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Executive Director of Information Technology

Portland, OR
Warner Pacific University’s Mission:  Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, diverse, minority-serving, Hispanic-serving, liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds with an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Our hiring practices reflect our missional commitment to being a Christ-centered institution.
 
Warner Pacific University’s Commitment to Diversity: Warner Pacific University (WPU) is committed to hiring staff and faculty with an intentionality that demonstrates the importance of having an employee community that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the students we serve. Persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
 
Summary Description:  The Executive Director of Information Technology is a full time, benefit eligible position reporting to the Vice President and CFO.  This role provides strategic and operational leadership in identifying, evaluating, and implementing technology and information services to support the educational and operational objectives and priorities of the university. This position is responsible for all technology service delivery and management at the university to include Internet technologies, instructional and administrative computing, telecommunications, and exploration of new technologies for the university, including online delivery for instruction.
 
The Executive Director of Information Technology directs and manages the Information Technology Department which has responsibility for day to day computer operations, network issues, database/programming requests, voice systems, new technology implementation, support of internet/web backend support, and PC hardware and software issues.
 
WPU’s ideal candidate will be articulate, energetic, and collaborative. This individual will have a proven track record of creating and delivering innovative solutions that streamline processes and empower people to advance the mission of the University. The University seeks an individual who can articulate a strategic vision and also has the ability to respond to a customer request and solve their problem when necessary.
 
Employment and Lifestyle Standards:
 
Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered urban liberal arts University dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The University was founded in 1937 by the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) and maintains a covenant relationship with that body. Central to Warner Pacific’s identity as a Christ-centered higher education institution is the policy of hiring persons whose personal and professional lives reflect:
 
1.   A belief in the deity of and commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith, as interpreted through the historic witness of Scripture and the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit.
2.  The practice of following Christ through day-to-day personal lifestyle choices.
3.  A vitality of Christian experience maturing in insight and application and appreciative of differing viewpoints.
4.  A commitment to life-long learning and service through personal and professional development.
5.  For teaching faculty, the expression of artful teaching, based on mastery of relevant subject matter and in an environment of purposeful and rigorous inquiry amongst a community of scholars who support one another.
6. A capability, by temperament, preparation, and will, to support students as they confront the intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of their lives.
7.   A sensitivity to and support for the mission, core themes, vision, values, ethos and traditions of the Warner Pacific University community.
8. A commitment to teaching and serving in harmony with the doctrines of the Bible as understood and generally held by the Church of God Reformation Movement.
 
Employee Agreement:
Mission-based hiring is of critical importance to Warner Pacific University. From its inception, the Church of God has resisted condensing the Scriptures into a formal creed, instead emphasizing salvation as the entrance into the body of Christ; unity in diversity; and a call to holy living as God’s people representing Christ in the world. Warner Pacific, rather than requiring subscription to an institutional doctrinal statement, asks each employee to affirm a personal faith in Jesus Christ by providing a statement articulating the ways in which faith informs the employee’s understanding of his or her vocation at Warner Pacific. Employees are expected to demonstrate and articulate a vital Christian faith and to live in a manner consistent with a Christ-centered lifestyle as informed by the Scriptures of the New Testament.
 
Warner Pacific’s students, faculty and staff are expected to foster an environment of mutual respect and accountability, to care for the personal dignity of others and to exercise integrity in their conduct and communication. The University environment is expected to be free from discrimination and harassment (including bullying). When an individual’s behavior has direct implications for others and/or the well-being of the University community, there may be cause for institutional involvement, regardless of where the situation occurs.
 
Warner Pacific University desires to provide a safe and healthy environment for staff, faculty, students, visitors and guests. Therefore, smoking is not permitted on University property, in its vehicles, or at any University sponsored event. The use of illegal drugs or non-prescribed controlled substances is strictly prohibited. Use of alcoholic beverages or tobacco products is strictly prohibited on Warner Pacific University campuses.
 
Commitment to Diversity: 
Warner Pacific University is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. Inquiries are encouraged from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our University. Warner Pacific University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse workforce of committed Christians from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.
 
Equal Employment Opportunity
Warner Pacific provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, disability, age, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status and any other status protected by laws and regulations to which Warner Pacific is subject.  All employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, and terminations are made in a manner that does not discriminate against individuals in the categories discussed above.  Because Warner Pacific is a Christian liberal arts University, the University exercises its legal right to hire Christian employees to fulfill its mission and purpose. 
 
Essential Functions:
  • Hire, develop, and supervise Information Technology staff; oversee projects, performance, and workload of staff and student employees.
  • Serve as a liaison with the university internal and external constituents regarding technology and support services.
  • Oversee the daily operations of the Information Technology department including hardware/software/network management, change management, infrastructure management, database/programming support, voice systems, and PC hardware and software support.
  • Provide managerial oversight in troubleshooting and resolving network and systems problems.
  • Represent the university in external professional organizations and participate in professional development opportunities.
  • Manage Information Technology department operating and capital budgets and provide recommendations and proposals to Budget and IT Planning Committees as needed, including technology purchasing and project outsourcing.
  • Provide strategic and technical direction for the university including a comprehensive technology forecast and a five-year IT strategic plan to inform the University’s Strategic Plan.
  • Oversee the development of Ellucian Colleague System to improve organizational efficiency.
  • Provide support services to faculty and students engaged in teaching and learning activities, including classroom and lab technology, library technology, and office and mobile devices.
  • Participate in Executive Council meetings and serve on campus committees as requested.
  • Provide leadership in the development and enforcement of university IT policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a Christian liberal arts education by upholding the mission of the University and abiding by the Employment Standards and Lifestyle Agreement. Warner Pacific is affiliated with the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana).
  • Exhibits commitment to inclusiveness and sensitivity in areas of national origin, ethnicity, culture, gender, and disabilities.
  • Provide leadership, coaching, and guidance in the professional development of IT staff.
  • Adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to the support and implementation of the University Strategic Plan.
  • Participate in Warner Pacific University professional development opportunities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
 Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor degree required or equivalent work experience.
  • Ability to advise and guide executive leadership on issues related to technology.
  • Five or more years in information technology leadership roles.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with all levels of the organization including management and operational staff, faculty, and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently and effectively solve problems and initiate and implement projects independently.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and effective presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of today’s higher education technology landscape and a vision of the future role of technology at small independent universities.
  • Demonstrated track record of leading the execution and completion of complex IT projects.
  • Experience in developing and managing a variety of vendor contracts and relationships.
  • A proven ability to mentor and develop a high-performance service-oriented team.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
 Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience leading information services in a higher education setting.
  • Experience developing a comprehensive strategic plan in technology for organizations.
  • Knowledge of Ellucian Colleague System or other Enterprise Resource Planning platforms in a Higher Education setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Learning Management Systems, in a higher education setting.
  • Experience with online, distance learning academic programs.
  • Master’s degree in relevant field or equivalent work experience.
Physical Demands – Work Environment:  The position is located in a typical office environment.  Professional/business casual attire is required.

To Apply:  In order to be considered an applicant for this position, please complete our online employment application at www.warnerpacific.edu/jobs.
Click “Apply Now” to complete the online application, and submit the following:
Application, Cover Letter and Resume

 
 
 
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