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University of California Los Angeles
  • Position Number: 3289014
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Position Type: Business - Information Systems and Technology

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) IT Services organization is seeking an exceptional information technology leader to succeed in the newly created role, Deputy Chief Information Officer. The Deputy CIO reports to and serves as second-in-command to the University's Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Information Officer and provides strategic vision and operational accountability for enterprise products and services offered by IT Services. UCLA intends to recruit a dynamic, engaging, and collaborative leader with a strong commitment to service excellence to join its CIO Leadership team, working with a group of diverse and talented professionals in support of the IT Services mission to deliver exceptional service to the UCLA campus enterprise.

The Deputy CIO is responsible for Academic Technology, Applications, Infrastructure and Customer Success, and Enterprise Data. The Deputy CIO partners with key IT stakeholders for central and distributed organizations to advance a strategic approach to technology investments and services across UCLA's decentralized organization to modernize and elevate the delivery of technology services across the enterprise. The Deputy CIO provides leadership to approximately 250 FTEs and contractors. As a compassionate, emotionally intelligent leader, the Deputy CIO champions 'whole person' talent management as well as diversity, equity and inclusion programs and practices while nurturing staff with robust professional development and career progression opportunities.

Competencies and Qualifications

  • Fifteen years (or more) of experience as an information technology leader and contributor

  • Demonstrated skill in directing and leading a team to establish and deliver value added technology products, services, and support for a large-scale, mission-driven enterprise

  • Demonstrated experience implementing diversity, equity and inclusion programs within their area of responsibility

  • Experience leading a diverse technology portfolio and implementing enterprise-wide change

  • Ability to sustain an engaged, collaborative, high-performing organizational culture that nurtures career growth, skill development, goal attainment, and customer excellence

  • Broad knowledge of information technology platforms, architecture, methods, and tools

  • The ability to influence and drive enterprise-wide transformation for information technology

  • Skilled in the effective and efficient management of fiscal resources for an IT organization; in budget development, forecasting, and variance analysis; and in using financial concepts such as return on investment

  • Demonstrated experience developing and fostering collaborative professional relationships with staff, leaders, business partners, stakeholders, and key executives within a large organization

  • Demonstrated success in applying emerging technologies and innovations to improve the delivery of products and/or services

  • The verbal and written communication skills to work effectively with technical and non-technical personnel at various levels in an organization

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or Engineering (or a related field) and 15 years of experience OR a combination of relevant professional experience and education

Preferred additional qualifications

  • Master's degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field

  • Demonstrated success as a senior leader within higher education information technology

For the UCLA position description of record, please see

UCLA has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of the Deputy CIO. Craig Smith, Partner, and Thomas Lapierre, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be submitted by email to Thomas at

A complete application will include a resume and cover letter. UCLA values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and seeks a leader who is committed to promoting these values throughout the organization. We encourage candidates to address in their cover letters how they might promote these values as the Deputy CIO and to highlight past professional support of initiatives designed to remove barriers and to increase participation by groups historically under-represented in IT.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.