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City of Fairfield, CA


The Director of Information Technology position reports directly to the City Manager and participates in the City’s Senior Leadership Team. In addition to coordinating all assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies, the Director is responsible for planning and executing the department’s vision, goals, and initiatives that support the City’s mission.

Focused on enhancing the strategic use of technology operations, improving processes, collaboration, and resident services, this critical leadership role will provide guidance on the effective use of technology throughout the City. The Director will also collaborate with department directors and support the City Manager’s office, Mayor, and City Council in pursuit of strategic initiatives.

The Information Technology Department has 15 full-time and 5 part-time positions, organized into three operating divisions. These include planning and directing the activities of the Public Safety/Dispatch, Infrastructure and Business Applications divisions. The success of each division ensures consistent focus on the City’s business goals and objectives.

Fairfield’s General Fund operating budget for FY2021/2022 is projected to be $112.3 million dollars. The IT Department’s combined operating and capital improvement budgets is proposed to be $11.3 million in FY2021/2022.

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Under direction, plan, organize, coordinate, direct, design, support, and review the activities and operations of the Information Technology Department in performing technology functions including, but not limited to: network management and administration; telecommunications and wireless technologies; application management; database and systems management and administration; customer service and user support; project management; technical training coordination; security; and GIS strategic planning.   To coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies, provide highly responsible and complex technical support to the City’s Executive Management Team.

This is an “at-will” position; the incumbent serves at the discretion of the City Manager.

Receives policy direction from the City Manager.   Responsibilities include the direct supervision of professional, technical, and administrative support staff.


Seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience increasingly responsible experience performing a diverse range of professional-level analytical and project management duties in an information technology program; the above experience must include four years of administrative and management responsibility.   Experience in a public sector agency is highly desirable.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required.  Degree or major coursework in computer science, business administration, or a closely related field is desirable.  A Master's degree is preferred.
Successful completion of a thorough background investigation prior to employment is required.
Possession of a valid driver’s license s is required.  
Must be able to maintain the same level of security as when first hired.  Failure to maintain this level of security clearance is grounds for dismissal.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Plan and execute the information technology vision, goals, and initiatives in support of the City's mission and in alignment with the City's business objectives.
Plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the activities of the Information Technology department, including setting and implementing technology standards, practices and protocols.
 Direct and oversee the development of the Information Technology work plan and budget, including the assignment, monitoring, and review of activities, projects, and programs.      
 Coordinate department activities with those of the other departments; provide staff assistance to the City Manager and Mayor and Council members; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Confer, advise, and make recommendations to the City Manager, department directors,  managers, and other internal customers to identify information systems needs and determine appropriate applications and technology solutions.
 Plan for future technology needs; identify, recommend, develop, implement, and support cost-effective technology solutions, modifications, and upgrades for all aspects of the organization.
 Prepare and administer the department budget for programs and projects, purchases, and equipment upgrades; ensure that the department is provided with necessary resources and technology.

 Plan, procure resources for, manage, and implement the more complex information systems projects, including preparing specifications and requests for proposals, contract negotiations, and software licensing.
Ensure compliance with applicable legislative, regulatory, and judicial mandates, regulations, and current professional best practices; review, interpret, develop, and recommend changes to the City's policies and procedures; plan, establish, and maintain systems to support effective and efficient Citywide information technology programs.
Select, train, motivate and evaluate personnel; assign and review workloads; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures when necessary.

 Represent the department to outside groups and organizations; participate in community and professional groups; keep the City Manager and City Council advised on departmental activities.
Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.
Scout markets for ideas and insights; identify strategic innovative projects.
 Perform related duties as required.


Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of delivery of information technology services including network management, e-mail administration, desktop support, application support, server maintenance and operation, web site development and support, and vendor management.
Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution.
Pertinent local, State, and Federal laws, rules, and regulations.
Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs.  
Principles and practices of organization, administration, and personnel management.
Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.  
Processes for providing customer services including, customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards, and the evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Principles and practices of technology security.
Ability to:

Plan, organize, direct, coordinate, review, and evaluate programs, services, activities, and staff.
Supervise, mentor, train, develop, and evaluate assigned personnel.
Develop and implement policies and procedures.

Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement optimal course of action to achieve goals.
On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations, and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve department related issues. 
Develop and implement department policies and procedures.
Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
Successfully develop, control, and administer departmental budget and expenditures.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Interpret and apply City policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned personnel.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Work is performed primarily in the office during normal working hours and typically involves a high degree of concentration, alternative analysis, and sound judgment, especially in troubleshooting and system design work.  Attendance at night meetings and weekend or after-hours work is required.


Primarily sedentary work requiring the ability to sit for long periods of time and manual dexterity to sufficiently operate computer keyboards.  Requires good vision, the ability to hear well enough to receive information in person and over the telephone; ability to speak and enunciate clearly.  Work may also involve bending, twisting, turning, and reaching, and the ability to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and negligible amount of force to frequently lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57469121
  • Position Title: Director of Information Technology
  • Company Name: City of Fairfield
  • Industry: Government/Civil Service
  • Job Function: Chief Information Officer/IT Director
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 7-10 Years
  • Required Travel: None
  • Salary: $172,104.00 - $211,788.00 (Yearly Salary)

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