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Working As An Application Development Director

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $143,694

    Average Salary

What Does An Application Development Director Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.

Education

Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. Such a degree usually takes 4 years to complete and includes courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for a large organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

The number of years of experience required varies with the organization. Generally, smaller or newer companies do not require as much experience as larger or more established ones.

Computer systems are used throughout the economy, and IT employees may gain experience in a variety of industries. However, an applicant’s work experience should be in the same industry they are applying to work in. For example, an IT security manager should have previously worked in information security. A hospital IT director should have experience in the healthcare field.

Advancement

Most computer and information systems managers start out as lower level managers and advance to higher positions within the IT department. IT directors or project managers can advance to become CTOs. A CTO or other manager who is especially business minded can advance to become a chief information officer (CIO), the person in charge of all IT-related decisions in an organization. CIOs can advance to become top executives in an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. IT managers must be able to analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.

Business skills. IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.

Communication skills. IT managers must be able to explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.

Decisionmaking skills. Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.

Leadership skills. IT managers must be able to lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.

Organizational skills. Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.

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Consultant 6.8%
Manager 5.2%
Programmer 4.3%
Director 2.9%
Top Careers After Application Development Director
Consultant 9.2%
Director 4.2%
Manager 2.9%

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Application Development Director Demographics

Gender

Male

80.9%

Female

17.2%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Asian

12.2%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.0%

French

30.0%

German

10.0%

Russian

10.0%

Italian

10.0%
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Application Development Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.8%

University of Florida

7.0%

Pace University - New York

7.0%

Northwestern University

7.0%

Ohio State University

5.3%

Villanova University

5.3%

Bellevue University

5.3%

Northern Illinois University

5.3%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.4%

Robert Morris University

4.4%

Johns Hopkins University

4.4%

DePaul University

4.4%

George Washington University

4.4%

Purdue University

4.4%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.4%

University of Texas at Austin

4.4%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

University of Alabama

3.5%

University of Central Florida

3.5%

Case Western Reserve University

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

25.4%

Business

25.2%

Finance

5.6%

Computer Information Systems

5.6%

Information Systems

4.6%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Information Technology

3.3%

Mathematics

3.3%

Management

3.1%

Project Management

3.1%

Accounting

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Computer Engineering

2.1%

Marketing

1.7%

Physics

1.7%

Computer Programming

1.3%

Economics

1.3%

Political Science

1.3%

Engineering

1.3%

Chemistry

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.1%

Masters

38.6%

Other

9.3%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

3.0%

Associate

2.3%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Application Development Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Application Developer Director, VP State Street Bank and Trust Company New York, NY Jul 19, 2012 $280,000 -
$320,000
Director of Application Development Atlantic Spine Center, LLC West Orange, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $250,440
Director of Application Development Atlantic Spine Center, LLC West Orange, NJ Feb 16, 2016 $250,000
Director of Aplication Development Atlantic Spine Center, LLC West Orange, NJ Feb 15, 2016 $250,000
Director of Application Development Mobile Iron Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 28, 2011 $225,000
Director of Application Development Serene Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 19, 2016 $213,803
Director, Application Development Appnexus Resources, Inc. (D/B/A Appnexus Oas) New York, NY Aug 18, 2016 $200,928
Director of Application Development and Business Strategy Manhattan West LLC New York, NY Feb 23, 2015 $200,000
Director of Applications Development Privilege Underwriters, Inc. White Plains, NY Oct 20, 2014 $188,843
Director, Application Development Digital Room, Inc. CA Aug 13, 2012 $185,000
Applications Development Director Delta Dental of California San Francisco, CA Oct 10, 2016 $185,000
Director, Head of Application Development MKP Capital Management, LLC New York, NY Nov 28, 2016 $185,000
Director, Application Development CNBC LLC Englewood Cliffs, NJ Oct 28, 2015 $183,040
Director, Application Development United Healthcare Services, Inc. Ridgefield, NJ Mar 11, 2015 $164,819
Director-Application Development New York Life Insurance Company New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $163,000
Application Development Director Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Windsor, CT Jul 06, 2015 $159,076
Director, Application Development Active Health Management New York, NY Sep 14, 2015 $157,170
Application Development Director Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Dec 23, 2014 $153,000
Director, Applications Developer Vetstreet, LLC Yardley, PA Sep 02, 2016 $152,173
Director, Applications Developer Vetstreet, LLC Yardley, PA Nov 02, 2016 $152,173
Director-Application Development (Lead II) Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC New York, NY Feb 19, 2015 $151,397
Director, Peoplesoft Applications Development Viacom International, Inc. New York, NY Mar 16, 2013 $133,900
Application Development Director Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company Windsor, CT Jul 21, 2014 $133,875
Application Development Director Active Health Management New York, NY Nov 09, 2015 $131,349
Director Application Development Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC New York, NY Jan 20, 2012 $130,000 -
$150,000
Director, Applications Development Viacom International, Inc. New York, NY Feb 06, 2012 $130,000
Director, Application Development J.D. Power and Associates (Subsidiary of The McGra Westlake Village, CA Dec 03, 2012 $130,000 -
$150,000
Director Applications Development Wolters Kluwer United States Inc. Saint Cloud, MN Nov 03, 2014 $128,773 -
$185,000
Director Applications Development Wolters Kluwer United States Inc. Saint Cloud, MN Mar 11, 2014 $128,773 -
$185,000

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Top Skills for An Application Development Director

  1. Web
  2. Project Management
  3. Application Development
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  • Full Development Life Cycle Responsibility for WebSphere/Java/J2EE and MS-Windows based Client-Server applications, including application re-engineering and operations support efforts.
  • Managed 105 application developers and project management personnel with 7 direct manager reports.
  • Developed and implemented initial use of offshore application development and support resources from India outside of data warehousing architecture.
  • Managed outsourced development projects, including establishing and managing a software development outsource agreement with an India-based supplier.
  • Partner with city executives and cost centers to align software systems with strategic goals and solidify system infrastructure integration.

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