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Vice President & Chief Digital Officer

University of Cincinnati
Ohio, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Jan 20, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Chief Technology & Information Officers
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Vice President & Chief Digital Officer

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation's best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls "the most ambitious campus design program in the country." With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC's momentum has never been stronger. UC's annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.8 billion.

Job Overview
The Vice President & Chief Digital Officer (CDO) leads the digital enterprise at the University of Cincinnati. Reporting to the President, the CDO leads the Office of Information Technology (IT@UC), which includes the Office of Information Security. In collaboration with internal and external partners, the CDO is responsible for developing the vision, strategy, messaging, alignment and resource base to transform the University for a digital future. The CDO serves on the President's Cabinet.


  • Develop the vision, strategy, messaging, alignment and resource base to transform the University for a digital future.
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners to build an innovative, enterprise-wide digital ecosystem that maximizes value, minimizes silos and makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts.
  • Bring a strategist mindset to the fore, anticipating future trends, adapting to new conditions and advising stakeholders on better opportunities.
  • Be an evangelist for all things digital-from inclusion and fluency to transparency and transformation.
  • Lead and innovate all aspects of IT@UC, including a team of more than 166 highly talented and dedicated professionals, covering the full range of Information Technology.
  • Direct the Office of Information Security, keeping fully apprised of challenges and opportunities associated with cybersecurity, risk management, disaster recovery, business continuity, digital forensics, etc.
  • Partner with colleges and units across campus to enhance and expand digital support for teaching, learning, research, scholarship and services.
  • Oversee the University's digital strategies, infrastructure, assets and services, in addition to relationships with associated vendors. Further advance digital support of the University's research profile and programs.
  • Ensure technologies reflect and advance the University's enduring commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Maintain accordance with relevant laws and policies, especially in relation to accessibility.
  • Lead and advance the financial position of IT@UC via creative budget strategies as well as the optimization of resources.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate policies, procedures, training, and resources to support a robust digital ecosystem across the University, while ensuring the stability and reliability of all production environments.
  • Maintain a visible presence on campus to appropriately lead IT@UC, participate in leadership meetings and advance the University's agenda.
  • Travel may be included.


  • Advance the University's mission, vision and values.
  • Recruit, retain and inspire a diverse, innovative and highly motivated team to lead the University into a new era of digital transformation.
  • Build meaningful relationships with diverse stakeholders across campus.
  • Lead a culture that starts with the user as a partner and work backwards, delivering user-driven, time-sensitive, solutions-oriented outcomes. Nurture a commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Place a premium on trust, collaboration, teamwork, strategy, effectiveness and accountability.
  • Strive to be a clear communicator with a knack for translating complex issues into common understanding. Uphold the University's commitment to shared governance.
  • Maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

Required Education
Bachelor's Degree

Required Experience
Ten (10) years of relevant experience in progressive leadership roles.

Additional Qualifications Considered
Advanced degree

Application Information
Interested candidates will submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter (demonstrating your interest, qualifications and fit) electronically.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Compensation and Benefits
UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.

Interested candidates, please go to:

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

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