Executive Director for Infrastructure and Technology
Michigan State University
United States

Executive Director for Infrastructure and Technology

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Work type: Executive Management
Major Administrative Unit / College: Information Technology Services
Department: It Services Infrastructure Support 40000460
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Academic Management, Executive Management, Information Technology, Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Executive Director for Infrastructure & Technology

Position Summary

The Executive Director for Infrastructure and Technology will be responsible for leading and building infrastructure and operations support teams in the creation and delivery of high impact technology services that support the Michigan State University (MSU) mission.  The Executive Director leads and contributes to the vision, strategic direction, technical landscape governance and influence necessary to plan, execute, and maintain enterprise-wide technology services. In addition, this position leverages professional experience and current best practice to develop and retain an engaged, accountable, diverse, and high-performing workforce as well as acts as a champion for the effective and efficient use of MSU resources.

This position serves as a principal advisor to the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Information Officer (EVPA & CIO), Departmental Leaders, and University Leadership in large-scale information technology services and initiatives relevant to IT infrastructure-based services; leads managers to work with key stakeholders to plan and execute projects, ensure that teams have appropriate specifications, direction, and resources to deliver services effectively and efficiently; responsible for IT infrastructure and operations including infrastructure design, systems, data center, networking, and telecommunications services; recruits and retains a diverse and inclusive high-performing team; monitors, mentors, and coaches employee performance and engagement; directs initiatives to improve operational efficiency and service delivery effectiveness across all lines of business and technology platforms; responsible for the department funding associated with services, ensuring they deliver on time and within budget, and that projects under their leadership deliver intended value to the enterprise; maintains and cultivates relationships with key clients and stakeholders in order to provide direction and escalation; leads the collaboration with campus units and other teams across MSU in defining future enterprise infrastructure structure, planning and operations, design, and deployment, as well as system life cycle management; provides strategic leadership for enterprise systems and platforms in information technology, to better position the university relative to emerging trends in higher education.

MSU Information Technology provides the primary leadership for strategic, financial, and policy initiatives affecting information technology (IT) across MSU. MSU IT offers technology resources that support MSU’s mission of providing education, conducting research, and advancing engagement

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are essential elements, vital to the culture MSU Information Technology endeavors to cultivate.  This includes providing opportunities and access for all people which incorporate differences of race, age, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, migratory status, disability/abilities, political affiliation, veteran status and socioeconomic background. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree; more than eight years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in a leadership role influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders on IT infrastructure and technologies; experience leading multiple, large, cross-functional teams or projects; experience in managing and directing a diverse and inclusive team to deliver reliable, resilient, highly available infrastructure services; expert knowledge of current and emerging technologies, technology directions and strategic application to business needs; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

Excellent communication skills; verbal, written and interpersonal; multiple year experience in managing/supervising enterprise infrastructure support teams, and recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce; experience in the higher-education industry, particularly in infrastructure planning and operations, design and deployment, system life cycle management, data center management, business-related processes, technology, and practices.

Required Application Materials

CV and three professional letters of reference knowledgeable of your work

Special Instructions

Please address application materials to Melissa Woo, Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Information Officer.

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Department Statement

MSU Information Technology provides the primary leadership for strategic, financial, and policy initiatives affecting information technology (IT) across MSU. MSU IT offers technology resources that support MSU’s mission of providing education, conducting research, and advancing engagement

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Nov 17, 2020 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Nov 16, 2022 Eastern Standard Time

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