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Working As A Consulting Services 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

  • $135,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Consulting Services 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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Average Length of Employment
Practice Director 3.2 years
Practice Leader 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Consulting Services Director
Consultant 8.3%
Manager 7.2%
Director 7.0%
Top Careers After Consulting Services Director
Consultant 11.6%
Director 6.8%
Principal 5.8%
President 3.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$135,000
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$96,000
Min 10%
$135,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Median 50%
$190,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Pathstone Corporation
Highest Paying City
Bellevue, WA
Highest Paying State
Utah
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Consulting Services Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Consulting Services Director in the United States is $135,720 per year or $65 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $96,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $190,000.

Real Consulting Services Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Consulting Services Intueor Consulting, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 17, 2016 $178,235
Director of Consulting Services Intueor Consulting, Inc. Irvine, CA May 26, 2016 $177,216
Director of Consulting Services J9 Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Jun 06, 2016 $170,000
Director of Consulting Services J9 Technologies, Inc. Richmond, TX Sep 28, 2016 $170,000
Director of Consulting Services Defined Healthcare Research, Inc. Florham Park, NJ Jan 15, 2008 $165,715
Director, Consulting Services Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. Irvine, CA Jan 07, 2013 $165,000
Director of Consulting Services Independent Computer Consulting Group, Inc. Warminster, PA Nov 29, 2011 $160,000
Director of Non-Labor Consulting for Healthcare/Higher ED Pathstone Partners Morton Grove, IL Jan 01, 2016 $150,000
Director of Non-Labor Consulting for Healthcare/Higher ED. Pathstone Partners, LLC Morton Grove, IL Feb 10, 2015 $150,000
Director, Healthcare Consulting Services Healthcare Management Partners LLC Philadelphia, PA Mar 01, 2014 $150,000
Director of Non-Labor Consulting for Healthcare/Hi Pathstone Partners Morton Grove, IL Aug 01, 2014 $150,000
Director, Consulting Services Hitachi Consulting Dallas, TX Aug 12, 2011 $146,200
Consulting and Expertise Service Director The Dow Chemical Company Midland, MI Oct 01, 2009 $144,432 -
$216,648
Director, Consulting Services Hitachi Consulting Houston, TX Jun 24, 2010 $144,200
Director, Consulting Services Hitachi Consulting Houston, TX Jun 23, 2010 $144,200
Director, Security Consulting North America Control Risks Group, LLC Houston, TX Jun 29, 2015 $141,450
Director, Consulting Services CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. Bloomfield, CT Mar 25, 2016 $131,560 -
$198,100
Director of Client Services & Solutions Consulting DLC Solutions, LLC Philadelphia, PA Jul 21, 2016 $128,898
Director, Consulting Services Strata Decision Technology, LLC Chicago, IL Jul 12, 2015 $120,619
Consultant and Client Relationship Director Mary Gober International Limited Clarence, NY Oct 15, 2015 $118,437
Director of Consulting Services M-Files, Inc. Dallas, TX Jan 16, 2014 $111,654 -
$116,654
Director of Consulting and Design Services C2 Design Automation Pittsburgh, PA Oct 01, 2012 $110,000
Director, Consulting Services Smartshift Technologies, Inc. Chicago, IL Jul 02, 2014 $102,500
Director, Healthcare Consulting Services The AES Group, Inc. Bellevue, WA Feb 29, 2016 $101,941
Director, Healthcare Consulting Services The AES Group Inc. Bellevue, WA Mar 26, 2015 $100,000
Director, Consulting Services Strata Decision Technology, LLC Chicago, IL May 05, 2014 $100,000
Director, Healthcare Consulting Services The AES Group Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 06, 2016 $100,000
Director, Consulting Services Strata Decision Technology, LLC Chicago, IL May 05, 2014 $97,500

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Top Skills for A Consulting Services Director

  1. Service Delivery
  2. Financial Management
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed comprehensive IT Service Management (ITSM) framework to improve service delivery and customer relationship management.
  • Engaged in business development, market analysis, vendor management, partner relationship development, and client contract and financial management.
  • Designed, wrote and implemented unique business solutions/programs such as Service Level Agreements, Project Management/Tracking and Solutions teams.
  • Led all strategic planning, policy/procedure development, sales/recruiting processes and account management /development.
  • Assisted client hospitals in contract/business development, physician recruitment, JCAHO accreditation, optimizing operations and improve marketing outcomes.

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Top 10 Best States for Consulting Services Directors

  1. New York
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Delaware
  6. Nevada
  7. California
  8. Connecticut
  9. New Jersey
  10. New Mexico
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Consulting Services Director Demographics

Gender

Male

67.2%

Female

25.3%

Unknown

7.5%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.5%

German

10.0%

French

7.5%

Carrier

7.5%

Swedish

5.0%

Kashmiri

2.5%

Chinese

2.5%

Hungarian

2.5%

Bosnian

2.5%

Dutch

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Czech

2.5%

Hindi

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Navajo

2.5%
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Consulting Services Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.1%

New York University

7.2%

University of Southern California

6.5%

Michigan State University

5.8%

Pennsylvania State University

5.8%

George Washington University

5.0%

Ohio State University

5.0%

Babson College

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.3%

Webster University

4.3%

Georgetown University

4.3%

Georgia State University

4.3%

Columbia University

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

University of Arizona

4.3%

Wayne State University

3.6%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%

University of Pennsylvania

3.6%
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Majors

Business

32.1%

Finance

10.8%

Computer Science

7.1%

Management

7.1%

Accounting

5.4%

Nursing

5.2%

Marketing

4.1%

Political Science

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Project Management

2.6%

Communication

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

Education

2.2%

English

2.1%

Public Health

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Economics

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

Counseling Psychology

1.7%

Information Systems

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

38.8%

Bachelors

36.0%

Other

13.3%

Doctorate

4.5%

Certificate

3.4%

Associate

3.4%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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