Assistant Vice President for University Information Systems

Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Oct 21, 2020
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Vice President for University Information Systems

Villanova University

Philadelphia, PA


Villanova University, a top national university in the United States is seeking an individual with experience developing and implementing innovative solutions to systems challenges and a record of fostering team and staff development to be its next Assistant Vice President for University Information Systems (AVP for UIS). Reporting to the Chief Information Officer, the successful candidate will be both a change agent and an experienced change manager and will help the University accomplish its goals and objectives by bringing enthusiasm and a collaborative, creative, and optimistic approach to leadership.


The Assistant Vice President for University Information Systems (AVP for UIS) is responsible for managing and operationalizing the applications/systems strategy for Villanova. This position establishes solution centers of excellence focused around key domains, including but not limited to Student, HR, Finance, Analytics, Advancement, and Research. This includes managing and supervising a team of technical experts to provide development and maintenance of new and existing solutions, setting up forums to engage proactively with leaders in functional offices, continually scoping emerging technologies through the lens of the university’s users, and ensuring applications investments align with the division’s technical strategy and information security requirements. The AVP for UIS will serve as the senior advisor on application and solutions domain strategy to the CIO. The AVP will supervise a staff of about 27 and a budget of just over $5M.


The AVP for UIS’s essential management functions include:

  • Solutions Strategy: This position is responsible for managing and supervising a team of technical experts in the development, maintenance, and/or support required to keep all solutions currently deployed within the Villanova portfolio operational in support of university business. The AVP will facilitate coordination among the UIS team and other divisions within UNIT to provide optimal, secure solutions that are in line with the application/solution domain strategy and integration requirements set by UNIT. The AVP will design/oversee analyses aimed at identifying solutions that best meet constituents’ needs while also protecting the university’s information and assets, and they will continually evaluate and update the team’s skills to keep current with tools and methods that foster this “best-in-breed” approach.
  • Cross-Campus Business Partner: In additional collaborating with peer technology leaders, a key responsibility for this position will be to partner with the business leaders (for each domain area) to help determine the IT solutions that best position the functional offices to improve the delivery of services to their constituents. In this role, the AVP will work with the functional offices to define and develop the business case justification for new technology investments. The position will be responsible for establishing and maintaining forums for proactive engagement with leaders in the key domain areas and will establish needed governance models for technology projects when needed. They will also coordinate with other UNIT leaders to make certain solutions are coordinated and planned with representatives from operations, networking, information security, technology support services, and other UNIT stakeholders.
  • Proactive Planning: This position will be responsible for short- and long-term plans for management of human resources and material resources to achieve IT objectives, continually appraise applications to ascertain if they are operating effectively and efficiently, effect changes and improvements as necessary, and develop budgets and business case justifications to request funds where needed.
  • Thought Leadership: The AVP acts as a key thought leader around the use of technology to drive operational efficiency in the delivery of higher education services. This includes working with key partners and vendors to develop thought leadership around applications and approaches that can influence how technology is delivered to improve the university’s operational efficiency. They must keep informed of new technologies or application methodologies through publications/presentations, membership in professional organizations, and contact with other technology leaders at other higher education institutions. They must review market trends and make recommendations concerning adjustments to programs in related areas, and he/she manages key relationships with IT vendors and service providers.


The ideal candidate will have all or many of the following professional qualities, skills, and experiences:

Ten or more years of experience working in information technology or a related field with at least 8 years progressively managing people; Experience translating functional needs into technology requirements and driving vendor agnostic decisions to meet an organization’s needs; Experience driving data governance, building and supporting enterprise data warehouse functions, and working with customers to define and deliver on analytics and reporting needs; Experience with strategic planning, developing budgets, and funding requests; Experience with disaster recovery and business continuity planning; Experience managing vendors, negotiating contracts, developing RFPs, and reviewing proposals; Experience planning, designing, and executing complex system implementation projects; Experience managing people and budgets, creating performance plans, and building/developing high performing teams; Experience in a multi-vendor technology environment; and knowledge of:

  • Current trends and developments in ERP, web CMS, CRM, identity management, business intelligence, data warehousing, and analytics
  • Banner HR/Finance/Student systems and associated Ellucian products
  • Networking and operating systems, database management, identity management, directories (LDAP, AD, etc.), web CMS (AEM desired), CRM technologies, reporting and analytics tools, and ERP systems

A bachelor’s degree is required, and an advanced degree is strongly preferred. A Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or equivalent is desired as well as experience working in higher education.


The full position profile can be found here. Villanova University has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this search. Please submit applications, expressions of interest, and nominations to Tom Phillips and Josyanne Roche here.


Villanova University is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution. There shall be no discrimination against any employee, applicant for employment or any student on any basis prohibited by law, including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status (disabled or Vietnam era), or disability. This non-discrimination policy applies to all educational policies and programs and to all terms and conditions of employment, which include (but are not limited to): recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, benefits, promotions, disciplinary actions and termination.