The City of Cedar Rapids is seeking an experienced and capable leader to become the next Information Technology (IT) Director. As head of the department, the IT Director is responsible for managing all functional IT areas. This position works in collaboration with multiple departments and agencies to develop and analyze policies and programs that best support process improvement, including continual evaluation and oversight on the implementation of new systems, hardware, software, network infrastructure, and custom applications. This position will report to the City Manager and work closely with the Assistant City Manager. The position formerly reported to the Finance Director and has been moved to its own department.
The IT Director is also responsible for setting short and long-term strategic objectives for such information systems/technology based on stakeholder input and providing oversight on contractors supplying IT systems/services. The IT Director will encourage the high performance and motivation of staff, consistently building a culture of continuous improvement. The Director can effectively communicate strategic direction, develop measurable performance goals, and oversee project management on a daily basis.
Along with providing leadership and management within the IT Department, the IT Director is also responsible for the development and management of the department’s annual budget; including capital projects; forecast funds needed for hardware, software, and professional services, and the security of internal network infrastructure, while simultaneously maintaining computer systems and data in compliance with security regulations. This requires a deep understanding of Cedar Rapids city-wide organizational needs and demands.
The IT Director will develop the strategic direction of the Department with the City Manager and serve as the subject matter expert to senior leadership on complex strategic technology issues and initiatives. This position has 4 direct reports.
Compensation and Benefits
The expected hiring range is $120,000 - $160,000, depending upon qualifications, with an excellent benefits package. Learn more about our options and employee-based benefits here.
Benefits offered include the following:
Employee Assistance Program
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Employee Recognition Program
Benefit Summaries by Classification / Unit
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at raftelis.hire.trakstar.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position will be open until filled with a first review of applications beginning June 24, 2023.
Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, or related experience; seven years of senior experience in IT, IS Security, Compliance, IT/IS, Risk or related field; OR the equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience in organizational leadership and staff management, excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively with diverse populations, financial management, including budget preparation and advanced project management skills, are essential. An NCIC Certification will need to be obtained within six months of appointment.
Preferred qualifications include IT leadership experience in a government setting. Experience in partnering and advising leaders on strategic initiatives and helping to drive operational improvement through enhanced technology operations is also preferred.
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