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Job ID: 147731

District Chief Technology Officer - EXTENDED
State Center Community College District

Date Posted Oct. 15, 2020
Title District Chief Technology Officer - EXTENDED
University State Center Community College District
Fresno, CA, United States
Application Deadline 11/3/2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Information Technology

District Chief Technology Officer - EXTENDED


$139,173.00 - $171,163.00 Annually


SCCCD District Office - Fresno, CA

Job Type



DO Chancellor's Office

Job Number



11/3/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

General Purpose

Under direction of the Chancellor, provides leadership and strategic vision for planning, implementing and integrating information technology to support the instructional, student services, administrative, and operational programs and services of the District and its colleges; provides oversight and technical guidance to campus information technology offices and works with Chancellor's Cabinet to further the District's vision, mission and goals; oversees and directs the work of the District Office Information Systems staff; serves as a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet; and performs related duties as assigned.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Works closely with the Chancellor and the College Presidents to develop and implement short- and long-range plans and strategies to meet the District's goal and objectives; provides leadership to and regularly meets with the District Director of Information Systems and the Directors of College Technology Services to ensure development and application of new methodologies, technologies and business process improvements in order to achieve a higher level of customer service, efficiency and productivity in alignment with the District's overall mission and vision.
  • Serves as a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet and as technical advisor to the Chancellor and Chancellor's Cabinet regarding technology priorities, projects, policies, procedures, activities, needs, issues and opportunities; attends Board meetings and retreats and collaborates with members of the executive team in the development of the District's master and strategic plans and key strategic initiatives; makes presentations and provides regular status reports to the Board of Trustees and to other board-level groups.
  • Chairs and coordinates the activities of the District Technology Advisory Committee; develops, reviews, updates, and implements the District Technology Plan; provides direction and input relative to college technology plans, operations and application needs; plans, reviews and revises implementation plans for college technology modification and emerging technology and creates standards for implementation based on requirements; facilitates cooperative planning, selection, use, and support of instructional technology initiatives between the colleges and the District.
  • Provides innovative and operational leadership in the strategic planning, selection, design, implementation, integration, and improvement of information technologies throughout the District in support of instruction, student services, and administrative services; provides project management oversight on all technology projects and initiatives such as large scale bond measure projects which integrate the District Technology Plan with the District Facilities Master Plan to include incorporation of total cost of ownership projects; facilitates and delivers effective communications regarding technology projects and issues throughout the colleges and District; coordinates and directs projects, resources, services, personnel, and communications to meet District-wide technology needs and assures smooth, timely, reliable, and efficient delivery of services.
  • Provides strategic oversight and direction in the development, implementation and administration of enterprise disaster response and recovery plans, processes, security strategies, approaches, technologies, systems, and tools in the event of a power outage or any system failures; monitors and takes action to ensure the effective enforcement of security processes and protocols; coordinates the District's efforts to ensure the protection of District and college technology assets and the integrity, reliability, confidentiality, and security of information technology systems, standards, policies, and data.
  • Directs, monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of information technology service delivery methods and procedures; oversees the monitoring and analysis of technology programs, systems and activities for financial effectiveness, operational efficiency, capacity, and planned replacement to meet planned District priorities; ensures the delivery of quality technology and support through effective needs assessment, system design, and selection and implementation processes; interacts with internal and external customers to define needs, evaluate operations, and enact improvements and enhancements.
  • Provides strategic oversight and direction in the preparation of proposals and bid specifications for the procurement of information technology solutions related to District-wide services; directs or evaluates vendor proposals for purchases of hardware, software and technical services to ensure adherence to technical specifications and that expenditures are in the best interest of the District; directs or conducts negotiations for the acquisition, lease, modification, installation, and maintenance of computer software, hardware and related products for the District.
  • Oversees the development, maintenance, evaluation, implementation, and enforcement of Districtwide policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines related to information technology; ensures all information systems and networks operate according to internal standards, external accrediting agency standards, regulatory agencies, and legal requirements..
  • Provides leadership in the development and support of distance education technologies throughout the District; facilitates cooperative planning and implementation of distance education initiatives between the colleges; prepares reports on district technology and distance learning programs and grants.
  • Oversees and directs the work of the District Information Systems department and provides leadership and guidance to the Directors of College Technology Services; provides oversight for the development, implementation and evaluation of work plans, processes, systems, and procedures to achieve annual goals, objectives and work standards; directs and oversees the selection of managers and staff; establishes performance requirements and personal development targets for direct reports; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development; hears and acts on grievances; subject to concurrence by senior management and Human Resources, approves or takes disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with Personnel Commission Rules, Board policies, Administrative Regulations, Human Resources procedures and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Develops the department's annual budget; implements budgetary and accounting control systems for the department; forecasts funds needed for the department's staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approves department expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate.
  • Oversees, directs, coordinates, and ensures staff districtwide are trained on new technology related to the operation of computer, network and multimedia technology systems and equipment; provides leadership and coordination for the continuous planning, implementation and assessment of districtwide training for users to maintain and upgrade technical skills appropriate for their position; implements districtwide training on various software systems through scheduled trainings, online instructional videos and other mediums as appropriate.
  • Directs the preparation and timely submission of required District, state and federal reports; prepares a variety of statistical and narrative reports as required.
  • Stays abreast of emerging trends and developments in technology solutions for instructional support, student records and account management and other business and District needs; researches, evaluates and promotes the use of new technologies and approaches, particularly in institutions of higher learning, to achieve District strategies and goals; initiates changes in system design, hardware capacity or configuration, and resource allocation as needed.


