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Working As A Director Of Software Development

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $137,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Software Development 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 Director Of Software Development

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
Software Director 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Director Of Software Development
Consultant 5.1%
Director 2.7%
Manager 2.6%
Top Careers After Director Of Software Development
Consultant 6.9%
Director 4.1%

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Director Of Software Development Demographics

Gender

Male

85.9%

Female

11.6%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Asian

13.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.7%

German

12.2%

Japanese

9.8%

Chinese

7.3%

French

7.3%

Italian

7.3%

Arabic

4.9%

Swedish

2.4%

Portuguese

2.4%

Finnish

2.4%

Lithuanian

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Korean

2.4%
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Director Of Software Development Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.3%

Northeastern University

7.6%

Stanford University

6.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

6.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

6.5%

University of California - Berkeley

6.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.4%

Santa Clara University

4.7%

Purdue University

4.7%

University of Utah

4.3%

Stevens Institute of Technology

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.0%

University of Florida

4.0%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.0%

Johns Hopkins University

4.0%

New York University

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%

Georgia State University

3.6%
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Majors

Computer Science

35.8%

Business

14.1%

Electrical Engineering

10.7%

Computer Engineering

6.5%

Computer Information Systems

4.4%

Mathematics

3.3%

Management

3.1%

Information Systems

3.0%

Information Technology

2.7%

Project Management

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Physics

2.3%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Engineering

1.6%

Accounting

1.2%

Economics

1.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.1%

Education

0.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.9%

Information Sciences

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.5%

Masters

37.3%

Other

12.8%

Doctorate

4.8%

Certificate

1.8%

Associate

1.5%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Director Of Software Development Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Software Engineering Coursera Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 18, 2016 $275,000
SR. Director, Software Engineering Ca, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 26, 2016 $240,000
Director of Software Engineering Developer Express Inc. Glendale, CA Jun 25, 2015 $240,000
Director, Software Engineering Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 01, 2015 $215,000
Director of Software Development Salesforce.com Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 10, 2016 $214,947
Director, Software Development Flextronics International USA Mountain View, CA Nov 17, 2015 $214,864 -
$228,225
Director, Software Engineer Aruba Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 09, 2015 $214,240
SR. Director, Software Engineering EMC Corporation Seattle, WA Sep 23, 2015 $214,000 -
$244,125
Director, Software Engineering Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Oct 01, 2015 $210,000
Director, Software Engineering Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. San Bruno, CA Jan 10, 2015 $210,000
Senior Director, Software Engineering Beachbody, LLC Santa Monica, CA Sep 13, 2016 $210,000
Senior Director, Software Engineering Beachbody, LLC Santa Monica, CA Sep 20, 2016 $210,000
Director, Software Development Unigroup, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 20, 2015 $206,000
Director, Software Engineering SONY Network Entertainment International LLC Los Angeles, CA Feb 22, 2016 $205,000
Software Development Director Oracle America, Inc. Reston, VA Jul 18, 2016 $174,379 -
$227,243
Director, Software Quality Engineering Selligent Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 09, 2016 $173,056 -
$185,000
Senior Director, Software Development Deltek, Inc. Fort Collins, CO Oct 14, 2016 $172,635
Senior Director Software Development Websense, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 28, 2015 $171,745
Director, Software Engineering Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Oct 17, 2016 $170,000
Director, Software Engineering Sears Holdings Management Corporation Plano, TX Oct 21, 2016 $170,000
Software Engineer-Director of Expert Services Good Data Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2015 $170,000
Director, Software Development Audible Inc. Newark, NJ Aug 15, 2016 $169,126
Director of Software Engineering Teachers College, Columbia University New York, NY Sep 26, 2016 $140,000
Director of Software Development Ensighten Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 06, 2016 $140,000
Director, Software Development IMS Health Incorporated Chandler, AZ Oct 26, 2015 $137,319
Associate Director, Software Developer UBS Services LLC Weehawken, NJ Aug 15, 2016 $137,000 -
$155,000
Software Engineer (Director Solutions Engineering) Element Solutions LLC Chicago, IL May 02, 2015 $135,000
Associate Director, Software Engineer UBS Financial Services Inc. Weehawken, NJ Apr 09, 2016 $135,000 -
$152,000
Director of Software Engineering Thumbtack Technology, Inc. New York, NY Aug 27, 2015 $135,000 -
$150,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Director Of Software Development

Average Yearly Salary
$137,000
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$95,000
Min 10%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$137,000
Median 50%
$197,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Petaluma, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Director Of Software Development make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Of Software Development in the United States is $137,296 per year or $66 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $95,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $197,000.

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Top Skills for A Director Of Software Development

  1. Software Development
  2. Web Application
  3. Project Management
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  • Provided overall strategic and tactical leadership and facilitation to software development teams (development, quality, deployment).
  • Helped to develop requirement specifications, data models, and non-functional requirements for the Customer Wallet web application.
  • Created and lead the cross-functional service delivery organization comprised of engineering, project management, and operational personnel.
  • Direct management of 8 program management resources with dotted line responsibility to 3 development / architecture managers and 17 development resources.
  • Migrated software to new development platforms and operating systems.

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