We’re hiring! Vice President Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships

The CIO Strategy Council recognizes the challenging market conditions and stress disruptive technologies and game changers like the future of work are putting on our governments, businesses and citizens, as well as the need to respond with leadership. That’s why this is such an exciting and critical role in Canada’s future. This high-visibility, high-accountability role builds and manages strategic relationships and serves as an effective change agent working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to fulfil the Council’s mandate.

Introduction

Thank you for your interest in this exciting opportunity to join our team at the CIO Strategy Council and impact Canada’s future. We have prepared this Executive Briefing to outline our newly created role for your reference and consideration.

We encourage you to visit our website and to contact us should you have any specific questions regarding the role, the organization, or the process www.ciostrategycouncil.com

Applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes to vanessa@ciostrategycouncil.com

Thank you for your time and interest.

About the CIO Strategy Council

The CIO Strategy Council is not for the faint of heart. We are disruptors. We are innovators in our companies and organizations, embracing digital, embracing change, and championing new innovations. The Council was created in response to a dire need to kickstart a strategic, collective approach to addressing issues that transcend the ability of any one person or organization to tackle.

By 2020, CIOSC aspires to have made a quantifiable impact in supporting and adopting Canadian technologies within the Canadian private and public sectors, while delivering priority initiatives and developing standards that support our members and the broader ICT ecosystem.

Our mission is to provide a forum for Canada’s most forward-thinking Chief Information Officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping, and influencing the Canadian information and technology ecosystem.

Our vision is to become nationally recognized as a leading innovation institute that helps Canada’s leading CIO’s outpace and outsmart the competition.

Our core values are to innovate, disrupt, collaborate and advocate.

Our objectives are to (i) transform, shape and influence the Canadian information and technology ecosystem; (ii) provide access to trusted peer group for mutual support, interaction, and engagement in learning and applying best practices; (iii) conduct research and disseminate reports on strategic topics relating to the Canadian information and technology ecosystem; (iv) provide a strategic approach to information and communication technology procurement in Canada; and (v) provide an open national forum to inform, develop and drive the adoption of information and technology standards in Canada using a standards setting process that is globally-recognized, consensus-based, formal, consistent, reliable and third-party verified.

Role: VP Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships

The CIO Strategy Council recognizes the challenging market conditions and stress disruptive technologies and game changers like the future of work are putting on our governments, businesses and citizens, as well as the need to respond with leadership. That’s why this is such an exciting and critical role in Canada’s future. This high-visibility, high-accountability role builds and manages strategic relationships and serves as an effective change agent working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to fulfil the Council’s mandate.

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the VP Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships will be a strategic advisor to the Executive Director, representing the Council in various settings and building cohesive relationships with external stakeholders to drive the Council’s strategic priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participates in the development of short-term and long-term strategic and operational plans including objectives, strategies for meeting objectives and timelines for meeting objectives. Executes, monitors, evaluates and regularly reports on status.
  • Leads on policy initiatives relevant to the Council’s priorities and goals to affect public policy development and implementation.
  • In conjunction with the co-Chairs and Executive Team, assists in the development and maintenance of relationship with key CIOSC stakeholders.
  • Assesses implications and ensures the Council’s strategic initiatives and partnerships, their impact and outcomes are effectively communicated both internally and externally.
  • Provides strategic and professional advice to the co-Chairs, Members and Executive Leadership Team on how the Council should position itself and align its strategy as required.
  • Develops partnerships and engages partners in relation to the Council’s priorities and goals.
  • Continually monitors the external environment and identifies opportunities and priority stakeholders, draws up appropriate and targeted engagement and working strategies.
  • Leads and manages direct and indirect reports.
  • Acts as a role model, embodying the organisation’s values, leadership behaviours, and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Acts as a CIOSC spokesperson as designated by the Executive Director, including in crisis situations.
  • Coordinates the Council’s impartial standards development appeals process.
  • Participates as a member of various committees (i.e., Work-Integrated Learning Program Steering Committee); acts as a resource in the area of Initiatives and Partnerships and educates co-workers about activities to ensure ongoing two-way communication.
  • Is a member of the senior management team and may provide leadership, guidance and strategic direction to all staff.
  • Assists periodically, with special projects as required.

Most importantly this Vice President Initiatives and Partnerships will be responsible to promote the Council’s values of innovation, disruption, collaboration and advocacy to ensure Canada’s leading Chief Information Officers outpace and outsmart the global competition. With integrity, transparency, diversity, inclusion, accountability and responsiveness, the successful incumbent will work to deliver CIOSC’s strategic business plans.

Qualifications:

The Ideal Candidate is already well-respected as an individual capable of clear vision and superb execution. He or she has already managed a portfolio of projects and strategic initiatives for organizations in the public and/or private sectors. They are respected for their collaboration skills, clear communications, foresight, planning and action orientation. Ideal candidates will have a combination of successful experience in entrepreneurial settings where new ideas and approaches are encouraged, and exposure to multi-stakeholder environments. Additionally, candidates will have the following qualifications:

Education

  • A Graduate degree in Business, or other relevant discipline is considered an asset.
  • In lieu of a graduate degree, an undergraduate with equivalent experience will be considered.

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of work experience working successfully with multiple stakeholder groups on a range of high profile and contentious issues.
  • Strategic and project management capabilities with strong critical thinking and negotiation skills.
  • Able to work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment while also driving toward clarity and solutions.
  • Proven track-record of building partnerships to deliver collaborative, impactful programs and initiatives.
  • Evidence of successfully leading and inspiring teams.

Assets:

  • Demonstrated experience in financial planning and analysis, with previous experience overseeing human resources, information technology and legal.

Attributes/Personal Characteristics

  • Excellent presentation abilities and experience engaging with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, social competence and judgement.
  • Adaptability, flexibility and creativity depending on the priorities of a given day while adhering to strict deadlines. A positive “get-the-job-done” attitude.
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Exceptional communication, writing, organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Self-starter and creative thinker with a strong sense of urgency to drive action.
  • Emotional resilience and the ability to work calmly under pressure with delegated authority to manage key strategic relationships and initiatives ensuring success.
  • Honest collaborator to affect positive change, fostering inclusion, diversity, and cooperation to continuously improve and deliver value.
  • The ability to successfully work independently at times – and as part of a closely knit team.
  • A combination of confidence and humility.

How to apply:

If you are looking for an incredible opportunity to work on a small team with a huge impact, we invite you to apply today via email at vanessa@ciostrategycouncil.com.

We are committed to privacy, diversity, employment equity and accommodation for all applicants. Reach out if you have any requests so that we may help.

The CIO Strategy Council would like to thank all applicants in advance and advise them that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.