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Senior Director of Academic Technology (Administrator III)

Apply now Job no: 540828
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Chico
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Information Systems & Technology
Position Description

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

California State University (CSU), Chico is a comprehensive and residential public university, holding Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Chico State operates as part of the 23-campus CSU system, which educates the most ethnically, economically, and academically diverse student body in the nation. The University enrolls over 15,000 students, with over half identifying as first-generation college students.

Chico State is committed to recruiting outstanding candidates who reflect the intersectional identities of our student body. The ideal candidate will embrace our values predicated on the primacy of student success and the elimination of equity gaps, have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and will contribute to policies, programs, and practices that support an inclusive, accessible, and equitable learning and working environment. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, veterans, and those with diverse abilities are encouraged to apply.

Job/Department Summary:

The Senior Director of Academic Technology is responsible for leading the Academic Technology team within the Division of Information Technology and in alignment with campus strategic initiatives. This role oversees daily operations and implements a vision for a robust instructional technology support program benefiting Chico State's faculty, staff, and students, in accordance with the IT Strategic Plan. Reporting to the Vice President of Information Technology & Chief Information Officer, the director provides leadership and support to enhance teaching through innovative technology use. This includes deploying instructional technologies across classrooms, online platforms, and campus-wide settings as required.

Leading the Department of Academic Technology, the director oversees the integration of web and media-based technologies into teaching practices, utilizing emerging tools that align with instructional goals. Actively engaging with academic departments, they identify and promote effective uses of learning technologies to enhance educational outcomes across the institution. They manage a team comprising instructional designers, technologists, and consultants, collaborating closely with partners such as Faculty Development (FDEV), the Provost's Office, Professional and Continuing Education (PCE), Accessibility Technology Services (ATS), the Center for Technology Equity (CTE), academic deans, department chairs and others.

In this administration role, the incumbent spearheads IT projects that support effective pedagogy and academic achievement. Responsibilities include leading the Technology and Learning Program (TLP), Classroom Technology Services (CTS), and the Learning Management System (LMS) staff to deliver exceptional service through technology solutions. The director fosters collaborative development of technological approaches for teaching, learning, and research, from concept to implementation. They ensure the Academic Technology team stays abreast of advancements in learning technologies such as LMS platforms, multimedia tools for immersive learning, student response systems, and pedagogically effective third-party applications.

Acting as a direct representative of the VPIT/CIO, the Senior Director advocates for high-quality IT solutions and actively engages with stakeholders to understand their needs and concerns.

Required Education and Experience:

A master's degree in instructional Technology or related discipline, business administration and/or a field related to engineering, technology, or computer science. Individuals without a degree may be considered if they demonstrate possession of substantially the same knowledge level as found in a degree but have attained advanced knowledge through a combination of work experience and intellectual instruction.
7+ years of experience working within the field of information technology in one or more areas of technical support, instructional and learning technology design and implementation, and/or operational management.
7+ years of demonstrable and successful experience supervising, managing or leading teams within the area of information technology in higher education or a similar industry.


Preference may be given to applicants with the following as they may be considered specialized skills: 

  • Bilingual.
  • Advanced degree in Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Information Technology, or a related field.
  • Experience in higher education settings, particularly in roles involving instructional technology or academic technology leadership.
  • Familiarity with emerging technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and artificial intelligence (AI) in education.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster collaboration and partnerships across different departments and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in technology use and access.

Time Base: Full-time

Pay Plan: 12/12

Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, Summer: Mon-Thurs 7:00am-5:30pm 

CSU Classification Salary Range:  $78,756 - $252,792 per year.  (Admin III)

Anticipated Hiring Range:  $160,000 - $180,000 per year.  Salary commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected.

Benefits: This position qualifies for benefits including tuition fee waiver (if eligible).

CSU, Chico offers a number of benefits to its employees (e.g., sick leave, vacation, health insurance).  For more information please visit

Additional Information:

California State University, Chico, in accordance with CSU policy, requires that the successful candidate complete a background check (including a criminal records check, sexual offender registry check, and/or fingerprinting) prior to assuming this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete or pass the background check may impact the job offer or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for posted positions identified as sensitive. This position is considered a sensitive position based on CSU guidelines. Incumbent is responsible for the safety and security of Level 1 data, sometimes also referred to as Level 1 protected data. This is confidential information that is in most cases protected by statutes, regulations, or other legal mandates.

The person holding this position is considered a “Limited Mandated Reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment.

This position is a Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA) designated managerial position and comes under the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) of the California State University. Individuals appointed to management positions serve at the pleasure of the President or designee. They are excluded from the collective bargaining process, are not subject to probationary service, and do not receive tenure or permanent status. This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The duties of this position will include participation in a decision that may have a material/financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, this is a “designated position” under the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code and the incumbent will be required to file a Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest and is subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission. (Group/Category; Information Resources-Assistant/Associate Vice President/Provost or Director (all levels, CAT 01, 02)

This position requires travel, evening, and weekend time commitments.

About Chico State:

Graduate and undergraduate programs boast high-quality research experiences, exceptional faculty mentoring, and civic and global engagement opportunities. The campus motto, “Today Decides Tomorrow,” is brought to life by inclusive pedagogy, experiential learning, and co-curricular programming. The Chico Experience prepares students to be critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and inspired stewards of environmental, social, and economic resources. Together, they will become leaders solving the challenges of the 21st century. 

The campus is located in Northern California, 90 minutes from the state capital, Sacramento, and a three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Chico offers year-round natural beauty, outdoor leisure activities, and a thriving arts, music, and events scene. We acknowledge and are mindful that Chico State stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda, and we recognize their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land, the flora, the fauna, and the waters that run through campus.  We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that since time immemorial have sustained the Mechoopda people and continue to do so today.

The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.

Chico State is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1B Visas).

Open Until Filled (Review of Applications will begin 07/23/24. Applications received after that date may be considered.)

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