Associate Vice President of Information Technology Chief Technology Officer - Ohlone College in Fremont California

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Ohlone College

Fremont, California 94539

United States


Detailed Job Description

Ohlone College


Full-Time, 12-Month, Classified Administrator Position

$143,803 per year

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 12, 2015


The ideal candidate is an effective leader, both strategically and operationally, who will guide short and long term technology planning to ensure the college’s ability to meet its mission.  An innovative thinker who works well in a collaborative and diverse environment, the candidate will be able to communicate key issues clearly to facilitate decision making and promote understanding.  The candidate will help to implement the college strategic plan and provide leadership and vision in the technology planning process. The successful candidate will be a proven problem solver who has demonstrable skills in providing and promoting excellent customer service throughout the division.


Serves as the Chief Technology Officer under the general direction of the Vice President of Administrative Services; manages highly skilled workforce in a culturally diverse environment; collaboratively creates and provides services to support faculty innovation in academic learning environments at the College;  Fremont campus, and Newark Center; advocates for cost effective and strategic technology applications; provides District-wide leadership and technology planning; leads technical support services and insures the effective delivery of integrated instructional and information services; leads and/or collaborates on technology-related facilities improvement projects and/or construction work.


The following duties are typical of those performed by employees in this job title. However, employee may be directed to perform other related duties. 

• Plans, implements and administers a service oriented District-wide infrastructure of information services and technology applications in support of instructional and administrative functions.

• Provides leadership and coordination for District-wide integrated database systems (Colleague) and web-based services.

• Leads, plans, administers, staffs, evaluates and modifies information services, distance education technology support services, telecommunications services, web-based services, network technology services, user support and academic instructional technology support services.

• Coordinates and supports necessary activities to accomplish goals and priorities established by the District including, but not limited to, developing program reviews and improvement objectives.

• Develops and updates an integrated long-range District-wide informational and instructional technology plan.

• Engages in internal and external environmental scanning and needs assessments to determine present technological requirements and to identify future trends.  

• Consults with District constituents to assist with the development of short and long-term computing and technology priorities. Engages the District community, developing strong and collaborative working relationships.  Articulates complex issues consistent with strategic direction. 

• Evaluates and takes actions to improve the effectiveness of the organizational structure, policy framework and operational procedures of the units supervised. Develops position duties and determines job tasks and operating procedures of the units supervised.  Develops position duties and determines job tasks and operating procedures that will result in overall work flow processes that are efficient, effective and compatible with the function and activities of other District departments.

• Plans for and manages the recruitment, interviewing, selection, orientation, and continued training and education of staff.  Evaluates work of individuals assigned to the units supervised.

• Develops, implements, and monitors operating plans, budgets and expenditures for the units supervised; ensures timely reports as required; participate in and encourage grant writing and/or partnerships that provide support funding and the development of new and/or innovative technologies.  

• Works as an effective member of the administrative team.

• Works with or serves as Co-Chair on the Technology Committee and serves on a variety of other District committees as required.

• Develops support for campus technology needs, and cultivates community technology partnerships according to the District’s strategic plan.

• Leads and/or collaborates in all aspects of the technology portion of the district’s facilities improvement projects, including Measure G, and related construction.

• Supports distance education development.

• Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Professional knowledge of:

Effective leadership skills with expertise in the areas of interpersonal relations, planning, collaboration and issue analysis; working knowledge of technologies, enterprise systems, and their applications; network systems and applications; relational data base systems, preferably Colleague; understanding of business processes and operations; understanding of the college-level academic environment; understanding of the possibilities and limits of technologies; grants and contracts; budgeting and resource management processes; operational effectiveness principles; decision making tools; English usage; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Professional skills:  

Excellent English communication, including oral, listening, written, and public speaking skills; communicating technical concepts to non-technical audiences; assessment of needs; strategic thinking; organization, supervision, staff education and training, project management, report writing, complex problem solving, credibility, team player, standard mathematical calculations, delegation, statistical concepts and their applications, and interpretative analysis.  Experience with “hands on” management of Colleague or other CCC database is highly desirable.

Professional abilities:  

Able to communicate well with stakeholders and at all levels of the District including Board of Trustees; work collaboratively and effectively with staff, peers, faculty, vendors, administrators, and students; form positive relationships; ability to stay flexible and open at all times; manage resources when demand exceeds capabilities; act as a teacher, facilitator, and coach, ethical in all matters; network with others; able to cross over the artificial boundaries between silos in the District organization; and advocate for the effective use of technology.  Demonstrated ability to create an environment that provides constituent-centered technology services and support.



A typical way to obtain the above knowledge and skill is a combination of education and experience equivalent to:

Master’s Degree and a minimum five years recent senior management level experience, preferably in a College or University environment, in management information systems, computer science, instructional technology, software engineering or related field.  ITSM and/or PMP Certifications desirable.  

Working Conditions:  

Ability to work in a standard office environment


Application packets must be submitted to the Human Resources Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015.  The College reserves the right to modify, rescind or re-advertise this recruitment at any time.

• Completed Ohlone College application form-completed online (

• Current resume.

• Cover letter.

• List of at least three (3) Professional References.  For each reference please include name, position, organization, phone number, email and their relationship to you.  

• Copies of college transcripts (originals will be required at the time of hire)

• Supplemental Question:  

- Please describe what you consider to be the three most critical professional attributes of a community college Chief Technology Officer (CTO).  Why?

- Is learning with technology appropriate for everyone?  How does diversity factor into the application of technology in an educational setting?  

- Please describe how you see technology in the broader context of the college’s core mission of teaching and learning.
• All materials submitted with your application will be considered for this opening only, becomes District property, and will not be returned—applicants will not be considered without all of the above items.

• The Screening Committee will review applications and select a limited number of candidates to invite to the initial interview.

• You will be reimbursed for out-of-state travel and accommodations for the initial and final interview.

• If you are in need of special services, equipment, or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening, please call Human Resources.

Submit your completed online application packet at  The Human Resources Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  


Ohlone offers a competitive benefits package. Below is a list of some of our offerings:

• Medical insurance ($975 per month towards medical)

• Fully paid dental, vision, life insurance, EAP and LTD

• Membership in Public Employees’ Retirement System Candidates hired on or after January 1, 2013 are subject to restrictions imposed by PEPRA)  

• Contribution to O.A.S.D.I. (Social Security)

• Paid vacation

• Paid sick leave 

• Paid holidays and district-paid floating personal days

• IRS Section 125 Flexible Medical Spending Plan

• 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan (employee contributes)

• 403(b) Tax Shelter Annuity Plan (employee contributes)

• Assistance with relocation costs


Ohlone College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or disabled veteran status in providing educational services and programs, or in the employment process, pursuant to Federal and State statutes and regulations pertaining to unlawful discrimination.



Keyword Phrases

  • Information Technology
Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: At least 5 years
Salary: Competitive
Type of School:2 - Year Institution / Technical
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Best if Apply By 2/12/2015