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Chief Innovation Officer

Collin College
Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 2, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Technology Administration/Other, Chief Technology & Information Officers, Executive, Chancellors & Presidents, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Primary Location:

3452 Spur 399, McKinney, Texas, 75069

We are searching for candidates that meet the required qualifications and experience and are able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Chief Innovation Officer serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), reporting to the District President, to execute and facilitate projects and partnerships that support the strategic vision of Collin College, with an emphasis on leading innovations in technology and implementing strategic technology-focused partnerships that benefit the college.

Required Qualifications:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research and propose innovations that will position the college to “leapfrog” to the forefront of services provided to Collin College students; drive project results; and partner cross-functionally to deliver and maintain systems. Propose budgets and prepare necessary analysis to support budget recommendations.
  • Lead the college in applying cutting edge technologies to support and facilitate outstanding student learning outcomes. Provide leadership for technology services projects, including iCollin, and other new forward-reaching initiatives.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the college’s Information Technology (IT) Plan, ensuring that college IT systems are stable, secure, current (state-of-the-art), and meet the academic, administrative, and operational needs of the district.
  • Work collaboratively with leaders across the college and in the communities we serve to identify innovative technology partnerships that will benefit the college.
  • Lead the college in implementing best practices. Promote open innovation and creative thinking throughout the college. Set up and run idea generation activities within the college.
  • Recommend and schedule training needed to prepare the college’s employee population (and student body, where needed) to utilize new tools and systems.
  • Identify new trends, market disruptions, and emerging opportunities.
  • Recommend resources for promising projects and establish support systems to help move beyond status quo.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Enterprise and Shadow system strengths, capacities, and weaknesses
  • Substantive knowledge of technology used in higher education environments
  • General knowledge of higher education laws and requirements
  • Project management skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Excellent written, verbal and visual communication and influencing skills
  • Demonstrated excellence in the use of forward-looking, innovative technology
  • Experience with process change and optimization
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, planning and problem-solving skills with the ability to respond to changing priorities
  • Ability to provide broad problem-solving skills to critical, time-sensitive, and technical issues
  • Ability to research and understand ongoing advances in technology
  • Ability to negotiate with vendors on behalf of the College
  • Ability to coordinate with college personnel
  • Ability to provide consulting, training and coaching support to employees to empower them to solve problems and implement solutions independently
  • Ability to communicate effectively to implement initiatives
  • Ability to evaluate software and tools that will be most effective for solving classroom, operational, and process challenges
  • Ability to successfully manage program and project budgets

Physical Demands, Working Conditions and Physical Effort
Sedentary Work - Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, a negligible amount of force frequently, and/or constantly having to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met. Positions in this class typically require talking, hearing, seeing, grasping, standing, walking and repetitive motions. Relatively free from unpleasant environmental conditions or hazards. Office environment. Little physical effort required.

An earned master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or equivalent education and experience in innovation translatable within a higher education environment.
Ten (10) years of directly related professional level experience required, including three (3) years of supervisory experience. Experience in a higher education information technology senior leadership role is highly desirable but not required for consideration.

**This position is Security Sensitive, therefore, candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.**

The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job as duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. Collin College reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made by Collin College in its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.​

Required & Preferred Qualifications (if applicable):

Job Ad:

Defining the Leading Edge

When looking at job opportunities, we all want to find the same thing, don’t we? Aren’t we all looking for that unique opportunity that captures our interest and commands our full attention? When you find yourself smiling and realize that the posting was written with you in mind, take immediate action. You may be the person we are seeking.

If you are looking for that once-in-a-career opportunity to join an amazing team and define the leading edge in service to college students, you may have just discovered your next destination. We’re looking for a seasoned professional with an entrepreneurial vision for the future and the skillsets to bring it to reality. If you can remove roadblocks to true innovation and operationalize a vision for student success, you may be the person we are seeking.

Collin College is an incredible organization and the Chief Innovation Officer role offers an opportunity to make substantive, real contributions to our growing, vision-focused organization. If the possibility intrigues you, please read through the job description outlined below and submit your application immediately.

We are seeking a talented leader with a depth and breadth of knowledge in technical innovation to lead innovation throughout our high-performing, high-growth college. We are looking for an individual who can demonstrate and clearly articulate the visionary successes they’ve had in helping higher education institutions move forward by using their knowledge, expertise, and technology to solve problems and improve processes. For candidates applying from outside of higher education, help us understand how your significant accomplishments translate to this environment.

The successful candidate must have a wide variety of notable professional experiences that demonstrate a commitment to their organizations’ advancement, viability, and successes. Having a sense of humor (others must laugh, too!) is a welcome bonus! Most importantly, having a strong sense of mission that enables the individual to become a senior contributor in reaching Collin College’s vision of delivering a brighter future for our students and our communities is crucial.

Collin College’s first Chief Innovation Officer came out of retirement after a career in a state university to establish the direction for the college’s future in innovation and technology. As such, this esteemed leader arrived with a preplanned second retirement date which is now fast approaching. We are seeking a truly gifted individual to come alongside our Chief Innovation Officer as he prepares to fully retire later this year.

Three short phrases describe the ideal candidate:

1. Insightful vision for the future;
2. People skills with humility belying your many accomplishments; and
3. A laser-focused determination to move Collin College from very good to truly GREAT!

Reporting to District President, Dr. Neil Matkin, this key position will serve as a member of the District President’s Cabinet and lead the college’s cutting-edge initiatives related to technology, including a robust “skunkworks” division, the district-wide ERP conversion from Banner to Workday, the full launch of iCollin – a distance learning campus serving the entire district, an expansive wide area network of more than 60 miles, and state-of-the art technology labs across 9 current campuses and centers, plus 2 additional campuses under development that will be opening in 2021. In addition, this position will serve in an advisory capacity for the new IT Center at the Frisco Campus that opens in August 2021. Both aspirational and operational skills, as well as inspiration and vision for the future of technology applications in higher education are essential for this key position. The successful professional will enjoy collaboration from an outstanding team of colleagues across the college.

This is a unique opportunity to join one of the foremost community college districts in Texas. With a dedicated Board of Trustees, the lowest tuition in the state, and the second lowest tax rate among Texas community colleges, Collin College serves our students and citizens by providing excellence in educational opportunities and returning nearly three quarters of a billion dollars in economic impact each year to our communities.

This position offers the opportunity to make significant contributions with a fiscally sound, multi-campus community college district that serves a growing population of nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students annually in the North Texas region. Collin’s campuses are beautifully designed, located in thriving communities, and boast a truly outstanding faculty and staff.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of the positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. The employer actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

***This is a Security Sensitive position. Therefore candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.***

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For any employment questions, please contact HR at (972) 985-3783 or send an email to:

Collin College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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