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CIO at Massey – New Zealand’s defining university

Massey CIO

Transform IT capability at New Zealand’s defining university

With a distinctive mix of campus-based, distance and international teaching, and a proud 80-year tradition of academic excellence, Massey University is committed to innovation. The university boasts nearly 18,000 students enrolled on three main campuses in New Zealand, and approximately 17,000 national and worldwide distance learning (extramural) students. Its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make Massey New Zealand’s defining university. Tiriti-led, Massey is upholding Tiriti o Waitangi principles through the University’s practice.


About the role

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) leads an enthusiastic team of 170 FTE staff to deliver IT capabilities at Massey, improving experiences for both students and staff.

The CIO is responsible for the information, analytical, and data integrity services for all IT functions of the University. The CIO enables the business to achieve its strategies by providing a broad range of information and digital solutions and services.

The CIO is a transformation leader responsible for:

  • instilling a culture of digital innovation;
  • understanding emerging trends in the education industry;
  • assessing emerging traditional and non-traditional competitive threats from technology-oriented education models;
  • creating a technology centric brand image of Massey;
  • cultivating IT/business partnerships;
  • studying market trends/customer needs to identify opportunities for value creation;
  • identifying opportunities for competitive differentiation and advantage; and
  • designing an open, agile, student and business-engaged service to create efficiencies and new value from digital initiative.


The right candidate

The next CIO will enable the delivery of robust systems to support the success of staff and students by applying technology to core business problems and opportunities. Ideally with experience in higher education, or in a similar complex and scaled environment, the CIO be able to run a complex, scaled and multi-site IT operation.

The CIO will be agile and able to lead transformative change in cultural orientation. A business strategist, the CIO will create a digital vision and initiate IT change and transformation, taking advantage of digital opportunities to innovate business models and enable the digitalisation Massey’s business.

The CIO will be a capability developer, instrumental in building an inclusive and customer centric culture and mindset in the IT service and creating a greater sense of shared purpose, connectedness and cohesion among the staff.


Application procedure

Applications should include a:

  1. Brief covering letter detailing your experience relevant to the position
  2. Full curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Supporting letter addressing the person specifications and aligning them with your capabilities. We also ask that you indicate your preferred commencement date.
  4. The names of at least three referees, stating your relationship with each referee. You must provide contact details for each referee, including their email address and telephone number. We will seek your permission prior to contacting your nominated referees.


Person specifications

Qualifications: Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Business Administration or related field, or equivalent work experience. Relevant line management experience on the ‘business side’ would be desirable.


  • Fifteen or more years of experience in IT and business/industry.
  • Five to seven years of leadership and management responsibilities.
  • Proven experience or demonstrated capability in leading IT transformational initiatives in complex and dynamic environments by taking advantage of digital opportunities to innovate business models and enable the digitalisation of the business.
  • Preferably five or more years of experience in related, industry-leading, large, cross-functional teams and/or enterprise wide programs, influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders effectively across the organisation and within complex contexts.
  • Demonstrated experience in IT strategic planning, organisation design and development.
  • Preferably five or more years of experience in informationally intensive industries or digitally advanced enterprises.

Capabilities (Skills, Behaviours, Experience): are listed in the candidate booklet.


Location: Manawatu campus, Palmerston North


Application closing date

9 November 2018


To learn more and to apply

A candidate booklet is available which includes the person specifications.

All enquiries and applications are to be directed to the search firm assisting the university in this appointment, and may be contacted via MasseyCIO@desailly.com.au

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