Harvard Medical School (HMS) is searching for a new Chief Information Officer (CIO) to lead its information technology organization and develop solutions within a cutting-edge research and educational environment. The new CIO will succeed the current CIO, who is retiring in the spring of 2017.
Reporting to the Executive Dean for Administration, the CIO will oversee the delivery of all technology services supporting administrative, academic and research functions. The CIO will lead an organization of approximately 100 staff and manage combined budgets of $40 million. Current units of the CIO's organization include: Educational Technologies, Research Computing, Administrative Systems, Client Services, Infrastructure, Information Security and IT Compliance, Web Support and Strategic Initiatives and Business Operations. Since HMS does not own and operate a teaching hospital, the CIO will not have direct responsibility for clinical systems; however, HMS IT provides IT support for Harvard's School of Dental Medicine, including its electronic health records systems. The HMS CIO will be the school's representative on Harvard's CIO Council, collaborating with the University CIO and other Harvard school CIOs to determine how to leverage economies of scale in technology and influence, lead and execute University-wide technology initiatives.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES A key priority for the new CIO will be to continue to enhance the service orientation of the organization and to fulfill its mission to provide products and services that faculty, students and administrative departments depend upon for their various information technology needs and to uphold the brand of the school through interfaces, internally and externally. The CIO will oversee the IT organization's strategic and tactical planning, organizational management, financial management and project governance, and will lead day-to-day IT operations. The CIO will provide leadership and vision for the development and use of information systems, resources and technologies that support the school's academic and administrative needs and will leverage their knowledge of technology and business process to optimize operations of the school's business. He/she will bring a deep understanding of future technology trends and be able to craft a long-term vision for the school, ensuring that students, faculty and staff have the necessary tools for success. Beyond the CIO's role for Harvard Medical School, the CIO will be a member of the broader Harvard CIO Council, whose membership includes the CIO's from each school at Harvard. The Council is chaired by the CIO of Harvard University.
DESIRED OUTCOMES The HMS CIO will foster and leverage relationships with the CIOs of affiliated hospitals, as well as other leading medical schools and independent research institutions in the country.
The new CIO will set the technology strategy and vision for the medical school with the goal of enabling the research needs of the institution to grow and expand, while also managing the educational and operational technology in support of the number one medical school in the world. Defining clear goals and prioritizing execution will be critical for success. This leader will be responsible for leading and developing the IT team within the medical school while also building strong and productive relationships across and among the other CIOs in the Harvard system. Leveraging shared resources and shared appreciation of what is being done in other schools is a primary goal of this role.
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Continuation of Duties & Responsibilities:
Harvard Medical School is seeking a proven strategic leader with a deep understanding of how to best structure and execute technology consulting services and build and run a robust information technology operation to support scientific innovation, education and research within a dispersed, highly creative organization.
With a passion for education and deep, computationally intensive research, the CIO will have the opportunity to organize the HMS IT department to best serve the School's needs in light of its overall mission. Though the CIO may not come directly from a higher education environment, qualified candidates will possess an understanding of, and appreciation for, a university academic environment, the roles and relationships of faculty, staff and students, and the diverse needs for technical support. Harvard's culture of inclusion and decentralized decision making requires a leader who can lead through influence and is comfortable with ambiguity.
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15 years of IT leadership experience. Five years of management of research computing efforts, including bioinformatics systems and high-performance computing groups. Experience in a customer-centric service environment. Financial planning and execution experience required. Bachelor's degree required.
Advance degree preferred. Candidates will have demonstrated success managing and leading change in a complex, collaborative organization, including oversight of strategic planning, consensus-building, organizational leadership and technical performance. Candidates also will have significant technical competence, having progressed through roles of increasing responsibility managing technology organizations. Experience in a customer-centric service environment. Candidates will demonstrate a strong customer service commitment and possess a record of professional experience that reveals progressive responsibilities and significant senior-level management experience in complex IT and business environments.
CRITICAL LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIES:
Strategic Thinking Helps develop the organization's vision, translating it into both short- and long-term plans. Creates effective strategies and business plans to focus IT on the key school and university-wide priorities. Considers long-term consequences and implications of actions and decisions for the organization. Provides strategic direction by assessing and managing the risks and opportunities associated with industry trends.
Executing for Results Sponsors continuous improvement programs, recognizing opportunities to simplify organizational processes and create efficiencies. Anticipates and ensures appropriate resources and structures are in place to support short- and long-term business goals. Creates and/or uses effective metrics to support fact-based opinions and drive results.
Leading and Inspiring Teams Ensures current and future organizational talent needs are met by leading in recruiting, hiring, developing, coaching and mentoring others. Fosters a high-performance culture by planning, instructing, monitoring, guiding and evaluating others' job performance and by ensuring that others do so. Motivates teams by actively rewarding and recognizing their efforts.
Building Relationships and Using Influence Exhibits an adaptive, customer-oriented personality. Builds effective relationships inside and outside of the organization. Effectively relates to others by collaborating and cooperating even with those holding divergent and/or opposing views and goals. Models respect to people from all backgrounds and organization levels, by seeking and including different thinking styles, cultures and backgrounds.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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