IT DirectorJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Careers in IT are gaining popularity as the years pass thanks to the increases in technology. Those who expand their skills over time while gaining management experience and skills along the way may have an opportunity to work as an IT director.

An IT director has multiple responsibilities, including but not limited to: supervising technical projects, ensuring the effective delivery of networks, working cooperatively with information engineers, supervising team members, preparing financial budgets, discovering new products and new market opportunities, and improving IT processes. 

IT directors should have plenty of experience in the field, have strong leadership skills, and enjoy technology. If you’re self-motivated, love to maintain a team of individuals in the technology space, this position could be perfect for you.

Sample job description #1

This position focuses primarily on the business relationship with the client and leveraging technical resources to improve their operational efficiencies. Client satisfaction, contract renewals, and uncovering additional sales opportunities fall under the realm of the vCIO.

Responsibilities

Providing IT leadership and planning for a diverse group of clients as well as being the internal champion for each client within CompassMSP through the following:

  • Conducting regular status and business review meetings for each client to understand short and long term business goals
  • Creating, presenting, and implementing annual technology roadmaps, budgets, and reports for each client
  • Communicating potential risks related to cyber-security, network security, and industry specific compliance
  • Identifying new opportunities to use technology to streamline business processes
  • Overseeing internal support and engineering resources to ensure successful delivery of services to clients
  • Educating clients on current technology trends relevant to their specific industry
  • Providing technical guidance, counsel, and direction for all individuals on team, as needed, to resolve technical issues

Who you are

You are a strategic thinker with excellent communication skills and a strong technical background. You work best in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment. You are able to work well both independently or with a team of experts. You enjoy the challenge of solving practical problems while handling a number of variables. You confidently present your ideas to high level executives and can share your expertise in non-technical language.

Education and experience

  • 10+ years of experience in server hardware and network infrastructure including design and implementation
  • 3-5 years management experience including preparation of IT strategic roadmaps and budgeting
  • 5-10 years of experience with Microsoft Operating Systems and Applications
  • Previous project management experience
  • Prior experience in a Managed Service Provider or IT Consulting environment preferred
  • Exceptional attention to detail and highly organized
  • Able to work on and coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Require a valid driver’s license

Physical demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear
  • The employee is occasionally required to walk, climb stairs, or balance, as well as stoop, kneel, and crouch
  • The employee may need to lift and/or move up to 80 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus including spending long amounts of time in front of a computer screen
  • In the performance of the duties of this job the employee, on occasion is required to travel, drive a motor vehicle, communicate using telephone and e-mail

Sample job description #2

Specific responsibilities include

  • Maximize the performance and success of each IT Team Member and of the IT Team as a whole
  • Proactively manage the IT environment
  • Lead IT Projects so that projects are completed on time and on budget, with quality solutions that meet the needs of internal and external customers
  • Maximize the value that existing applications provide to the organization
  • Lead Implementation of New Technologies
  • Ensure that our IT environment is reliable and secure, and that company data is protected
  • Ensure that the IT Team provides excellent customer service to the rest of the company
  • Drive continuous improvement in data and reporting through the establishment of report owners and data owners, and by ensuring that reporting SMEs meet and share reporting best practices at least once per quarter
  • Ensure that team has the ability to execute on its objective in the event of team member absences or team turnover

Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in a technical related field from an accredited university/college and/or significant work experience
  • Minimum 5 years success working in the information technology field and 3 to 5 years supervisory experience in a progressive team environment required
  • Demonstrated success leading technologies associated with enterprise applications including ERP and WMS
  • NetSuite, Oracle, Manhattan ILS,, and Linux experience, preferred

Sample job description #3

Key responsibilities

  • Developing and overseeing SMART goals for hardware, software, and storage
  • Ensuring strategic capacity planning
  • Managing the IT department, including overseeing hiring of new employees
  • Managing any employee concerns and issues
  • Determining business requirements for IT systems
  • Identifying and eliminating security vulnerabilities with strategic solutions that increase data security
  • Directing and supporting the implementation of new software and hardware
  • Identifying and recommending new technology solutions
  • Managing the organization’s help desk (internal, external, or both)
  • Coordinating IT activities to ensure data availability and network services with as little downtime as necessary
  • Overseeing departmental finances, including budgeting and forecasting

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in IT, computer science, or a related field
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in IT and 5-7 years in a management/leadership position
  • Knowledge of industry-standard computer hardware and software systems especially in Cloud computing
  • Experience with network administration and high availability
  • Experience managing on-premises servers, storage area networks (SAN), and network-attached storage (NAS) devices

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for an IT director is $168,900. Salary may vary depending on where you are located, the size of the company you’re working for, and how experienced you are. 

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$167,100$226,000
Los Angeles, California$188,500$255,000
Denver, Colorado$157,100$212,500
Washington, DC$191,350$258,900
Miami, Florida$156,350$211,550
Orlando, Florida$144,250$195,150
Tampa, Florida$145,650$197,100
Atlanta, Georgia$152,800$206,700
Chicago, Illinois$175,650$237,600
Boston, Massachusetts$189,900$256,950
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota$151,350$204,800
New York City, New York$199,900$260,700
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$162,800$220,250
Dallas, Texas$158,500$214,450
Houston, Texas$157,800$213,500
Seattle, Washington$182,800$247,300
National Average$142,800$193,200

Sample interview questions

  • What tools do you use to measure the performance of your work and your team member’s work?
  • Which of your computer programming projects are you most proud of? Tell me about it. 
  • Have you ever made suggestions to upper management that led to improvements in your company? Tell me about it. 
  • Have you ever had to deal with a difficult person? How did you handle it?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to deliver a difficult piece of information to someone. 
  • What strategies do you use to organize, plan, and prioritize your work?
  • Have you ever had to apply new technology in your job? How did it help the company?
  • Do you have any data analysis strengths? 
  • How do you ensure that your company is compliant with all laws, regulations, and standards that are your responsibility?
  • What strategies do you use to ensure efficient completion of work involving large amounts of information or data?
  • What is your next step after discovering a problem with a network?
  • Tell me about your programming abilities.
  • What process do you use to determine the cause of an operating error?
  • What methods do you use to maintain and administer computer networks and computing environments?
  • How extensive is your knowledge of devices that operate mainly by electronic principles? 
  • Have you ever had to deal with a technical malfunction that affected the entire IT department? Tell me about it.  
  • Can you explain the most complicated thing you know how to do in 5 minutes or less?
  • What software or hardware are you proficient in?
  • What applicable certifications do you have? In what ways do you feel that these certifications boost your performance as an IT director? Do you have plans to earn any additional certifications?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
  • What improvements have you made to past organizations in your previous positions?

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