Assoc Vice President for IT & Chief Information Officer
Franklin & Marshall College - Lancaster, PA

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Franklin & Marshall College is pleased to accept applications for the position of Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO). The successful candidate will provide strong leadership, oversight, and management of the College's information technology (IT) services, facilities, hardware and software, and staff.

The CIO reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and serves as a member of the College's senior staff. The CIO serves as a leader on key campus IT committees and provides expert consultation to the President, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Provost, members of faculty and staff, and Trustees through the Board's Technology Committee. The successful candidate will possess a comprehensive, strategic vision for IT that will enhance Franklin & Marshall's institutional mission.

The CIO is responsible for developing long and short-range strategic plans that support the IT and computing needs of the College community, enhancing the overall educational experience and providing the community with innovative technology tools. The CIO will maintain business continuity plans and procedures to secure system data and inform the campus community of data security issues and best practices. The position will oversee the implementation, operation, and maintenance of the Enterprise Resource system and works collaboratively with offices across campus to align and integrate all business information systems.

Responsibilities include:
  • Providing proactive leadership to the campus community through active engagement and solicitation of faculty, professional staff, students, parents, and alumni. Developing and implementing a prioritized strategic vision for IT and its role in furthering the academic and administrative goals of the institution.
  • Making proactive recommendations to help ensure the College's IT services keep pace with changing / emerging technologies. Providing ongoing assessment of the College's broad technology infrastructure, including key oversight of instructional technology and media services, to ensure it has the capacity to meet existing and evolving operational needs of the College.
  • Providing strong leadership for the IT organization of approximately 30 full-time professional staff members. Hiring, advising, and coaching a team of employees that enhance the learning, teaching, research, and operational aspirations of the Franklin & Marshall community.
  • Developing, proposing, and managing the IT operating budget, as well as the office and personnel budgets.
  • Creating and overseeing IT equipment maintenance and replacement schedules and managing large-scale IT projects and purchases. Working with committees to prioritize initiatives and develop detailed budget projections pertaining to acquisitions of equipment and new technologies and services.
  • Maintaining compliance with relevant privacy and licensing regulations and developing and communicating related policies and procedures.
  • Working collaboratively with offices to maintain a web presence that is aligned with College priorities and supports the College's public relations, marketing, recruitment, and alumni support and engagement initiatives. Utilizing social media and emerging technologies to advance the objectives of the College.
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Franklin & Marshall College seeks a Chief Information Officer with a performance record of successful and progressively responsible leadership in the IT field. A Master's degree is required with preference given to candidates with a degree in IT, computer science or a related field, plus at least ten years of related professional experience. The ideal candidate will be a proven and dynamic leader and will have a strong belief in the educational values and goals of a liberal arts education, including the desire to work collaboratively with all constituents of the College community. Preference will be given to candidates with prior work experience in higher education.

The desired candidate will offer in-depth knowledge of current and emerging trends in information technologies, hardware and software, data security issues, and use of social media; demonstrated success in project management, including implementing large-scale plans and projects; proven ability to lead and manage a staff of IT specialists; and strong negotiation, presentation, and communication skills.

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