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CIO for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (Senior Public Service Administrator, Opt 3)

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

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Date:  Mar 30, 2021

Springfield, IL, US, 62702

Job Requisition ID:  2085

Agency:  Department of Innovation and Technology 
Closing Date/Time:  04/30/2021 
Salary:  $51,540-$125,000/annually 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  Exempt under 4d(1), (2), (3), or (6) of the Personnel Code 000 

Agency Vacancy Number: 28723


The Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) is seeking a Chief Information Officer (CIO) to lead our team supporting the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The DoIT Team at IDNR is leading a transformation to modernize the way citizens interact with the State of Illinois agency responsible for the management and care of our natural resources. It is incumbent upon us to deliver an experience that is worthy of the great people of Illinois and its resources.  The Chief Information Officer should have in-depth knowledge of the current and up-and-coming trends in the IT field and be highly proficient in the discipline of software development, project management, and team development. To be successful you will need to be highly analytical, professional, communicate effectively, and possess excellent organizational skills. The selected candidate will apply data strategies, improve delivery, and continue to align with enterprise direction to ensure compliance across all systems and applications within the IDNR CIO’s purview. The candidate will have experience managing customer relationships, collaborating with architects, team leads, designers, product managers, quality control, documentation, and executive team members. We invite qualified candidates to join our professional IT team as we transform technology for the State of Illinois!


****************A RESUME IS REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB POSTING****************

Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. You may also submit a CMS-100 to DoIT.BidForms@illinois.gov. 

Job Responsibilities

25%  Serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Natural Resources (IDNR): 

  • Serves as principal policy formulating administrator for the management process for IDNR Information Technology (IT) services. 
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures for the long and short-term strategic goals of DoIT/IDNR. 
  • As CIO, brings current knowledge and future vision of leveraging information and technology in business model design, business capability performance re-engineering and product and service development. 
  • Ensures integration with the enterprise strategy and plans and IT capabilities are delivered reliably, sustainably, and securely. 
  • Provides strategic direction and oversight for the design, development, operation, and support of IT systems and programs that fulfill the needs of the business. 
  • Conducts complex analysis and reports findings and recommendations to the Natural & Cultural Resources Group CIO (GCIO) and senior management at IDNR. 
  • Consults with and advises GCIO and IDNR senior management on all matters of policy and procedures relating to the Department.
  • Interprets new legislation and administrative policies and procedures.

20%   As the Chief Information Officer for IDNR, develops technology vision, leadership and strategic directions for information technology (IT) that address the needs of the Agency: 

  • Oversees and approves all aspects of the Agency's IT infrastructure, architecture and networking requirements, applications programming, information system resources, enterprise IT projects and technical support staff.
  • Analyzes the computer and information needs of each Office from an operation and strategic perspective to determine immediate and long-range personnel and equipment requirements.
  • Ensures all IT applications align with enterprise directives and comply with IT Security and Accessibility edicts. 
  • Leads and directs the evolution and development of the IT infrastructure and staff within the Agency. 
  • Serves as Department’s information system liaison; Interacts with other agency information systems professionals and key non-data processing professionals within/without IDNR. 
  • Explains IDNR information systems and participates in conceptual planning of application of computerized techniques to addressing Departmental programs.  

15%   Manages the agency distributed transactional on-line boat/snowmobile registration/titling system:

  • Manages the agency distributed transactional on-line boat and snowmobile registration and titling system in cooperation with the State Police and the Office of Strategic Services. 
  • Directs the IT training, via the Change Management Section, of on-line operators in the Office of Strategic Services and assures proper processing procedures are implemented. 
  • Supervises the maintenance of, and modification to all Agency on-line computer systems to assure compliance with agency objectives and Federal and State guidelines. 

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15%  Serves as full line supervisor: 

  • Assigns and reviews work. 
  • Provides guidance and training to assigned staff. 
  • Counsels staff regarding work performance. 
  • Reassigns staff to meet day-to-day operating needs. 
  • Establishes annual goals and objectives. 
  • Approves time off. 
  • Adjusts first level grievances. 
  • Effectively recommends and imposes discipline, up to and including discharge. 
  • Prepares and signs performance evaluations. 
  • Determines and recommends staffing needs.

