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Associate Vice President, Academic Technology

Posted: 08/20/2023

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Job Overview
The University of Cincinnati is seeking a highly qualified and dynamic individual to fill the role of Associate Vice President of Academic Technology. This leadership position is responsible for overseeing and managing technology personnel across all colleges, ensuring the effective implementation and utilization of technology in support of the academic and research missions of the university. The Associate Vice President will play a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction of academic technology and promoting innovative solutions to enhance teaching, learning, and research experiences for students and faculty. In alignment with the university's key drivers and Next Lives Here direction, and key technology focus areas including information security, operational excellence, and digital transformation, the Associate Vice President will lead efforts to establish a centralized and forward-thinking technology management model that includes shared services and supports unique college needs.
Essential Functions

Leadership & Strategy:

  • Work with the Vice President & Chief Digital Officer of Digital Technology Solutions, and College Deans to develop and implement a comprehensive vision and strategic plan for academic technology that aligns with the university's key drivers and technology focus areas including information security, operational excellence, and digital transformation
  • Provide visionary leadership and guidance to technology personnel across the colleges, fostering a culture of innovation, agility, customer service, and collaboration in technology management
  • Engage in strategic planning with academic unit leadership and other university stakeholders to develop academic technology roadmaps
  • Drive digital transformation initiatives to enhance student success, personalized educational experiences, and support the university's missions of Next Lives Here and Research 2030
Information Security:
  • Work closely with the Office of Information Security to develop and implement robust cybersecurity strategies and practices to mitigate risks associated with distributed technology operations, technical debt, and compliance gaps
  • Collaborate with the Office of Information Security to establish consistent application of security controls, adherence to policies, and compliance with relevant regulations for both operations and research
  • Ensure a secure technology environment by proactively identifying and addressing cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities in partnership with the Office of Information Security
  • Foster a culture of cybersecurity awareness and promote best practices among faculty, staff, and students through collaboration with the Office of Information Security
Centralized Technology Management and Operational Excellence:
  • Lead the consolidation and centralization of technology functions across academic units and work towards enhancing operational excellence
  • Establish consistent implementation, standards, and operational practices for technology management
  • Streamline technology operations, processes, and workflows to increase efficiency, reduce duplication, and enhance service stability
  • Implement automation to reduce manual and error-prone processes, promoting operational excellence and optimization
  • Enhance asset management, life cycling, and procurement processes to optimize resource utilization and ensure predictable spend
  • Partner with DTS leadership on the implementation of shared services while collaborating with individual colleges to understand their unique technology needs
Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement:
  • Cultivate strong relationships with academic leaders, faculty, staff, and external partners to understand their technology needs and priorities, ensuring alignment with strategic objectives
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to develop technology solutions that enhance teaching, learning, and research experiences while maintaining a secure and reliable technology environment
  • Engage in strategic partnerships with industry leaders, government agencies, and other institutions to leverage resources, share best practices, and drive innovation in academic technology
  • Represent the university’s interests in relevant professional organizations, conferences, and consortia
Financial Optimization:
  • Optimize financial resources by reducing duplication of infrastructure, hardware, and software
  • Evaluate and mitigate contract and 3rd party and supply chain risks, ensuring a streamlined and efficient technology procurement process
  • Promote technology access equity across the university community, addressing any existing disparities
  • Work with the head of Strategic Business Services to establish financial models and strategies that align IT as a cost center with a shared services model, ensuring equitable salary structures, growth paths, development opportunities, and staff retention
  • Implement efficient operating models that result in predictable spend, reduced duplication, consistent strategic technology procurement, and economies of scale
Required Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems, or a related field
Required Experience
  • Ten (10) years of progressive work experience in academic technology, information technology, or related fields including senior leadership and management roles
Additional Qualifications Considered
  • Master’s Degree in educational technology, computer science, information systems, or a related field preferred
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and implementing strategic plans for academic technology, with a focus on information security, operational excellence, digital transformation, and optimization
  • Strong understanding of customer service, shared responsibility and technology consolidation models, and digital transformation strategies
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively collaborate with diverse stakeholders
  • Proven experience in building relationships and working with a variety of stakeholders across the organization (Deans, Administrative and other leaders, Students, Faculty, Staff etc.)
  • Proven experience in managing teams, budgets, resource allocation, and procurement processes
  • Familiarity with relevant legal and regulatory frameworks related to academic technology and higher education
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to present complex concepts to non-technical stakeholders
Physical Requirements/Work Environment
  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.
Application Process 
  • Applications must be submitted through or by clicking on the following link >
  •  Current UC employees must apply internally via SuccessFactors >
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Compensation and Benefits
UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.
  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.
To learn more about why UC is a great place to work, please visit our careers page at
The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.
As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).
The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

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