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Strategic IT Portfolio Management Director

The Strategic IT Portfolio Management Director is a visionary IT leader who can mature the IT Portfolio & Project Management Office (PPMO) to support the delivery of the key initiatives that further the mission of the university. This position reports to the Deputy CIO in support of the entire Division of Information Technology (DoIT). The director is responsible for portfolio and project management functions and serves as a liaison between DoIT, schools, colleges, institutes, divisions and university leadership to ensure projects are aligned and delivered to support the university's strategic plan.

The director leads the strategic portfolio management process, which includes oversight of a team of professionals who manage strategic IT projects with impacts across the entire university. This position leads the implementation of PPMO practices and methodologies through collaboration, influence and continuous improvement. The director leads the development of the project portfolio, including demand forecasting and capacity planning. The director ensures these projects are executed successfully with the expected value realized, and ensures there is appropriate visibility into projects for all stakeholders and constituents.

Develops and directs the implementation of strategic plans for enterprise information technology (IT) function(s), program(s), or service(s) to ensure resources are utilized and to provide effective information technology services. Typically manages enterprise IT services, serving the institution(s) through subordinate managers.
  • 20% Directs strategic information technology planning initiatives and establishes objectives to ensure appropriate use of financial, administrative, and staffing resources in alignment with the strategic plan
  • 10% Develops operating policies and procedures to comply with regulations, institutional policies, and objectives
  • 10% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • 10% Develops and audits the budget
  • 20% Serves as the primary liaison representing the interests to internal and external stakeholders for enterprise IT services
  • 5% Advises institutional or divisional leadership on enterprise information technology operations and business models
  • 10% May perform manager functions through subordinate managers
  • 15% Oversees the portfolio of enterprise-wide IT projects and programs in support of the university's strategic plan

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Bachelor's Degree

-Multiple years of experience delivering information technology services and projects with an enterprise-level impact (ten years or more preferred).
-Experience supervising and developing IT employees, project managers, business analysts, and/or portfolio managers (five years or more preferred).
-Demonstrated commitment to the principles of the portfolio and project management profession through attainment of relevant education, industry certifications, teaching, community involvement, or publication.
-Demonstrated commitment to improving equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.
-Ability to provide leadership, exercise influence, and build consensus and partnerships in a large, complex, and collaborative enterprise.
-Excellent presentation, communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.

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Full Time: 100%

The candidate selected for this position may perform a combination of on-site and remote work subject to an approved remote work agreement (RWA) agreement, which is reviewed and approved annually. Remote work requires successful candidates to possess their own high-speed internet and phone to perform the work on a university provided computer.


Minimum $140,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.

Please note that successful applicants must be authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship, on or before the effective date of appointment. University sponsorship is not available for this position.

This position requires the ability to work at a computer and communicate via video conferencing at least several hours per day.


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