Chief Information Officer

The University of Southern California seeks a strategic and collaborative executive to serve as its next Chief Information Officer (CIO). 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 lead central technology operations at a private research institution with significant size, resources and breadth of scale.

The University of Southern California is one of the world's leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles and a global center for the arts, technology, health and international business, USC's diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. USC is a constellation of schools, centers, and institutes where some of the brightest minds, working together in a dynamic and collaborative environment, are leading the way to the future of education and a healthier, more joyful and sustainable Los Angeles and world.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, the CIO will provide the visionary and operational leadership to enable a forward-thinking, enterprise-focused IT organization that champions the strategic use of technology to further the mission of the University. This leader will be tasked with fully evaluating the central IT organization, including processes and structure, and creating a proactive, high service delivery environment. The incoming CIO will actively collaborate with schools and central units, cultivating robust relationships and tailoring central solutions to meet the unique needs of each academic and administrative area. Demonstrating a customer-centric approach, the CIO will prioritize driving efficiency, excellence, and innovation in alignment with the University's overarching goals.

The CIO will lead in developing an IT strategic plan for the organization that addresses the current and future needs of the University. They will also establish a governance structure that leads to effective prioritization of projects and allocation of resources. In addition, the CIO will support an ongoing learning management system upgrade and a future student information system replacement. The CIO will support the optimization of enterprise systems and the process and cultural transformation to leverage the systems effectively.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic leader with extensive experience and a proven track record in IT strategic planning and execution within a complex and decentralized environment. The CIO should be seen as a service-oriented, collaborative partner capable of cultivating trust, credibility, and consensus among constituents across the campus. The successful candidate should be dedicated to assembling a highly engaged, diverse team that contributes effectively to the University's goals. As an innovative leader, the CIO must possess a global vision and stay abreast of emerging trends in digital technology supporting education and research. Effective listening and communication skills are essential, enabling the CIO to facilitate change and adeptly balance resources and priorities.

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

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

The annual base salary range for this position spans from $450,000 to $600,000. Upon extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California takes various factors into account, including the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate's work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, and external market and organizational considerations.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities.

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