The Chief Technology Officer will lead the Alumni Association’s
technical vision and provide strategic direction and day-to-day
oversight of the Information Technology (IT) and Enterprise Data
& Systems (EDS) departments. This includes providing leadership
and relationship building between EDS, IT, and Association
programmatic and other shared services departments. This also
includes partnering and collaborating with the University,
University Information Technology Services and University
Advancement to understand and implement new technologies offered
and supported by these entities. The CTO will develop and manage
the development, architecture, and overall EDS/IT roadmap with
input from and as a part of the core leadership team. The CTO will
also optimize resources, improve customer service, and ultimately
increase alumni ‘connectedness’ to the Association.
The CTO will accomplish their goals through a respectful,
constructive, and energetic management style, guided by the core
values of the Alumni Association
Leadership & Strategic Planning
- _Direct and manage the Enterprise Data & Systems and
Information Technology teams, aligning and allocating resources and
skill development with Alumni Association priorities. Coach,
mentor, supervise, support, and assess staff to ensure a common
direction that addresses current and future needs.
- _Work within Association and University IT Governance structure
to set the vision for how the Association will use technology.
- _Provide leadership for alignment of Association and University
technologies with business objectives that will optimize customer
service, maintain sustainable operations and attain Association
- _Provide strategic recommendations to Association business
units and leadership ensuring that technological resources meet the
short and long-term needs of the association.
- _Make executive decisions on behalf of the association’s
- _Promote the evolution of data warehousing and business
intelligence concepts that will allow for timely and efficient use
of information from multiple sources for decision-making.
- _Use data analytics to help programmatic departments
track/report results and better understand the alumni base.
- _Provide thought leadership to the CEO and senior management
- _Stay on top of technology trends and developments.
- _Manage technology budgets and time frames.
Architecture & Support
- _Partner with business units to determine system goals,
objectives, options, and capabilities, and direct EDS staff to
develop detailed requirements from the perspective of all users and
- _Implement technology solutions and development tools that may
improve the efficiency and effectiveness of all departments, and in
a fashion that supports the Association’s KPIs, mission, and
- _Implement information security standards/policies, including
running audits and document security procedures.
- _Review and manage training programs for users of supported
application and software systems. Determine the level of training
required and adapt training to the appropriate level.
- _Make recommendations for product improvements, and any other
innovations that could be beneficial within any/all departments and
projects, based on technological research, explore new
tools/technologies to improve development efficiency.
- _Identify technology trends and evolving social behavior that
may support or impede the success of the association. Evaluate and
identify appropriate technology platforms for delivering the
Collaboration & Consulting
- _Act as primary liaison between Alumni Association, the
University, University Advancement and other units/foundations to
design, develop and implement systems that will be used by the
Alumni Association ensuring that Alumni Association needs are met
by the projects.
- _Collaborate with technical staff in other University
departments and/or external contractors to develop solutions that
enhance operations. Represent the Association’s interests when
working with third parties.
- _Act as primary liaison for business unit management and as
consultant for business requirement analysis to inform system and
data decisions as needed. Develop and oversee processes for review
of proposed project scope and requirements, vendor system
proposals, and technical reviews for systems proposed by the
- _Participate in and represent the association on appropriate IT
and data Governance working
The successful candidate possesses a demonstrated record of
creative, inspiring, and accomplished leadership in complex
environments with the highest level of commitment to advancing the
While no single individual will possess all the desired
experiences and qualifications, the successful candidate will
possess many of the following attributes:
▪ _Previous experience as a CTO or similar leadership role
▪ _A minimum of 10 years experience in the implementation of
computer information systems for business applications is
essential. Experience in higher education and/or business
information systems in a University environment preferred.
▪ _Strong leadership skills and an ability to engender trust,
respect, and credibility from others.
▪ _Strong interpersonal, team building, and communication
skills; the ability to communicate effectively with people at
varying levels of computer literacy; and the ability to establish
collaborative working relationships at all levels.
▪ _Excellent customer service skills and a high degree of
integrity relative to computer security and confidentiality of
Education and Licensure
▪ _Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information
Technology, or similar (or equivalent experience). Graduate degree
and/or certifications preferred.
- _High level of technical skill and expertise as pertains to
data and system management for support and development.
- _High proficiency in project planning and management,
proactively anticipate and identify complex issues and
- _Excellent decision-making abilities with competency in making
decisions and resolving problems. Recognize which decisions may
have a consequential effect on a project and make decisions based
on experience, skill, and situation, consulting with and/or
informing others as appropriate.
- _Enterprise-level business project experience with strong
process analysis, design, and documentation skills.
- _Familiarity with all relevant technological trends and
technological infrastructures and be ready to deploy them within
This position supervises employees. Occasional lifting of
computer-related equipment (approximately 40 pounds or less) is
The UVA Alumni Association
The UVA Alumni Association builds strong bonds and affinity on
and beyond Grounds.
Formed on July 4, 1838, the Alumni Association of the University
of Virginia was the sixth such group organized in the United
States. A charter was granted to the Society of the Alumni of the
University of Virginia, as it was then known, in 1873.
With a rich history of innovation and self-governance dating
back 180 years, the UVA Alumni Association has been an invaluable
partner to the University, incubating programs such as the
Jefferson Scholars, the Parents Fund, the Virginia Athletics
Foundation, the Lighting of the Lawn, and GivingToHoosDay.
Today, the Alumni Association’s programs and traditions,
including Reunions, the Ridley Scholars program, the Jefferson
Trust, and Virginia Magazine, empower our 240,000+ alumni to shape
the world around us. To learn more visit UVA Alumni
About the University
UVA ranks as one of the top universities in the nation. A
vigorous, modern, and student-centric institution, UVA is animated
by the forward-looking spirit of its founder, Thomas Jefferson. A
UNESCO World Heritage Site, the University was designed as a model
for cross-disciplinary residential education that would cultivate
the leadership and innovative thought needed for an emerging
The University has begun to more deeply explore the critical and
previously unrecognized role of enslaved labor in the construction
of this historic landscape. The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, 2020
winner of the Architect’s Newspaper Project of the Year, sits
within the borders of the World Heritage Site and seeks to formally
acknowledge the work and the individual lives of the enslaved
African Americans who built and sustained the every-day life of the
The University of Virginia Board of Visitors in 2020 endorsed
the goals presented by the Racial Equity Task Force. They
identified twelve key initiatives, and recommended strategies for
how to approach each initiative.
Over the last three and half years, UVA’s alumni and friends
have committed nearly $2.2 billion in key strategic priorities and
initiatives across the Grounds. The University is in the midst of
the Honor the Future capital campaign and over $3.3 billion has
been committed to date against a goal of $5 billion.
UVA’s 12 schools serve approximately 16,000 undergraduates and
8,000 graduate students. The University has a total budget of $3.8
billion, and an endowment of $9.9 billion.
The UVA Health System is a nationally ranked academic
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A Carnegie Research 1 university, UVA has strong
partnerships with some of the world’s largest companies across a
wide range of industries. Sponsored research awards total $441
million from all sources, including federal and state agencies,
industry, and private foundations. In 2020, UVA researchers made
241 invention disclosures, with 56 patents issued. UVA’s Licensing
and Ventures Group helps bring innovative companies and products to
market, making Charlottesville one of the most vibrant venture
capital markets in the country. UVA has a large research park
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In 2020, the University was ranked fourth-best public
university by U.S. News & World Report. In the 20 years since
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UVA has ranked in the top four and continues to rank in the Top 30
among the best of all national universities, public and
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