JASON SHAFFNER

Leadership in #highered IT (among other things)
 

For nearly twenty years I have led large, complex, and high-impact teams and projects in higher education information systems.

WORK HISTORY

With nearly two decades of experience leading information tecnology and business transformation initiatives in higher education, I specialize in helping business leaders align their strategies to information technology initiatives.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Managing Director, Administrative Technology Services (Sept 2016 - Present)
Harvard University Information Technology

As a member of the University CIO's senior leadership team and the Harvard CIO Council, supervise a team of nearly 170 people responsible for the administrative systems portfolio for finance, human resources, research administration, alumni affairs, building operations, dining and hospitality, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and several other business units. Engage with senior leaders across central administration and the schools to ensure that information technology investments and improvements align to evolving business needs.

Managing Director, Student Information Systems Program (May 2013 - Sept 2016)
Harvard University Information Technology

Managed Harvard's implementation of a common student information system to replace several dozen local systems and create a modern online experience for students, faculty, and advisors across multiple schools across Harvard. Completed the project on-time and on-budget while adopting an agile software development methodology for the first time in an enterprise application at Harvard.

Director, Financial Systems Solutions (May 2010 - May 2013)
Harvard University Financial Administration

As a member of the University Chief Financial Officer's leadership team, managed the team responsible for business analysis and project management in support of Harvard's financial management systems portfolio, including Oracle E-Business Suite Financials, PeopleSoft HCM, Hyperion Planning, Harvard's Grants Management Application Suite, among others. Served as project director for several large capital projects and established a robust multi-year strategic planning process to align business objectives to IT projects.

Program Director, Financial Systems Solutions (June 2008 - May 2010)
Harvard University Financial Administration

Led the implementation of Harvard's first-ever university-wide financial planning system, to support enhanced local planning and the launch of institution-wide multi-year financial planning, and the University's first procure-to-pay system including online catalogs, electronic invoicing, and pre-commitment approval. Developed planning processes and tools that were adopted throughout the organization.

Consultant (January 2000 - June 2008)
The Exeter Group (Cambridge, MA)

Served in lead roles on an array of information technology projects in higher education, including Functional Lead, Development Lead, Applications Developer, Project Manager, and Senior Project Manager. Primarily focused on student information systems and enterprise resource planning suites. Clients included University of Arizona, Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, University of Iowa, and the Universidad de Puerto Rico.

 

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Harvard College, Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) magna cum laude in Social Studies
 

PRESENTATIONS

II have presented frequently at industry events on various topics, including specific implementation projects, agile methodologies, change management, and other topics. This list will be added soon.
 

LANGUAGE

Intermediate reading fluency in French and Spanish (but elementary verbal fluency...)

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