Executive Director, Information Technology

Job Level
Senior position
Job Category
Executive Director
  • Technology
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Information Technology

Salary: $133,113.00 - $173,543.00 Annually

Under direction of the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administrative Services, the Executive Director, Information Technology is responsible for providing the vision and leadership for the integration of information technology services consistent with the District's overall mission and program needs. The Executive Director, Information Technology will work collaboratively with the District's constituent groups in setting priorities for the deployment of information technology to carry out the instructional and administrative goals and objectives of the District.
The incumbent will provide leadership for instructional technology, administrative computing, desktop support, user training, web support, cyber security, and communication technology.  Responsibilities also include representing the District in state, regional and vendor information forums; keeping abreast of information technology developments and their appropriate applications within the District; and planning and implementing campus information technology infrastructure upgrades.  
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Serves as the chief advisor to the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administrative Services on strategic matters such as effective policies, procedures, standards, capacity, and infrastructure required to support quality instruction, efficient administrative processes, and internal community access.
  2. Provide leadership to plan, organize, coordinate, administer, supervise, monitor, review and evaluate the District's technology including administrative computing, IT security, technical infrastructure (network, servers, storage and telecommunications services), web development, reporting and user support.
  3. Develop and implement strategies for cyber security and disaster recovery District-wide.
  4. Develop, coordinate, maintain, and administer the District-wide strategic planning process for IT; work collaboratively with appropriate District and college personnel to evaluate technology implementation and performance.
  5. Develop, update and implement the District Technology Plan in consultation with appropriate District constituent groups, administrators, faculty and staff; keep current District-wide long and short-range plans for IT systems development, systems maintenance, production activities, and support services and their integration with educational technology systems.
  6. Review and approve systems, applications, security specifications, and standards for administrative and academic application networks and software.
  7. Advise the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration and the Board of Trustees by remaining abreast of alternative methods, designs and programming concepts which will keep the District and its campuses at the forefront of technological advancement while ensuring the proper alignment of technology initiatives with the District's mission, vision and goals.
  8. Deliver effective communications regarding technology projects and issues throughout the colleges and District.
  9. Develop and disseminate policies, procedures and standards related to information technology.
  10. Provide direction and input to college technology plans, operations and application needs; align IT objectives and programs to District objectives and strategies to ensure implementation of technology will occur in an integrated manner designed for academic and administrative functions.
  11. Develop the department's annual budget; forecast funds needed for the department's staff, equipment, materials and supplies; approve department expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate.
  12. Develop and maintain a business continuity/disaster recovery plans for information technology services.
  13. Represent the District in regional and statewide meetings related to information technology.
  14. Initiate partnerships to business and industry to enhance the acquisition, access and efficient use of technological resources.
  15. Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.



Knowledge of:

  1. Planning, organization and direction of Information Technology, Educational Technology, and Management Information Systems.
  2. Enterprise-wide applications, infrastructure, telecommunications, security, integration, system and database administration.
  3. Information technology and its application in higher education including both instructional and administrative systems.
  4. Prevailing and emerging information technologies including but not limited to products, vendors, best practices, implementation strategies and infrastructure options appropriate to the higher education environment.
  5. Principles, practices, and techniques of information systems management including applications design and hardware/software options for administrative and business-oriented applications.
  6. Principles and theories of network design, management, modern network standards, hardware and software.
  7. Evaluating, selecting, implementing and supporting instructional technology.
  8. Budget preparation and control; develop and manage operational and project budgets.
  9. LANs and WANs, networking and telecommunications techniques, including VOIP.
  10. Principles and practices of strategic planning, management, supervision and training.
  11. Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures related to technology.
  12. General knowledge of State and Federal codes, statutes and regulations that govern California Community College instructional and student learning programs.

Ability to:

  1. Plan, organize, control and direct; meet schedules and deadlines.
  2. Communicate effectively, with both the user community and department staff.
  3. Effectively supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.
  4. Interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  5. Provide strategic leadership and vision of  information technology in a multi-college, higher education environment.
  6. Develop and implement an effective IT governance model.
  7. Develop and manage operational and project budgets.
  8. Perform complex analysis and research, identify alternative solutions, forecast consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of the Department and District goals.
  9. Serve as the liaison across multiple constituencies to achieve strategic goals.
  10. Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships during the normal course of business.
  11. Foster a climate that encourages staff development.

