Chief Information Officer
Cornell University seeks a visionary and innovative leader to serve
as an inaugural member of a new IT structure designed to develop a
cohesive and integrated IT enterprise across the institution. The
Chief Information Officer (CIO) will lead IT at Cornell's main
campus in Ithaca, NY and Cornell Tech in New York City. The CIO
will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of technology at one
of the world's most prestigious universities. This is an
exceptional opportunity to join a vibrant and esteemed institution
that values innovation, diversity, and academic excellence.
Cornell University is a world-renowned institution that encompasses
four distinct campuses: the main campus in Ithaca, New York; Weill
Cornell Medicine, located in New York City and Doha, Qatar; and
Cornell Tech, located on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Weill
Cornell Medicine is a leader in medical education, research, and
patient care, with a long history of groundbreaking discoveries and
innovations. Cornell Tech is a revolutionary graduate-level
technology and entrepreneurship campus focused on developing
solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. These four
campuses reflect Cornell's commitment to innovation, excellence,
and positively impacting society.
This incoming CIO will be tasked with identifying synergies to
create a more agile and innovative IT environment across all the
colleges and business units on the Ithaca campus and Cornell Tech.
The CIO will provide strategic and operational leadership for
administrative and mission applications, infrastructure, and
security. The CIO will work collaboratively between the colleges
and units and central IT, including building strong relationships,
supporting the values and work of IT groups wherever they are
housed, and ensuring that central solutions are designed to meet
the specific needs of colleges and units. By breaking down silos
and fostering collaboration across the university, the CIO can
create a culture of innovation that will benefit students, faculty,
and staff alike.
The ideal candidate for the CIO role will be a strategic and
operational leader with experience working in a complex,
decentralized higher education environment. This individual must
have deep expertise in applications, infrastructure, research,
security and analytics. The successful candidate will have a track
record of developing and executing strategic plans that align with
the organization's broader goals.
The success of the CIO depends on their interpersonal and
leadership skills, as they work in close association with a diverse
array of members of the Cornell community at all levels,
coordinating IT across the colleges. The CIO is instrumental in
influencing and leading changes to the current structure to serve
the evolving needs of the university.
The anticipated compensation range for this position is $450,000 to
$500,000 annually, commensurate with the successful candidate's
experience. Final determination of a successful candidate's
starting pay will vary based on several factors, including, but not
limited to education and experience within the job or the industry.
Compensation information listed for this position is generally for
candidates that meet the specified qualifications and requirements
listed on the specific job description. Additional pay may be
determined for those candidates that exceed these specified
qualifications and requirements. Cornell University provides a
competitive compensation package that recognizes an individual's
unique experience, credentials, and education alongside a robust
All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited.
Applications should include, as separate documents, a resume and a
letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile.
Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's
heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO,
Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also
recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native
Americans living on or near Indian reservations.