Information Technology Director
City of Urbana - Urbana, IL

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Salary Range:

$81,681 - $103,147 annually; placement in the range will depend on qualifications.

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Job Type:

This position is not within a bargaining unit or Civil Service; it is an appointed, at-will position that serves at the pleasure of the Mayor. This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and therefore is not eligible for overtime compensatory time.

Job Summary :

The Executive Department at the City of Urbana is seeking a dedicated, team-oriented Information Technology Director to assume full management responsibility for all division services and activities including information systems security and infrastructure, systems analyses, programming, hardware, software, communications, and records management. This includes the management of the City's computerized information systems, supervision of staff and contractual programmers, development and design of various types of electronic information systems for personnel using City programs, UPTV, and the day-to-day administration of City's data processing operations.

The Director works under the general direction of the Mayor and in partnership with other employees, departments, and external entities in delivering effective services. The work involves the exercise of considerable judgment, latitude, and independence in decision-making within established City policies and guidelines. Work performed is reviewed by the Mayor through conferences, reports, observations, and achievements of desired results.

Qualifications include:
  • Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems, Computer Science or related field.
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible Information Technology experience and at least three (3) years of supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and implement technology programs and systems as a viable business solution is essential.
  • Knowledge of hardware and software systems such as the IBM mid-range computer systems (System I) including the operation and programming of those systems and insight on current trends in information technology.
  • Principles of budget development, administration, and control. Principles of budget development, administration, and control.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically.
  • Knowledge of municipal operations and financial systems are helpful, but not required.
  • The selected candidate must pass a background check, including a criminal records check.
For a complete list of qualifications, please refer to the job description.

Application Procedure:
Applications are accepted electronically at www.urbanaillinois.us/jobs until Friday, August 23, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

Required documents:

  • Application for the position completed in its entirety.
  • The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references.
  • Optional:

  • A cover letter which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
  • A current CV/resume.
  • Attachments may be uploaded and attached to the application on the "Supplemental Materials" page. A resume and cover letter will not be accepted as substitutes for providing the information requested on the electronic application. Do not write "See resume" or "See attached." Failure to provide complete information will cause forfeiture toward employment with the City.

    Applications must be submitted online. Hard copy application packets will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the online process. However, persons who believe they are qualified under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process. The request must be received by Human Resources with sufficient time prior to the final filing deadline to allow for the request to be considered through the interactive process.

    Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. Depending on your browsers security settings, be sure to check your junk mail folder for e-mail communications from the City of Urbana.

    Selection Procedure:

    Only online applications will be accepted for this position and must be received by the posted closing date. The information provided on your job application will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements. Failure to provide detailed and complete information may result in your application being rejected. Do not submit a resume in lieu of completing the application questions. Any information you submit may be verified.

    Your materials must provide us detail on your background and describe clearly how you meet or exceed the requirements listed in this job announcement. If your answers to the supplemental questions cannot be validated using the materials you provided, you will not proceed to the next steps of the selection process. Applicants who are minimally qualified will be further reviewed for competitive quality. Those applicants that possess the most competitive background in directly related experience, knowledge, and training will be scheduled for a first round interview, testing and on-line reference checking. The highest ranking candidates from this interview may be contacted for a follow-up interview. Your materials must provide us detail on your background and describe clearly how you meet or exceed the requirements listed in this job announcement. If your answers to the supplemental questions cannot be validated using the materials you provided, you will not proceed to the next steps of the selection process.

    Applicants who are minimally qualified will be further reviewed for competitive quality. Those applicants that possess the most competitive background in directly related experience, knowledge, and training will be scheduled for a first round interview, tentatively scheduled for mid- to late September.

    Systems Environment (as of July 2013)

    Network: The City supports approximately 350 users on 330 PCs and laptops. The City operates a Windows 2003 network on a mix of fiber and copper connections.

    Business Systems: The City is a Microsoft shop with software from other vendors as needed. The City uses custom engineered software developed on the IBM iSeries.

    Geographic Information Systems: The City utilizes ESRI's ArcGIS software and is a member of the County Wide GIS Consortium.

    Public Safety: The Urbana Police Department is the lead agency for the Area-wide Records Management system (A.R.M.S.), which is shared with the Champaign and University of Illinois Police departments as well as various other county agencies representing approximately 630 users. The Police and Fire Departments have in-car Panasonic Toughbooks.

    Internet connectivity and City Web presence: The City continually expands the uses for its website and ties many of its business applications to the web as well as an intranet environment for departmental usage.

    Urbana Public Television: UPTV broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is made available on Comcast channel 6, AT&T U-Verse channel 99, and streaming online.

    About the Urbana Community Urbana is internationally distinguished as the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, the state's flagship public university and one of the preeminent research institutions in the world, and has also been recognized as one of the top ten high-tech communities in America by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Wired magazines. Urbana is part of the Urbana-Champaign micro-urban community. The term "microurban" applies to population centers of 250,000 or less that possess a highly uncommon set of desirable attributes normally exclusively associated with much larger metropolitan centers. Among these are an internationally diverse population, a strong technology base, a vibrant arts/culture/entertainment scene, and animated public discourse on major societal and global concerns. One of the greatest characteristics of Urbana is the outstanding quality of life and low cost of living. Because of its natural assets and college setting, Urbana offers residents a metropolitan feel with small-town charm. In recent years, Urbana has been cited by the National Home Builders Association as one of the top ten most affordable housing markets in the United States. The City was also recognized in 2007 by the American Planning Association when the West Urbana Neighborhood was distinguished as one of the Ten Great Neighborhoods in the country. The highly ranked school districts, park district, library and award-winning mass transit district also highlight the community's dedication to excellence.

    The Organization

    The City of Urbana, founded in 1833 and the county seat of Champaign County, is a home-rule municipality situated in east central Illinois, approximately 135 miles south of Chicago and 45 miles west of the Indiana border. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the state's flagship university, is located in both Urbana and Urbana's twin city of Champaign. Urbana's population is estimated at 41,275 and 11.9 square miles are within the City boundaries. The City is led by Mayor Laurel Prussing and operates under the Council-Mayor form of government. The legislative authority of the City is vested in a seven-member council, each elected from their respective districts. The Mayor is elected at large. Each member and the Mayor serve a four-year term. The Mayor recommends and the City Council approves department heads. On average, Urbana employs 260 full-time personnel. The City's FY 2013-14 operating budget is $42.9 million. For more information about the City of Urbana, visit: www./urbanaillinois.us/visitors/about-urbana .

    The Information Technology Division

    The Information Technology Division is composed of two programs: Information Technology and Urbana Public Television (UPTV). The Information Technology Program consists of seven FTEs and a budget of nearly $600,000. UPTV is a fully operational PEG channel that utilizes all three components of PEG: Public, Education, and Government access. This program utilizes two FTEs: one UPTV Station Manager and one UPTV Production/Outreach Coordinator, along with an intern and several part-time camera operator positions. Recently reorganized, the Information Technology Division is now a branch of the Executive Department.

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