Though Jeff Rawlings works as Director of Relationship Management in IT, he has always been an educator at heart and is content to have found a role that blends the two disciplines, “my passion is education, my interest and love is technology and being able to bring those together is something that excites me about the job”. After obtaining his Bachelor of Education degree, his foray into education began while working as a teacher at Caroline School in Rocky Mountain House. Within the K-12 system and over 17 years he enjoyed working in a few different positions that over time spanned from teacher and network administrator to school administrator to Assistant Superintendent (Technology). During this time Jeff also achieved his Masters in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. After Rocky Mountain House, he worked in Edmonton with Alberta Education for 2 years and then in 2011 came to the university, as the Assistant Dean of Technology and Innovation in the Faculty of Arts.
He feels strongly that his previous work experience and education lends itself to his current role as Director of Relationship Management. Within this capacity, he leads a team of six Relationship Managers whose role is to create relationships and “interact with the senior leaders in the faculties and service units across university campus”. Jeff is passionate about the role and its impact in “effecting change across the university”. His team functions to help the faculties and community meet their strategic needs and to be able to use “technology efficiently, effectively for the purposes of teaching, administration and research process on campus”.
Jeff’s ultimate goal as Director of Relationship Management is to assist in driving and developing the picture of one university; he is steadfast in this belief and describes the shared benefits of working together as one, “if our client succeeds, we succeed and the university succeeds”. With a strong unified vision of the future, IST can move with confidence into that future.