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Working As A Senior Director Of 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

  • $152,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Director Of 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 A Senior Director Of 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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Manager 5.0%
Consultant 3.5%
Top Careers After Senior Director Of Information & Technology
Consultant 4.7%
Director 2.0%

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Senior Director Of Information & Technology Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Female

15.5%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

10.8%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.3%

French

17.9%

German

10.7%

Japanese

7.1%

Russian

7.1%

Portuguese

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Dutch

3.6%

Czech

3.6%

Italian

3.6%
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Senior Director Of Information & Technology Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.4%

New York University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.6%

DePaul University

5.6%

Arizona State University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

San Diego State University

4.9%

Western Governors University

4.9%

Thomas Edison State University

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

Santa Clara University

3.7%

Webster University

3.7%

Stanford University

3.7%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.7%

Hofstra University

3.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

University of Maryland - University College

3.1%

Texas A&M University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

26.8%

Computer Science

15.7%

Computer Information Systems

7.9%

Information Technology

5.8%

Management

5.4%

Management Information Systems

5.4%

Information Systems

4.7%

Finance

4.1%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Project Management

3.7%

Accounting

3.3%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Education

1.4%

Economics

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.4%

Psychology

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%

Telecommunications Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.8%

Masters

35.0%

Other

12.8%

Certificate

3.3%

Associate

2.4%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Senior Director Of Information & Technology Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. DIR., IT Global Solution Delivery, Center of E Hospira, Inc. Lake Forest, IL Sep 30, 2012 $260,000
Senior IT Director Home Depot USA, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jun 08, 2015 $250,000
Senior Director Global IT Projects Brightstar Corp. Miami, FL Sep 18, 2016 $225,500
Senior Director Global IT Projects Brightstar Corp. Miami, FL Mar 31, 2016 $225,500
Senior Director, IT Enterprise Architect Levi Strauss & Co. San Francisco, CA Nov 18, 2016 $195,000
SR. DIR. Bioinformatics, Information Sciences & Technology Kew Group, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 03, 2016 $190,000
Senior Director, Information Technology Openwave Mobility, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 01, 2012 $181,522 -
$280,000
Senior Director-IT Business Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Aug 19, 2015 $165,000
Senior Director-IT Business Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Aug 08, 2016 $165,000
Senior IT Director Sunera Technologies, Inc. San Ramon, CA Jan 27, 2015 $160,784
Senior IT Director Randstad Professionals Us, L.P. Atlanta, GA Oct 24, 2016 $158,579 -
$190,000
Senior IT Director Sunera Technologies, Inc. Fremont, CA Dec 26, 2013 $156,000
Senior IT Director Sunera Technologies, Inc. Troy, MI Dec 26, 2013 $156,000
Senior Director, IT Product Management USA Waste-Management Resources, L.L.C. Houston, TX Oct 15, 2012 $155,064
Senior Director of Information Technology Worldnet International Couriers Inc. Springfield, NY Sep 28, 2015 $150,000
SR. Manager Information Technology-Director Acxiom It Outsourcing, LP Downers Grove, IL Aug 24, 2015 $149,094 -
$160,000
Senior Director, Information Technology Laureate Education, Inc. Columbia, MD Nov 19, 2016 $149,094
SR. Director, IT Product Management USA Waste-Management Resources, L.L.C. Houston, TX Jan 16, 2012 $147,098
Senior IT Director Motorola Solutions, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Jul 05, 2012 $142,875 -
$192,400
Senior Director IT Cbeyond Communications, LLC Atlanta, GA Apr 15, 2011 $137,500

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Senior Director Of Information & Technology

Average Yearly Salary
$152,000
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$103,000
Min 10%
$152,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Median 50%
$225,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Baker Hughes
Highest Paying City
West Sacramento, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does a Senior Director Of Information & Technology make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Director Of Information & Technology in the United States is $152,631 per year or $73 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $103,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $225,000.

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Top Skills for A Senior Director Of Information & Technology

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Project Management
  3. Sales Strategies
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  • Defined and installed requirements for infrastructure and operational resources and equipment to support the needs of the organization.
  • Experienced and Certified Project Management Professional with background managing large scopes of impact across business areas reducing expense and increasing productivity.
  • Evaluated, purchased and coordinated replacement of world-wide MPLS communications network.
  • Implemented external performance monitoring of PeoplePC customer services for apples/apples metrics with other EarthLink services.
  • Provide leadership in the development of information technology and processes for an innovative cancer research and scientific data management organization.

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