Job Description

Requisition Number 06036
Department Name: Office of the Chief Operating Officer
Position Type: Full Time
Position Title Chief Information Officer
Position Summary:

Scripps Research is currently seeking a Chief Information Officer reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, functions as a member of the senior management team at Scripps Research and is responsible for Information Systems at both the California and Florida campuses. This position is a succession role that will overlap for some months with the current CIO until retirement.


  • Oversees the following functional areas for the entire organization:
  • Premise-based and cloud-based IT infrastructure (servers, email, storage, backup, etc.)
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Telecommunications
  • Classroom and general-purpose audio-visual assets and support
  • Helpdesk and user support services
  • Information security
  • Applications support for ERP, business, HR and other administrative software applications
  • Applications acquisition (or where appropriate, applications development) for new software applications
  • Stewardship of datacenters and governance over cloud-based IS services; and other emerging Information Technology needs of the Institute.
  • Shares responsibility for High Performance Computing with the Director of HPC and is supportive of the IS activities of Faculty and their laboratory teams through an advisory and consultative role.
  • Serves as the Chair of the Institute’s "Information Systems Steering Committee" and provides staff support and direction to carry out the direction of this Information Systems governance committee.
  • Rapidly strategizes, plans, and executes around urgent institutional matters involving information technology, including day-to-day management as required.
  • Recruits, develops, and retains a high-performing team characterized by collaboration, responsiveness, and accountability.
  • Identifies, assesses, and mitigates institutional risk as it relates to information technology.
  • Participates in professional activities and maintains professional affiliations to maintain knowledge of current industry and professional trends.
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.
Location: California
Additional Information:
Physical Requirements:

This position works in a typical office environment. With or without reasonable accommodation, employees in this position must be able to sit and type at a computer terminal for up to 8+ hours per day with appropriate breaks and perform tasks that require fine dexterity and repetitive motions using the arms, hands, wrists and fingers. Further details of the physical requirements of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • Advanced degree in a field of study that is appropriate to the challenges of a CIO.
  • Minimum 15 years of directly related, cumulative and progressively responsible experience including substantial experience as an IT executive overseeing other IT management staff.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to solve problems creatively and efficiently.
  • Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy and be trusted with confidential information of the highest degree.
  • Comfortable with constantly changing and evolving priorities.
  • Track record of thinking strategically and collaboratively about future opportunities and developing innovative solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability and success in leading a full-service information systems organization in a medium to large-scale research, medical, or academic environment.
  • Technical expertise in some or all of the functional areas to be managed.
  • Experience with implementing contemporary system architectures in a complex setting.
  • Superior project-management skills and abilities.
  • History of leadership that demonstrates an ability to accomplish goals by working in unison with others.
  • Demonstrated recent experience in making transformative changes in information systems or operations.
  • Experience with serving as a strategic adviser and thought partner to senior leadership.
  • Advanced analytical and reporting skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Excellent follow-through skills and the ability to operate independently.
  • Professionalism, sensitivity and discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Working knowledge of biomedical sciences and the application of information technologies to the conduct of science preferred.
Preferred Qualifications:
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Job Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Job Posting Category Administrative & Support
EEO Statement

The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.

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