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Chief Information Officer

Golden Gate University
San Francisco, California
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Date posted
Jul 27, 2023

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Golden Gate University

San Francisco, CA



Golden Gate University seeks an entrepreneurial, creative, and strategic leader to serve as its Chief Information Officer (CIO).

As one of California’s oldest private Universities, Golden Gate University (GGU) offers working adults and nontraditional students access to more than 60 degree programs. The faculty are scholar-practitioners and bring decades of professional experience from the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and Fortune 500 companies. GGU has been a leader in online education for nearly three decades.

The CIO reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO and has management and supervisory responsibility for the technology support of academic and administrative computing, telecommunications, user applications, network services, web sites, Internet access, e-mail, classroom and lab technology, and related support services. The CIO oversees the office of Information Technology Services.  The CIO leads and develops a full-time staff of 18, including five direct reports. The CIO manages an annual operating budget of approximately $5M. The CIO manages GGU information technology resources to provide technology to support learning through in-person and web-based teaching, e-commerce models, and applications that meet critical student, faculty, academic, alumni, and administrative needs.

Through collaboration with senior leadership, faculty, staff, and the broader GGU community, the CIO envisions, establishes, and advances university-wide IT strategies, policies, and standards. The CIO heads the ITS staff as an adept manager and visionary leader. The CIO will advance university-wide solutions to common IT problems to ensure robust security and effective user experiences while focusing specialization where it matters most. The CIO must be an effective and compelling communicator, clarifying the strategic vision, opportunities, choices, and costs to senior administration, and sharing with the GGU community the ITS division’s capabilities, recommendations, policies, and decisions. 

The University is at an exciting, pivotal moment of growth, and information technology is a critical partner to ensure success in growth mode. The University continues to expand its external partnerships, including being named an Education Partner for the Career Choice Program at Amazon and worldwide online education opportunities through upGrad and, among others. The University is also increasing student enrollment.

In order to support the rapid scaling, the CIO will assess and evaluate enterprise systems in relation to the needs of the University. Enhancing data practices, including collection, storage, and management, will be a key initiative. The CIO will have a pulse on cutting-edge educational technology and will understand how to balance the need for innovation with available resources. Within the GGU community, the CIO will be an effective partner for faculty, staff, and senior leadership.

Golden Gate University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All inquiries, applications, and nominations for this opportunity should be directed to the search firm as indicated below.

Dan Rodas, Partner

Joanna Cook, Managing Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Golden Gate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The university has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining working and learning environments that reinforces these practices. The university welcomes and encourages applications from women, minorities, people of color, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQI community.

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