Chief Information Officer

  • City of Peoria
  • Peoria, Illinois
  • Jul 22, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Information Technology and Communication Services Executive, Management
  • Salary: $130,000 Annually
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 309-494-8578
  • Apply By: Oct 20, 2019

Summary

Chief Information Officer - Peoria, Illinois (pop. 115,234) seeks progressive administrator to lead the Information Systems Department (11 FTE) providing service to an established, diverse, full service city, located in the heart of the Midwest. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance or related field; and seven or more years of progressively responsible experience, five of which must be in a senior management capacity.  Strong interpersonal leadership, long-range planning, motivational and administrative skills required. Open, accessible, participatory management style with excellent communication skills essential. Appointed by City Manager. Salary is $130,000 +/- DOQ, with excellent benefits.  City residency is required within one year of appointment. Additional information regarding the position can be found at http://www.peoriagov.org/internal-applications/.  Position is open until filled with an initial screening date of August 29, 2019.  Candidates should attach a résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references with their application.

Job Description

Essential Duties

  • Plans, organizes, and directs the programming, systems analysis, and operational activities of a centralized information systems department.
  • Confers with administrative officials, users, and other concerned persons to determine specific management and information needs and advises subordinate personnel on administrative policies and procedures, and technical problems, priorities, and methods.
  • Establishes policies and standards for data and manages data governance for effective management of information.
  • Explore data warehousing and master data management to lead an effective transparency and open data practice which generates a credible resource for Council, staff, and the public.
  • Support emerging activity to enable “Smart City” programs.
  • Analyzes current and potential computer usage to plan for the computer equipment and systems needed to provide efficient capacity and response for current and future computing needs.
  • Analyzes and compares the costs and benefits of new computer hardware and software in determining which applications to purchase for the organization versus internal development.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with policies, procedures and applicable laws including: interviewing, hiring and training, planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Advises City officials and department staff on matters relating to information systems.
  • Develops the organizational structure, including the lines of authority, responsibility and communications for the department to execute policy and achieve the goals of the City
  • Plans and implements short-term or annual goals, objectives, and strategies for the department, project, or program to ensure efficient organization and completion of work.
  • Prepare, administer, and implement annual department budget and exercise control over expenditures of budget and funds; develop and administer Capital Improvements Program and budget in cooperation with other City departments.
  • Prepare and submit reports as required to the City Manager regarding department activities; attend conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field.

 

Challenges/Issues

 

The next Chief Information Officer for the City of Peoria can expect to be involved in handling the following key issues:

 

  • Completing the Financial/Community Development software conversions
  • Cyber Security – Using technology and practices that are designed to protect city networks and data from attack or unauthorized access.
  • Transparency/Accountability – Government’s obligation to share information with citizens that is needed to make informed decisions.
  • Open Data Initiative – Establishing a policy and practice that would allow city generated data to be viewed, used and redistributed by anyone.
  • Mobile Devices – Remembering to make city information easily viewable on portable devices such as a smartphone or tablet.
  • Internet of Things (IOT) – Allowing for smart devices that require internet access for communication such as those used to monitor traffic and weather conditions.

Job Requirements

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

 The City of Peoria is seeking proven and progressive Candidates committed to excellence in the field of information systems. The following factors of education, experience, leadership and management style, and personal and professional traits have been identified as necessary and/or desirable for the Chief Information Officer to succeed in this position. The salary for the position is $130,000 +/- DOQ with excellent benefits. City residency within one year of appointment is required.

 Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, or a related field; and, six or more years of progressively responsible experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of Public Administration, local government management and business theory, practice and administration in order to oversee the planning and implementation of department functions; to prepare reports/analysis, policies and budgets.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of information systems and technology, capabilities and limitations.
  • Skill in analytical skills necessary to develop and implement department mission, goals and procedures; determine needs for expenditures, personnel and operating budgets; and prepare special reports or analysis for jurisdiction or outside agencies.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary in order to provide effective leadership to subordinate personnel and to develop cooperative working relationships with employees, senior management, elected officials and vendors supplying goods or services to the jurisdiction.
  • Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail in reviewing, preparing and presenting budgets, reading and writing reports, or representing department at internal or external public meetings.
  • Proven superior communication, interpersonal, and human relations skills; adeptness at interacting with people possessing a wide variety of attitudes and in a wide variety of situations.
  • Well-versed in personnel management and general supervisory/managerial practices, principles, and techniques, including the supervision of unionized employees.
  • Ability to analyze and recommend solutions to complex information systems problems.
  • Proven track record of leading and delegating to a competent staff and fostering an attitude of teamwork and creativity in problem solving, while ultimately being accountable for the quality and effectiveness of overall departmental performance.
  • Ability to manage key issues, initiatives and projects using a cross-functional approach; must have a complete understanding of the nature of cross-functional issues and initiatives in an organizational setting and the ramifications that department actions have on other departments within the organization.
  • Ability to conduct studies, write in-depth reports, and translate technical information into layman's terms.
  • Have proven experience in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities in a team-oriented environment.

Special Instructions

City residency is required within one year of appointment. Additional information regarding the position can be found at http://www.peoriagov.org/internal-applications/.  Position is open until filled with an initial screening date of August 29, 2019.  Candidates should attach a résumé, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references with their application.

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Additional Information

Management Style/Personal Traits

  • Demonstrated ability to articulate a vision consistent with the City's Strategic Plan, Operating Budget, and Capital Improvement Plan and translate that into action.
  • Demonstrated team-oriented, and participatory/collaborative style of leadership.
  • Exhibit a style characterized by candor, directness, tactfulness, and diplomacy, with the ability to build consensus and find common ground for discussions, agreements, and partnerships.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and develop creative, innovative solutions to issues and problems.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering the professional growth and development of staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to encouraging creativity, responsibility and accountability in an environment that values a collaborative approach and embraces a setting where employees feel valued.
  • Demonstrated flexible, adaptable and facilitative style with the ability to function effectively in a dynamic, demanding, team-oriented, professional environment marked by high expectation levels.
  • Successfully model the leadership philosophy and core values of the organization.
  • Demonstrated self-directed achiever with the ability to conceive and carry out effective strategies for implementing broad policy and goal directives as communicated by policy makers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the regular pursuit of professional and self-development opportunities.
  • Demonstrated understanding and awareness of the political climate in which policy decisions are made.
  • Be an effective delegator, allowing latitude to staff to carry out their responsibilities independently while remaining knowledgeable and accountable.
  • Have a team management orientation and the ability to work closely with relevant Peoria City departments, as well as other governmental agencies and Department employees in an effective, harmonious manner.
  • Be “easily accessible” and approachable as a manager.
  • Have complete personal and professional integrity, inspiring the confidence of appointed and elected officials, subordinates, and the general public.