Organization: Beloit College

Location: Beloit, WI

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About Beloit College:

Untitled design (6)Beloit College was founded in 1846, when Wisconsin was still a territory. The early curriculum was built on the classical tradition, but students were given an unusual amount of freedom to choose their own courses. Today, Beloit is recognized for its longstanding commitment to curricular innovation, and its first-year initiatives and international education programs.

The Beloit College community is diverse and noted for its passionate engagement with ideas and the world. Its 1,350 students are from nearly every state, the District of Columbia, and 40 nations. Twenty-seven percent of its students are domestic minorities or students from countries other than the United States. No more than ten percent of a graduating class is represented in any one of Beloit’s majors.

95% of Beloit’s 110 full-time faculty members hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field. Teaching is the faculty’s highest priority but all professors are active scholars and artists. Many are leaders in educational reform. Professors serve as mentors, guides, and partners on research projects and academic work. A strong tradition of student-teacher collaboration contributes to the college’s diverse and lively intellectual community.

Beloit offers more than fifty majors, more than thirty minors, and a number of dual-degree and pre-professional programs. A flexible curriculum, grounded in rigorous study encourages independent research, fieldwork, and collaboration with peers and professors. Coursework is interdisciplinary, experiential, and global in scope. The average class size is 15 students; Beloit has a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Untitled design (9)Beloit’s wooded 55-acre campus includes twenty-eight buildings in a range of architectural styles and a 26-acre sports complex; four buildings are listed on the National or State Register of Historic Places. The campus is marked by winding pathways, expansive lawns, displays of public art, and ancient Indian mounds.

The College’s academic facilities include the internationally recognized Logan Museum of Anthropology, the Wright Museum of Art, a state of the art performing arts complex and research labs equipped with advanced technology in the LEED Certified Center for the Sciences. Beloit offers more than thirty international programs, dozens of domestic study programs, and hundreds of internships and field study programs.

President Scott Bierman

Untitled design (8)Scott Bierman, an economist with 27 years of teaching and leadership experience in liberal arts education, became the 11th president of Beloit College in July 2009. He had most recently served as academic dean of Carleton College.

President Bierman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and received his Ph.D. in economics from the College of Virginia. His fields of interest include economics of the public sector, industrial organization, game theory, and experimental economics. He is the co-author of a book on game theory and has designed teaching materials accompanying various textbooks in economics. He has been active in the world of higher education as a member of external review committees and other advisory groups for colleges here and abroad. He is a member of the Bates College board of trustees.

He joined the Carleton faculty in 1982 and was named chair of the economics department in 1991. From 1997 to 2000 he was faculty president, serving as liaison between faculty and the dean and president on curricular and personnel issues. He also founded and chaired the Carleton Faculty Council.

About the City of Beloit

2Beloit College is proud to be part of the vibrant city of Beloit, which is located on the southern Wisconsin stateline. A city of 35,000 people with 110,000 people within the immediate area, Beloit has easy access to Madison, Milwaukee, Rockford, and Chicago. It has an award-winning downtown, which hosts the second largest Farmer’s Market in Wisconsin; a world-class riverfront, where visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, and kayaking or canoeing; and a variety of local restaurants and shops. Additionally, there are several medium size high-tech companies that employ Beloit College’s students and they represent an important part of the tech community in city.

Downtown Beloit is a dense cluster of mostly small shops and boutiques. The area has been recognized for increased investment and renewal since the 1990s, and has been steadily developing over the past 15 years. Upscale downtown condominiums and hotels were introduced post-2000 with the construction of the Hotel Hilton Apartments, the Ironworks Hotel and Heritage View. In 2011, Beloit was a Great American Main Street Award winner. In 2012, Beloit was listed #17 on Travel and Leisures list of America’s Greatest Mainstreets.

Position Summary:

The Chief Information Officer provides campus leadership, vision, and direction for the strategic development and management of information and technology resources to support the mission and goals of the College. The CIO will understand and anticipate the pace and direction of technological change and will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to prepare the College to take advantage of those changes. The individual in this position will promote the personal and departmental importance of taking a learning stance, know the critical importance of asking “who needs to be consulted” and “who needs to know,” and sustain a focus on using information technology to advance the strategic priorities of the College.

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Key Responsibilities

  1. Provides institution-wide leadership for the planning, management, and operation of shared information and communication services, ensuring optimal use, integrity, and security of resources, services, and spaces. Through vision, collaboration, and consultation, leads campus efforts to:
    • Understand and enhance the ever-changing quality of users’ experiences in learning and teaching, administrative functions, and project development processes;
    • Understand and develop the effective use of information systems that includes user access and transition among different information systems, and the advantages of enhanced and effective use; and
    • Synthesize community input to develop, communicate, and implement a vision for sustaining IT at the College.
  2. Provides administrative and supervisory oversight to the IT department; establishes and maintains a staffing structure to effectively accomplish goals and objectives, oversees recruiting, hiring, training, motivating, supervising, and evaluating department staff.
  3. Facilitates and fosters a collaborative, team-based, work environment with a strong commitment to diversity, shared vision and goals, commitment to quality service, and professional development.
  4. Ensures a stable, secure, and reliable IT environment compliant with state and federal regulations.
  5. Develops and effectively manages annual department and project budgets; periodically analyzes them for productivity- and cost-effectiveness.
  6. Develops or recommends and administers policies and procedures, goal and priority setting, reporting, and assessment of the department in support of the College’s mission and goals.
  7. Assesses, monitors, and evaluates the IT department effectiveness, effects changes required for improvement.
  8. Effectively engages and communicates with trustees, faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors, consortia, and other constituencies to advance information and technology in support of College goals, priorities, and needs.
  9. Participates as a member of the College’s senior management team, working collaboratively to achieve goals.
  10. Stays abreast of trends, developments, and best practices; assists the senior staff in identifying and implementing the most appropriate information and technology solutions for Beloit.
  11. Represents the College in the wider community.

