Chief Information Officer

Savannah state University

Savannah, GA

Job posting number: #7083974

Posted: August 26, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About Us
Savannah State University established in 1890, is the first public historically black college or university in the state of Georgia and the first institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s students select majors from four colleges — Business Administration, Education, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Sciences and Technology. The campus is by far the most picturesque in the state of Georgia. The moss-laden sweeping oak trees, expansive marsh and historic architecture create a resplendent yet tranquil atmosphere. Beneath the beauty and splendor is a vibrant residential campus bursting at the seams with the vim and vigor of quality collegiate life: relevant academic majors, engaging lectures, cutting-edge research, quality student-faculty engagement and a nurturing environment.

Job Summary
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) will lead the university’s ongoing commitment to support and promote the strategic use of information technology that advances the overall mission of the university. Reporting to the Chief Business Officer, the CIO will lead and manage the Information Technology Services division which provides support for academic and administrative computing, networking and telecommunications, classroom and instructional technology, end user support, and cyber defense.

The CIO serves as the principal technology leader for the university providing the vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology strategies and initiatives university-wide. Information Technology Services’ scope of support is inclusive of all college areas and departments; thus, the CIO will have a broad level of familiarity with the various constituents and a commitment to meeting the diverse technology needs that exist across the university.

The CIO is responsible for anticipating and maintaining a vision for the future technology needs at Savannah State University, and for recommending strategies, priorities, and projects that will best achieve the university’s strategic goals and objectives

The essential job functions and responsibilities include:

Responsible for developing collaborations among the university’s academic and administrative constituents to advance the University's mission; as a key member of leadership, the CIO participates in university-wide initiatives, committees and events, including serving on elected or appointed committees or projects.
Leadership in the development of a strategic direction for information technology services, gauging and anticipating the diverse needs of university constituents, monitoring trends and innovations in the industry to meet those needs; developing and implementing strategic long and short-term technology plans; and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership;
Lead, implement, and support technology services; the CIO develops, maintains, and implements strategic direction for all areas of information and technology services, and manages the IT staff for effective and efficient support and operations of the university.
Ensure IT data security, risk management, disaster recovery and business continuity planning processes are in place and receive regular review for currency and adequacy;
Exercise diligent evaluation and careful budgetary management, including budget preparation and the ability to analyze and resolve complex issues; prioritizing and strategically planning for technological updates, and collaborating and communicating with stakeholders
Develop and organize technology talent that is structured to efficiently deliver services across the organization;
Develop, successfully implement, and oversee strategic technology policies throughout the University;

Conducts ongoing assessment, planning and oversight of the proper management of all academic and administrative technology and daily service delivery;
Provides leadership, guidance and supervision to CIO direct reports;
Participates in annual budget process for institutional technology needs, develops annual IT operational and capital budgets, develops and maintains the institution’s IT plan;
Maintain the integrity and strategic development of the university's information and communications infrastructure, and the systems infrastructure for mission critical functions;
Participates in strategic and operational planning committees;
Maintains strong vendor relationships and manages contract and service agreements;
Establishes and/or collaborates with direct reports to establish IT department goals, objectives and operating procedures;
Develops and maintains an IT organizational structure designed to meet institutional needs and demands, assessing and identifying the most cost-effective investment of financial resources toward IT systems, staffing, daily operations, product purchases and/or in-house development activities;
Approves, prioritizes and controls the IT project demands; negotiates prioritization and timelines as appropriate and necessary;
Manages annual IT personnel Performance Appraisal process and completion;
Supports sourcing and providing both IT staff and institution-wide IT related training opportunities;
Ensures the security of IT systems and ensures operations adhere to applicable laws and regulations;
Cultivates and manages strategic relationships with both internal and external constituents;
Maintains currency with higher education IT best practices;
Performs other duties and functions as assigned.
Required Qualifications
The qualifications and skill requirements for this position include:

A bachelor’s degree in a related area (i.e., computer science, information systems or business administration, or other field of study), with significant relevant IT work experience; along with a minimum of 8–10 years of progressively responsible IT management experience.
A master’s degree in a related area is preferred.
Significant past professional experience in higher education.
Demonstrated effective supervisory skills, including: teamwork, teambuilding, people management and effective collaboration skills.
Demonstrated effective project management experience, especially within the confines of information technology planning, development and implementation, including enterprise resource planning, systems architecture, telecommunications, database administration, web and social media development, and security and compliance issues.
Broad technical skills and knowledge and understanding of current computing, telecommunications and emerging technologies.
Experienced and effective fiscal management skills and knowledge (budgeting, forecasting, planning, allocation and management).
Effective communication skills (oral, written and presentation) to advocate for technological initiatives and needs, in addition to an unwavering commitment to effective communication, transparency in processes and excellence in customer service across campus.
Demonstrated knowledge of the ways and methods by which technology supports the teaching-learning environment;
Practical experience with recent developments in campus technology issues, effective oral and written communication capabilities, a commitment to customer service, and excellent presentation skills;
Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with an attention to details;
Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
Demonstrated experience and skill in negotiating with vendors, contractors, and others;
Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and students;
High energy level, enjoyment of challenges and a fast-paced environment, and a record of self-motivation and personal initiative.

Contact Information
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Conditions of Employment
Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Savannah State University, as determined by Savannah State University, its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test. Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Savannah State University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. It is the policy our institution to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Savannah State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. For questions or more detailed information regarding this policy please contact the Savannah State University, Office of Human Resources at Individuals requiring disability related accommodations for participation in any event or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact the Office of Human Resources at

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Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
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