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Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Position Status: Administrative Exempt Positions

Basic Function:
Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the Vice President for
Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (VP/CIO) is accountable for providing vision, leadership and advocacy for the
development and use of information systems, information resources and information technology to further the academic mission and to support
the administrative operations of the University. The VP/CIO will facilitate innovation and integrated solutions in support of teaching,
learning, research, service and administration in an environment of strategic direction, collaboration and shared responsibility. The VP/CIO
will be guided by the University mission, its strategic goals and by a shared strategy which is developed and managed through relevant
governance and decision making processes. The VP/CIO will ensure excellent customer service and administer in a consultative manner in order
to build community, maximize standards and enable local innovation. Specifically, the VP/CIO will lead and influence a group of highly
skilled individuals in all aspects of information technology, including but not limited to: Network Operations, Server Administration,
Application Administration, Enterprise Resource Planning, Support Services, Project Management, Academic Technologies, Computational
Research, and IT Security. The WPI IT team provides information technology services to the WPI community of faculty, staff and students
(approx. 5,825 end users). WPI IT is a UNIX/Linux and Windows server environment and a Windows/Mac/Linux client environment. WPI leverages
Sungard Higher Education (SGHE) Banner for administrative solutions. The WPI team is committed to the uninterrupted delivery of technology
solutions in a 247 uptime environment in support of research, teaching, learning and administration.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Massachusetts, WPI is one of the nations first engineering
and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science,
engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees.
WPIs talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in
fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also
have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the universitys innovative Global
Projects Program. There are more than 45 WPI project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.

Located in the heart of Worcester, MA, New Englands second largest city, WPIs sprawling campus is set on a secluded hilltop in an area that
is home to 13 colleges, several top notch museums, shopping centers, and diverse arts and entertainment. The WPI community consists of
approximately 460 faculty members and 680 staff.

Where science and technology meet real-world challenges
WPI was founded in 1865 to create and convey the latest
science and engineering knowledge in ways that are most beneficial to society. WPIs founding motto of Theory and Practice continues to
underlie our academic programs. WPI graduates emerge ready to take on critical challenges in science and technology, knowing how their work
can influence society and improve the quality of life.

Distinguished Faculty
Our world-class faculty is both renowned and accomplished. In the National Survey of Student
Engagement, WPI ranked first for student-faculty interactions, a measure of the quality and quantity of time spent by faculty with
undergraduate students. Our Distinguished faculty were ranked top in the nation by the Wall Street Journal for Combining Scholarly Research
with Classroom Instruction.

Cutting-Edge Research
WPIs research is internationally recognized for breakthroughs and innovations in biotechnology,
fuel cells, nanotechnology, information security, and more.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the Vice President for
Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (VP/CIO) will provide strategic leadership for planning and delivery of information
technology and services to support WPIs mission, vision and strategic plan. The incumbent will lead the development of a long-term vision
for information technology to support WPIs research and educational mission and community. The VP/CIO will oversee the effectiveness and
efficiency in Network Operations, Systems Services, Application Administration, Data Architecture, Enterprise Resource Planning, Support
Services, Project Management, Academic Technologies, Research Computing, and IT Security, providing leadership of transformation that
supports all aspects of the value proposition of WPI. The VP/CIO serves as the principal liaison to the campus community, including the
Presidents Management Council, IT Governance Committee, Faculty Governance Committee, and the Technology Task Force of the Board of Trustees
on relevant matters regarding the of information technology.

WPI Information Technology Services (ITS) supports instructional, research and administrative requirements, and is responsible for all
centrally managed computing, networking and telecommunications facilities, as well as university-wide software implementation. ITS is also
dedicated to advising, providing solutions, and delivering excellent service in alignment with the WPIs mission and goals.

The incumbent will facilitate innovation and integrated solutions in support of teaching, learning, research, service and administration for
the WPI community of approximately 7,700 faculty, staff and students. WPI ITS is a hybrid on-premises/cloud hosted environment providing
computational and storage resources and wired and wireless connectivity and security for 20,000 computing devices.

