Bluefield University Employment Opportunities

Chief Information Officer

Primary Purpose/Scope

The position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) has the primary responsibility for the management of the overall operational and technological aspects of Bluefield University, including administrative and academic technology and related infrastructure. The CIO reports directly to the President of the University and serves as a member of the University Leadership Team.

Essential Job Functions

The responsibilities of the Chief Information Officer include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Manages information services and technology operations:
    • Advises the President on information services and technology operations.
    • Evaluates, recommends, implements, and monitors the appropriate University-wide administrative software that will provide an efficient and effective, well-integrated and documented administrative computer system.
    • Assists the Provost in evaluating, recommending, implementing, and monitoring the appropriate University-wide academic software that will provide an efficient and effective, well-integrated and documented academic computer system.
    • Evaluates, recommends, implements, and monitors the appropriate University-wide information services and technology hardware and related infrastructure that will provide an efficient and effective, well-integrated and documented campus-wide technology system—including multimedia systems.
    • Maintains an awareness of the daily operations of the University’s information services and technology area; these operations include, but are not limited to administrative computing, academic computing, network services, and telecommunications.
    • Manages the University’s information services and technology systems, software, and databases to ensure quality and relevance.
    • Participates in review of and receives reports regarding evaluation of the capacity and performance of the University’s information services and technology area, including systems, software, and databases; hardware and software; and network and telecommunications infrastructure.
    • Coordinates information services and technology systems, software, and database maintenance.
    • Develops, implements, and monitors an information services and technology work order system and reviews related work order records.
    • Oversees and assists in the preparation and maintenance of documentation supporting information services and technology, including system designs, file layouts, maintenance procedures, and user guidelines/training materials.
    • Confers with other University managers, directors, and employees to coordinate information services and technology projects and end-user support with activities of individual departments.
    • Engages in Project Management and vendor negotiations for technology-oriented solutions.
    • Performs most activities of workers supervised.
  1. Manages information services and technology budgets:
    • Advises the President on information services and technology budgets.
    • Develops, recommends, monitors, and controls information technology systems, software, and database budgets, including related service contracts.
    • Participates as appropriate and as requested in developing, recommending, monitoring, and controlling financing budgets related to information services and technology (e.g., capital leases, operating leases, etc.).
    • Reviews and approves information services and technology expenditures.
    • Develops information services and technology project cost estimates.
  1. Manages information services and technology planning and development:
    • Advises the President on information services and technology planning and development.
    • Develops long-range information services and technology plan.
    • Develops medium- and short-term information services and technology priority lists.
    • Oversees development and coordination of information services and technology backup, contingency planning, and disaster recovery, including development of strategies and procedures relative to hardware, software, and voice and data communications.
    • Maintains current knowledge of technology trends and techniques, including new systems, software, hardware, and databases.
    • Coordinates installation of information services and technology systems and related hardware, software, and infrastructure, for conformance to specifications and standards.
    • Maintains an awareness of legal and safety requirements and government regulations affecting information services and technology and helps to ensure that policies, procedures, and reporting are in compliance.
  1. Works with the Vice President for Finance & Administration to develop and monitor a system of contract management and negotiation with service providers to ensure cost containment and quality service.
  1. Establishes or adjusts work procedures to meet University and/or project schedules.
  1. Suggests changes in working conditions and use of equipment, solutions, and/or services to increase efficiency of employees and/or work crews.
  1. Analyzes and resolves work problems or assists workers in solving work problems.
  1. Initiates or suggests plans to motivate workers to achieve work goals.
  1. Complies with all rules, policies, and procedures as established by Bluefield University.
  1. Interprets University policies to employees and enforces safety regulations.
  1. Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Duties, Responsibilities, and Functions

This position directly supervises the Directors, Managers, Associates, and student workers in the Institutional Services & Technology Division. This position carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the University’s policies and applicable laws. Supervisory duties, responsibilities, and functions include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints; and resolving problems.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Education/Experience  

The CIO must have excellent communication and relational skills and successfully demonstrate broad and substantive experience in the area of technology and campus operations. The CIO must have a strong knowledge of the campus operations and technological equipment and needs, work to develop new initiatives, and possess a passion for working with students and employees.

Other requirements include:

  • Exhibit a Christian commitment and lifestyle that acknowledges a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a personal commitment to the Christian purpose and mission of Bluefield University.
  • A strong work ethic coupled with a commitment to supporting excellence in academics and athletics.
  • An unwavering commitment to student growth and student experience through sport.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote the intercollegiate athletics program.
  • Experience working with complex budgets and the relative use of resources.
  • Work effectively with faculty, administrators, students, and other constituent groups in an educational setting, while enlisting their loyalty and cooperation in carrying on the work of the University.
  • Extensive experience with mentoring and team building.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Commitment to accountability and outcomes measurements.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability and desire to establish positive relationships with persons of diverse backgrounds and strengths.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • A professional demeanor and personal presentation in dealing with people and the ability to relate well to students, staff, faculty and administration, both personally and professionally within an organizational structure, A master’s degree preferred, and bachelor’s degree required.
  • A valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record. 

Ergonomic Requirements

  • Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The position of Athletics Director is not necessarily a physically demanding job, but the candidate should have the ability to move freely, lift in excess of 20 pounds without risk of accidental injury.  Evening work will be required for attendance as events, as well as overnight travel on occasion.

  • Specialized Equipment Requirements

The use of specialized equipment listed here is representative of equipment an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  This position also requires the use of equipment typically used in a modern office environment, including personal computers, Word, Excel, and Outlook.

  • Working Conditions and Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the duties, responsibilities, and functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties, responsibilities, and functions. This position has no specific working conditions; the work environment is typical to that of a small private residential institution of higher education, with physical remote site locations within 100 miles of the main campus in Bluefield, Virginia. 

Performance Standards

This position is subject to at least an annual evaluation based upon the job duties, responsibilities, and functions as set forth above.  

The criteria for the evaluation in this position will include, but not be limited to, the following:

    1. The development and accomplishment of annual divisional goals and objectives.
    2. Exercise of administrative and supervisory skill in management of personnel, resources, programs, and budgets.
    3. Evidence of a Christian commitment and a vitality of faith at Bluefield University at home, at church, and in private life.
    4. Coordination of the effective planning, programming, and implementation of software and systems that produce an effective learning and work environment among students, employees, alumni, and the public at large.
    5. Development of staff members and their leadership abilities.
    6. Fulfillment of job description requirements, as listed above, in a timely and effective manner.
    7. Provide proactive leadership to the Division. 


The job duties, responsibilities, functions, and requirements delineated above should not be interpreted as an all-inclusive list of same. Additional duties, responsibilities, functions, and requirements may be assigned as deemed appropriate. The University reserves the right to change or reassign job duties, responsibilities, and functions, or combine positions at any time.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the University. Position descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The University maintains its status as an at-will employer.


To apply for this position, please visit to complete the electronic staff employment application and upload the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and full contact information for at least three professional references
  • Statement of Christian Faith

Hard copy application materials may be sent to Judy Pedneau, Director of Human Resources at Bluefield University, 3000 College Avenue, Bluefield, VA 24605, [email protected]

Additional information about Bluefield University is available at

To be considered for this position, all application requirements listed above must be completed.

Bluefield University is a Christ-centered, multicultural learning community that values and seeks faculty and staff who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives, are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Bluefield University is a private, not-for-profit institution affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia. Bluefield University shall not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, religion, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other basis on which the University is prohibited from discrimination under local, state, or federal law, in its employment or in the provision of its services, including but not limited to its programs and activities, admissions, educational policies, scholarship and and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs. This institution encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.




Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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