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Working As An Associate Director, Information Technology

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $123,528

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Director, Information Technology 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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How To Become An Associate Director, Information Technology

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 4.7%
Director 3.6%
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Consultant 5.0%
Director 3.7%
Manager 2.3%

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Associate Director, Information Technology Demographics

Gender

Male

81.3%

Female

16.9%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.4%

German

14.3%

French

14.3%

Greek

14.3%

Japanese

7.1%

Bengali

7.1%

Tagalog

7.1%

Italian

7.1%

Hindi

7.1%
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Associate Director, Information Technology Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.6%

New York University

7.2%

Harvard University

5.8%

Fordham University

5.8%

Capella University

5.8%

University of Chicago

5.8%

Stevens Institute of Technology

5.8%

Western Governors University

4.3%

National University

4.3%

Johns Hopkins University

4.3%

DePaul University

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.3%

Babson College

4.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

George Washington University

4.3%

Duke University

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

2.9%

Iona College

2.9%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2.9%
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Majors

Business

21.5%

Computer Science

15.7%

Computer Information Systems

9.5%

Information Technology

8.3%

Finance

5.8%

Information Systems

5.8%

Management

5.0%

Management Information Systems

5.0%

Project Management

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Mathematics

2.9%

Accounting

2.5%

Information Sciences

2.1%

Biology

1.7%

Economics

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Computer Systems Security

1.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.2%

Computer Technical Support

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

46.6%

Bachelors

30.7%

Other

10.8%

Certificate

5.4%

Associate

4.1%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

1.0%
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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Director-Information Technology S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P. New York, NY Mar 29, 2010 $170,000
Associate Director, Information Technology Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Dec 15, 2014 $167,510 -
$217,405
Associate Director Medical Information Technology & Channel Innovation Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. Marlborough, MA Dec 30, 2016 $155,000
Associate Director Information Management, Technical Operations-Supply Chain Bristol Myers Squibb Company New Brunswick, NJ Dec 14, 2015 $150,000 -
$154,000
Associate Director, Program Management and US IT S EMD Serono, Inc. Rockland, MA Oct 11, 2010 $148,148
Associate Director, Information Technology Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Aug 14, 2015 $146,500
Associate IT Director-Business Analytics & Data Science Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Apr 09, 2015 $146,500
Associate Director, IT KPMG LLP Woodcliff Lake, NJ Jun 01, 2012 $146,411 -
$190,000
Associate Director, IT Development Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. Atlanta, GA Apr 07, 2014 $144,331 -
$165,000
Associate Director, Software Engineer/Market Risk Analytics IT UBS Services LLC Weehawken, NJ Apr 24, 2015 $140,000
Associate Director Information Management, Technical Operations-Supply Chain Bristol Myers Squibb Company Plainsboro, NJ Jan 22, 2015 $140,000
Associate Director, IT Quintiles, Inc. Avenel, NJ May 12, 2014 $140,000
Associate Director-IT Cellco Partnership Walnut Creek, CA May 22, 2012 $139,942 -
$165,000
Associate Director, IT RIK Technologies, Inc. Princeton, NJ Sep 15, 2010 $135,000
Associate Director-IT Development Parexel International Billerica, MA Jan 28, 2015 $133,598
Associate Director of IT (Global Sales) Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Inc. Stamford, CT Aug 02, 2016 $131,170
Associate Director, Senior Storage Administrator/IT DSS ST UBS AG Stamford, CT Dec 30, 2013 $130,000 -
$134,000
Associate Director, Business Analyst-IT UBS AG New York, NY Mar 16, 2015 $130,000 -
$160,000
Associate Director, Information Technology NB Ventures, Inc. D/B/A GEP Clark, NJ Oct 11, 2013 $130,000
Associate Director of IT Infrastructure and Support Forever 21, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2015 $130,000
Associate Director of IT (Global Sales) Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Stamford, CT Jul 22, 2013 $128,400
Associate Director-IT, Internal Apps (Sfdc CRM) The Corporate Executive Board Company Arlington, VA Feb 20, 2015 $118,500
Associate Director, Technical Lead/It Legal & Comp UBS AG Stamford, CT Aug 06, 2010 $118,082 -
$130,000
Associate Director, Developer for D&EL It/Equities UBS AG Stamford, CT Aug 30, 2010 $118,082 -
$135,000
Associate Director, Application Developer/IT EQ UBS Services LLC Jersey City, NJ Dec 30, 2011 $117,707 -
$130,000
Associate Director, Application Developer/IT EQ UBS AG Jersey City, NJ Nov 10, 2010 $117,312 -
$140,000
Associate Director, Application Developer/IT EQ UBS AG Jersey City, NJ Nov 08, 2010 $117,312 -
$130,000

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  3. Project Management
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  • Coordinate and complete sweeping infrastructure improvements, including backup and recovery, networking hardware and application software to increase corporate productivity.
  • Performed quality compliance reviews and assessments for the installation and validation of computerized systems at Corporate and manufacturing locations.
  • Developed project management and communication process for all college technical projects including software, automated reports, and procedure guides.
  • Designed and implemented ASP web pages to manage operational environment of approximately 10,000 interfaces annually to/from Oracle Applications and legacy systems.
  • Managed the development and implementation of IT polices and procedures, including services architecture, security and disaster recovery.

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