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Chief Technology Officer

Department: 3670030005 Division of Info Tech
Job no: 515217
Work type: Executive
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Executive / Director / Management, Computer Science / Information Technology

About This Role:

Kansas State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Technology Officer.

The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) serves as the university’s senior information technology executive and leads and manages the Division of Information Technology (DIT), the university’s enterprise IT organization. The CTO provides vision, leadership, strategic planning, and oversight for information technology throughout all functions and campuses of Kansas State University. The CTO will lead the university-wide strategic use of information technology to enable success in achieving the university’s teaching, research and engagement missions, provide excellent service and support to all constituents at K-State, and ensure effective and efficient academic and administrative functions.  The CTO will report to the Vice President for Administration and Finance.

For a full position description and leadership profile, please visit the office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance.

For more information about Kansas State University, please view our university profile.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To learn more about benefits at Kansas State University, please visit:

Learn more about the Manhattan community at

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Required competencies/qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus 10 or more years of senior level experience leading high-performing information technology, computer, and communication systems teams.

Preferred competencies/qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in business administration, computer science, data science, information science or related field.
  • Higher education experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Work Experience:

  • Record of experience as a strategic leader who is customer and business driven with a demonstrated commitment to customer service and the ability to integrate business and technology strategies to improve an institution’s overall programs and services
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborator, relationship builder, and change agent, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and ability to build coalitions and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups, including senior executives, to achieve results
  • 10 or more years of information management or IT management with some experience at or near the executive level
  • Proven record of success in an administrative leadership position with responsibility for guiding strategy, budget planning and financial management, staffing and personnel management, policy formulation, business planning and operations, continuous service improvement, and risk management
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, launch and deliver multiple technology projects on time and within budget
  • Seasoned competence in at least six of following areas: 1) IT governance processes; 2) capital planning, ROI, and cost analysis; 3) process metrics and reporting; 4) enterprise architecture; 5) infrastructure and information security, privacy, and business continuity; 6) business process analysis; 7) information architecture and management; 8) systems acquisition and development; 9) operations (infrastructure and applications), 10) outsourcing, and 11) higher education practices
  • Ability to effectively delegate as well as to supervise, lead, manage, and develop high performing personnel and teams and foster a unified IT culture that values diversity
  • Innovative with the ability to think and plan strategically consistent with institutional goals and customer needs
  • Ability to effectively execute complex technology plans and strategies.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience with large enterprise applications or systems
  • Experience with large, ERP and/or multi-project implementations
  • Proven record of building close working relationships with an academic community in a higher education setting to advance the use of technology in support of academic innovation

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

WittKieffer is assisting Kansas State University with this search. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited.

Applications should include, as separate documents, a resume and letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to the WittKiefer team at

Screening of Applications Begins:

Position will remain open until filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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