  • Participates in shared governance processes and initiatives.
  • Oversees maintenance of the hardware and software inventory for the District.
  • Serves on committees and represents the District at local, regional, state and national conferences, meetings, workshops and training seminars; establishes, develops and maintains professional relationships with technology-related companies, organizations and all those encountered in the course of work.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of historically minoritized groups and participates in professional development activities to increase cultural competency to enhance equity-minded practices within the District.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Employment Standards / Minimum Qualifications


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of strategic planning, design, management, and operation of IT systems in a higher education environment, including requirements analysis, feasibility studies, software design, programming, testing, implementation, evaluation and cost-benefit analysis.
  • Computer applications, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, systems security, operating systems, hardware, peripherals, and telecommunications systems as used in a higher education environment.
  • Complex network infrastructure including the software, hardware, and services necessary to design, implement, and operate local and wide area networks.
  • Principles, practices and methods of technology security, vulnerability management, backup procedures and disaster recovery plans.
  • Instructional support technologies, such as Smart Classrooms, and other technology-driven instructional delivery tools.
  • Relational database concepts, design techniques, and tools.
  • Advanced troubleshooting techniques to isolate, identify, and resolve problems with computer systems, hardware, software, networks and websites.
  • Modern voice communication standards, equipment and requirements.
  • Principles, practices, and methods of department budget preparation and management.
  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision, training and performance management.
  • Principles and practices of sound business communication.
  • Methods and techniques to encourage professional excellence among staff and to promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation and quality services to meet the needs of the District.
  • Principles and practices of organizational improvement and culture change.
  • Recordkeeping, research methods, analysis and report preparation techniques to ensure information is accurately presented.
  • Emerging trends in technology solutions for educational institutions.
  • Safety policies and safe work practices applicable to the work being performed.
  • California community college organization, objectives, programs, services, governance, and accreditation standards.
  • Federal, state, and local laws and regulations impacting information technology functions, including reporting and data security requirements (e.g., MIS, FERPA, California Education Code, etc.).
  • Personnel Commission Rules, Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, Human Resources procedures and collective bargaining agreements.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Provide strategic leadership and vision for information systems and technology in a multi-campus, higher-education environment.
  • Formulate a clear organizational vision, strategic plan, and appropriate operational goals, objectives and outcomes for the information technology services of the District.
  • Administer technology services of the District in a manner that is data and innovation driven, manages risk, ensures compliance, attains cost management goals, and achieves organizational effectiveness.
  • Independently organize and prioritize a variety of projects and tasks with multiple stakeholders to produce quality results within established timeframes; anticipate conditions, plan ahead and promptly respond to situations and events.
  • Define issues, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and develop expert, independent conclusions and recommendations on complex technology issues in accordance with laws, regulations, rules and policies.
  • Evaluate complex technology and strategies and make sound, prudent recommendations that maximize return on investment.
  • Work collaboratively with the Chancellor, Chancellor's Cabinet, Directors of College Technology Services, and others and provide expert advice and counsel to develop solutions to complex issues on a District-wide and campus-specific basis.
  • Analyze and evaluate user needs and system performance to develop effective hardware, software, and network solutions.
  • Rapidly learn and acquire skills in areas and technologies not previously assigned and stay abreast of advances in technology and their impact on IT services in an educational environment.
  • Develop and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner.
  • Develop and implement appropriate procedures and controls.
  • Formulate District policies and procedures by enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the District information technology services and operations to support the mission of the District.
  • Understand, interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with federal, state, and district laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Plan, direct, lead, organize, coordinate, motivate, train, evaluate and direct the work of management, supervisory, professional, and technical personnel.
  • Represent the District effectively and establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, management, students, vendors, contractors, educational institutions, and others contacted in the course of work.
  • Effectively engage and support historically minoritized groups by addressing issues of equity and improving culturally responsive service-oriented practices.
  • Develop and maintain an inclusive work environment that fosters diversity, respect and engagement.
  • Plan and organize work to meet established timelines and department schedules.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Make effective presentations and present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively to the executive team, Board of Trustees and to diverse audiences.
  • Exercise tact, diplomacy and confidentiality in dealing with sensitive and complex issues and situations.
  • Learn and apply college and district policies and procedures.
  • Operate standard office equipment such as computers, fax machines, copy machines, telephones, and others and use standard business software.
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and records.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, instructional technology, business administration, or a related field and at least seven years of progressively responsible information technology experience; at least five years of which were in a management or supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience in a higher education environment is preferred. Master's degree is highly desirable.