 Education and Experience:

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Technology or related field.
  2. Five (5) years of increasingly responsible management experience directing an information technology department in a public or private sector environment.
  3. Or, a combination of education and experience that would provide the required equivalent qualifications.
  4. A sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

 Desirable Qualifications:

  1. A Master's degree from an accredited institution in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Technology, or related field.
  2. Working knowledge of state and federal codes, statues and regulations that govern California Community College instructional and student learning programs.
  3. Higher education experience, preferably in a California community college.
  4. Leadership experience specifically in support and integration of various packaged applications.
  5. Strong ability to work in a team with excellent customer service attitude and good verbal and written communication skills.
  6. Demonstrated successful experience in problem solving and analytical skills using complex enterprise systems.
  7. Excellent interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills.
  8. Administrative and leadership experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications software, (e.g., Oracle/Banner Human Resources, Financials, and Student Administration systems) or related systems.
  9. Experience managing large projects.
  10. Experience in managing employees covered by a collective bargaining union contract.
  11. Experience with mainframe and web-based technology.
  12. Website development and management experience.


Conditions of Employment

This is a regular, full-time, 12-month per year, classified management position. The normal hours of work will be 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with some flexibility required to meet the needs of the department. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor. 

  • Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.
  • The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910)
  • The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District's strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

All movement on the salary schedule will occur July 1 of each year for all classified management employees.


Additional Information

ATTENTION: Before applying, please be sure to review the Coast Colleges District Board Policy regarding Nepotism (BP 7310) to check if your application may be impacted. If you have any questions, please contact HR Recruitment at 714-438-4714 or 714-438-4716.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:  To be considered for this opportunity, you must submit a COMPLETE application packet. A complete application packet includes:

  1. A complete Coast Community College District Online Employment Application.
  2. A current resume (as a separate attachment - PDF recommended).
  3. A cover letter (as a separate attachment - PDF recommended).
  4. Answers to all supplemental questions (please provide clear and thorough responses as they will be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not paste your resume, or put "see resume" or "N/A").

Submission of all required application information and materials is the responsibility of the applicant.

Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Electronic applications may be completed by visiting www.cccd.edu/employment. Once you have completed an electronic application, you may apply to open positions within the Coast Community College District by submitting the application and all other required materials. Required materials differ for each open position and must be complete when submitted for a specific posting. Instructions for completing applications and applying to posted positions are available online or by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4714 or (714) 438-4716.

Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.
All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned. Any documents that you are unable to attach can be faxed to (714) 782-6065. Faxes must clearly indicate your name and the job to which you are applying.

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate "n/a" (not applicable). If you do not know an answer, please indicate so, but do not leave any space blank.

Disability Accommodations:
If you require accommodations in the Application or Examination Process, please notify Human Resources by calling (714) 438-4714 or (714) 438-4716.


  1. All online applications and required materials received by the deadline date will be screened to determine which applicant(s) meet(s) the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.
  2. Applicants who meet the required qualifications and who are also deemed to possess the highest degree of desirable qualifications will be invited to discuss their qualifications in an interview with the College/District. Therefore, it is required that applicants submit clear, detailed responses to all supplemental questions in order to demonstrate his/her qualifications as related to the position.
  3. If any travel is required for an applicant to participate in-person during the interview process, this will be done so at the candidate's own expense.


  1. Office environment.
  2. Occasional work performed alone.
  3. Constant work around and with other people.
  4. Dexterity of hands and fingers; grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard.
  5. Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
  6. Near and far vision in reading a variety of written materials and work related documents and to view a computer monitor.
  7. Standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping in the performance of daily activities.
  8. Sitting for extended periods of time.
  9. Ability to work extended hours.
  10. These requirements are governed by statutes covering reasonable accommodation for persons with qualified disabilities.

The Coast Community College District is a multi-college district that includes Coastline Community CollegeGolden West College, and Orange Coast College.  The three colleges offer programs in transfer, general education, occupational/technical education, community services and student support services.  Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than 60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificate programs. 
Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College District has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States.  Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays an important role in the community by responding to needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population.

Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.