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The Chief Technology Officer

University of Virginia
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Aug 22, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Business & Administrative Affairs, Development & Advancement
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

The Opportunity

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

 Key Responsibilities

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 goals.
  • _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 technological requirements.
  • _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.

 Candidate Profile

  • _Provide thought leadership to the CEO and senior management team.
  • _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 stakeholders.
  • _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 values.
  • _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 Association’s services.

 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 business units.
  • _Participate in and represent the association on appropriate IT and data Governance working

 Candidate Profile


 Candidate Profile

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 organization’s goals.

While no single individual will possess all the desired experiences and qualifications, the successful candidate will possess many of the following attributes:

Professional Experience

▪ _Previous experience as a CTO or similar leadership role preferred.

▪ _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 information required.

Education and Licensure

▪ _Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or similar (or equivalent experience). Graduate degree and/or certifications preferred.

Candidate Profile

Technology Skills

  • _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 problems.
  • _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 the association.

 This position supervises employees. Occasional lifting of computer-related equipment (approximately 40 pounds or less) is required.

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 Association.

 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 nation.

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 University.

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 medical center, comprised of the Medical Center, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. The Medical Center includes a 600+ bed hospital, level-I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, UVA Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Virginia.

 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 located near the Charlottesville airport.

 In 2020, the University was ranked fourth-best public university by U.S. News & World Report. In the 20 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, UVA has ranked in the top four and continues to rank in the Top 30 among the best of all national universities, public and private.

For more information about UVA For more information about the Board of Visitors Annual Report Board of Visitors Annual Report 2020

To Apply

To Apply or Nominate:

To learn more about this opportunity, please visit

Applications should include a resume and letter of interest. The search will be carried out with full confidentiality; candidates will be notified before references are contacted. To be officially considered for this position please send an email to

For confidential inquiries or to nominate someone for this opportunity, please contact Jeremy Duff, Managing Director with the University of Virginia’s Executive Search Group, at


The University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information

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