Assistant Director IT Digital Transformation & Operational Excellence

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 24 May 2024


Campus: Tempe

Asst Dir Info Technology

Job Description

This job posting is only open to current Arizona Board of Regents employees (Arizona State University, University of Arizona, or Northern Arizona University).

The Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering (FSE), Engineering technical Services (ETS), is seeking an Assistant Director of Digital Transformation and Operational Excellence 
The Assistant Director of Digital Transformation & Operational Excellence at the Fulton Schools of Engineering (FSE) is pivotal in integrating digital initiatives across academic, business and technology units to enhance collaboration and operational efficiency.  This role strategically aligns efforts, fosters innovation and promotes effective governance and risk management through technology solutions.  Serving as a key change agent, the Assistant Director ensures that digital strategies effectively support FSE’s objectives and business outcomes, facilitating cross-functional teams and promoting a culture of continuous improvement and adaptability.  This position requires strong leadership, higher education administration, exceptional interpersonal skills, and a deep understanding of technological capabilities and business needs. 


  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to build trusted relationships.
  • Strategic thinking and understanding of business objectives and technological capabilities.

Job Family

Information Technology

Department Name

Engineering Technical Services



Scope of Search

Arizona Board of Regents

Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$79,950 - $115,000 per year; DOE

Essential Duties

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in strategy development and execution aligned with overall FSE goals. 
  • Collaborate and engage with the engineering community to gather insights and feedback, identify outcomes, align strategies and identify innovative opportunities for efficiency and integration across FSE.
  • Champion the adoption of new digital technologies and processes promoting a framework for shared governance. Implement and adhere to digital governance policies to minimize technology risks and protect data privacy and security. 
  • Provide strategic oversight of FSE’s cybersecurity program.
  • Ensure that all digital transformation activities comply with university policies and industry best practices, maintaining compliance and standards across operations. 
  • Utilize change management principles to lead organizational change, driving towards greater digital innovation, agility and organizational efficiency.
  • Oversee the integration of new digital tools and platforms into existing systems.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership in managing and engaging technology teams and programs, fostering collaborative and productive environment. 
  • Focus on aligning work with strategic objectives and business outcomes.
  • Leverage data analytics to inform decision making, develop and maintain dashboards, reports to track progress and outcomes of digital initiatives.  
  • Foster a culture of inclusion, innovation, continuous improvement, and adaptability.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in technology, business management, communications or related field and five years of experience leading technical teams, which include three years of supervisory/management experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Leadership and knowledge of strategic planning principles and practices.
  • Experience in collaborating, building teams, and maintaining effective relationships.
  • Experience in managing projects and setting priorities.
  • Experience in exercising independent judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of security fundamentals in various operating systems and environments.
  • Demonstrated knowledge with IT security compliance, governance, NIST Security Framework, CIS CSCV7 controls, policies, and standards.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital tools and platforms used in higher education. 
  • Experience in analyzing complex problems and develop innovative solutions. 
  • Experience hiring in a values-led organization, emphasizing diversity, equity, inclusion.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard system processes, design, development tools, and delivery methods.
  • Experience leading process improvement initiatives.
  • Evidence in having a track record of continuous improvement and root cause analysis.
  • Evidence of effective communication and presentation skills.

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse.
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.
  • Regular activities require the ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Position may involve shared offices, telecommuting, and working at different FSE Campuses as needed.

Department Statement

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is the largest producer of engineering and technical talent in the nation and seeks to deliver a world-class learning experience for our students and to advance research and innovation – all at scale. We value and emphasize inherently interdisciplinary endeavors that leverage the breadth and depth of expertise among our outstanding faculty and have built a unique place for large-scale innovation characterized by foundational excellence and translational impacts. We are an engineering school on the rise at the most innovative university in the country and in the heart of the nation’s fifth largest metropolitan area. The scale of our faculty research interests and interdisciplinary mindset, combined with more than 48 graduate degree programs and 25 undergraduate degree programs, provide the foundation for knowledge generation and collaborative opportunities to advance new ideas.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering, located across ASU’s Tempe and Polytechnic campuses, is comprised of seven schools based on academic programs and research areas. Fulton Engineering has a nationally recognized faculty that conducts research, instructs and mentors students, provides service to engineering, computing and technology professions and creates lasting impacts across local and global communities.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering follows a framework of values designed to distinguish our practice and guide daily decisions in our academic, research, corporate engagement and entrepreneurial endeavors. These values influence how we recognize, reward and communicate our achievements. At the Fulton Schools of Engineering, we:
Cultivate excellence.
Deliver innovation that matters.
Encourage bold thinking.
Foster a community of learning and collaboration.
Build a foundation for all to be successful.

Working at ASU has outstanding benefits that include: health, dental and vision insurance plans; ASU/UA/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; state and optional retirement plans; access to ASU recreation and cultural activities, and more. To estimate the value of your total compensation, please visit .

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Instructions to Apply

This job posting is only open to current Arizona Board of Regents employees (Arizona State University, University of Arizona, or Northern Arizona University).

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

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