• Cal State University (CSU) LA
  • Los Angeles, California
  • May 12, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description


Job ID: 507774; 05/06/2021


California State University, Los Angeles, invites applications for the above Administrator III position.
The University: California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. We offer nationally recognized programs and our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, and service.

As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving (HSI) and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-serving institution (AANAPISI), Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff can thrive.

The Position: The Associate Vice President and CIO (AVP/CIO), reporting to the Vice President of Administration and Finance, provides strategic planning and leadership for the Cal State LA campus in a rapidly changing Information Technology (IT) environment. Working collaboratively with other campus leaders, the AVP/CIO leads the creation and implementation of campus IT plans and policies that develop new IT systems and solutions supporting and empowering student success through the effective implementation and use of current and new technologies. The incumbent will: collaborate with others to lead the development and execution of campus IT strategic plans that support the university's learning, research, and business operations functions; contribute to the California State University system-wide technology initiatives and ensure the campus adheres to system-wide information technology and security policies and procedures; participate on planning and policymaking committees; lead innovative strategies to position IT to fully meet the information and analysis needs of the campus, placing strong focus on customer service, accountability, accessibility, best practices, digital transformation, and measured performance while utilizing resources effectively and efficiently; develop new IT systems and solutions that support and empower student success through the effective implementation and use of current and new technologies; ensure the IT contributions are delivered with agility based on changing campus strategies, goals, and objectives; develop and control annual budget for IT to ensure the investment in technologies are consistent with the campus's strategic objectives and that stays within the budget; develop and implement an IT workforce strategy and action plans that align with and enable the effective execution of campus and IT strategies; develop and maintain an IT workforce with the appropriate mix of business knowledge, technical skills, and competencies; balance the need for growing the agility required to achieve digital objectives, with ensuring the core IT functions are reliable, stable, and efficient; and provide leadership, coaching, and direction to the IT leadership team and staff.

Required Qualifications and Experience: Master's degree in Computer Sciences, Engineering, or Business Administration, or equivalent work experience. A minimum of 7-years of progressively responsible IT leadership in a collaborative IT role in a large complex organization. Experience leading IT strategic planning, engaging, communicating with, gathering feedback from, and partnering with diverse stakeholder groups to set IT priorities and plan services in support of the organization's mission, vision, and values. The incumbent must have knowledge and experience in: strategic vision, knowledge of IT innovation trends, and successful applications of information technology while ensuring efforts align with the organization's mission, vision, and values; knowledge and experience in a broad range of information technologies and services as well as a solid understanding of trends in higher education and student-centered applications; budget planning and financial management of complex IT budgets; leading, developing, and managing an IT organization in higher education; and leading and integrating diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism initiatives. The incumbent must have excellent verbal and written communications skills including the ability to explain digital concepts and technologies to business leaders, and business concepts to the IT workforce.

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 system-wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

California State University, Los Angeles, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees upon 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.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience leading a large IT Services organization in a public higher education institution; experience leading an IT services organization in a private sector environment; demonstrated capability in leading transformational initiatives taking advantage of digital opportunities to innovate business models; experience developing IT policies, standards, procedures, and metrics that ensured IT delivered value to the organization; demonstrated ability to create a positive team environment and lead, motivate, and develop staff; demonstrates exceptional professional development and organizational development skills; ability to mentor staff and advance a culture of service and collaboration with all campus and system constituencies; strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to use diplomacy, inclusion, and consensus to inform the decision-making process; demonstrates exceptional aptitude with regard to business acumen and organizational savvy; and have experience in a collective bargaining environment.

Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is provided.

Appointment: The Administrator III appointment will be made under the guidelines for management and supervisory employees of the California State University. All rights and benefits associated with this appointment are governed by the Management Personnel Plan.

This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Priority consideration given to those who apply by Thursday, June 9th. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae, and a letter of application.

How to Apply: Please direct all applications, inquiries, and nominations to the WittKieffer search team using the WittKieffer Candidate Portal or via email, at: The Candidate Portal is a secure, easy way to nominate a colleague, express interest, or apply for a position.

Courtney MacKinnon April Allen
Associate Consultant
WittKieffer WittKieffer
724.305.0024 502.426.2841

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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