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Working As A Data Operations 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

  • $139,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Data Operations 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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How To Become A Data Operations Director

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 Yearly Salary
$139,000
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$101,000
Min 10%
$139,000
Median 50%
$139,000
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$139,000
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$139,000
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$190,000
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Best Paying Company
Baptist Health Care
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.4 years
How much does a Data Operations Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Data Operations Director in the United States is $139,243 per year or $67 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $101,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $190,000.

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Real Data Operations Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Data Teams Ziff Brothers Investments, LLC Sep 16, 2013 $265,000
Director of Data Teams Ziff Brothers Investments, LLC Apr 24, 2012 $237,500
Director-Data Warehousing and Presentation (WAP) Citco Technology Management, Inc. Oct 01, 2014 $200,000
Director of Data Jet.com, Inc. Sep 19, 2015 $200,000
Director of Data Zesty, Inc. Jun 09, 2016 $180,000
Director of Big Data Ascend Learning, LLC Nov 30, 2015 $175,000
Director, D&O Data Assurance Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC Sep 03, 2015 $170,000 -
$180,000
DIR. of Info. Security, Data Privacy, and REG. COM Teradata Operations, Inc. Sep 23, 2012 $167,833
Director, Ratings Data Assurance Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC Nov 11, 2013 $166,000 -
$176,000
Director Data Warehouse Business Content Wellpoint, Inc. Aug 11, 2014 $157,602 -
$170,000
Director, Data and Insights Davies, Pacheco & Murphy Advertising Agency Inc. Jan 11, 2016 $150,259
Director of Service Transition & Data Governance HERC Rentals Inc. Jan 10, 2016 $145,000
Director of Service Transition & Data Governance The Hertz Corporation Jun 09, 2016 $145,000
Director, Innovative Data Solutions Covidien Oct 20, 2014 $142,854
Director, Data Capabilities and Visualization American Express Travel Related Services Company May 19, 2014 $141,000
Junior Director, Data Science John Hancock Life Insurance Company (USA) Aug 08, 2016 $135,000
Director of Data, Reporting and Insights Accuen, Inc. Aug 04, 2015 $134,638
Director of Data Apropose, Inc. Jan 09, 2015 $131,269
Director of Data Analysis Progressive Casualty Insurance Company Jun 11, 2011 $117,000
Director, Data Operations Health Grades, Inc. Oct 15, 2016 $113,693 -
$140,000
Director, Data Analysis National Financial LLC Feb 04, 2010 $107,453 -
$127,000
Director, Data Analysis National Financial LLC Feb 03, 2011 $103,834 -
$130,100
Data Operations, Assistant Director Moody's Analytics Jun 29, 2015 $103,730
Director, Data, and Insights Davies, Pacheco & Murphy Advertising Agency Inc. Dec 11, 2016 $100,600 -
$125,000
Director of Data Tools Quid Inc. Sep 01, 2012 $100,000
Director, Data Architecture Gain Capital Group, LLC Aug 07, 2013 $97,094 -
$110,500
Director, Data Operations and Insights Forrester Research, Inc. Aug 10, 2009 $95,000 -
$115,000

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Top Skills for A Data Operations Director

  1. Data Warehouse
  2. Architecture
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided tactical solution for business through management of six sub-projects of the data warehouse initiative.
  • Develop a SOA architecture / API integration framework to meet the tie in the integration efforts with the existing enterprise systems.
  • Monitored work productivity and quality to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures.
  • Conducted and defined procedures for gathering business requirements.
  • Managed a number of functional managers over multiple technology platforms with dotted line responsibility for application development on the managed platforms.

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  4. New Jersey
  5. District of Columbia
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Data Operations Director Demographics

Gender

Male

65.1%

Female

30.4%

Unknown

4.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

9.9%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.8%

German

13.0%

Russian

13.0%

French

8.7%

Portuguese

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%

Italian

4.3%
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Data Operations Director Education

Schools

George Washington University

8.3%

University of Washington

8.3%

Wayne State University

6.3%

University of Akron

6.3%

University of Miami

6.3%

Northern Illinois University

6.3%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

4.2%

University of Kentucky

4.2%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.2%

Boston University

4.2%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.2%

Liberty University

4.2%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.2%

Towson University

4.2%

Stanford University

4.2%

University of Virginia

4.2%

University of Vermont

4.2%

Purdue University

4.2%

University of California - Davis

4.2%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.2%
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Majors

Business

23.8%

Political Science

12.3%

Management

7.7%

Finance

5.4%

Information Technology

5.4%

Psychology

4.6%

Computer Science

4.6%

Accounting

4.6%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Law

3.1%

Elementary Education

3.1%

Economics

3.1%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

3.1%

Journalism

3.1%

Education

3.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

Operations Research

2.3%

Ethnic, Gender And Minority Studies

1.5%

Management Science

1.5%
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Degrees

Masters

43.0%

Bachelors

37.1%

Doctorate

5.9%

Certificate

4.8%

Associate

3.8%

High School Diploma

2.7%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.5%
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