The Director will provide innovative technology vision and leadership in the development and implementation of County-wide information technology programs and projects, and will successfully integrate people, process and technology by fostering partnerships and consistently delivering reliable solutions that serve as the foundation of County operations for our residents and employees.
To plan, organize, coordinate, direct and personally participate in all phases of developing and maintaining a county-wide strategic information system; to provide expertise and technical leadership to all county departments in the areas of information and communication systems, management, and organization; to perform related duties as required.
The Director - Information Systems is a Department Head position that has overall responsibility for management of a department engaged in design, installation, evaluation, and maintenance of all County information and communication systems. In addition to directing the Information Systems staff, this position works closely with the Information Systems Policies Committee in all matters that concern that committee; makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors; provides systems training for all employees as needed; and coordinates the preparation of and review of Strategic Plans, Feasibility Studies and RFPs for information systems and related items. The department head must have strong interpersonal skills and be capable of building consensus among the various constituencies that have an interest in information systems. The incumbent convenes regular meetings of departmental information systems staff members selected from each department to encourage the sharing of technical planning, problems and solutions among the various departments and encourage shared solutions to common problems.
Essential Job Functions
- Provides expertise and technical leadership in the establishment of new directions and standards in information systems.
- Maintains a central repository of documentation pertaining to the County's information systems hardware, configuration and software (including license information).
- Works with departments to ensure adequate measures are taken to ensure security and privacy for county data.
- Design, install, evaluate and maintain all extra-departmental data and voice communications capabilities for Butte County.
- Provide technical leadership and training for all departmental information systems staff.
- Provide systems training for all employees, as needed.
- Coordinate the procurement of standard hardware and software, including networking solutions and configurations so as to maintain high technical standards and optimize the cost-benefit ratio.
- Coordinate the design and development of new application software upon request.
- Solicit yearly information systems plans and updates from all departments and incorporate these departmental plans into a county-wide strategic information systems plan each year.
- Directly supervises technical and clerical staff within the department.
Required Knowledge and Skills
- Knowledge of principles, procedures, and techniques of management information systems.
- Knowledge of Network administration duties.
- Knowledge of network maintenance tasks.
- Knowledge of network management tools such as SNMP, configuring IP mail servers, and IP and IPX environments.
- Knowledge of application and database development.
- Knowledge of principles of analysis, design and development for project planning, computer programming, computer scheduling, automation audit control requirements.
- Knowledge of identification and analysis of systems, computer networks, software, and hardware, including cost effective solutions to problems.
- Knowledge of technical knowledge of computers, modems, and telecommunications integration.
- Knowledge of principles of supervision, training and evaluation.
- Ability to plan, assign, supervise, and review systems analysis, design, and programming activities and computer operations.
- Ability to supervise, train, and evaluate professional, technical, and clerical personnel.
- Ability to identify and analyze telecommunications needs and requirements;
- Ability to identify objectives and problems.
- Ability to develop recommendations which are responsive to needs of department and budgetary constraints and implement solutions.
- Ability to maintain accurate records and prepare detailed statistical and technical reports.
- Ability to maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of citizens, public and private organizations, boards and committees, elected and appointed officials, and county staff.
- Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively, both orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences including the Board of Supervisors, the Information Systems Policies committee, Chief Administrative Officer, and departmental information systems staff.
- Ability to direct and coordinate the work of others through various supervisory levels and assist on more complex problems.
A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in computer science, management information systems, information technology management, business or public administration or closely related field and five years of increasingly responsible experience performing a diverse range of professional-level, complex analytical and project management duties in an information technology program, including at least three years in a management capacity within a full service information technology environment (Master’s Degree in a related
field and/or applicable related certification(s) are desirable)
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