UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF KANSAS
Position Title: Director of Information Technology – Vacancy #A21 – 02
Location: Wichita, Topeka, or Kansas City, Kansas
Closes: Open until filled
Salary Range: CL 29/30 ($73,693 – $143,010) * Based on experience and qualifications. Position has promotional potential without further competition
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we value diversity in our workforce.
The Director of Information Technology is a management position reporting directly to the Director of Consolidated Administrative Services and is responsible for overseeing, managing and securing automated systems within the court, including operation, coordination, and integration of all Judiciary and local applications. This position manages a technical staff of approximately 10 individuals who provide direct end-user support for judges, judicial staff, and employees of the Clerk’s Office and Probation & Pretrial Services Office. The ideal candidate should possess excellent management skills and be well versed in all aspects of information technology (networks, end user support, development, etc.). They oversee, maintain and ensure the delivery of help desk and troubleshooting support in all areas of information technology, including new emerging technologies.
The Director of Information Technology ensures compliance with the appropriate guidelines, policies, and approved internal controls. The incumbent is responsible for implementing local security policies, processes, and technologies that are consistent with the national information security program.
The Director of Information Technology must possess excellent leadership skills, an exceptional customer service attitude, strong analytical skills and excellent communication skills, both oral and written. They must exhibit professionalism, innovation, and vision when directing the planning, coordination and integration of all technology functions. Knowledge of project management processes, methods and techniques are essential, as is the ability to follow through on projects and meet established goals and deadlines.
The representative duties are intended to provide generalized examples of major duties and responsibilities that are performed by this position and do not reflect all duties assigned.
- Oversee the daily department operations including analyzing workflow, establishing priorities and setting deadlines. Manage, develop and mentor staff by establishing standards, assigning and reviewing work, conducting staff meetings and regularly communicating relevant information to staff and evaluating performance.
- Responsible for policy development, end-user training, operational maintenance and support, and research and development of IT solutions.
- Maintain oversight of web development and management.
- Manage remote and mobile information systems. Maintain oversight of the Court’s automation equipment inventory.
- Evaluate the Court’s technology use and needs. Develop and implement both short and long-term automation improvement plans that anticipate future requirements and problems.
- Establish protocol and ensure compliance for documentation of systems and applications.
- Oversee the Court’s IT security posture to prevent network intrusion and enhance protection.
- Oversee the creation and maintenance of the Court’s IT security policies and procedures. Establish mechanisms to promote awareness and adoption of security best practices.
- Manage the IT portion of emergency preparedness plans.
- Plan and manage IT budgets, expenditures, and property and equipment procurement in consultation with the Director of Administrative Services, Clerk of Court and Chief Probation Officer.
- Maintain relationships and regularly meet with judges, court unit executives, and vendors to determine IT needs and provide recommendations.
- Regular travel to divisional offices and occasional national travel for training and special projects.
General Experience: Must possess either a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field from an accredited college or university or demonstrate equivalent advanced knowledge of IT principles through IT certifications. The candidate must possess a minimum of five years of progressively responsible information technology experience designing, implementing, or maintaining computer systems. This experience should include completion of computer project assignments involving systems analysis, computer programming, systems integrations, automation systems security, and information technology project management. The successful candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with constituents from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds.
Specialized Experience: The candidate must possess three years of specialized experience that includes progressively responsible administrative, technical, professional, supervisory, or managerial responsibility that provided the candidate an opportunity to gain skill in developing the interpersonal work relationships necessary to lead a team of employees and exercise mature judgment. At least one year of this experience must be equivalent to work at the CL 28 if appointed at the CL 29 level. If appointed at the CL 30, at least one year of this experience must be equivalent to work at the CL 29 level.
- Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Public, Business, Judicial Administration, or related field from an accredited college or university is preferred.
- Possess working knowledge and experience with Red Hat Linux and Informix.
- Experience working with Perl, Java, PHP, Next Generation and Legacy CM/ECF, LAMP Stack, HTML, Web Services, SharePoint, and Microsoft suite of applications.
- Understand and implement hardware and software, office automation, database design, and data communications.
- Advanced knowledge of networking, operating systems, servers, and thorough knowledge of LAN/WAN internetworking technologies.
- Proficiency with tools concerning database management, internet/intranet applications and development, and website design.
- Knowledge of software testing methods, practices, and preventative maintenance activities.
- Cybersecurity knowledge and experience
- Extensive project management experience.
This is a full-time position which is eligible for the Federal Judiciary’s comprehensive benefits package which includes ten paid federal holidays, annual and sick leave, health and life insurance, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, matching, tax-deferred and/or Roth Thrift Savings Plan, flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care and long-term care insurance.
To apply for this position, please submit the following items combined into a single, pdf document:
1) a cover letter,
2) a resume, and
- Complete applications should be submitted by email to: HR@ksd.uscourts.gov
- The Application for Employment form is available on the Court’s website under the Forms/Employment tabs. Please note that there are separate forms for PC and Mac users. Please save the form to your computer before filling it out. If filled out in the browser, information will be lost.
- PLEASE NOTE: The subject line of the e-mail must include both the position title (Director of IT) and the position number (A21-02).
*** THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER ***
The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement or to withdraw the job announcement, any of which actions may occur without any prior written notice. This position is subject to mandatory, cyclical, favorable background checks, including credit and criminal history. The U.S. Courts require employees to adhere to a Code of Ethics and Conduct. Due to the volume of applications received, the Court may only communicate to those individuals who will be interviewed for open positions. Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work for the United States Government.