Chief information officer (CIO)

Watch over organisations’ IT and telecommunication systems.

As CIO or IT Director, you'll manage, organise and coordinate the development and maintenance of an organisations computer and telecommunication systems.

Duties and tasks

  • Analyse organisations ICT needs and appropriate budget to select effective ICT resources to install and implement, setting up user trainings for employees
  • Develop strategies, policies and plans for organisations information and communication technology activities and services
  • Develop, monitor and maintain computer and telecommunication services for organisations operations
  • Evaluate organisations technology requirements to meet work activities and objectives and indicate and implement appropriate technology and systems
  • Implement and arrange for ongoing ICT security systems and monitoring
  • Liaise with department managers to identify ICT requirements and assist users in operating them properly
  • Manage ICT operations, evaluating programs for efficiency and quality performance and ensuring maintenance on systems

Skills required

  • Strong management and coordination skills
  • Technical expertise
  • Analytical Skills
  • Coordination Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • ICT Technical Abilities
  • Leadership Abilities

Working conditions

Chief Information Officers typically work regular Monday to Friday hours, but may be required to work evenings or weekends to investigate and solve problems in organisations ICT network. They typically work in an indoor office setting with computer and database equipment.

Professional associations

Australian Computer Society
The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia

Related jobs and job titles

  • Information Technology Administrator
  • Information Technology Analyst
  • Information Technology Technician
  • Programmer
  • Security Manager
  • Systems Designer
  • Systems/Operations Manager
  • Technology Educator
  • Technology Manager

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