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Working As A Senior Technical 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

  • $116,807

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Technical 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 Senior Technical 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 Length of Employment
Technical Manager 4.0 years
Technical Director 3.8 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.8%
Supervisor 4.1%
Director 3.7%
Technician 2.6%
Top Employers After
Supervisor 9.0%
Director 6.6%
Consultant 6.0%
Owner 3.0%

Senior Technical Director Demographics

Gender

Male

80.9%

Female

17.2%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

79.2%

Asian

8.7%

Hispanic or Latino

8.2%

Unknown

3.2%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

Portuguese

11.1%

Korean

11.1%

Italian

11.1%

French

11.1%
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Senior Technical Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.6%

George Washington University

8.5%

Boston University

6.8%

State University of New York College at Buffalo

6.8%

University of Florida

5.1%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.1%

Kennesaw State University

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.1%

University of Southern Mississippi

5.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.1%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

University of South Florida

3.4%

Columbia College Chicago

3.4%

Bowie State University

3.4%

University of California - San Diego

3.4%

Auburn University

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

New York University

3.4%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.4%

Villanova University

3.4%
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Majors

Computer Science

17.5%

Business

13.7%

Communication

8.2%

Electrical Engineering

6.0%

Management

5.5%

Computer Information Systems

5.5%

Management Information Systems

4.4%

Information Technology

4.4%

Photography

3.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.8%

Project Management

3.8%

Animation

3.8%

Chemistry

3.3%

Mathematics

2.7%

Finance

2.7%

Accounting

2.7%

Information Systems

2.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Biology

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.3%

Masters

34.5%

Other

13.0%

Doctorate

5.7%

Certificate

5.0%

Associate

2.3%

Diploma

1.1%
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Real Senior Technical Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Technical Director Finley Engineering Group, Inc. Tallahassee, FL Oct 01, 2011 $292,180
SR. Technical Director Symantec Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2014 $231,000
Senior Director of Technology Nbcuniversal Media, LLC New York, NY Oct 10, 2016 $210,000
Senior Technology Director R/Ga Media Group Inc. New York, NY Aug 15, 2016 $210,000 -
$230,000
SR. Technical Director Broadcom Corporation Irvine, CA Sep 13, 2013 $208,000
Senior Director, Pivotal Technical Staff EMC Corporation Palo Alto, CA Feb 19, 2014 $202,500 -
$360,000
SR. Director, Technical Accounting Accretive Solutions, Northern California, Inc. Mountain View, CA May 07, 2016 $200,907
Senior Director, Technology Solutions EPAM Systems, Inc. Conshohocken, PA May 25, 2015 $200,000
Senior Director Technology Metricstream, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 12, 2013 $200,000
Senior Director Technology Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 26, 2016 $198,952 -
$298,000
Senior Director of Technology Financial Health Strategies, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Jun 11, 2012 $170,612
Senior Director of Technology Financial Health Strategies Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Feb 11, 2013 $170,000
Senior Director of Technology Financial Health Strategies Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Nov 04, 2014 $170,000
Senior Director of Technology Financial Health Strategies Inc. Gaithersburg, MD Nov 04, 2015 $170,000
Senior Director Technology Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 15, 2014 $168,400 -
$252,600
Senior Director, Technology Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 17, 2014 $168,400 -
$252,600
SR Director of Technology The Orchard Enterprises Inc. New York, NY Jun 16, 2015 $165,000
SR. Director of Technology V2Soft Inc. Bloomfield Hills, MI May 23, 2016 $165,000
Senior FX Technical Director SONY Pictures Imageworks Inc. Culver City, CA Feb 13, 2012 $135,200
Senior Technical Director Industrial Light & Magic, A Div of Lucasfilm Enter San Francisco, CA Dec 27, 2012 $133,568
Senior Director/Chief Technologist Ventech Solutions, Inc. Columbus, OH Aug 08, 2016 $131,511
Senior Technical Director K and R Technologies LLC Frederick, MD Aug 01, 2012 $130,832
Senior Associate/Technical Director Abt Associates Inc. Bethesda, MD Mar 28, 2016 $130,603
Senior Technical Director at&T Services, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jan 26, 2015 $130,360
Senior Effects Technical Director Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC San Francisco, CA Dec 20, 2016 $130,350

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Top Skills for A Senior Technical Director

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Top Senior Technical Director Skills

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Delivery
  3. Architects
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Manage up to thirteen direct reports responsible for the computing infrastructure of a leading data management company.
  • Employed various outsourcing models to optimize delivery time and costs.
  • Collaborated with application Solution Architects on delivery of High-Level-Architectures for IT projects involving new applications of Customer solutions.
  • Implement OWASP considerations for improving Web and application security.
  • Provide high level guidance in systems, networking, security and audit standards compliance.

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