Chief Technology Officer

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

Job posting number: #7118122 (Ref:hh-60487BR)

Posted: December 14, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Description
As a member of the HMS CIO leadership team, the HMS Chief Technology Officer (CTO) serves as a visionary leader and as a key collaborator with HMS faculty and department leaders, and with peer IT leaders to deliver quality, reliable, viable solutions, and services at scale. The incumbent directs IT initiatives that enable education, research, administration, and digital transformation missions of the school. The CTO works collaboratively with counterparts at HMS, as well as Harvard University IT, HMS affiliated hospitals, research institutes, and other Harvard Graduate Schools on shared technology solutions.

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer, the CTO is responsible for defining and developing HMS’ technology and full lifecycle infrastructure strategy in alignment with institutional strategic goals. The role oversees an annual budget of ~$25M and guides the growth and development of over 50 IT professionals, to support their career advancement and keep pace with the adoption of new technology.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Define and evolve the IT Infrastructure architecture, strategy, and roadmap, and inform the IT strategic plan; make key decisions on technical infrastructure investments and make the business case to secure funding and buy-in of executive and IT leaders.
  • Serve as the visionary leader and central coordination point for foundational infrastructure and research technology within HMS, designing quality, reliable, performant solutions at scale, to support and transform the institution and enable IT initiatives for faculty and students’ success.
  • Guide engineering, development, and operations function for infrastructure modernization, including hybrid multi-cloud, edge computing, containerization, virtualization, and automated, programmable infrastructure, and guide the growth and development of the IT workforce and team structure to meet emerging technology challenges.
  • Ensure that all internal and external systems are properly running and performing as they should by actively monitoring and responding to incidents that might affect highly available and leading-edge systems as well as normal operations, coordinating with IT Incident response and communications functions, and following best practices.
  • Assess the potential benefits and risks of bringing emerging technologies into the organization; determine how to evolve the architecture and develop the IT workforce to support the introduction of new technologies. Coordinate with the HMS CISO to ensure security controls mitigate risks and meet university requirements.
  • Ensure that operational excellence is maintained, in partnership with peer HMS IT and HUIT leadership, through the adherence to and creation of policies, processes, and procedures, and following ITSM and technical standards and best practices for decisions and procurement of technology.
  • Abide by and follow the Harvard University IT Code of Conduct.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in science, Engineering, related field, or equivalent experience
  • 10+ years of experience in implementing and leading IT infrastructure technology investments and teams.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Proven track record of successful adoption and deployment of new IT technologies and development of sound operational processes in a medium to large IT organization.
  • Demonstrated IT leadership skills; staff and financial/budget management as well as change management experience.
  • Knowledge of working in academic or academic medical center setting, or the healthcare industry
  • Experience with research laboratory automation in collaboration with scientific faculty
  • Skilled in strategy development, complex project management, and identifying and executing solutions.
  • A broad understanding of IT technology and vendors combined with the ability to evangelize new developments to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Solid business acumen; ability to synthesize and analyze information for actionable decision-making.
  • Effective personnel mentorship and leadership skills and experience with developing strong technical leaders and proficient and diverse staff.
  • Advanced degree in science, engineering, or business
  • Experience running an IT department of 25 or more technical staff with an annual budget
Additional Information
This position is based in Boston and some in-person on-campus work will be required, and flexible/remote work is an option. Any remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA*, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA). Individual flexible and remote work options for this role will be discussed during the interview process. *Note: Harvard employees working in California must be exempt.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, incredibly affordable classes directly at the Harvard Extension School, and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events, and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
We are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace culture of faculty, staff, and students with diverse backgrounds, styles, abilities, and motivations. We appreciate and leverage the capabilities, insights, and ideas of all individuals. Harvard Medical School Mission and Community Values
EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Harvard Medical School strives to cultivate an environment that promotes inclusiveness and collaboration among students, faculty and staff and to create new avenues for discussion that will advance our shared mission to improve the health of people throughout the world.

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Job posting number:#7118122 (Ref:hh-60487BR)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Harvard Medical School
United States
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