City of Ventura
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Job Description

The City of Ventura is hiring a Chief Technology Officer. The City is looking for an information technology leader who will lead the City’s efforts in delivering IT solutions to improve the way business is done.

What You'll Do

This position will lead a team of dedicated IT professionals who provide industry-leading service to meet customer and project demands. The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is a member of the Executive Team and works at the pleasure of the City Manager. The CTO is responsible for the general daily operations of the Information Technology Department and the management of the department budget with support from the Assistant CTO.

The Chief Technology Officer must have strong leadership skills and be able to lead the team to create a positive, efficient, and productive culture. They must be dedicated to working collaboratively with the other 10 City departments to keep the City current and future thinking. Communication skills are essential to this position. As the head of the City’s IT Department, the successful candidate will need to have excellent customer service skills to communicate clearly and effectively with all staff and elected officials. 

The Chief Technology Officer will be a key player involved with the ongoing implementation of the Enterprise Resource Planning system, a project (approximately $7 mil) to upgrade the City’s financial, purchasing, payroll, and human resources systems. The CTO and the IT Department are responsible for working through the transition with Finance, Human Resources, and other City departments and with the ongoing training and maintenance of the new system. Experience with the implementation process and transition to new software systems is desired.

Who You Are

The ideal candidate must be able to create, express, and promote a “vision” and strategic direction for Information Technology; have advanced knowledge of the principles of cyber security; manage the assessment and selection of information systems, including development and analyzing vendor’s proposals, selecting best alternatives, and negotiating and administering contracts; and strategically manage multiple projects, tasks, and priorities of the team to achieve desired goals. 

As the leader of the IT Department, the ideal candidate will be a dynamic leader with the ability to motivate, inspire, supervise, develop, and evaluate staff. As a Department Director, the ideal candidate must have the ability to communicate with staff, vendors, the executive team, the City Manager, and the City Council effectively both in writing and in public presentations; exercise sound, expert, and independent judgment within general policy guidelines; and exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive and complex issues.


For additional information on the position's duties and responsibilities, refer to the job descriptions on the City’s Career Page at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs or by clicking here: CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER.

Position Qualifications

The position requires a combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, computer science, business administration, public administration, or a closely related field, and six years of increasingly responsible professional Information Technology management experience, including two years of supervisory responsibility. Experience in a governmental setting and possession of a master’s degree are preferred.

License: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.

Salary and Benefits

The City offers a total compensation package that includes both a generous salary and other benefits!

SALARY: $172,466 - $231,106 Annually DOQ

BENEFITS: Refer to the benefits tab on the job posting for specific information on City benefits.

How to Apply

To be considered for this exciting assistant director-level opportunity, please complete an online City Job Application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline, Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.  Candidates must attach a cover letter and resume to their online application. 

If you have questions about the recruitment process, please contact Bill Friedel at recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov.

Go to www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs and Apply!  EEO/ADA

salary plus 6 Medical options, CalPers Retirement, Dental, Vision, FSA, 457