- Senior Director of Global Information and Technology
- Reports to: CEO, CIG Education Group ("CEG")
- Location: New York City - Midtown Manhattan
BSG has commenced an executive search for Senior Director of Global Information and Technology for CIG Education Group ("CEG"), a division of Cambridge Information Group. CIG Education Group is a family-owned global investment firm with a focus on information services, education, and technology. The Senior Director of Global Information and Technology will be an integral member of the leadership team, participating in and contributing to overall CEG business strategy development.
CIG EDUCATION GROUP - IN THE MEDIA
Reporting directly to the CEO of CIG Education Group (“CEG”), the Senior Director of Global Information and Technology is responsible for the establishment and execution of IT strategy across the portfolio of schools. As the leader of IT within the education division the Senior Director will build a global shared services information technology team to support: The School of The New York Times, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Bach to Rock, and future acquisitions.
Cambridge Information Group (CIG)
CIG is a family-owned global investment firm with a focus on information services, education, and technology. CIG builds companies for long-term success by reinvesting in the growth and development of existing portfolio companies as well as acquiring new businesses with sustainable growth and profitability. CIG’s long-term investment perspective and commitment of personal time and resources differentiates the company from traditional sources of private capital. Currently, the CIG family of companies, led by world-class executives, employs more than 2,800 people in 34 countries.
CIG Education Group
CIG Education Group (CEG) is a division of Cambridge Information Group (CIG). CEG is an innovator in the school-as-a-service space, with a particular focus on corporate partners with world-renowned brands. The current portfolio of schools includes: Bach To Rock, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and The School of The New York Times. CEG’s growth strategy consists of geographic and programmatic expansion at the existing schools as well as acquiring new brand partnerships, leveraging the CEG holding company infrastructure allows for scaling the businesses. Combined, CEG companies employ 350 team members located in New York, London, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Beijing.
Bach To Rock
Bach to Rock (B2R) is a music school for all ages, starting from the very young through adulthood. B2R’s unique method is based on the knowledge that students learn best when joined together to play music of interest. Curriculum focuses on special arrangements of current music for individuals or groups, and includes jam sessions culminating in a Battle of the Bands. Students can choose from individual lessons, group classes, glee club, rock bands, and more, ranging from weekly classes to seasonal camps. B2R has just under 30 locations spread across the United States.
Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Sotheby's Institute of Art (SIA) is among the world's leading graduate level institutions offering programs in art business, art scholarship, and connoisseurship. Students learn via first-hand encounters with scholars and professional experts in the art world, through examination of works of art in context, and via field study travel. The faculty represent the best of the art world helping students master the unique forces at play at the intersection of art and commerce. In addition to their three main campuses, SIA offers numerous accredited graduate, undergraduate and semester programs, which are respectively accredited by premier organizations including the University of Manchester, NY State, NASAD, and Claremont Graduate University. SIA also operates Summer and Online programs.
The School of The New York Times
The School of The New York Times (SoNYT) offers educational programming for professional and pre-college audiences ranging from classes on writing, editing and content marketing to courses that explore the most important issues facing the world today, including politics, business, culture, science and innovation. SoNYT courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and competencies that will guide their educational and professional paths. The instructors are experts in these fields, recognized thought leaders and practitioners who structure their classes around the real-time conversations defining their professions. Many are award-winning writers, editors or photographers from The New York Times, others are New York Times alumni and all are dedicated to training and inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers.
Based in New York City, and reporting directly to the CEO of CEG, the Senior Director of Global Information and Technology will be an integral member of the leadership team, participating in and contributing to overall CEG business strategy development. S/he will have the current knowledge and appropriate future vision to leverage information and technology in business model design and business process re-engineering. The executive team works collaboratively with the expectation the Senior Director will provide consultation and create synergy on strategic IT/organizational initiatives.
Specifically, the Senior Director will:
Set the mission and vision to achieve business goals by fostering innovation, prioritizing IT initiatives, and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future IT systems across the organization
Manage IT security to effectively mitigate relevant threats and to ensure selected controls managing those risks are prudent
Identify cost-effective opportunities (utilizing business case justifications and cost/benefit analysis) to financially invest in IT systems and resources, including staffing, sourcing, purchasing, and in-house development of other initiatives.
Act as a trusted advisor, building and maintaining relationships with other executives, staff, and colleagues to develop a clear understanding of business needs; ensure cost-effective delivery of IT services to meet those needs and respond with agility to changing business priorities.
Use influencing and negotiation skills to create synergies across CEG to enable cost-effective and innovative shared solutions in achievement of business goals
Negotiate service level agreements with both internal and external customers and service providers and monitor service delivery to ensure the agreed targets and standards are met
Develop, demonstrate, and promote multi-cultural awareness and contribute to cultivating an inclusive, diverse, and respectful work environment. Communication with employees is an expectation of behavior that is civil and inclusive when interacting with all staff, faculty, students, and visitors, and promotes a flexible, collaborative and inclusive workplace.
THE CAREER OPPORTUNITY
For a proven technology leader, this position offers the following career opportunities—
The opportunity to have a seat at the table to drive strategic global technology decisions
The opportunity to work with world-renowned brands
The opportunity to build a world-class, technical team of IT professionals to address and support the technology needs of all stakeholders within a global business\
The opportunity for growth and new challenges as new schools are added to the portfolio
The ideal candidate currently works as a senior IT leader, preferably within the education sector, supporting technology in a complex environment, with at least five years managing and/or directing an IT operation with a track record of delivering sustainable business results. The candidate has technology integration experience across platforms, databases, HR systems, and the SIS. S/he has proven experience in building IT teams and leading IT transformational initiatives in complex and dynamic global environments.
Specifically, this individual has the following experience and capabilities:
Exceptional leadership skills, with the ability to develop and communicate an IT vision that inspires and motivates IT staff and aligns to the business strategy
Proven expertise in budget planning and financial management
Deep understanding of current and emerging technologies. Aptitude for continually identifying areas needing improvement and pragmatically sharing ideas that promote positive changes.
Proven strategic direction and oversight for the design, development, operation and support of IT systems and programs that fulfill the needs of the business, including enterprise architecture management, application management, security and risk management, and infrastructure and operations support management
In-depth knowledge of applicable laws and regulations as they relate to IT with particular attention to compliancy around data privacy and security
Ability to work independently and as part of a team; willing to roll up sleeves, dig in, and tackle both large and small issues and projects; possesses a healthy ego and allows other team members to take credit for the good of the team
US Citizenship or Permanent Residence Status required
Compensation will include salary and bonus commensurate with the individual’s experience.
Travel will be no more than 10% in a year (domestic and international).
For finalist candidates a background check will be required. The background check may include, but is not limited to, professional references, employment and education verifications, state and federal criminal history reports, and drug screen.
CONTACT or SUBMIT RESUME:
Resumes should be sent as Word documents to Todd Hand: (No phone calls, please.)
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