How to write a CIO (Chief Information Officer) job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What does a Chief Information Officer do?

Chief information officers oversee a company’s information technology strategies and computer systems to ensure that they support the company’s goals. They are responsible for streamlining operations by implementing relevant technologies, developing technological systems that will improve customer satisfaction, and managing the information technology department.

CIO (Chief Information Officer) job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of CIO (Chief Information Officer) job titles

  • CIO (Chief Information Officer)
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • CIO/CTO

CIO (Chief Information Officer) job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a CIO (Chief Information Officer) job summary

Our software development firm has an immediate opening for a Chief Information Officer. We’re looking for a professional with a background in software design and development who can direct our ever-changing IT needs. He or she will be responsible for evaluating our existing technologies and processes, then advising the executive team on the best ways to move forward with cost-effectiveness and competitive advantages in mind. We’re competing in a crowded space, and we believe that our innovative use of technology can help set us apart. You will be pioneering this position within our company and working closely with the CEO.

CIO (Chief Information Officer) responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of CIO (Chief Information Officer) responsibilities

  • Analyze the technology we currently use for design, development and administration for efficiency and accuracy
  • Collaborate with project managers and CEO to measure system and resource use and allocation
  • Supervise the development and advancement of our communications network
  • Design a wide area connectivity network infrastructure with an emphasis on filling remote access needs
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors and service providers for installing new technology and training employees on its use
  • Prepare cost-benefit analyses for every change in our IT workflow
  • Suggest hardware and software upgrades as appropriate to improve operations, consistency and budgetary success

CIO (Chief Information Officer) qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of CIO (Chief Information Officer) skills

  • Master’s Degree in Information Technology or related field required
  • Certified in Advanced Information Technology
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in information technology and resource management
  • Excellent skills in computing, software development and software design
  • 3+ years’ executive-level experience preferred
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

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