Chief Data Officer Search

Oregon State University (OSU), an internationally recognized, innovative, and mission-driven land-grant university, seeks a collaborative, inspiring, and entrepreneurial leader to serve as our next Chief Data Officer (CDO).

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Position Brief

The CDO will provide strategic leadership and oversight of the university’s data and analytics functions and of the data ecosystem that will drive the university’s enterprise architecture and IT environment. The CDO will build on the current foundation and lead adoption of new and innovative approaches to data analysis, data architecture and data management at a complex and diverse public R1 higher education institution. The CDO will reflect the university’s commitment to inclusive excellence, employee success, and equity in employment, teaching, research, and community.

Working collaboratively with leaders across the university, the CDO will:

  • Develop and lead implementation of an innovative and progressive strategic vision for data at OSU that will enable the integration of data sources and improve access to data to drive the mission of the university
  • Serve as a trusted and strategic thought partner for leaders across the university
  • Provide inspirational leadership to a team of data and analytics professionals committed to excellence and customer service
  • Recruit, develop, and retain an engaged and diverse workforce and help ensure an inclusive and welcoming community
  • Cultivate an aligned and effective UIT data and analytics team

Search Committee

  • Jon Boeckenstedt, Search Chair // Enrollment Management
  • Heather Pesch, Search Advocate // College of Business
  • Jon Dolan (current CDO) // University Information & Technology
  • Lisa Leventhal // Research Office
  • Mark Koenig // OSU Foundation
  • Sherm Bloomer // Office of Budget & Resource Planning
  • Kristopher Elliott // OSU Extension

Search Timeline

Priority will be given to those applying before the end of July. Interviews are anticipated to begin in August and the target start date for our new CDO is September. 

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A Day in the Life of the CDO

A message about data and the CDO from current CDO, Jon Dolan.

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OSU offers a very generous benefits package.

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Living and Working in Corvallis, Oregon

This position will be located at Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus with flexibility for a combination of remote work and on-premises work in Corvallis.

Corvallis is consistently ranked among the nation’s most livable cities, as well as one of the smartest, most innovative, and most environmentally responsible. With a population of nearly 60,000, Corvallis features a lively downtown located along the Willamette River, abundant parks, and appealing neighborhoods. Corvallis is ideally situated for exploring Oregon. The Oregon Coast and the mountains of the Cascades are each an hour away by car. Portland, Oregon’s largest metro area, is just 90 minutes away.

The Corvallis campus is home to more than 23,000 students, 11 colleges, the Honors College, the Graduate School, four ROTC programs and multiple research centers and institutes. It features stately historic buildings, state-of-the-art facilities, expansive open spaces, and gardens across 520 acres.