IT Director | City of Cedar Rapids
The IT Director coordinates and directs the development, operation, and maintenance of the City’s information technology system, supporting 1,400 employees.
Sets short- and long-term strategic objectives for information systems/technology based on input from committees, internal, and external customers to ensure that needs are identified and understood, property prioritized, and appropriately addressed.
Manages the selection, design, implementation, integration and ongoing support for all information systems City-wide including Graphic Information Systems.
Develops internal information technology policies and procedures designed to improve work procedures and service quality.
Directs and supervises a highly technical staff in the planning, development, and coordination of the City’s automated data management and telecommunications system.
Coordinates with all City departments and other governmental and public agencies and organizations to establish and maintain data management and telecommunication systems which efficiently and effectively meet information technology needs.
Prepares and recommends the annual operating and capital budgets, as well as the five-year financial plan for the Information Technology Department; assists City Departments in establishing their budgets as it relates to information technology needs.
Ensures that Information Technology Department staff remains technologically current and receives appropriate ongoing training.
Establishes guidelines and programs for effective information technology management.
Establishes City-wide strategic policy for planning, development, and design of information needs; researches management information systems hardware and software including applicable vendor applications, data base management, and operational control packages.
Manages departmental work, project and personnel activities of the Information Technology Department; provides oversight of contractors in providing IT systems/services.
Provides guidance and information on new technologies and the opportunity for cost effective applications within City departments.
Provides cost analysis on recommended IT systems /services.
Monitors projects to ensure conformance with specifications, schedules and budgets.
Collaborates and builds partnerships with public and private information technology resources in order to provide the most effective and efficient delivery of information technology services for the City; conducts timely performance reviews and monitors performance and staffing needs.
Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures and safety practices; attends work regularly at the designated place and time.
Supports continuous process improvement initiatives; performs related work as required.
Past Experience and Qualifications
Graduation from an accredited college or university with Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Business Administration or a closely related field.
Considerable experience in managing a comprehensive information technology department in a complex government or corporate entity.
Extensive experience working with computer software, hardware and operations systems; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.
Previously managed complex systems of 500 or more.
Proven track record building a team departmentally and enterprise-wide
Five to seven years as a leader (minimum of three years if in a top position)
Enterprise content management (ECM)
Managed 12 or more people in department including multiple direct reports
Past experience in prioritizing budgets
Knows how to run 24/7 operations
Experience with a variety of employee groups
Multi-location enterprise systems
Experience using IT to improve processes
Connection to Midwest