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Core Competencies:

The ideal candidate will have at least 10 years of IT management experience in roles related to the duties and responsibilities of the position, including a record of exemplary senior level leadership working with a broad array of technologies. Information technology executives with corporate, nonprofit or higher education experience who are mission-driven and passionate about education will be considered. This proactive leader will learn about IT needs of the community while harnessing the vision of the College and applying the appropriate technology. They will have the business savvy, expertise and good judgment to establish the necessary trust and credibility with the President, Board of Trustees, senior administrative team, faculty, staff, students and external partners. This leader will have a strong understanding of the principles of information systems and a clear vision of the comprehensive role of information technology in higher education, including administrative functions, student and alumni services, and academic programs. They will be nimble, strategic and budget-focused, incorporating internal perspectives while informing decisions based on industry best practices.

In addition, ideal candidates will have the following core competencies, personal qualities and qualifications:

Strategic and Visionary Leadership

The CIO will be a strategic thinker with the vision, capacity, and experience to understand and balance a complex array of constituent needs and to align those needs with effective, resourceful and current solutions. This professional will have the perspective to consider the short- and long-term impacts of decisions, plans, and programs on the College, and make sound recommendations accordingly. The CIO will be an enthusiastic and innovative team player with proven technical, managerial, and large-scale IT strategic planning competencies to serve a community with diverse needs and a multi-platform environment. They will effectively develop, mentor, and supervise a professional technical staff.

They will be a visionary IT leader who will work with others to imagine new ways that the internal technology group at Beloit and external collaborators can effectively (and cost-effectively) support the campus community in a manner consistent with the College’s mission and goals. Alongside excellent organizational, administrative, project management and budget management skills, they must have the ability and technological expertise to identify, assess and diagnose critical areas for attention, develop innovative strategies, and translate those approaches into actionable initiatives. The CIO will be a decisive, proactive, results-oriented manager who is able to multitrack numerous projects simultaneously, pushing forward within a consistent strategic framework, on deadline and within financial parameters.

Technology Expertise and a Commitment to Quality

The Chief Information Officer is passionate about technology and open to new ideas and innovations in the field, while at same time being able to discern what makes sense for Beloit College given overall goals and resources. An expert on campus, the CIO will be relied upon to provide context for decisions involving technology at Beloit College, including with senior leadership, faculty, staff, students and other key stakeholders. The CIO will have leadership experience and knowledge of a broad IT portfolio including administrative technologies, data analytics, information security, web technologies, telecommunications, user support services, and disaster recovery/business continuity. The CIO will lead a team to support disparate IT systems that exist throughout the campus community, working to streamline IT function in a budget conscious, focused manner.

The CIO will keep abreast of new and developing technologies and will be able to discern which technologies are appropriate for the needs of the Beloit College community. They will have a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional learning, and possess demonstrated experience in providing high quality customer service to all constituents, including prospective students, alumni, staff, faculty departments, and College administration. This leader will be an experienced change agent who will engage the campus community in continuing exploration and discussion of information technology and services, and will identify campus needs and priorities in this area and develop long-term solutions.

Communication, Collaboration, and Relationship Building

1The Chief Information Officer will have exceptional verbal and written communication abilities, superb listening skills, and the capacity and drive to establish a community both inside and outside Information Technology at Beloit College. Adept at communicating with all audiences, the CIO will use easy-to-grasp, accessible language to translate technical data and strategic thinking to individuals who have varying levels of expertise working with computers and related technologies.

They will have a finely attuned ability to work effectively in a collaborative and collegial environment, in a campus community that is highly organized, yet not bureaucratic, in its focus on process. The CIO will be focused on connecting with and building bridges with diverse constituencies of the Beloit campus community, including current and prospective students, faculty, staff, cabinet, trustees, alumni, and other stakeholders. A self-reliant person who can handle conflict, foster understanding, and advance ideas, including having and projecting confidence, the CIO will have the ability to communicate candidly the realities inherent in achieving campus technology goals. They will work successfully and collaboratively in a complex and fluid environment demanding flexibility, resilience, outstanding judgment, prioritization, attention to individual needs, and thoughtful people skills. An analytical and creative leader, the CIO will be capable of finding and implementing fresh and effective solutions, and will be judicious in her/his approach to presenting strategy around new initiatives.

Contact:

Beloit College has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here or email Michelle at the following:

Michelle R.S. Bonoan
Managing Director
mbonoan@koyapartners.com

Beloit does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran/military status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law in connection with admission to the school, or in the administration of any of its educational, employment, housing, financial aid, scholarship, or student activity programs. Nondiscrimination has been the policy of Beloit since its founding. Beloit’s policy on nondiscrimination is to comply fully with applicable state and federal law. Beloit strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and the LGBT community.

Because equity and inclusion are central to our students’ liberal education and vital to the thriving of all members of our residential learning community, Beloit College aspires to be an actively anti-racist institution.  We recognize our aspiration as ongoing and institution-wide, involving collective commitment and accountability. We welcome employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate our cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We encourage all interested individuals meeting the criteria of the described position to apply.

About Koya Leadership Partners:
Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and education institutions. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and institutions and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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