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Vice President & Chief Information Officer (CSHL)


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a private, not-for-profit research and education institution at the forefront of discovery research in molecular biology and genetics to generate knowledge that will yield better diagnostics and treatments for cancer, neurological diseases, and other major causes of human suffering.  United by this mission, CSHL’s researchers and technicians focus on four core areas: cancer, neuroscience, genomics & quantitative biology, and plant biology.  On Long Island and in Suzhou, China, the Meetings & Courses Program hosts more than 12,000 scientists annually from around the world to facilitate the exchange of ideas. The Laboratory’s education arm also includes four more divisions: a world-class academic publishing house; a “think tank” dedicated to bio-medical research and policy; an innovative graduate school; and, programs in genomics for middle and high school students and teachers worldwide.

Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, CSHL is ranked among the leading basic research institutions in molecular biology and genetics with Thomson Reuters ranking it #1 in the world.  CSHL was also ranked #1 in research output worldwide by Nature.  The Laboratory is led by Dr. Bruce Stillman, a biochemist and cancer researcher.
 
CSHL has a rich and successful research environment rooted in interdisciplinary collaboration. The Laboratory is committed to fostering a diverse work environment that values best practices in mentorship, equity, and inclusion.
 
Founded in 1890, CSHL is located on the North Shore of Long Island, about 30 miles east of New York City.  Consistently ranked one of Long Island’s Top Workplaces, the Lab employs 1,100 people, including 600 scientists, students, and technicians.  The 2020 operating budget was $165 million, of which over $135 million was spent on research. At year-end 2020, CSHL’s robust endowment totaled $735 million.
 
LOCATION
CSHL main campus is in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, 30 miles east of New York City.  Additional research and education facilities of CSHL are located in Woodbury, Lloyd Harbor, Syosset and Brooklyn, NY.
 
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP
The Vice President & Chief Information Officer (CIO) reports to the Chief Operating Officer but has direct interaction with the President, Director of Research, and Division Heads.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES
As a member of the senior leadership team, the CIO is responsible for the planning, development, implementation, security, and operation of the institution’s information technology (IT) systems that support all aspects of research, the education divisions, and administrative functions.  The successful candidate will provide leadership, hands-on management, and strategic direction for all IT related areas, including infrastructure and data architecture, application development and support, networks, cybersecurity, telecommunications systems, out-sourced vendor relationships, desktop support, audio-visual, project management, and disaster recovery/business resumption.  The CIO will work collaboratively with research, business, and administrative leaders to analyze, select, and implement technology systems and processes that enable and sustain CSHL’s scientific mission and education programs.  
 
The ongoing responsibilities include:
  • Build and maintain trust-based relationships with research leaders, business managers, and other administrative peers based on fully understanding their needs and requirements.  As a partner, ensure timely and clear communications to implement value-driven solutions and systems at the departmental and/or enterprise level.
  • Assess, recommend, and implement the alignment of the IT organization to effectively support the Laboratory’s three constituent environments: research, education divisions, and the administrative departments.  
  • Work with the Laboratory’s research leaders to understand specific and diverse computing needs and to design forward-looking, innovative solutions.
  • Develop and maintain an enterprise-wide IT vision, strategy and roadmap that facilitates and drives CSHL’s strategic priorities for the Laboratory’s research, resource and service development, and education. Lead the IT team and its partners in effective implementation based on that strategy, roadmap and solution designs that are end-user focused.
  • Hire, develop, evaluate, reward, and retain a highly qualified team of IT professionals.  Foster a culture of innovation, customer focus, transparency, and accountability in IT.  Oversee process development to advance the IT operating model to meet CSHL operation, education, and research needs. 
  • Oversee and ensure a comprehensive and effective enterprise information security program, including policies, standards, and guidelines.  In collaboration with other operational leaders, develop and manage the information risk analysis assessment process and enterprise-wide disaster recovery and business continuity plan.
  • Establish and implement a comprehensive and flexible Enterprise Architecture that will serve the Laboratory over an extended period– including technology platform and development plan – to rapidly meet new or changing user needs within an established framework.
  • Develop and mentor team members in technical, leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills to ensure excellent working relationships with business leaders, operations, researchers, and administrative staff. Lead and manage a team of IT professionals who research, identify and deploy solutions to their research, education and administrative partners’ explicit and implicit needs.
  • Assess, improve, and oversee the IT project management function which develops, prioritizes, and proactively communicates realistic project plans, with measurements and balancing needs vs. wants, on-time and within budget. 
  • Prepare, monitor, and manage IT operational budgets that meet prevailing objectives and constraints. Help determine capital investment parameters, priorities, and risks for enterprise-wide IT initiatives to maximize the return on investment. Review, recommend, and oversee all vendors, contracts and managed service agreements for computing, telecommunications, IT services, and equipment.
  • Serve on enterprise planning, policymaking, and enterprise risk management committees. Drive the development of enterprise technology standards, governance processes, service level agreements and performance metrices to ensure IT delivers value to the enterprise.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 
QUALIFICATIONS
The successful candidate will be a service-oriented, hands-on leader who has a strong foundation in IT infrastructure, software development, applications, relationship management, project management, and customer support with a passion for supporting the scientific mission of CSHL.  The ideal candidate will have the proven ability to be a self-starter who takes initiative and demonstrates the necessary judgement to maintain and build a highly functioning IT organization. The final candidate will have many of the following experiences, skills, and personal attributes.
 
