Chief Information Officer & University Librarian

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
06 May 2020
End of advertisement period
04 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Hong Kong 's highest priorities are to create opportunities for the very best academic talents to excel and to advance human knowledge to the benefit of society. We serve the needs of Hong Kong, the wider region and the rest of the world.

Ref.: 500126
Work type: Full-time
Department: University (00100)
Categories: Professional & Management

Chief Information Officer & University Librarian

The University

Founded in 1911, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years.  Ranked 35th among the top universities by The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, the University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres.  There are 29,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from 50 countries, and more than 2,500 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

The Position

HKU is seeking to appoint a Chief Information Officer & University Librarian (CIO & Librarian) to provide forward-thinking and dynamic leadership in developing and executing the University’s strategies on information technology, services and resources in support of the University’s missions of excellence in research, teaching and learning, technology transfer and knowledge exchange, as well as service and administration.  Overseeing technology infrastructure, academic and instructional technology, library services as well as administrative enterprise systems, other digital service systems and user support, the CIO & Librarian will move forward an integrated, collaborative vision for the University’s digital and information strategies, identify and deliver technology innovation and digital transformation, coordinate investment in IT and library/information resources, enable effective change management, and steer innovation over the long term.  He/She will also oversee the development and provision of data centre and high-performance computing.

Reporting to the Executive Vice-President (Administration and Finance) and the Senate’s Library Committee chaired by the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and supported by senior deputies in the respective areas, the CIO & Librarian will lead two of the largest service units in the University: Information Technology Services (ITS) and University Libraries system which includes a Main Library and dentistry, education, law, music, medicine and oriental studies branch libraries.  The successful candidate will maximize synergy of services between the two units to provide exceptional and client-focused IT and Library experience for students, faculty and staff.

The position is accorded the status of University Officer. 

Candidate Profile

Applicants should possess a University degree, preferably an advanced degree, plus a proven, successful track record of strategic leadership gained in complex organizations.   The successful candidate should have a clear vision of digital enterprise development and will bring a deep understanding of the transformative possibilities that information and technology brings to an educational institution in the 21st century as well as deep respect for the traditional roles of the library and academic computing.  He/She will be able to work collaboratively with diverse leaders, communicate visions and strategies across all levels, and build consensus around key initiatives and projects based on a solid understanding of academic and administrative requirements.   A track record of large-scale change and project management is important.  Proven effectiveness in managing and optimizing resources, business acumen, team-building skills and a customer-service orientation are essential.

The appointment will be for a five-year term, subject to renewal.

Nomination, Expression of Interest and Application

Nominations, expression of interest and applications should be directed to Jenny Chung of Korn Ferry (HK) Limited, 15/F., St George's Building, 2 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong or by e-mail to HKU‑ (fax: (852) 2810 1632).  Review of nominations and applications will begin in early June 2020, and will continue until the post is filled.  The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency. For enquiries, please call Jenny Chung on (852) 2971 2700. 

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