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AVP for Planning & Digital Transformation at Sacramento State


Job No: 514220

Work Type: Management (MPP)

Location: Sacramento

Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Information Systems & Technology

Working Title: Associate Vice President (AVP) for Planning & Digital Transformation

Help shape higher ed technology management in this key senior leadership role! Bring your vision, energy, proven systems management, operational results, drive for quality, and intellectual curiosity to help the IRT division redefine what’s possible for campus technology engagement. As a liaison and trusted campus partner, you’ll provide pivotal leadership to help develop, implement, and maintain the university’s overall information systems and technology architecture to advance campus strategic goals. You’ll be a champion for digital transformation, oversee successful technology project implementation, help institutionalize data-driven decision making, and lead multi-disciplinary teams who serve on the front lines delivering innovative technology service, support, and solutions benefitting faculty, staff, and students. Ready to help power what’s possible? Let’s talk!

Classification Title: Administrator III

Posting Details

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Wednesday June 1, 2022 @ 11:55pm PST

Hiring Preference

Not Applicable

Position Summary

Information Resources & Technology (IRT) provides essential information technology services for campus operations and innovative technology solutions to facilitate the accomplishment of strategic campus goals. Reporting to the Vice President and Chief Information Officer and, the AVP for Planning and Digital Transformation supports the divisional strategic goals of IRT and provides leadership in the development, implementation and maintenance of the overall information systems and technology architecture. The incumbent provides day to day operational leadership to the PMO, Campus Applications and University Reporting teams and ensures efficient utilization of available resources and high quality of all support services by maintaining an efficient organization structure and by supporting ongoing IT staff development and training. The incumbent fosters innovation, prioritizes technology initiatives, and collaborates with faculty and staff stakeholders to further university strategic and operational goals. The AVP for Planning and Digital Transformation plays a key role in divisional strategic planning, partners with senior leaders, faculty, staff, and students to provide essential information technology services that support mission critical activities and innovative technology solutions that facilitate the accomplishment of strategic campus goals at Sacramento State.

  • Leadership: Oversees the technical development and support process for stakeholders and customers, including troubleshooting and analyzing of systems, administration of applications, and installation of preventative maintenance software
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Supports campus values to increase diversity and inclusion in the division as well as in the delivery of services.
  • Strategic Partner: Increases engagement with each division, focuses on customer experience and personalize customer communication; Serves as a strategic partner, works in the capacity of a relationship manager/liaison between IT and other business units when engaging with students, faculty and staff
  • Key Strategic Initiatives/Efforts: Leads and supports the completion and delivery of prioritized strategic initiatives that are tied to the President’s imperatives (Student Success, Inclusive Excellence, Philanthropy, Community Engagement and Safety)
  • Operational Excellence: Plays a key role in making IRT operations efficient and effective. Focuses on continuous improvement, improves products, services and/or processes. Keeps multiple, high availability services operating without disruption
  • Quality Assurance: Delivers quality information technology solutions and services to students, faculty and staff The AVP for Planning and Digital Transformation serves as part of the senior leadership team in Information Resources & Technology. The incumbent works with the Interim Vice President and CIO in leading Sacramento State in the effective delivery of strategic university projects as well as internal IRT projects.
  • Digital Transformation: Leads campus digital transformation efforts and supports enterprise-wide and divisional projects, focusing on increasing productivity and efficiency, related to business process automation, student experience, records management and retention.
  • Project Management Team: Provides executive leadership and supervision to the Director of Project Management and a high performing team of project managers, quality assurance analysts, and business analysts that have a very high level of interaction with our administrators, faculty, and staff. Provides leadership in project governance to ensure a transparent process that supports the university’s strategic initiatives. This position develops and implements PMO processes, directs Director of Project Management, and works with other department leaders on priorities and resource management. Provides leadership to organizational change management process and practices to support the successful delivery of technology-based change initiatives.
  • Campus Applications Team: Provides executive leadership and supervision to the Director of Campus Applications and a high performing team of analyst programmers and database administrators to provide support to campus applications and cloud solutions. Provides leadership to ensure management and support of applications and enterprise-wide platforms such as OnBase, SacSend 2.0, Emergency Notification System, GoAnywhere, etc. Leads development initiatives on enterprise-wide platforms to deliver additional features and functions to customers, improving user experience and increasing customer satisfaction.
  • Provides executive leadership for the University Reporting and Data Services team. UDW team consists of a high-performing team of analysts, developers, and modelers, delivering a sustainable data warehouse and reporting platform to meet current and emerging campus data needs. The AVP is responsible for insuring that strategic and operational needs for data and reports for multiple divisions including Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Advancement, and Budget and Finance are met.

FLSA: Exempt

CSU Classification Salary Range: $6,250 – $18,750 per month

Hiring Range: Anticipated hiring range is $9,000 – $14,000 per month, commensurate with candidate’s education, experience, skills, and training.

Salary Grade/Range: 1

Recruitment Type: Regular (At-Will)

Time Base: Full-Time

Pay Plan: 12 months

Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm; other hours as required

Remote Work

Hybrid work flexibility is available at up to 1-2 days a week remote, on an opt-in basis.

Please visit the following webpage for more information on the CSU Telecommuting Program:

Per our Out of State Employment Policy (see below), a successful candidate must reside within the State of California upon time of hire.

Department Information

Who is IRT?

Information Resources & Technology (IRT) partners with faculty, staff, and students to provide essential information technology services that support mission critical activities and innovative technology solutions that facilitate the accomplishment of strategic campus goals at Sacramento State.

Required Qualifications Education/Experience:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or discipline.
  2. Demonstrated experience with supervision, delegation, and performance management.
  3. Demonstrated experience serving in an IT leadership role such as director and successfully leading IT projects and delivering IT services.
  4. Demonstrated experience with leading change/effective change management.
  5. Demonstrated experience with evaluation and continuous improvement of services and processes.
  6. Demonstrated experience successfully managing and documenting complex projects, prioritizing based on strategic goals, and meeting deadlines.
  7. Demonstrated experience with agile project management concepts.
  8. Demonstrated experience with implementation and delivery of applications and systems.
  9. Demonstrated experience leading delivery of high availability services.
  10. Demonstrated experience with software as a service and/or cloud hosting. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  11. Excellent writing, speaking, and presentation skills. Demonstrated experience presenting to all levels including C-level officers.
  12. Demonstrated ability to own, manage, and solve complex problems creatively.
  13. Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent service.
  14. Demonstrated understanding of higher education organizational structures and mission.
  15. Demonstrated involvement with strategic planning and implementation of strategic plans.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT – Ability to pass background check

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s Degree or equivalent from an accredited university in Management Information Systems, Business, Instructional Technology, Higher Education, Project Management, or any related field.
  2. Three or more years as a full-time professional, project manager.
  3. Demonstrated experience leading a Project Management Office.
  4. Demonstrated experience leading Project and Portfolio governance.
  5. Demonstrated experience managing budgets, vendor relationships, and maintenance contracts.
  6. Demonstrated experience leading and developing other leaders and staff in a collective bargaining environment.
  7. Demonstrated experience leading implementation and delivery of academic and administrative projects
  8. Demonstrated experience leading projects to improve student outcomes.
  9. Demonstrated experience working in the public sector; university experience preferred.
  10. PMP Certification
  11. Change Management Certification

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume, Cover Letter. Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.

Note to Applicants:

Candidates invited to interview will be required to provide a presentation and open forum to the campus community.

About Sac State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to,,,, and

As evidenced by the values embedded in our, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the page.

Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .

The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa).

Advertised: May 11, 2022 (11:15 AM)

Applications Closes: Open Until Filled

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