  • A minimum of 15 years of experience in progressively responsible management positions in information technology related positions supporting complex information systems and technology environments.  
  • Proven track record as a CIO or Vice President of Information Technology in a service-oriented industry.  Experience working for a not-for-profit, life sciences, biomedical research or related industry is highly preferred. 
  • A track record of leading, managing, and mentoring a 20+ person IT organization.  Experience leading the transformation to a proactive, solutions-oriented culture. Strong management skills leading other IT professionals including experience designing and managing and effective IT governance framework across the spectrum of IT service delivery.
  • Demonstrated customer-service / business partner mentality with a track record of building strong, trusting, and collaborative relationships. Able to build and nurture relationships, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively with all levels of the Laboratory’s management, research staff, faculty, students, administrative staff, and other constituents of collaborative institutions. Proven experience supporting a sophisticated and heterogeneous workforce of at least 500 people.
  • A collaborator and consensus builder who can effectively lead change.
  • A bright, creative, and innovative mind with highly developed leadership and interpersonal skills, quantitative analytical abilities, and superior communication skills (written and oral). Able to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • A track record of managing and prioritizing multiple projects to ensure successful completion and issue resolution on-time and on-budget, all while maintaining proactive communications with interested stakeholders.
  • Excellent knowledge of technology environments, including applications, data center technologies, communications, high-performance computing, networks, security, and storage.  Demonstrated experience with commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) on premise and cloud applications is required.
  • Broad knowledge of IT architectures, methodologies, processes, and tools along with disciplined project and financial management skills. A strong background in operational and capital finances, and IT budget development.
  • Demonstrated business savvy with the proven ability to align IT priorities with near-term operational objectives and long-term strategic goals.
  • Proven ability to perform in a consultative, collaborative manner and effectively influence people cross-departmentally to accomplish operational and technology goals.
  • Capable of writing proposals or papers, including contributing substantively to the writing of grant proposals to secure funding for IT components in support of research is highly desired.
  • Must be impeccably honest and ethical.  A successful executive who is smart, passionate, energetic, and results focused
  • A true team player who measures his/her success by the achievements of the entire CSHL organization.
 
EDUCATION
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.  An advanced degree in Computer Science or a related field is preferred.
 
COMPENSATION
CSHL offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental, life, short and long-term disability insurance, retirement plan, 403b plan, holidays, and paid time off.
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
For additional information, to make a recommendation, or to be considered confidentially, contact:
 
Tom Berray: tom.berray@cabotinc.com or Trang Gulian: trang.gulian@cabotinc.com.
 
CSHL is an EO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status. VEVRAA Contractor.