McGill is looking for a CIO


McGill, a leader among universities in computing and information technology in its administrative and teaching and learning environments, as well as in support for its research endeavors, is seeking a highly qualified leader with proven experience at using business and technology solutions to enable organizational goals and administrative efficiency; and a trusted partner who is adept at collaborating with all University stakeholders including professors, students, academic and administrative leaders, and the Board of Governors in Faculties, Schools, Centres, Institutes, and Departments. 

The CIO has the overall responsibility to ensure that the information technology strategy, policies, processes and practices, in both design and implementation, maximize institutional efficiency and local empowerment.
The CIO is charged with supporting the university in its commitment to build and maintain a smart campus organized around data and a robust physical and digital infrastructure, to facilitate collaboration, creativity, knowledge dissemination and innovation for the full spectrum of University activities, from foundational research to applied technologies, and from support services to senior levels of University management.
Reporting directly to the Vice-Principal (Administration and Finance) for operational issues and in consultation with the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) on strategic matters, the CIO is responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership, oversight and vision for McGill’s Information Technology strategy in alignment with the University’s vision and strategic academic plan.
Main areas for responsibilities include:

  • Provide optimal support for McGill University's computing, communication and networking environments. The CIO is responsible for the computing infrastructure in support of administration, providing continuous leadership with innovative efforts to instill information technologies into education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and supporting, where appropriate, research activities.
  • Assist McGill's faculty, students and staff to, efficiently and effectively, use information technology in learning, teaching, research, and administration.
  • Develop and implement various initiatives and projects to facilitate the integration of information technology into McGill's strategic planning and implementation. Drive benefits from a $100M+ major project portfolio in areas such as HR Transformation, Network and Telephony upgrades, Student Information System and Finance System evolution.
  • Act as a “catalyst” in working with all of the University’s stakeholder to leverage technology in an innovative way in order to advance and support the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the McGill University.
  • Represent the University at the provincial, national, and international levels on relevant issues.
  • Provide leadership and oversight for organizations with a total staff of approximately 300 employees that have responsibility for overall management of networking and general computing services, business analysis, project management, architectural planning and application management in support of the University's teaching, research, and service programs.

In order to be successful in this role, candidates should have a record of success in collaboration with a diverse community, aligning and driving results with a large team, as well as demonstrated effectiveness in planning and innovative leadership in the field of information technology in a complex organization. An understanding of trends in information technology and issues in higher education is desirable, and prior experience in a demanding client-centered environment is a definite asset. Strong leadership, interpersonal and administrative skills are essential, as is a strong commitment to the highest ethical standards. Demonstrated abilities to build and lead partnerships and to develop potential external finding opportunities are valuable resources.
Required qualifications include an advanced degree, a minimum of ten (10) years of leadership experience in IT and proven experience in managing large complex organizations, with significant responsibility for program, budget and personnel. Ability to communicate in both English and French at the spoken and written levels is a required asset.
The selected candidate will be given a five-year renewable term. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The starting date is negotiable.
How to Apply:
If you wish to apply for this position, please send your CV, along with a cover letter, by August 10, 2018 to the attention of Pierre Thibodeau, Director staffing,
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Employment Equity:
McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at or 514-398-1660.


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