County of San Mateo

County of San Mateo
$217,692 - $272,064 Annually

The County of San Mateo currently has a leadership opportunity for a Chief Information Officer. Headquartered in the heart of the San Mateo County Government Center in downtown Redwood City, the Information Services Department (ISD) supports all County departments in leveraging technology to best serve the residents of San Mateo County. The Department has 135 full-time equivalent positions and plans to spend $40 million in Fiscal Year 2021-2022. ISD is an internal service department that recovers its costs by charging County departments for its services.

Reporting to the County Manager, the Chief Information Officer (CIO)/Director of Information Services plans, organizes, directs and reviews the functions and activities of the Information Services Department including applications development, enhancement and maintenance, IT security and data communications support; establishes, monitors, evaluates and revises department goals, objectives, policies and procedures; coordinates assigned activities with other County departments and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the County Manager and the Board of Supervisors.

The ideal candidate:

A visionary leader and trusted advisor with a passion for public service, and the courage and commitment to reinvent and invigorate IT for San Mateo County government and its residents.
A results-oriented, politically astute executive who builds trust, fosters accountability and has a proven track record of managing complex state-of-the-art systems while building collaborative partnerships.
An excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills, political acumen, objective thinking, effective facilitation abilities, and sensitivity to community needs.
A collaborative and strategic partner who actively seeks best practices and scans the environment for emerging trends and innovative solutions, and identifies the best use of technology to support the business needs of individual departments and the County as a whole.
A confident and creative problem solver with a 'can do' mindset who is quick and clear thinking, plans ahead, views challenges as opportunities for growth, and remains calm under pressure.
An honest, fair, and objective fiscally savvy professional who understands the importance of transparency and implementing efficiencies.
This is a unique leadership opportunity to work in one of the most innovative areas of the world in a very dynamic organization.

Key Priorities:

Upgrade Countywide network infrastructure
Bridge the WiFi gap throughout San Mateo County
Implement advanced Cybersecurity tools
Enhance and secure County’s remote work technologies
Support and improve wireless internet connectivity for County departments
Implement smart street technologies
Maintain resilient and reliable public safety communications
Assess and transform the IS Department structure to ensure efficiencies in deliverables

Minimum Qualifications:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in information sciences, business or public administration, or related discipline.

Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience performing duties related or equivalent to information services management in a large, complex agency including two years of experience in a senior level administrative or management position.

Please view our online brochure for a detailed description of this position and instructions on how to apply:

FINAL FILING DATE:  February 14, 2022

To learn more about the position and to apply online, please visit our website at or visit the County jobs portal page at

Equal Opportunity Employer