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.

Essential Work

  • 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

  • Leadership training

  • Connection to Midwest

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