5%   Reviews all hardware and software acquisition and maintenance contracts: 

  • Maintains contact with IT suppliers. 
  • Maintains knowledge of current technology, equipment, prices and terms of agreements to minimize investment required to meet service levels. 
  • Evaluates alternatives, performs cost benefit analysis. 
  • Recommends solutions that maximize effectiveness and minimize costs commensurate with acceptable risks.

5%  Serves as Agency spokesperson: 

  • Serves as Agency spokesperson representing the DoIT Secretary and the GCIO through direct personal contact before Executive Agencies, boards and commissions, including a variety of Federal and State agencies as well as local units of government, often of a sensitive and confidential nature, including policy development for the Department. 
  • Possesses full authority to negotiate DoIT/IDNR agreements and independent authority to commit and reallocate resources to enhance efficiency and services provided by DoIT.

5%  Develops annual operating budget:

  • Develops, prepares, and submits an annual operating budget, possessing resource committal authority to reallocate funding and/or personnel, and monitors to assure operations are within established constraints. 
  • Monitors and implements all budget, fiscal, voucher and purchasing procedures for the Office.

5%  Keeps abreast of current and advancing Information Technology: 

  • Reviews and evaluates current literature reflecting advancements in Information Technology. 
  • Attends and participates in seminars, workshops, conferences, and other meetings to give and receive information related to current "state of the art.”
  • Researches and develops recommendations regarding acquisition of data and word processing equipment.
  • Supervises installation, start-up, and operation of all new equipment obtained by the Agency. 
  • Travels in performance of duties.

5%  Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Minimum Qualifications
1.  Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of (4) four years of college, preferably with course work in Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Computer Science or related field.
2.  Requires (4) years of progressively responsible Information Technology management and administrative work experience.


Preferred Qualifications (In Order of Significance)
1.    Experience managing state-of-the-art large-scale IT operations.
2.    Experience developing, implementing and interpreting departmental policies and procedures.
3.    Experience in effective enterprise-related planning and decision-making.
4.    Experience analyzing administrative programs and developing and implementing an effective course of action.
5.    Experience supervising professional Information Technology staff. 
6.    Experience interacting with and communicating in oral and written form with internal and external stakeholders.
7.    Experience building effective, responsive relationships with diverse user constituencies.
8.    Experience estimating and budgeting for future needs and costs of personnel, equipment, supplies and services.
9.    Experience building effective, responsive relationships with diverse user constituencies.
10.    Experience building a service-oriented culture among IT professionals.
11.    A Masters’ degree in management information systems or computer systems.

Employment Conditions

  1. Requires ability to work at various times outside of normal office hours to meet deadlines.
  2. Requires ability to travel.
  3. Requires a valid and current driver’s license.
  4. Requires the ability to successfully pass a nationwide fingerprint background check.
  5. Requires use of an agency-supplied mobile phone.

Work Hours:  8:30am-5:00pm; Monday-Friday 
Work Location: One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1813 

Although work is currently being performed remotely due to COVID-19, remote work status is subject to change.  The individual selected for this position may eventually be required to report to the physical work location, noted above, upon adequate prior notification.
Agency Contact: DoIT.BidForms@illinois.gov
Job Function: Administration/Management; Sciences and Natural Resources; Technology 


The Department of Innovation & Technology (DolT) is the state's IT agency delivering an enterprise approach to statewide technology, innovation and telecommunication services, as well as policy and standards development, lifecycle investment planning, and cybersecurity services. With over 1,500 employees, DolT delivers IT services and innovative solutions to customer agencies to improve services provided to Illinois residents, DolT offers employees the opportunity to advance their careers, develop new skills and reach their potential, both personally and professionally. DoIT is committed to promoting and preserving a workplace culture that embraces diversity and inclusion. We welcome and value employees with different backgrounds, life experiences and talents. It is the collective sum of our individual differences that provides a broad perspective, leading to greater innovation and achievement. In recruiting for our team, we recognize the unique contributions of each applicant regardless of culture, ethnicity, race, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, disability, and sexual orientation.

Nearest Major Market: Springfield