Vice President of Information Technology and Data Strategy

Position Description: 
The Vice President of Information Technology and Data Strategy leads the development and execution of TFI’s information technology strategy, addressing the critical areas of people, process, data, and technology.  The VP of IT and DS establishes the IT enterprise architecture, proactively ensures the reliable operation of the overall IT back-office and visitor-facing IT environment, and supports the portfolio of business applications. 
The VP of IT and DS works closely with the Senior Leadership Team and supports the Institute’s cross-functional IT Governance model, engaging key stakeholders in processes for project intake, establishment of the project portfolio, project oversight, and risk management, including data privacy, integrity, and security.

This position plays a leadership role in guiding the Institute towards the realization of full adoption and value from IT investments and assets. The VP of IT and DS will be a change agent who is results oriented and can demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and business acumen.  The individual will have a strong track record in the development and execution of a forward-looking vision and approach to information technology that yields maximum value from IT investments.  This individual will lead TFI in the transformation and implementation of best practices for the management of IT and will deliver solutions to align TFI’s cross-functional business objectives and priorities to benefit the staff and constituents who visit, donate, participate in, and support the work of the Franklin Institute. 

The VP of IT and DS will spend 70% on development of strategy, support of the IT Governance model, vendor management, and supervision of IT, and 30% hands-on technology management.  The VP of IT and DS will manage a small internal team and external agencies/vendor partners. The candidate must be results oriented, a strong collaborator and communicator, and developer of talent.

This position reports directly to the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred; or equivalent field experience.
  • 15 years of experience in progressively responsible IT positions, with 5 years as a senior IT leader.  Preferably in non-profit environments. 
  • Experience leading cross-functional enterprise-level application and data analytic initiatives including CRM and ERP.   Retail, sales, and/or fundraising experience a plus.
  • Must possess strong PMO skills with an extensive background in organizational change management.
  • Proficient in change management methodology such as ADKAR, Prosci or Kubler Ross
  • Ability to influence and positively motivate others; proven success and effective negotiation and relationship building skills.
  • Proven experience as a digital pathfinder and change agent.
  • Experience in IT financial management and budget forecasting, with a successful track record of direct responsibility in managing annual IT budgets of at least $4M.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing human capital: recruitment, motivation, coaching, development, and employee engagement.
  • Thorough knowledge of information technology including hybrid cloud environments, virtualized computing systems, network operation systems, Office 365, cyber security, PCI, and information privacy and security.


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