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A unique opportunity – in Guelph, ON – for a technology leader, strategist and innovator to drive transformation in an environment that offers a great work-life balance.

Computing and Communication Services (CCS) is the central IT department on campus, providing IT infrastructure and central technology services to the University of Guelph community. As Chief Enterprise Architect (CEA), you’ll be a key member of the CCS Leadership team and, as such, support the CIO by identifying and analyzing the implementation of change towards creating a shared IT vision that upholds the University’s vision and strategy.

Reporting to the Associate VP and Chief Information Officer (CIO), and building collaborative working relationships with a multitude of stakeholders at all levels, from senior executives to students, you’ll lead digital transformation University-wide, with a focus on cloud solutions, IT optimization and the user experience. With your in-depth technical knowledge and understanding of existing and emerging new technologies, you’ll rationalize systems, processes and staffing to ensure the IT community is operating at peak efficiency and services are being delivered in the most cost-effective manner.

Above all, the CIO and senior leaders will look to you, as a subject matter expert and transformational leader, for actionable recommendations that will enable the University to respond to rapid technology developments and changes in various sectors impacting higher education. In particular, you’ll use a systematic approach to adopt the most appropriate cloud management solutions to current and future technology requirements to support research, teaching and administration across the institution.


To be considered for the position of Chief Enterprise Architect, you must be a proven leader with the following strengths:

  • You have an undergraduate degree in Computer Science/Information Technology coupled with at least 10 years’ related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • You demonstrate an awareness of the IT industry and Higher Education IT, with the ability to identify business and IT technology change solutions, as well as process and performance requirements.
  • Your expert knowledge of cloud technologies and models – architecting cloud solutions, integration of cloud and on-premise solutions – is complemented by experience and familiarity with digital technologies (chatbots and AI), on-premise enterprise architecture and data centre design.
  • You have the strong analytical skills needed to research business systems, determine trends, and develop and streamline processes for large, complex business applications and/or service operations.
  • Your track record of success includes several years’ experience managing large-scale, complex system development projects.
  • You bring a thorough understanding of IT management practices, including the design, development, implementation and maintenance of large, complex application systems.
  • With superior interpersonal skills, you’re adept at working in a team environment, building strong relationships with various stakeholders, and tactfully managing collaborative, collegial interactions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of University policies and procedures is considered a strong asset.

The University of Guelph ( is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive comprehensive institutions, with a record of outstanding scholarship in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences. This is your chance to join us in our endeavour to improve life.

To view a detailed posting for the role of Chief Enterprise Architect, including application instructions, please go to our website at Applications, quoting Hiring #2020-0012, must be sent to: Consideration of candidates will begin in February 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

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Chief Enterprise Architect