A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District's vehicle insurance program.


The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to sit; talk or hear, in person and by telephone; use hands repetitively to finger, handle, feel or operate standard office equipment; andreach with hands and arms. Employees are frequently required to walk and stand; and lift up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands

While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret complex data, information and documents; analyze and solve complex problems; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work; work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work with frequent interruptions; work under intensive deadlines; and interact with District managers, staff, the public and others encountered in the course of work.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee works under typical office conditions, and the noise level is usually quiet. The employee may be required to travel to locations other than assigned work site and to adjust to work schedule changes and requirements to work overtime.

Assessment Process


To move forward in the selection process, you must complete an online application through our web site at attach to your application a copy of your degree or transcripts (including when degree was awarded) or your application may be considered incomplete. Resumes may also be uploaded but cannot be used in lieu of a completed application.


When completing the application, please make sure you include ALL current and previous employment in the Work Experience section of the application and complete ALL fields, including the name and contact information for your supervisors. Experience that is included in the resume but not in the Work Experience section of the application may not be considered for the purpose of determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

All required documents must be submitted by the applicant. Personnel Commission staff will not upload your documents for you. The State Center Community College District does not accept letters of recommendation for classified positions. Please do not attempt to attach letters of recommendation to your application.


The application review process includes an evaluationof training and experience based on given application information and answers to supplemental questionnaire.Only the most qualified applicants, who pass the minimum qualifications review, will be invited to the assessment process.

The assessment process will include a written assessment (40% weight) and an oral interview assessment (60% weight). Passing score is 75% out of 100% on each assessment section.


The assessment process / assessment date is subject to change as needs dictate. All communication regarding this process will be delivered via email to the address listed on your application.


Candidates who attain a passing score on each part of the assessment will be placed on an unranked eligibility list. Unless otherwise indicated, the eligibility list will be used to fill current vacancies at the District Office for at least one year.



Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the State Center Community College District Personnel Commission Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.

State Center Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of State Center Community College District to provide all persons with equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, religion or similar factors as defined by law. We are a Title V employer.

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