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Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Jun 14, 2024

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Search for the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) seeks a strategic, collaborative leader and strong communicator for the role of Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO will provide compelling leadership for centralized information technology services across the Cal Poly enterprise, including all campus auxiliaries; Cal Poly Partners, Associated Students Inc., and the Cal Poly Foundation.

Cal Poly, a premier campus of the 23 university California State University (CSU) system, is known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities, and the built environment. Cal Poly's hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California, and the world.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance and serving as a member of the President's Cabinet, the CIO will lead the university in the effective, responsible, and efficient application of technology across the enterprise and guide the University's investment in technology. The CIO will be a champion of and contributor to the campus commitment to continuous process improvement. Working with university leadership, faculty, and staff, the CIO will spearhead the development of technology plans and initiatives while maintaining continuous, widespread communication of the status of these efforts. The CIO will be responsible for managing administrative and academic technology support staff under their supervision and for promoting and delivering quality service to the campus community. The CIO will proactively engage and collaborate with faculty and senior leadership to ensure information technology services are provided in an effective manner that supports the academic and administrative needs of the university.

The CIO will join the Cal Poly community during a critical time of transition and expansion, with a prime opportunity to make a lasting impact on the Cal Poly campus, San Luis Obispo, and California State University system. Cal Poly has seen significant growth in applications and enrollment in recent years, with more and more students attracted to the polytechnic structure of the institution and the experiential Learn By Doing philosophy that powers its academic missions. To meet the needs of students and supporters, faculty, and staff, the university is rapidly developing new resources to accommodate living and learning for all community members. The campus is on a growth trajectory which will include a transition to Year-Round Operations in 2025, with the goal of extending Learn by Doing pedagogy to a growing student body by maximizing the value campus resources deliver to learners. Also on the horizon is the campus academic calendar transition from quarters to semesters, set to begin in 2026. Leading a talented team of professionals, the CIO will provide critical strategic leadership in designing and implementing an information technology governance structure defined by collaboration, consistency, and driving the cutting edge as Cal Poly further evolves its position as the preeminent campus of the California State University system and a leading polytechnic campus nationally. In working to achieve these goals, the CIO will address the following key opportunities and challenges:
  • Craft, articulate, and advance a compelling vision and technology strategy.
  • Foster campus-wide partnerships to identify and implement teaching and learning technology.
  • Bolster and modernize the operational effectiveness of the IT enterprise and infrastructure.
  • Empower, support, and develop the talented professionals within ITS.
  • Lead by example to inform a culture of collaboration, innovation, and proactivity.
The anticipated salary range for this position is $290,000-$310,000 annually. Note that the offer is calculated based on the background and relevant years of experience of the individual selected. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For best consideration, please apply by July 7, 2024. Applications must be submitted through the Cal Poly portal for the search at Each applicant must provide as separate attachments to the online application a detailed curriculum vitae or resume, a cover letter, and a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and copies of applications can also be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search:

David Bellshaw, Evan Layne, and Christina Errico
Isaacson, Miller
100 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.


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