Vice President & Chief Information Officer (apply via search firm)

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sacramento
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Information Systems & Technology

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Classification Title: Administrator IV

Posting Details: Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin in August and continue until an appointment is made. For full consideration, apply by September 2, 2022. Please see full information below for application/nomination process.

Hiring Preference: Not Applicable

Position Summary

The VP/CIO serves on the President's Cabinet, collaborating with the team to provide vision and leadership in the identification, prioritization, development and implementation of college-wide information systems and services, and to make recommendations on education technology programs and the associated infrastructure. The VP/CIO provides strategic direction for IT as it complements or directly impacts the University’s academic, student and business strategies. The VP/CIO has executive responsibilities for the strategic planning, budget development, implementation, security, accessibility, compliance, and overall administration of the university’s IT systems.

The VP/CIO will support teaching, learning, scholarship, and project management operations, as well as engage students, staff and faculty in the use of technology for its learning success enhancement. In total, the VP/CIO oversees a budget of $17 million and motivates a team of 101+ talented full-time staff and student employees.

FLSA: Exempt

CSU Classification Salary Range: $9,167 to $27,500 per month 

Hiring Range: The salary is competitive and negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. This is a California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position with an attractive package, which includes but is not limited to: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; 14 paid holidays; excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance, long-term disability coverage, life insurance; and retirement benefits.

Recruitment TypeRegular (At-Will)

Time BaseFull-Time

Work Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; variable schedule as needed.

Department Information 

The Division of Information Resources & Technology (IRT), guided by the University mission and campus imperatives, partners across campus divisions to provide specialty support for the essential academic, business, and operational needs of the campus community. IRT helps to transform the Sacramento State experience for all faculty, staff, and students in the following departments: Academic Technology  Center, Information Security, Service Desk, Desktop Services, Campus Applications, Enterprise Systems, Learning Space Services, Networking & Infrastructure, Operating Systems and Support, Project Management, Web & Mobile, and University Reporting & Data Services.

For more information on Information Resources & Technology, please visit:

Required Qualifications 

Education & Experience

  1. Master’s degree from an accredited university is required however, years of relevant work experience may substitute for education requirement. 
  2. Five (5) years of progressive experience in a collaborative senior IT leadership role in a large complex organization.
  3. Experience in leading IT strategic planning, complex budgeting, and personnel management.
  4. Record of successfully managing complex projects, technology innovation, and maintenance projects with multiple stakeholders.
  5. Experience engaging diverse stakeholder groups to set IT priorities, plan services, and develop policies.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  1. Demonstrate strategic vision, anticipate future trends and incorporate knowledge of successful applications of information technology to ensure information technology efforts align with campus-wide goals.
  2. Knowledge of leading IT practices in service management, resource management and project management.
  3. Knowledge of current and emerging technologies relevant to higher education in general and student success in particular.
  4. Broad technical expertise across IT disciplines.
  5. Effective collaborative leadership style that incorporates organizational, analytical and decision-making skills with strong change management, project management, and team building skills.
  6. Excellent communication skills, oral and written, and the ability to convey technically complex information and concepts in accessible terms.
  7. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to use diplomacy, inclusion, and consensus to inform the decision-making process.
  8. A history of serving as a visible leader who welcomes direct engagement and interaction with the ability to inspire and motivate teams;
  9. Strong financial management skills including ability to manage complex budgets with multiple funds sources including experience developing revenue streams through grants and corporate partnerships
  10. Customer service skills and proven commitment to promoting and maintaining a service-oriented culture.
  11. Demonstrated ability to create a positive team environment and lead, motivate, and develop staff.
  12. Demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence, diversity and collaborative leadership.
  13. Ability to establish effective working relationships in a diverse environment that embraces a strong model of shared governance.
  14. Demonstrated ability to understand the structure, operations, strategic objectives, regulatory issues and cultural environment of academia.

Preferred Qualifications:

20. A Master’s or Doctoral degree in information technology or related field from an accredited university.

21. Ten (10) or more years of senior IT leadership experience within higher education institutions.

22. Experience developing a strategy to recruit and retain a high performing staff with appropriate technical and non-technical competencies in a union environment.

23. Experience supporting a broad range of information services and systems within an academic institution.

24. Experience in working with and establishing external partnerships with information technology vendors and local community organizations.

25. Experience leveraging technology to achieve the most effective and efficient solutions to support teaching, student learning (both online and in classroom) and efficient business processes.

26. Experience deploying technologies to further the University’s student success strategies including reducing the time to graduation.

27. Experience assessing, prioritizing, and mitigating information security risks and devising strategies to prevent and recover from disasters

Required Licenses/Certifications 


Application / Nomination Process

Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin in August and continue until an appointment is made. For full consideration, apply by September 2, 2022. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and a one-page diversity statement. Nomination letters should include contact information for the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to:



Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner

Emy Cruz, Partner


SP&A Executive Search

6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601

Refer to code: SacState-VPCIO in subject line


About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit 

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit . 

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.

Conflict of Interest:

The duties of this position include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, an on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

Regarding the Process for Finalists:

Please be advised that the cover letters and CVs for all finalists will be publicly shared with the campus community. Although personal contact information will be removed, these materials will be provided without additional edits or revisions.

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