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:: Chief Information Officer ::

Information Technology

Position Code:
30022363 - Chief Information Officer

Work Hours:
1.0, 52 wks

Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled

Position Description:


Under executive supervision, provides vision and leadership in the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of information technology initiatives; directs and manages the functions of the District’s Information Technology efforts and infrastructure to ensure that district data, information, and technology is planned, implemented and maintained to support and enhance business operations and student instruction.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS --Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Oversees and provides expertise to a multi-layered governance process for the management and optimization of the district’s data and technology based on the district’s instructional and business process needs.  This process will result in the establishment and maintenance of a multi-year strategic plan and resourcing strategy for the use of all district technology and information assets that are aligned with the district’s strategic goals and priorities.
  • Establishes and directs a staff of skilled employees to support the district’s data and technology in alignment with the information and technology strategic plans.
  • Oversees major district data and technology projects in alignment with the district’s data and technology strategic plans and in pursuit of achieving an information and technology ideal-state for the district.
  • Directs technology operations for business and educational processes including server operations, application development and support, database development and support, workstation and network support services, development and support of the wide-area network, a technology help-desk function, and mobile telecommunication devices.
  • Oversees district technology purchases and manage expenditures for technology hardware, software, and services in alignment with the district information and technology plan.
  • Directs the implementation, continuous improvement of, and ongoing compliance with technology architecture and data standards for the district.
  • Ensures good relationships with vendors, public agencies, local business leaders, and other districts.
  • Maintains a training program to keep district staff trained and capable of maintaining selected technology and data.
  • Serves as primary advisor to MPS on IT systems and services; provides leadership, direction and guidance in systems development and technical strategies; recommends methods to improve overall management, development and deployment of computer technology.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment 
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis
  • At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Master’s Degree in Information Technology, Educational Technology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Public Administration or a closely related field; AND seven (7) years of professional experience managing information services operations; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of public sector administrative management, including accounting, budgeting, purchasing, contract management, customer service and employee supervision.
  • Techniques and practices for efficient and cost effective management of resources.
  • Systems development methodologies and their application in a large public agency setting.
  • Operational characteristics, capabilities and limitations of various hardware, software and network equipment and systems; voice/data network and transmission technology; Enterprise software applications and operating systems including ERP, Student Information, and security systems.
  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation, and the management of employees through multiple levels of supervision.
  • Principles and practices of developing teams, motivating employees and managing in a team environment.
  • Applicable laws, codes and regulations; FCC guidelines, rules, and regulations governing telecommunications operations.
  • Effective techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals, at all levels of responsibility, in person and over the telephone.
  • Classroom/instructional hardware and software solutions including principles and practices of instructional technology and technology integration.
  • Administration and maintenance principles of multiple network operating domains, network topologies and protocols.

Skill in:

  • Planning, organizing and administering a comprehensive information systems and technology management program.
  • Administering programs, projects and staff through subordinate supervision; training others in policies and procedures related to the work; developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards.
  • Developing effective work teams and motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide customer services in the most cost effective and efficient manner.
  • Interpreting, applying and explaining complex federal, state and local laws related to the areas of responsibility.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials; Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within general policy guidelines; using tact, discretion and prudence in dealing with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Analyzing technology and information issues, evaluating alternatives, and making logical recommendations based on findings; ability to keep abreast of fast moving technology and business intelligence.
  • Working independently in a technical environment with interlinked and changing priorities.
  • Negotiation with vendors, contractors and others.
  • Analyzing problems, resolving disputes and grievances, and recommending effective solutions.
  • Developing and administering IT plans, policies, and procedures.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.


Knowledge of:

  • MPS organization, operations, policies and procedures.


A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required.


Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage. 

SALARY: CLT $127,855 - $150,417 - $172,980


All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on Careers).In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply.Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.


Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • On-Line Application

Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.



Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.


The Minneapolis Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action School District