Added Nov 28, 2023 Deputy Chief Technology Officer (26014) Champaign, IL | Contract Apply

Job Description

Looking for more than just another assignment? We're looking for you! This isn't just another assignment, but a real opportunity and a challenge for the right person. LRS Consulting Services is seeking a Deputy CTO on a Contract position with our client in Champaign, IL.

Main Duties
  • Leadership and Management
  • Serves on behalf of the CTO as the principal IT Officer in the CTO's absence or as requested.
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to staff, fostering a collaborative and innovative work environment.
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the IT department, Support Services team, and facilities, ensuring the delivery of reliable and efficient services.
  • Collaborate with other senior leaders and stakeholders to understand their technology needs and develop solutions that enhance operational effectiveness.
  • Evaluate, approve, and oversee the implementation of highly complex technical approaches and solutions.
  • Provides leadership for planning, developing, and implementing information technology initiatives.
  • Contribute to the development of Continual Operations Improvement and ensure the process is followed.
  • Build confidence in IT by creating a track record of accomplishment.
  • Oversees initiatives to monitor, evaluate and improve customer service delivery.
  • Participate in the hiring, training, development, evaluation, and appropriate disciplinary processes of direct and indirect reports.
  • Draft and manage budgets for assigned projects and any assigned operational areas.
  • Select, train, supervise, and conduct regular evaluations of all assigned personnel; ensure ongoing training for personnel to maintain up-to-date technical expertise.
  • Ensure adequate staffing, scheduling, and resources to provide high-quality services.
  • Be available evenings, nights, and weekends to respond to calls regarding questions or problems with SURS’ computing resources or facilities.
  • Establish SLAs, OLAs & KPIs for all operational units to ensure the quality of services is met.
Strategy and Planning
  • Collaborate with the CTO to develop and execute SURS’ IT strategic plan, aligning technology initiatives with divisional & organizational goals.
  • Provide leadership to high-value cross-functional strategic initiatives.
  • Assist in developing and implementing policies, standards, and procedures to ensure effective and secure use of IT resources & SURS’ facilities.
  • Stay abreast of emerging technologies and industry trends to provide recommendations on their potential impact and relevance to SURS.
IT Governance and Compliance
  • Lead the development and implementation of best practices and standards in process, design, architecture, and operations of all aspects of service-oriented information technology delivery.
  • Support the CTO and IT leadership peers in establishing IT governance frameworks, including project prioritization, resource allocation, and performance measurement.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies related to data security, privacy, and intellectual property.
  • Support and work to improve disaster recovery and business continuity plans.
  • Works with SURS InfoSec team to implement appropriate information security measures and components to protect SURS’ computing resources from malicious attacks.
Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Foster effective partnerships with organizational units to understand their technology requirements and provide innovative solutions.
  • Collaborate with external vendors, consultants, and industry partners to evaluate and procure germane solutions that align with organizational needs.
  • Participate in RFP committees and ensure appropriate solutions are procured to align with SURS’s technology stack.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
Any one or any combination totaling 5 years (60 months) from the following categories:
  • College coursework which includes Information Technology (IT), IT Management, Programming, IT Systems, or a closely related discipline, as measured by the following conversion table or its proportional equivalent:
  • 30 semester hours equals one (1) year (12 months)
  • Associate’s Degree (60 semester hours) equals eighteen months (18 months)
  • 90 semester hours equals two (2) years (24 months)
  • Bachelor’s Degree (120 semester hours) equals three (3) years (36 months)
  • Work experience in IT-related functions such as hardware/software support, programming, network design, network engineering, IT systems integration, or closely related field, which includes supervisory or lead worker capacity.
  • Based on position requirements, additional education, training, and/or work experience in the area of specialization inherent to the position may be required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Knowledge of the systems and operations used within the areas and departments of responsibility.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to oversee and coordinate activities of assigned staff.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with other colleagues, supervisors, administrative staff, and other campus/agency units.
  • Ability to identify and resolve technical and personnel problems.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and professionally interact with all staff levels.
  • Strong supervisory, project management, administrative, budget management, and technical skills are required.
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality with information processed, stored, transmitted, or accessed by the systems is required.
  • Strong knowledge of emerging technologies, trends, and best practices in IT.
  • Proven ability to lead and motivate diverse teams, fostering a collaborative work environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and proficiency in writing technical specification documents.
  • Sound understanding of information security and data privacy principles.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Business, Management Information Systems, or another related field.
  • 6 years of experience in one or more technology areas: System Administration, Network Administration, Help Desk, Cloud Solutions and Application Integration, and/or Programming/Web Development.
  • Experience with enterprise architecture and cloud infrastructure.
  • Experience in a fiduciary environment.
  • Knowledge of facilities management & maintenance.
  • Third party candidates will not be considered.
  • Candidates must have permanent authorization to work in the US without sponsorship.
  • Out-of-state residents must establish Illinois residency within 180 calendar days of the start date for this position. Illinois residency requires proof of a valid Illinois Driver's License or state of Illinois ID Card. Failure to produce the required documentation within 180 calendar days will result in immediate termination of employment.
  • This is a hybrid position, a combination of remote workdays and in office workdays, based in Champaign, IL.
LRS is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for employment will receive consideration without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, gender identity, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship status or protected veteran status.