WPI is embarking on an exciting multi-year Enterprise Transformation Program. The VP/CIO will play a vital role for delivery of ERP
Transformation from Banner to Workday, Logical Data Warehousing, centralized solution of Identity and Access Management, and eProjects 2.0
in supporting WPIs Project-Based Learning program.

The VP/CIO is responsible for strategy development and operational implementation. The incumbent will leverage relationship building on
campus and with external resources such as vendors and service providers, problem solving, budget management, and creativity to create a
vision of information technology for the campus and to implement that vision in a high-quality and sustainable manner.

The VP/CIO must be committed to the career and professional development of the staff, fostering practices for managing individual and team
performance. The incumbent should be a flexible leader capable of motivating through team leadership skills, a clear vision, exceptional
interpersonal and communication abilities, and a talent for leading and managing change.


  • Oversee the IT organizations strategic and tactical planning, organizational management, financial
    management and project governance, and lead day to day IT operations.
  • Provide leadership and vision for the development and use of
    information systems, resources, and technologies that support WPIs academic and administrative needs.
  • Lead the development and
    implementation of strategies for the effective utilization of IT resources and capabilities.
  • Provide leadership for senior managers
    in the IT organization Develop and maintain a research infrastructure ensuring the success of WPIs research agenda and teaching and learning
    technology resources for academic program delivery.
  • Foster working relationships with WPI faculty, academic deans and department
    heads, administration and students. Collaborate with WPI faculty and staff on IT services, standards, and policy issues.
  • Lead,
    manage, and ensure communication in cross-functional IT projects and personnel, leading to successful completion within the collegial
  • Keep current on and communicate IT-related topics affecting WPI, and ensure technologies used are consistent with WPIs
    enterprise information architecture standards.
  • Develop and maintain information technology operating and capital budgets.
  • Develop and implement programs and initiatives including key performance metrics to assess information technology effectiveness within
    the ITS department and across WPI.
  • Advance the Universitys diversity and inclusion efforts by developing a team culture of respect,
    professional growth, customer service and accountability. Serve as a strong organizational advocate for department and staff, representing
    their interests and needs of the campus community.
  • Develop effective working relationships with members of an increasingly diverse
    community, including students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, donors, and business partners.
  • Maintain effective relationships
    with professional colleagues at similar institutions to keep abreast of market developments and best-practices.



  • Significant technical competence, having progressed through roles of
    increasing responsibility managing technology organizations.
  • A significant record of administrative leadership and achievement;
    knowledge and experience of the operations of a large service-oriented organization comprised of a diverse population.
  • Ability to
    demonstrate a strong orientation and commitment to customer service.
  • Ability to be a positive change agent within WPIs distinctive
    university culture by identifying and implementing imaginative and entrepreneurial solutions to complex problems. Work as a strategic
    visionary, connecting best practice programs and initiatives to the universitys mission and established goals.
  • Demonstrated success
    leading initiatives focused on transformational change within IT and the larger organization.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability
    to use data to guide decision-making; ability to direct and resolve ambiguous problems.
  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills that
    support a collegial, consultative, and forthright style of leadership.
  • Unquestioned integrity with a high energy level and a strong
    work ethic. Broad intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for fresh ideas.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse user
    groups, including faculty and administrative staff, trustees, students, external resources and professional peers and success in maintaining
    high levels of user satisfaction in the provision of technology and related support services.


  • Bachelors degree from an accredited institution in a relevant discipline.
  • A record of at least ten
    years accomplishment in establishing and implementing a vision for information technology services and project delivery that advances the
    organizations mission, maximizes efficiency and return on investment, and demonstrates effective stewardship of technology assets and
    services for large high-volume organizations, with at least five of those years in a senior leadership position.
  • Significant
    experience with enterprise resource planning implementation.
  • Strong budget planning and management experience.
  • Excellent
    verbal and written communication skills working with both technical and non-technical audiences.


  • Masters degree from an accredited institution in information technology, science, engineering, business
    administration, or a related field.
  • A history of leadership in professional organizations in higher education information
  • A record of successful interinstitutional projects in information technology.

Posting Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:EEO Information:
WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All
qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will
contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

Criminal Background Check Statement:
A pre-employment criminal records check is required.

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To enrich education through diversity, WPI is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

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