Executive Director of Enterprise Systems and Infrastructure Systems
St. Lawrence University
October 1, 2018
Canton, New York
Full Time - Experienced
Executive Level Management
4 Year Degree
Under the direction of the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the successful candidate will provide direction and coordinate the work of Enterprise Systems and Infrastructure Systems teams, to best serve the needs of users. In addition, the Executive Director will work with senior leadership to ensure that efforts within IT are coordinated and executed strategically and collaboratively. Finally, as part of a Library and IT division, s/he/they will work closely with other Directors to ensure coordination and communication across the division.
St. Lawrence uses both locally hosted and cloud-based enterprise systems, though we expect to become more cloud-based over the next few years, thus close collaboration between the Enterprise Systems group and the Infrastructure Systems group will be increasingly critical. Regardless of where systems are housed/managed, we need to strengthen relationships between IT and end-users. Critical to this position is the ability to work with users to help them to define needs and to work with IT directors to ensure that those needs are met. Integral to this process will be working collaboratively with users and IT staff to prioritize needs so that finite resources are used to address those which carry the highest priority. At the same time, the executive director needs to be a leader in thinking about the opportunities and risks of moving systems to the cloud and of implementing new systems. The successful candidate will also need to ensure that both staff and users receive the training necessary to increase efficiency and to maintain security. S/he/they must work to encourage regular communication, to set expectations for staff, and to foster the development and evaluation of their staffs. Finally, the executive director should employ and promote a strategic approach to IT which considers the entire picture of institutional needs, a long-term view, and a proactive versus reactive orientation.
The Executive Director must also be engaged outside of the University by being part of national/regional organizations and by attending and presenting at conferences. In addition, s/he/they should work to ensure that the University is aware of and seeking grants appropriate for her/his/their area of responsibility.