University of Edinburgh seeks new CIO

The University of Edinburgh is advertising for a new chief information officer (CIO).

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The University of Edinburgh is advertising for a new chief information officer (CIO).

In a job advert, the university said it is looking for a permanent, full-time CIO with a “significant track record of inspirational leadership in large and complex organisations.”

The successful candidate will succeed Professor Jeff Haywood, who led the university’s launch of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) over the past year.

While he is stepping down from the CIO role at the end of the year, the university said that Haywood will remain as vice-principal for digital education. This will see him continuing his work in distance and online learning, including the MOOCs. 

Edinburgh University, which turns over £750 million a year, has more than 12,000 staff and 32,000 students.

“The chief information officer will play a crucial role in ensuring that the University of Edinburgh remains at the forefront of technological innovations that promote a world-class user experience for students and faculty alike and enhance every aspect of the university’s complex and large-scale operations,” the university said in the job posting.

It is also hoping to recruit someone who has the interpersonal and communication skills needed to engage with public and private sector partners, and national and international stakeholders. The CIO will report directly to the principal, professor Sir Timothy O’Shea.

The remuneration package for the role is described as ‘generous’, and the role provides access to significant professional development opportunities, the university said.

The closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday, 12 September 2014.

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