Chief Information Officer

Chief Information Officer

Cornell University seeks a visionary and innovative leader to serve as an inaugural member of a new IT structure designed to develop a cohesive and integrated IT enterprise across the institution. The Chief Information Officer (CIO) will lead IT at Cornell's main campus in Ithaca, NY and Cornell Tech in New York City. The CIO will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of technology at one of the world's most prestigious universities. This is an exceptional opportunity to join a vibrant and esteemed institution that values innovation, diversity, and academic excellence.

Cornell University is a world-renowned institution that encompasses four distinct campuses: the main campus in Ithaca, New York; Weill Cornell Medicine, located in New York City and Doha, Qatar; and Cornell Tech, located on Roosevelt Island in New York City. Weill Cornell Medicine is a leader in medical education, research, and patient care, with a long history of groundbreaking discoveries and innovations. Cornell Tech is a revolutionary graduate-level technology and entrepreneurship campus focused on developing solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. These four campuses reflect Cornell's commitment to innovation, excellence, and positively impacting society.

This incoming CIO will be tasked with identifying synergies to create a more agile and innovative IT environment across all the colleges and business units on the Ithaca campus and Cornell Tech. The CIO will provide strategic and operational leadership for administrative and mission applications, infrastructure, and security. The CIO will work collaboratively between the colleges and units and central IT, including building strong relationships, supporting the values and work of IT groups wherever they are housed, and ensuring that central solutions are designed to meet the specific needs of colleges and units. By breaking down silos and fostering collaboration across the university, the CIO can create a culture of innovation that will benefit students, faculty, and staff alike.

The ideal candidate for the CIO role will be a strategic and operational leader with experience working in a complex, decentralized higher education environment. This individual must have deep expertise in applications, infrastructure, research, security and analytics. The successful candidate will have a track record of developing and executing strategic plans that align with the organization's broader goals.

The success of the CIO depends on their interpersonal and leadership skills, as they work in close association with a diverse array of members of the Cornell community at all levels, coordinating IT across the colleges. The CIO is instrumental in influencing and leading changes to the current structure to serve the evolving needs of the university.

The anticipated compensation range for this position is $450,000 to $500,000 annually, commensurate with the successful candidate's experience. Final determination of a successful candidate's starting pay will vary based on several factors, including, but not limited to education and experience within the job or the industry. Compensation information listed for this position is generally for candidates that meet the specified qualifications and requirements listed on the specific job description. Additional pay may be determined for those candidates that exceed these specified qualifications and requirements. Cornell University provides a competitive compensation package that recognizes an individual's unique experience, credentials, and education alongside a robust benefits program.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal .

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

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