OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS SEEKS A
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO)
(Starting Salary Will Be Highly Competitive DOQ/E, Plus Outstanding Benefits)
Overland Park, the 2nd largest city in Kansas, is seeking a visionary and strategic leader to serve as its next CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO). Spread over 75 square miles in Johnson County, Overland Park (OP) is also the 2nd largest city in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan region and is nationally recognized for its progressive government, triple-a bond rating, a favorable business climate, and outstanding schools. Other top-ranked services include parks and recreation, police, fire and emergency management services, street construction and maintenance, and other important municipal services that have created a “highly desirable” quality of life for the City’s 195,000+ residents and sizable business community. This dynamic and vibrant community is widely regarded as a significant driver of the Kansas economy with over $4 billion in annual retail sales plus significant, ongoing growth in residential, corporate office, commercial, and technology related development.
Overland Park operates under a Mayor-Council-Manager Form of government. The Governing Body consists of twelve City Council members plus the Mayor - all elected to four-year, staggered terms. The Council appoints a City Manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the City. The City’s Information Technology Department includes both Information Technology and Facilities Management divisions. The Information Technology division provides a wide array of services which support all departments through end‐user client support, network infrastructure, software applications, and championing the use of technology to meet the City's strategic goals. The Facilities Management division manages maintenance needs in City‐owned buildings and property through a combination of preventative, corrective, and emergency maintenance.
As a member of the City’s executive leadership team, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) works collaboratively with that team to lead, develop, and implement information technology initiatives and provide technology hardware and software support to all City employees, plus maintain all City facilities and equipment efficiently and effectively. The CIO reports directly to the Deputy City Manager and is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Information Technology Department with a 2019 budget of $10.7 million that supports a total of 39.5 FTEs. There are 28.35 FTEs assigned to the Information Technology Division, and 11.16 FTEs supporting the Facilities Division.
To qualify for the position of CIO, candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in business, information technology, computer science or a related field; an advanced degree, especially in business or public administration, is preferred. A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible IT experience, including significant managerial experience in local government/public sector and/or the private sector is desired. Qualified candidates must demonstrate exceptional communication skills and proven leadership abilities. The ability to work with diverse stakeholders and leverage partnerships, possess experience in strategic planning and complex problem-solving with an ability to work effectively in a wide variety of governmental disciplines is also important. The ability to communicate complex technology information in a manner that is understandable and relevant to non-technical audiences is essential.
The starting salary will be highly competitive depending on the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience, plus a monthly vehicle allowance and phone stipend. Employee benefits excellent, including employer retirement contributions for FICA; Kansas Public Employee Retirement System (KPERS – a defined benefit plan); and, Municipal Employees Pension Plan (MEPP – a supplemental defined contribution plan). A voluntary 457 Deferred Compensation Plan is also offered as an option with no contribution by the City. Residency is strongly encouraged. The City’s nepotism policy prohibits the hiring of a full-time employee with relatives that are current city employees. Relocation assistance will be negotiated in accordance with the City’s policy.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at https://springsted-waters.recruitmenthome.com/postings/2158. The position is open until filled with a first review of candidates occurring on Monday, March 11, 2019. Following the first review date, resumes will be screened against criteria outlined in the recruitment brochure. A list of qualified semi-finalist candidates will then be forwarded to the City for determination of finalists. On-site interviews will be offered to those candidates named as finalists, with reference checks, background checks and academic verifications conducted after receiving candidates’ permission. The successful candidate will be subject to the City’s pre-employment requirements including a drug screen, physical and background check. For more information, please contact Art Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 816.868.7042.
The City of Overland Park, Kansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its organization EO/M/F/D/V. Please visit the Overland Park website at www.opkansas.org.