Chief Information Officer

Job Posting: Sep 27, 2019 

Closing Date: Oct 11, 2019

Primary Location: GA-Fulton-Atlanta  

Number of Openings: 1

Advertised Salary : $80,000.00 Minimum


Job Summary

Chief Information Officer (CIO) monitors and ensures progression and timely completion of technical projects, is responsible for the agency’s security program, plans for and directs the technology resources of the agency, provides technical assistance to agency staff, coordinates data collection for the agency and with government and private entities, and manages the information technology services of the agency.

A successful CIO should have in-depth knowledge of the current and up-and-coming trends in the IT field, be highly analytical, professional, and possess excellent organizational skills.  The chosen candidate will help store, evaluate and apply data strategies to our daily operations to improve the development of the Department of Law.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Directs the agency's information technology planning.
    1. Plans for the long-range direction of information technology needs of the agency.
    2. Ensures that information technology goals and objectives work in concert with the agency's overall strategic plan.
    3. Maintains an in-depth knowledge of information technology utilized by the agency.
    4. Maintains a working knowledge of information technology utilized by private and government entities supplying data to the agency. Coordinates the exchange of computerized information.
    5. Manages the commitment of resources to assure the accomplishment of information technology needs of the agency.
  • Directs the information technology resources of the agency.
    1. Develops and administers the agency information technology policies and procedures.
    2. Manages and provides technical assistance to agency staff regarding hardware, software and telecommunications systems.
    3. Manages all major systems developments and enhancements/modifications to agency systems including approval of plans, designs, costs, resource allocation and timetables.
    4. Coordinates the computer training of unit and agency staff.
    5. Directs the evaluation of the information system assuring the system has adequate application development and information processing controls.
  • Provides project management as needed to resolve significant problems with the information systems and to ensure the overall success in the development of information systems.
    1. Directs and participates in computer application development.
    2. Utilizes project management techniques for defining and presenting major enhancements/modifications to systems.
    3. Monitors and reviews the planning, designing, programming, testing, and implementation of computer systems to ensure quality and adherence to plans, costs and schedules.
    4. Makes recommendations for system modifications and develops solutions for the timely resolution of problems.
    5. Develops proposal materials such as justifications, advantages and disadvantages, cost factors, etc. for agency management, the Office of Planning and Budget
  • Provides data and coordinates interaction between department staff and outside agencies.
    1. Provides complete and accurate data to department staff and outside agencies as required.
    2. Meets with agencies and organizations on behalf of departmental management information systems for promotion of policies and procedures and sharing of resources as needed.
    3. Provides expert consultation and participates actively on advisory groups and boards to agencies and organizations related to information technology as needed.
  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the Information Technology unit.
    1. Plans, schedules, coordinates, and supervises all information technology activities associated with the unit.
    2.  Supervises unit staff as required to support the ongoing development, enhancement and maintenance of the agency's computer systems.
    3. Evaluates unit workload and assigns tasks, monitors progress, reviews and evaluates performance, and provides guidance and training as required.
    4. Ensures a high level of training is provided for unit staff to maintain technical skills necessary for the performance of their duties.
    5. Interviews applicants and fills vacant positions in accordance with applicable laws and departmental policies
  • Creates and maintains a high performance environment characterized by positive leadership and strong team orientation.
    1. Defines goals and/or required results at beginning of performance period and gains acceptance of ideas by creating a shared vision.
    2. Communicates regularly with staff on progress toward defined goals and/or required results, providing specific feedback and initiating corrective action when defined goals and/or results are not met.
    3. Confers regularly with staff to review employee relations climate, specific problem areas and actions necessary for improvement.
    4. Evaluates employees at scheduled intervals, obtains and considers all relevant information in evaluations and supports staff by giving praise and constructive criticism.
    5. Recognizes contributions and celebrates accomplishments.
    6. Motivates staff to improve quantity and quality of work performed and provides training and development opportunities as appropriate.
  • Advises the Executive Management Team regarding the budgeting and expenditure of information technology funds.
    1. Develops the annual operating budgets for information technology continuation and improvement items.
    2. Prepares information to justify budget requests and information technology needs of the Department.
    3. Monitors information technology budgets prioritizing expenditure of funds.
  • Coordinates computer data activities of agency with other government and private entities.
    1. Meets with government agencies and private organizations on behalf of the agency to discuss current and future data exchange and collection policies and procedures, the sharing of resources and the maintenance of state of the art knowledge.
    2. Provides consultation and serves on advisory groups and boards of professional organizations related to information technology and the Department.
  • Maintains a consistent, high quality, customer-focused orientation when developing information services for the Department.
    1. Treats users with respect, courtesy and tact; listens to users and maintains a professional relationship.
    2. Communicates with users and obtains all required information necessary to determine and address their specific needs; tactfully explains how agency computer systems functions apply to them.
    3. Provides clear, accurate information; explains procedures or materials or provides supplemental information; anticipates problems and questions.
  • Maintains a high level of knowledge of current trends and developments in the field of law as it relates to information technology by reading appropriate publications and attending related seminars, conferences, etc.
    1. Attends relevant training seminars as permitted by workload and budget constraints.
    2. Reads appropriate literature in the field of information technology.
    3. Attends any agency training regarding changes in laws, rules, and regulations as it pertains to the job.


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Information Science/Technology, Computer Science, or related field; AND eight (8) years of experience within Information Technology of an increasingly responsible nature which involved planning, organizing, coordinating and/or evaluating computer systems or software OR five (5) years of service management and/or technical operations experience preferably managing multiple units/teams.


Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants who possess one or more items below:

  • A Master's Degree in technology or closely related field,
  • Two or more years of experience as an agency CIO, Deputy CIO or other closely allied technology leadership position in a governmental environment,
  • Experience with state budgeting, administrative policy and policy development processes,
  • Experience with legislative processes and intergovernmental relations,
  • Executive level decision-making,
  • Exceptional leadership, management, oral/written communication and interpersonal skills; a demonstrated history of administering comprehensive information technology plans; and a proven record of building strong relationships with officials, staff, state and federal agencies and private-sector partners, and the community.