Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer

UC Berkeley has announced an internal search for a new Associate Vice Chancellor for Information & Technology & Chief Information Officer. The search will be conducted by a campus search committee chaired by Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor, Administration, and representing IT thought leaders, services providers, and clients from across campus and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Members of the Search Committee and a detailed job annnocement are below. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact James Kao, Berkeley Executive Search ( for more information about this opportunity. 

Search Committee

Marc Fisher – Chair, Vice Chancellor, Administration
Paul Alivisatos – Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost
Cathy Koskland – Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate Education
Oliver O'Reilly – Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Chair, Academic Senate
Cathryn Carson – Associate Dean, Computing, Data Science, & Society and Member, DIVCO
Rosio Alvarez – Chief Informaiton Officer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Rana Silver – Director, Student Information Systems, Functional
Eric Fraser – Director of IT, College of Engineering
Salwa Ismail – Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology
Courtney Chandler – Chief Strategy & Operating Officer & Senior Assistant Dean, Haas School of Business
Gold Okafor - PhD Student, Social/Personality Program, Department of Psychology & Graduate Student Representative to the Student Technology Fund

Position Description

Information and Technology (IT) are core to enabling UC Berkeley’s mission of research, teaching, and learning and the foundation to the academic and administrative operations of the campus. IT has the opportunity to directly impact UC Berkeley’s strategic plan and the key goals of: enhancing student experiences to connect, discover, and engage with the campus and curricula and beyond; supporting research that advances knowledge and develops innovative solutions for global challenges; and embracing the spirit of entrepreneurship and the values of diversity and inclusion.


The Associate Vice Chancellor - Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) is Berkeley’s senior information technology executive and is responsible for the oversight of the campus-wide information technology functions and strategy. Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Administration (VCA) with a dual dotted line to the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost (EVCP), the CIO advises the campus and partners on the general management of the campus operations by managing the Office of the CIO (OCIO) division and by leveraging and leading IT partners across the campus, in collaboration with faculty, staff, and students.

The CIO chairs the campus Information Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) which includes both solid and dotted line reporting relationships from both IST and campus partner IT units and areas. The CIO provides information technology leadership, vision, prioritization, planning, coordination and implementation in a timely, cost effective, and innovative way to enable both the strategic goals and operational needs of the entire campus community. The CIO sponsors IT committees and collaborations with IT service units across campus in support of Berkeley’s missions of instruction, research, and public service.

The Office of the CIO consists of several departments and functions that include around 350 staff and 30 student employees. The CIO oversees an operating budget of approximately $70 million and $20 million of recharge activities. The OCIO oversees an immediate office, Enterprise Applications, the IST Division, Information Security, and IT Client Services. Through the IST Division, the OCIO provides global oversight of campus IT environments plus develops and disseminates technology standards, practices, and architecture. IST is the operational arm of the OCIO and Berkeley’s central IT service organization providing IT services, systems, and support to a diverse group of other OCIO units, campus and UC system stakeholders. The CIO also serves on the UC systemwide IT Leadership Council (ITLC).

The CIO is the executive sponsor of the One IT initiative. Now in its fifth year, the One IT initiative is a coordinated program of activities to help build IT community at Berkeley, allow IT partners across campus to engage with one another, and improve IT services coordination. The One IT community has been critical to the success of many of the campus projects through building a better sense of IT community, collaboration, and partnership across campus. The IT community believes that it’s in their collective self-interest to work more closely together to efficiently meet the needs of UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. UC Berkeley is both a centralized and de-centralized campus for IT functions and services, and the One IT initiative has been instrumental in a more strategic approach to campus-wide information technology.

The IT leaders kicked off the implementation of IT strategic planning in 2017 after an in-depth planning process undertaken with the One IT community. The four One IT goals to support campus strategies are:

  1. Provide all students the essential tools and data they need to be engaged thinkers and global citizens;
  2. Develop the research cyberinfrastructure Berkeley needs to address society’s great challenges and to share knowledge for the public good;
  3. Create a diverse and inclusive community of IT professionals who are trusted and strategic partners with the campus, alumni, and the public;
  4. Sustain the IT foundation for campus faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Improve campus IT systems and infrastructure through innovation, sustainable funding, campus governance, and organizational evolution. Support all One IT goals and campus strategies.

The CIO at UC Berkeley is an opportunity for a strategic leader who will bring clarity through governance, relationships, and structure to information, technology, and community on campus. The CIO and the One IT community have value and potential to directly impact students’ experiences through the life cycle from recruitment to graduation and beyond; to provide support to the research potential of Berkeley and to partner with one of the biggest academic transformations at Berkeley with the establishment of the Computing, Data Science, and Society Division (CDSS); and to bring positive culture change and amplify the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as the entrepreneurial spirit. The challenge and opportunity for the next CIO is to collaboratively plan and implement to achieve these goals in a fast-paced, resource-constrained environment with multiple stakeholders and continuously changing conditions, especially now. This is a highly visible and important senior administration role with both broad and deep reach not just to a vibrant, engaged, and diverse campus but to the ecosystem beyond in information, technology, and education.

Candidate Profile

The CIO needs to be the glue to maintain and strengthen the One IT community and IST division to leverage partnerships across campus. The CIO should have a blend of what needs to be done and what should be done, and motivate and influence implementation of IT strategies across One IT to ensure accountability. The position will lead and influence the productive, positive, and inclusive culture of IST. The CIO will need to be a storyteller of IT and represent One IT to the campus and for the IT work to be better known to faculty, staff, and students so that the IT strategy aligns to that of the campus and to reinforce effective collaboration. The CIO will need to assess budget and funding models, lead the IT leaders in decision making, and effectively and efficiently engage executive leaders regarding prioritization and sustainable operations and governance. The CIO should elevate the value of IT’s voice and ensure they are included in strategic planning and implementation of the campus across various areas and at the highest levels.

The person should possess significant years of experiences with progressively more responsibilities leading and managing an IT organization with broad and diverse services and programs. To lead the IT community, the person will have demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, as well as proven success in managing / leading initiatives or programs advancing these values. Strong candidates should demonstrate expert budget management, change management, collaboration, communication, customer service, diplomacy, analytical & strategic thinking & planning, and project management and implementation skills. As the IT executive, the person would require management abilities to lead, support, and develop subordinate management. The person should possess unquestionable integrity with high professional standards and a strong work ethic. Given the current local, national, and global situations, it would be preferred for someone to demonstrate the nuanced needs of IT in research, teaching, and learning especially within uncertainty and change, as well as experienced in business continuity and planning.

To view the full job posting and to apply, please visit and search for job number #7617. Any questions about the position and process may be directed to James Kao, Berkeley Executive Search, at Application review will begin on May 11, 2020. This is an UC Berkeley internal only search; only current UC Berkeley employees will be considered.