Manager, Enterprise Architecture and Planning

Vancouver Island University

September 22, 2014

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Job Category: 
Management and Operations
Job Specialization: 
IT Management
Company Overview: 

Known as a centre of excellence, Vancouver Island University (VIU) produces quality graduates who are in demand by employers across the country and around the world. VIU offers a supportive campus community focused on innovative teaching methods, undergraduate research opportunities, and creating an exceptional learning experience for our students.

VIU’s rich history and connection with its communities dates back to 1936 when Nanaimo’s first vocational training school opened its doors. Today, VIU offers an extensive range of programming, from industry-responsive trades and applied training to academic undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

VIU has evolved into a dynamic, internationally known university that supports a student population in excess of 17,000 full-and part-time learners, including 1,500 international students, over 2,000 Aboriginal students, and employs over 2,300 faculty and staff.

VIU operates four campuses, including a main campus in Nanaimo and regional campuses in Duncan, Powell River and Parksville•Qualicum. VIU is also the proud owner of Milner Gardens and Woodland in Qualicum Beach, named one of the top 10 public gardens in Canada as well as the Deep Bay Marine Field Station.

Located on British Columbia’s spectacular West Coast, VIU offers the opportunity to live and learn in one of the most beautiful university settings in Canada.

Job Summary: 

At Vancouver Island University, we don't just hire employees; we hire people. Imagine a future with a job that you love and a life that you want to lead – imagine that future at Vancouver Island University. At VIU, we offer a solid compensation package that includes a comprehensive benefits plan; several weeks of holiday time each year, plus a weeklong break at the end of December; professional development opportunities and a desirable pension plan that takes the worry out of retirement. As part of our campus community, you will work with supportive colleagues, be presented with interesting challenges within an encouraging environment and be provided with tools and training that inspires variety and promotes learning. All while you enjoy the pace and quality of life on beautiful Vancouver Island. Consider becoming a part of our team, the Information Technology department currently invites applications for the position, Manager, Enterprise Architecture and Planning. The Manager, Architecture and Planning will be directly concerned with the process of business optimization and performance management. The role is tasked with aligning organizational strategy and the planned evolution of information systems. The position will also be responsible for managing the Information Technology security practice for the University. Supported by a dedicated analyst, the position will oversee implementation of IT security best practices by the University, including development of policies and procedures, ensuring incorporation of security best practices in IT planning and new development; overseeing security remediation activity; providing expertise and guidance for decision-making; and ensuring incorporation of security best practices in the operational activities of the department. The Manager, Architecture and Planning will: Collaboratively establish and maintain comprehensive IT and enterprise architectures for the University and ensure that projects and designs are sound and consistent with that architecture. Lead the development of a high-level roadmap of projects to guide the transformation of the IT architecture to the desired future state. Support planning and decision-making by the IT team, with architectural consulting, direction and design assistance. Develop and maintain various forms of documentation modeling the IT and enterprise architectures. Maintain an in-depth knowledge of VIU's strategic and functional plans, ensuring that the architecture reflects them and supports their evolution where appropriate. Support all IT planning processes including development of an annual IT plan in consultation with the CTO. Maintain a portfolio of VIU investments in IT applications and infrastructure identifying key metrics such as lifecycle stage, operating costs, value to the university and associated risks. Oversee implementation and on-going administration of IT security for VIU, including managing a dedicated security analyst.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in computer science or related discipline from an appropriately accredited institution; experience including:

- 10+ years of experience progressively advancing experience in IT technical roles;

- 5+ years of experience in management roles; and

- 3+ years hands-on design and planning experience addressing large scale integration challenges.

As well, the successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of the unique business drivers including problems, opportunities and constraints associated with systems and processes supporting the delivery of higher education; experience documenting architectural design plans and technology roadmaps; demonstrated ability to facilitate and develop annual functional levels plans; proven ability to build, manage and foster a team-oriented environment; desire and ability to work collaboratively with VIU Business stakeholders, other managers in an information technology/systems environment, peer Universities, vendors, and contracted resources; and proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment.

Excellent communication (written and oral); interpersonal skills that are effective with senior business and academic leaders, line management, and technical resources; as well as excellent leadership and management skills are also required.

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This regular, full-time appointment is subject to Administrative Job Evaluation and will be made effective as soon as possible.

How To Apply: 

Application Information:

The posting period for this career opportunity, competition #14-1009, will close on October 15, 2014.

Please Submit:          


Cover Letter

Copies of relevant transcripts/credentials/qualifications identified on resume. Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.

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Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.