as its Vice President for Information Technologies (VP-IT). Reporting to the University’s Executive Vice President and serving as a member of the President’s senior staff, the VP-IT advances the University’s education, research, and economic development missions by delivering innovative, efficient, and integrated information technology services to students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and other constituencies.
The VP-IT will provide vision and leadership to the University’s use of information technologies for teaching, learning, research, administrative, and outreach activities. The central IT function, known as Information Technologies, provides secure, cost-effective, and reliable solutions across infrastructure, academic technologies, administrative systems, web communications, information security, and information security domains. In Delaware’s decentralized administrative model, which gives the deans considerable autonomy to deploy school resources in ways that advance their schools’ success, the VP-IT oversees centrally managed information technology infrastructure and services. Embracing this federated model, the VP-IT will provide a new kind of leadership to align central and local plans, resources, and IT activities within a framework that will optimize the University’s overall investment in IT. Attention to security and sustainability and focused on both institutional strategy and service delivery, the VP-IT will lead the development and implementation of solutions, services, and policy and will catalyze innovation in the University’s design, procurement, implementation, and support of information technologies. The VP-IT leads a department of 164 staff and an annual operating budget of approximately $20M.
The successful candidate for the VP-IT must be a strategic and highly experienced information technology leader with proven leadership in a complex information technology organization, preferably in a higher education setting. S/he must bring experience in strategy development in a decentralized organization and a track record of success working with interdisciplinary teams to create and implement a shared long-term vision. S/he must have led transformative change in a complex, decentralized setting. And s/he must be an excellent communicator and relationship builder with a reputation for integrity and openness. A masters-level or other advanced professional degree and a minimum of ten years of professional experience is required.
State-assisted yet privately governed, the University of Delaware has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, research, teaching and service that is grounded in a commitment to increasing and disseminating scientific, humanistic and social knowledge for the benefit of the larger society. Tracing its origins to 1743 and chartered by the state in 1833, the University of Delaware today is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. The University is a major research institution with extensive graduate programs that is also dedicated to outstanding undergraduate and professional education. University faculty are committed to the intellectual, cultural and ethical development of students as citizens, scholars and professionals. University graduates are prepared to contribute to a global society that requires leaders with creativity, integrity and a dedication to service.
The University of Delaware has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, and Katie Dean, Associate Partner, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent by email to Craig (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Katie (email@example.com).
The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans.