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Athabasca Univerity

Vice President, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer



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Athabasca University, Canada's Open University, is dedicated to the removal of barriers that restrict access to and success in university-level study and to increasing equality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide.

Job Description

Reporting to the President, the Vice President, Information Technology & CIO (VP IT & CIO) is Athabasca University’s champion for strategic delivery, academic service excellence, and system performance in information technology.

The VP IT & CIO’s responsibilities and interactions with faculty, staff, and the student population reflect the unique position of AU as a Comprehensive Academic and Research Institute (CARI) focused on online and distance delivery of education. Exercising global and sector-wide leadership in this area, the VP IT & CIO plays a critical role in the ongoing achievement of AU’s educational model, research, and the institution’s positioning in the academic sector. 

Athabasca University represents a distributed network of students, educators, researchers, administrators, and professionals who are passionate about open, online, and distance education, both as learners and as educators, and who seek to continually advance what this educational model means.  The institution and its people learn, teach, research, and collaborate across the globe.  IT is fundamental to AU’s success, shaping not only its operations, but also its culture. Students, staff, and faculty at AU feel a strong sense of pride, ownership, and community as it relates to being at the cutting-edge of educational innovation in on-line learning. They look forward to welcoming a VP IT & CIO who shares in this pride and embraces this sensibility.

A credible, strategic, pragmatic visionary, with a track record for successfully leading and implementing complex projects, the VP IT & CIO will collaborate within AU, with other post-secondary institutions within Campus Alberta and beyond, as well as with a variety of external stakeholders, to ensure AU’s information technology function remains at the forefront in the post-secondary sector.

Given the size and scope of the portfolio, as well as the many constituents linked to technology, the VP IT & CIO must be an exemplary leader. S/he must guide, inspire, and collaborate with AU’s leadership and academic staff to present direction and implement IT initiatives, all while motivating and developing an agile and creative IT team. S/he must maintain productive relationships with academics, colleagues and the greater community (including unions, AU’s Board of Governors, and external constituencies), and will foster a culture of process innovation and calculated risk-taking, while remaining decisive and financially prudent. S/he will prioritize a stable, reliable technology platform and strong service orientation for all user communities. To that end, the VP IT & CIO must work closely with staff, faculty, and students to ensure both the student experience and the ecosystem for academic research remain top priorities.

For more information about this opportunity or to apply, submit your resume and related information online, in confidence, to  athabcio@odgersberndtson.com. Athabasca University is committed to an inclusive workplace and invites applications from all qualified individuals to join our diverse team.

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Athabasca Univerity
Posting Date: 27-Jun-2017Information Technology Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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