Vice President of Information Technology

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Children International
2000 East Red Bridge Road
Kansas City, MO 64131

Title: Vice President of Information Technology
Reports to: COO
About Children International

Children International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization working to eradicate poverty around the world. At CI, we believe that ending poverty starts with children. Without help, children in poverty become adults in poverty. Our vision is to bring people together to put an end to that through programs focused on health, education, empowerment through life skills and, ultimately, employment. Ours is a unique, long-term, customized approach that allows us to stay with our children for the first two decades of their lives. We’re in it for the long haul because we know that the 200,000 children we support in 10 countries around the world deserve a fighting chance.

Children International’s work is made possible by generous and caring sponsors, donors, corporations, more than 9,000 dedicated volunteers and approximately 1,600 employees. To ensure our programs give children the best possible chance of breaking the poverty cycle, we are elevating our practices for growing our people talent worldwide. That’s where you come in.

Position summary

This role will report to the COO and is responsible for delivering a full complement of technology services to support our global mission through engagement with the regional teams, the in-country IT managers and the global support team based in Kansas City. We are looking for a VP of Information Technology with technical expertise coupled with the ability to create and sustain a customer-service oriented culture for our global organization. This progressive leader will be responsible for all areas of IT operations leading teams that support infrastructure and operations, enterprise systems, application support and development, security strategy, technical support and innovation efforts.

We are looking for someone with a broad base of leadership experience that crosses several areas of IT. In addition, we are looking for someone with a history of success in partnering across the organization. This leader will need to collaborate with our programs, overseas operations and fundraising organizations to ensure successful integration of technical solutions and work processes to deliver on our priorities.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic and technical direction through leadership of the information technology teams responsible for providing network services, enterprise services, project management and technology support services globally.
  • Facilitate collaboration between IT and stakeholders to ensure the information systems are fully aligned with and truly enable our organizational goals.
  • Lead IT strategic and operational planning to achieve our transformational goals by fostering innovation and collaboration within the IT team. Coordinate the evaluation, development and deployment of future IT systems and the integration with legacy systems. Ensure cost effective investments in IT systems through internal and sourced development.
  • Identify, consolidate and integrate new technologies. Oversee research and evaluation of hardware and software for compatibility, serviceability, design and performance. Implement local and global solutions as appropriate for the business process.
  • Ensure systems delivery and performance meet requirements of cost, schedule, budget, scalability and agility.
  • Develop and implement appropriate IT governance processes to ensure effective use of resources, integrity in data and processes. Define and communicate plans, policies and standards for the organization for acquiring, implementing and operating IT systems.
  • Create and maintain the annual operating and capital budgets for IT operations consistent with organization strategies, IT modernization roadmaps, and established financial guidelines.
  • Manage, oversee and assure the ongoing assessment of constituent security, data protection and identity management in accordance with industry best practices.
  • Responsible for the data privacy, data management, and cybersecurity including but not limited to PCI, GDPR, NIST, global health and other personal data.
  • Partner with our overseas operations around the world to ensure systems, data and security compliance in all of the countries in which we operate.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
  • An undergraduate degree is required, with an advanced degree preferred in Information Technology, Business Administration or a related field with evidence of substantial relevant knowledge.
  • A minimum of 10 years IT management experience. Demonstrated experience in managing multiple business functions within a global organization is desired.
  • Experience leading system transformations onto an integrated CRM platform.
  • Led and managed enterprise architecture.
  • Led and managed cloud migration strategies.
  • Substantial exposure to data governance, hardware platforms, enterprise applications and outsourced systems, especially in a Microsoft environment.
  • Proven experience in IT planning, organization and staff development.
  • Experience with global partners and international locations relating to IT services, support and development preferred.
  • Experience managing hybrid cloud solutions and the associated data and security issues.
PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS & QUALIFICATIONS
  • Excellent interpersonal, relational and communication skills with a history of collaboration across functions.
  • Vendor management and negotiation experience.
  • Effective team building, coaching and talent development skills.
  • Well-rounded and entrepreneurial business leader.
  • Tremendously results-oriented with demonstrated ability to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities with keen attention to detail.
  • Embraces and fosters a positive outlook toward change. Exemplifies a growth mindset.
  • Exhibits the highest standards of honesty and integrity reflective of a senior leader within an outstanding organization.
  • Must possess a passion for children and youth and be committed to making a difference in the world.
  • Spanish language a plus.

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