Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: E9002 / Chief Information Officer
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 99
HR Review/Approval:COMP

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Provides leadership, integrative management, and direction for the University's shared information systems, to include institution-wide strategic planning, budgeting for information technologies, and coordination and integration of all University IT matters. Recommends IT policy at the highest level. Serves as the University's senior spokesperson on issues related to administrative, student support, clinical, and academic information systems, and serves as a member of the Presidents executive cabinet.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides institution-wide leadership and direction in the management and operation of shared information services across the University.
  2. Leads, guides, and oversees the institutional information technology budgeting process, and provides leadership in cost and productivity analysis.
  3. Leads the process of determining the priorities, projects, and future directions of the University's IT functions.
  4. Integrates and coordinates the development of and implementation IT programs across the University, to achieve maximum institution-wide efficiencies and synergies; coordinates the identification and prioritization of required IT initiatives among the University's various operating components.
  5. Provides direction and leadership in the review of present IT systems and methods, and in the formulation of new and revised systems.
  6. Maintains professional contacts with other universities, external research entities, equipment manufacturers, and professional organizations concerning existing and developing information technologies.
  7. Leads the planning and development of University-wide strategies for generating resources and/or revenues for information technology.
  8. Leads and guides the design, establishment, and maintenance of the organizational structure and staffing required to effectively accomplish the University's goals and objectives in information technologies.
  9. Provides guidance and counsel to the President's executive cabinet in the examination and definition of objectives for existing and/or proposed information systems and the design of improved systems.
  10. Maintains knowledge and understanding of current and developing information systems technology, equipment, and systems.
  11. Leads and coordinates the development and implementation of integrated, strategic IT plans and policies for the University.
  12. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's degree; at least 10 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the current and developing strategic information requirements of a major research university.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Strategic planning and advanced leadership skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the academic and administrative functions of a major research university.
  • Ability to direct multi-department technical and administrative staff.
  • Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.
  • Ability to provide strategic guidance and counsel to clientele in the assessment and development of existing and/or proposed systems.
  • Advanced working understanding of the information technology environment of a research university.
  • Ability to develop requests for and evaluate proposals in reference to leading-edge information services technology.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Organizational planning and development skills.
  • Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques.
  • Knowledge of current trends and developments in information technology.

Conditions of Employment

  • Employees in this job title are subject to the terms and conditions of an employment contract. Employment contracts are typically subject to review and renewal on an annual basis.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 09/23/2020