Job Location: 
Nova Scotia

Chief Information Officer/Assistant Vice-President Information Technology Services

Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of its 18,500 students coming from outside of the province. The University’s 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, poised to celebrate 200 years of academic excellence in 2018. Information Technology Services (ITS) at Dalhousie empowers the success of students, faculty and staff through an overall focus on service, advising and consulting. The department supports university instructional, research and administrative requirements, and is responsible for all centrally managed computing, networking and telecommunications facilities, as well as university-wide software implementation such as the coming Banner 9 upgrade. ITS is dedicated to a constructive, team-oriented environment, gathering varied perspectives, sharing knowledge, and building effective partnerships that enable our partners to achieve their goals by advising, providing solutions, and delivering service excellence in alignment with the University’s mission and goals.

Reporting directly to the Vice-President (Finance and Administration), the role of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) is to align the information systems vision with the strategic focus of Dalhousie University by integrating the University’s business processes with appropriate technologies, in accordance with privacy and other legal and regulatory requirements. The CIO is responsible for all aspects of developing and implementing systems, upholding cybersecurity standards and, in partnership with other senior leaders, supervises and supports process improvement initiatives within the organization. In addition to providing strategic council to the University’s leadership team and to leaders across the University, the  CIO engages in a Canadian network of CIOs and interfaces with national entities such as the major federal agencies, CFI, Compute Canada and Canarie. Internally, the CIO oversees the staff and operations of multiple units within ITS, including Client Services and Infrastructure, Enterprise Applications Services, the Project and Portfolio Management Office, and the Business Operations Unit.

As the ideal candidate, you bring significant, senior IT leadership experience combined with an in-depth understanding of the operations of a research-intensive university, and you hold a university degree, ideally at the Masters level, in information technology, science, engineering, business administration, or a related field. Your IT background gives you the foundation needed to understand complex systems but it is your broad business acumen, team leadership skills, and exceptional interpersonal and communication abilities that have enabled your success throughout your career. You have a record of strategic organizational leadership, are skilful in articulating a clear vision for the information management systems of a large, complex organization with multiple stakeholders, and are able to implement strategy to move the organization forward. Moreover, your talent for leading and managing change helps you to foster the skills, attitudes and behaviours needed to bring these new strategies and initiatives to life, therefore meeting Dalhousie’s current and future needs and granting the university a competitive advantage. Driven by strong personal values including integrity, transparency, inclusiveness, trust, and a demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity and inclusiveness you have a proven ability to collaboratively lead, influence and build effective relationships as a key member of a senior leadership team.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact Anna Stuart or Kaitlyn LeMoine at 902-422-1542 for more information, or please apply online by clicking “Apply Now” on the button below.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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