Employment Opportunity: Director of Information Technology

Description of Position

The Director of Information Technology (D-IT) is the Chief Technology Officer for Northwest Nazarene University and is responsible for oversight of all technology-based systems on campus, including administrative software and databases, wired and wireless computing, telecommunications, classroom technology, computer lab facilities, printing processes, and network support. The D-IT reports directly to the Vice President for Finance & Operations.  This is a full-time, exempt position.
Northwest Nazarene University is sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene and seeks to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff, administration and students. All those interested are encouraged to apply and will be evaluated equitably.
Essential Functions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The duties and responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Align IT and communication network objectives to campus-wide outcomes and strategies
  • Provide vision and innovation regarding the role of information technology in higher education with clear ideas about where it can make the greatest contributions at the institution
  • Maintain strategic knowledge of an make innovative recommendations for the enterprise system to ensure efficient campus-wide systems
  • Manage IT across The University, collaborating with all levels of personnel within the institution and keeping student experience as a priority
  • Manage as a servant leader and active listener to foster an outstanding customer service model for all internal customers
  • Optimize Information Technology resources and budgets in an environment where the demand is often greater than the supply; emphasizing technology opportunities
  • Report to the VP of Finance and Operations directly and the Cabinet secondarily, while maintaining open and transparent communication across all levels of the institution
  • Provide relevant reporting metrics
  • Implement strategy and process to minimize and coordinate security and compliance
  • Communicate with individuals at all levels of the institution and build coalitions by utilizing listening skills
  • Conduct and make recommendations from vendor contract negotiations; acquire software and hardware
  • Optimize cost of services through a mix of internal and external sources
  • Serve as a leader in change management to help facilitate healthy change across campus
Secondary Functions
  • Serve as a resource and oversee the IT departments: namely, administrative systems, network infrastructure, telecommunications management, and Information Technology Services (Help Desk).  In a generalized role, act as teacher, facilitator, coach, and partner in all technology initiatives for the campus.
  • Establish partnerships between local businesses and sister universities through collaboration.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform all functions of the position
  • The University requires that all candidates have a Christian perspective (preferably in the Wesleyan tradition), and must be comfortable with and in agreement with the mission and lifestyle values of NNU and be willing to help advance the spiritual goals of the University
  • Seven years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree in above stated fields from an accredited institution and five years of experience
  • Experience should include progressively higher levels of management responsibility, including budget development, supervision of professionals working with large, complex administrative systems, and an understanding of infrastructure and telecommunications
  • A proven record of accomplishments in project & budget management and negotiating complex contracts
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, listening and presentation skills
  • Must be someone who understands both the possibilities and the limits of technology, and who can adequately explain both
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality
  • Ability to sit for extended periods
  • Ability to view a computer screen for extended periods
  • Available to work some weekend and evening hours depending upon need, as well as an expected 40+ hours per week

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field from an accredited institution
  • Information Technology experience at an institution of higher education


Salary will be determined by the educational background and experience of each applicant within a range of $77,283 to $81,830. Full-time personnel will be offered access to a benefits package including health, vision, and dental insurance for employee and family, life and disability insurance, flexible spending plan, HSA, tuition benefits, annual leave, sick leave, opportunities for professional development, and a retirement program.

Application Process

To be considered for this position, a complete application packet must be received. Complete application packet will include the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • NNU Application
  • Resume
  • Responses to the NNU Christian Mission requirement
  • Two reference letters from professional associates
  • Letter of reference from current pastor
  • Transcripts (unofficial acceptable for the hiring process, official required upon hire)
Send, fax or email a complete application packet to:
Human Resources Office
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Boulevard
Nampa, ID 83686
Phone: (208) 467-8036
Fax: (208) 467-8587

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Revised - December 1, 2017

Employment at Northwest Nazarene University is contingent upon the results of an independent background check.

Posted Aug 30, 2017

Northwest Nazarene University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an educational institution operating under the auspices of the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Sections 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended).