Chief Information Officer

Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 26, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


Oakland University (OU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO). (

Oakland University seeks a dynamic, energetic, visionary leader who fosters innovation and collaboration in a shared governance environment.

Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) serves as a trusted business partner and member of the senior leadership and strategic planning councils designated by the University President or Chief of Staff. The CIO serves on the Academic Council, the Administrative Council, the Crisis Management Team, and the Senate Academic Computing Committee. The CIO directs the organization and staff in the office of University Technology Services and has responsibility for the planning and delivery of university-wide information technology deployment. The CIO oversees the central IT procurement process and is responsible for administrative oversight of all University-wide software licenses and contracts. The CIO provides IT leadership in the areas of strategic IT planning; policies, standards and guidelines; technical project portfolio management, resource allocation and capacity planning; security, risk analysis, business continuity and disaster recovery planning; budget planning and management; staff development and organizational training. The CIO is the liaison for the University to several external organizations such as Educause, Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU), and Michigan's Merit Network organization.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in computer science, technology, instructional technology, information or management sciences or appropriate discipline. A Master's degree is preferred. A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible leadership experience managing budgets and supervising and managing highly skilled staff in a collegial environment.

Previous experience as a deputy CIO, CIO/CTO, or as a member of a senior-level IT management team, with a current assessment of the use of a broad array of technologies is preferred. Experience with the review, assessment and deployment of large, complex enterprise systems that support administrative computing, teaching, learning, and research is strongly preferred.

Preferred candidates will have a demonstrated record of working on issues related to information technology within a relevant institutional setting in a medium-to-large public university, or comparably complex IT environment or complex academic environment. The CIO must be a highly engaged, strategic campus executive partner, superb communicator, and outstanding team builder with successful experience in developing and nurturing collaborative relationships with IT staff, university leadership, faculty and other university constituents. The individual should have the capacity and inclination for a leadership role in regional and national organizations and initiatives, representing the needs of research universities.

Founded as Michigan State University-Oakland in 1957 following the unique donation of the vast Matilda and Alfred Wilson estate to support higher education, Oakland University (OU) ( is one of 15 public universities, located in southeastern Michigan. Oakland is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral institution with "high research activity". OU has grown into a student-centered research institution with a global perspective. Operating independently since 1970, the University serves a diverse student population, and the institution is woven deeply into its surrounding community. Over its history, the University has grown to serve nearly 20,000 students, over 600 full-time and 200 bargaining unit part-time faculty and offers more than 140 bachelor's degree programs and 130 doctoral, master's degree and certificate programs. In addition to the main campus, OU delivers courses at the Anton Frankel Center and the Macomb University Center. With a strong foundation in the liberal arts and a robust cadre of professional schools, OU is poised to build upon its bold and remarkable past as it charts an exciting and even more powerful future. Guided by the University's 2025 Strategic Plan and Reimagining Oakland University (ROU), efforts are underway to enhance student success, grow research and scholarly activity, advance diversity, equity and inclusion, and expand the institution's visibility both in the region and nationally.

Applications should include a letter of application and curriculum vitae. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Confidential review of materials and screening of candidates will begin immediately. Harris Search Associates is assisting Oakland University for this search. Please send application to the email address below or contact Jeffrey Harris, Managing Partner, for further details.

Tel: 614-798-8500
Cell: 614-354-2100

Creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus is a strategic priority for Oakland University. OU seeks applications from individuals who are interested in and committed to supporting and advancing its DEI institutional values. Oakland University encourages all qualified applicants to apply and be assured that there shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, disability, creed, sexual orientation, veteran status or other prohibited factors in employment, admissions, educational programs or activities.

Oakland University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work-life balance.