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University of Washington ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT-CTO in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 222083


Appointing Department Web Address:

Posting Date: 05/09/2023

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: $12421 - $23334 per month

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. (

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to building stronger minds and a healthier world. UW is Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, your experiences, perspectives, and unique identities will be honored at the University of Washington. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.

The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is a high-level executive and business leader at UW-IT who is responsible for providing visionary leadership in developing and implementing innovative technology solutions. Reporting to the Chief Information Officer (CIO), the CTO is responsible for executing institutional technology strategies that align with the university's mission and vision. While having a deep understanding of information system concepts and capabilities is crucial, the CTO must also be a business leader who can communicate effectively with other leaders, stakeholders, and end-users.

As a senior executive and leader, strong leadership skills are necessary to recruit, develop, and retain top talent. The CTO must also embrace and model organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) competencies. It is essential that the CTO understand the impact of technology on historically marginalized communities and ensure that technology solutions are inclusive and accessible to all members of the University community. The CTO must work to promote a culture of DEI within the infrastructure division and across the university, incorporating DEI principles into hiring, staff development, engagement, and decision-making processes. The CTO must also collaborate with other university leaders to ensure that technology solutions align with the university's DEI goals and values. Ultimately, the CTO must lead by example, modeling DEI principles in all aspects of their work and creating a culture of inclusivity and belonging within the team and across the University.

The CTO will collaborate closely with the CIO and other stakeholders to develop and implement a strategic technology roadmap that aligns with the University's mission and objectives. This involves identifying the most critical technology needs and opportunities and providing guidance on how to leverage emerging technologies to meet the University's goals. The CTO will work in partnership with the AVP for Research Computing to create and implement infrastructure capabilities and services to support the University’s extensive and diverse research portfolio. The CTO will work with other executives and stakeholders to ensure that the technology roadmap aligns with the overall university strategy, and that it enables the university to deliver an exceptional academic experience to students, faculty, researchers, and staff. The CTO will also be responsible for staying abreast of emerging technologies and trends, and for identifying opportunities to integrate new technologies into the University's technology ecosystem. Ultimately, the CTO's role is to lead the technology team in creating innovative solutions that enable the university to achieve its strategic objectives.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee UW-IT teams responsible for IT Infrastructure Services, IT Operations, Regional Networks, Service Management, and Workforce Strategy & Development.

  • Lead 144 staff and annual operating budgets of $53M.

  • Works with business functions to understand customer requirements to translate them into digital capabilities and services that enable new business models and drive strategic business outcomes and improve the customer experience.

  • Leverage trendspotting to anticipate how technological and non-technological trends could help the University prepare for and navigate change and disruption.

  • In partnership with other technology leaders, assess the potential risk of bringing new and emerging technologies into the organization and determine how to mitigate it.

  • In alignment with organizational and University policies, formulates technology policies, procedures, standards, and performance management goals.

  • Direct the preparation, review and consolidation of divisional business plans, budgets, and forecasts.

  • In partnership with other technology leaders, ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of infrastructure through a risk management lens.

  • Identify and implement best practices for optimizing infrastructure and operations costs, improving system performance, and ensuring service-level requirements are met.

  • Identify emerging technologies that would help UW-IT deliver on its digital business strategy and evolve the architecture to support the introduction of new technologies to enable the strategy.

  • Lead IT asset management team to ensure that assets are well managed and achieve their full lifetime cycle value.

  • Develop and manage strategic vendor and partnership relationships. Leadership Agenda:

  • In partnership with other technology leaders, develop and implement a technology strategy that aligns with the university's mission and objectives.

  • Lead infrastructure modernization, including hybrid multicloud, edge computing, containerization, and automated, programmable infrastructure.

  • Partner with the AVP for Research Computing, the Associate Vice Provost for Research Cyberinfrastructure, and the research community to develop technology roadmaps to support the University’s research cyberinfrastructure needs.

  • Serve as a key contributor to the technical direction, operational reliability, and business strategy of the Pacific Northwest Gigapop and influence the development of advanced network services to support the research and education community.

  • In alignment with organizational workforce policies, develop a workforce strategy for the division to build the competencies and capabilities required to realize the technology roadmap.

  • Create new digital business technology platforms with an emphasis on buy over build.

  • Oversee the development of enterprise technology standards, service levels, and performance metrics to ensure IT delivers value to the enterprise.

  • In partnership with the UW-IT leadership team and stakeholders, develops and drives technology strategy and sets the vision and direction for the enterprise. REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience.

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible IT leadership experience including responsibility for technology strategy planning and budgeting in an organization with similar complexity.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing technology strategies that align with business objectives.

  • Demonstrated experience managing a complex technology ecosystem, including centralized and decentralized systems.

  • Strong leadership and management skills with the ability to build and lead high-performance teams.

  • Proven ability to develop staff and guide teams through major transitions in roles, competencies, and technical direction.

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate complex technical concepts to a non-technical audience.

  • Experience managing budgets and working with vendors and service providers.

  • Proven operational and management skills in an entrepreneurial, fast-changing, and ambitious environment. DESIRED:

  • Master’s degree.

  • Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

  • Experience leading technology teams in a decentralized organization with an emphasis on enabling research and development activities. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT Hybrid, open office environment TO APPLY UW-IT has retained Next Generation Leadership Partners to assist with the Executive Direction and CIO search. Inquiries and nominations may be made in confidence by contacting Next Generation’s Phil Goldstein Applicants should email a resume and cover letter to For full consideration, applications should be received by June 9th.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.