It Bureau Director (info Tech Program Manager Ii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$93,339.38 - $155,565.70 Annually
Aug 27, 2022
Oct 01, 2022
Executive, Director, IT
Full Time
Job Announcement

Fairfax County boasts a top-notch school system, safe neighborhoods, thousands of acres of parkland, and bustling town centers. County government sits at the heart of this dynamic community of almost 1.2 million residents and seeks employees eager to bring their energy, enthusiasm, and skills to serve Fairfax residents and to shape the county's future. The Fairfax County Police Department provides ethical leadership through engagement with the community to prevent and fight crime, improve the culture of safety at work and within the community to preserve the sanctity of all human life, and to keep pace with urbanization. Fairfax County possesses a stellar reputation nationally as the safest jurisdiction of our size among the top fifty major cities. We accomplish this through robust partnerships with all members of our uniquely diverse community. We are comprised of employees and volunteers who possess the highest standards of ethics and integrity which creates the foundation of our ability to deliver a variety of essential police services to protect and serve all members of our community. The successful candidate will:
  • Lead its IT strategy and oversees a bureau consisting of experienced IT professionals, technical staff and contractors supporting multiple applications, databases, interfaces, reports, and communications technologies;
  • Guide department leadership and staff in researching and implementing new and emerging technology that aligns with the overall Department mission;
  • Oversee the design, development, and delivery of IT systems of varying complexity for all Department bureaus and divisions, and manages all associated administrative functions including budget and resources of the Information Technology Bureau;
  • Champion opportunities to improve existing IT systems with innovative solutions;
  • Lead the development and execution of short- and long-range strategic technology plans;
  • Oversee IT support operations, including support during emergency response events;
  • Identify staffing and financial resources necessary to implement new IT initiatives and support and identify ongoing business needs;
  • Ensure IT systems, resources, and staff continuity in a 24/7 public safety entity;
  • Interpret county policy and advise department management on related IT activities;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with county DIT staff to leverage DIT technologies as well as ensuring compliance with county IT Policies. In addition, collaborate with external vendors, and IT industry groups to build collective partnerships;
  • Works with DIT and other entity stakeholders to provide interoperability for external and internal customers to include but not limited to, local, state and federal agencies;
  • Develops specifications for solicitations, and negotiates and manages hardware and software contracts;
  • Serves on support committees, makes presentations and serves as an advisor on public safety IT matters to Police senior management and Public Safety senior leaders;
  • Foster a team environment to accomplish strategic goals and to promote the Department's mission, vision, and values.
  • Foster a culture of outstanding customer service and that promotes continued professional development of the IT team’s hard and soft skills.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Performs all required personnel, software and hardware planning and budgeting functions for assigned area;
  • Allocates staff for approved projects and system support;
  • Ensures compliance with policies, procedures, and standards for computerized systems and performs project and contract management duties as needed;
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, assigns and evaluates the work of a large subordinate staff;
  • Provides guidance, technical assistance, and training to subordinate staff through formal and informal evaluations;
  • Provides work related counseling as needed;
  • Provides opportunities for staff development;
  • Establishes task priorities among competing projects and maintenance requirements;
  • Provides direction to staff to ensure systems are enhanced and developed within budgetary and time constraints;
  • Approves work plans;
  • Reviews computer studies and documentation to ensure conformance with approved standards and that all studies consider all relevant technical, personnel, and organizational issues;
  • Prepares annual budget submission for operations, capital equipment, training and other matters;
  • Reviews and authorizes expenditures;
  • Assesses staff training needs;
  • Prepares training plans for staff, allocates courses, and enrolls personnel in the most appropriate and effective courses;
  • Prepares project status and progress reports on all major assigned tasks;
  • Prepares correspondence, cost-benefit evaluations and the like;
  • Prepares requests for proposals for a variety of system projects;
  • Develops performance criteria and technical specifications;
  • Serves on selection advisory committees;
  • Prepares vendor proposal evaluation criteria;
  • Serves as contract project manager;
  • Assures contract provisions are met;
  • Introduces and evaluates new technology;
  • Participates in the development of long-range system planning;
  • Develops and approves work plans for the development and enhancement of current and planned systems;
  • Establishes systems development schedules, priorities, and standards;
  • Confers with development staff to monitor development and maintenance projects;
  • Manages the development and implementation of new systems;
  • Evaluates computer hardware, software, and related information resource technology;
  • Recommends purchases as appropriate;
  • Confers and coordinates with agency representatives and user groups to solve problems and to determine system enhancement/development needs and requirements;
  • Serves on special committees and task forces as needed;
  • Undertakes special projects;
  • Keeps abreast of new technologies.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Thorough knowledge of the capabilities and requirements of various computer platforms
  • functioning in centralized, distributed, client server, and stand-alone operating environments;
  • Thorough knowledge of multi-platform computer programs;
  • Thorough knowledge of systems analysis and programming;
  • Considerable knowledge of effective supervisory practices, methods, and techniques;
  • Skill in communicating technical ideas clearly and in translating user information requirements for effective system use;
  • Ability to translate technical terminology in terms understandable to management and
  • employees;
  • Ability to make decisions based on factual data, and to evaluate the progress or success of computerized projects and systems;
  • Ability to plan, organize, and conduct systems analysis and to evaluate administrative processes and procedures;
  • Ability to efficiently monitor program development and thoroughly document necessary system modifications and enhancement;
  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, assign, and evaluate the work of subordinate staff;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective business relationships.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to") Possession of a bachelor's degree in computer science, or closely related field; plus, six years' experience in systems design, development, and maintenance in a large information systems environment, including considerable supervisory experience.

  • Experience managing and directly supervising a group of IT professionals.
  • Experience managing information technology projects of varying complexity serving the needs of a diverse customer base.
  • Experience developing and executing strategic information technology plans.
  • Proficiency at communicating technical information to senior and executive level staff in formal and informal settings.

Driver's License (Required)

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Work requires the ability to operate keyboard driven equipment, sit for long periods, and operate a motor vehicle. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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