Associate Vice President (ITS) & Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Updated: 20 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15/01/23; 15/01/2023


Carleton University is seeking an innovative, inclusive, collaborative leader as its next Associate Vice President (ITS) & Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Situated on unceded Algonquin territory and bordered by the Rideau River and historic Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Carleton University is just minutes from the heart of our nation's government and G-7 organizations, providing opportunities for staff and faculty to make a positive impact in our community and around the world.

As one of the 2023 Top 100 Employers in Canada and a Top 25 employer in the National Capital Region, Carleton University is one of Canada’s most resourceful and productive hubs of learning and research, fuelling a rich talent pipeline that is supporting social and economic renewal. The university’s smart, caring and connected community inspires and empowers individuals to become change leaders who drive impact in the world while challenging conventional modes of thinking and doing. The university is committed to fostering an innovative, equitable and welcoming work environment. Carleton is also a nationally certified Healthy Workplace and is a recipient of the Canada Awards for Excellence, Healthy Workplace Order of Excellence and Platinum Level Certification for Mental Health at Work.

The University’s Strategic Integrated Plan 2020-2025 , Share. Serve. Strive. lays out an ambitious vision for the future, anchored in Carleton’s strengths and student-centric, community-engaged values.














Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Vice-President, Finance and Administration and responsible for advising the University Executive and Board on all information technology matters, the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer (AVP&CIO) leads and is accountable for Carleton’s technology strategy and roadmap, enterprise architecture, data and information management, IT security and compliance. The AVP&CIO supports partnerships, policies and governance structures that translate the needs of a diverse ecosystem of stakeholders into enhanced, digitally enabled user experiences and services. The AVP&CIO will participate in overall business strategy and planning, is responsible for overseeing major technological initiatives, managing technology standards and systems and for providing products and services that enhance and support the University’s academic, research, and administrative goals to advance a digital culture across the Carleton community. With a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, the AVP&CIO will provide a strong focus on innovation, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, change management, organizational effectiveness, and financial management. Providing leadership to a team of 100+ Information Technology Services (ITS) management and unionized staff, the AVP&CIO will help develop the units capacity to sustain digitally enabled, service oriented, growth.


As the ideal candidate you bring an exceptional track record of collaborative, innovative leadership in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment. You are a problem solver with the proven capacity to work constructively as both a team member and team leader with internal and external constituencies. Peers and colleagues would describe you as an authentic, flexible, approachable, honest and curious leader with a demonstrated ability to effectively lead change in an ever-changing environment. You excel in collegial, collaborative, yet fast paced environments and have a combination of technical credibility and executive maturity to spearhead the University’s digital strategy and roadmap, to recognize important opportunities for growth and to develop long range goals. Throughout your career, you have modeled and fostered equity, diversity, accessibility, inclusion, Indigeneity, reconciliation, and decolonization.

Education and Experience:

The above is normally acquired through the completion of a bachelor’s degree in computer science or other related discipline anda minimum of ten years of previous experience in progressive leadership roles.

HR Note:

If you are interested in joining Carleton University at this important time and wish to access further information and/or the full digital executive brief, please contact Collin Ritch and Michael Naufal at To apply, please visit:

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our University including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expressions.

Important Note Regarding Pandemic Related Operations:

This position is required to work on campus. Exceptionally, since March 2020, many staff and faculty at Carleton University have been working from home in order to comply with public health requirements while continuing to provide services to support the operational functioning of the university. We are currently in the process of identifying positions that need to work on campus as part of our return to campus process. This position may be required to work temporarily remotely due to public health requirements or it may have been identified as one of the roles that are required to work on campus. If this position is required to work on campus, the successful candidate will be informed of the health and safety measures that are in place to ensure their safety on campus. If there is a requirement to work remotely (it is possible that there could be a requirement to work both remotely and on campus), the successful candidate will work with the manager to set up a remote work environment including discussing appropriate technology and requirements. Please note that once public health requirements permit, Carleton University will resume normal on campus operations and at that point there will be a timely notification provided by the manager and the requirement to working full time physically onsite will resume. Therefore, we are looking for candidates currently in or looking to relocate to the Ottawa area.

Additionally, Carleton University is continuing to maintain a safe work environment and requires mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 as per Public Health recommendations under the Reopening Ontario Act. As Carleton University requires that staff be available to attend on-campus meetings and to work, as required, in person, the successful candidate will be required to comply with this policy and be fully vaccinated before commencing employment. Subject to permitted exemptions under the Ontario Human Rights Code, if you are the successful candidate, your offer of employment will be conditional upon you attesting that you are fully vaccinated with a course of vaccines that have been approved by Health Canada and submitting appropriate proof of vaccination.

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