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The Florida Legislature
Office of Legislative Information Technology Services

Job Title

Chief Information Officer

General Summary

The Florida State Legislature is seeking a qualified individual to direct the Office of Legislative Information Technology Services (OLITS), a mid-sized information technology organization that supports a variety of technology needs for the legislative units that report jointly to the Senate and House of Representatives or are housed administratively under the legislative branch. The position is located in Tallahassee, Florida.
The OLITS CIO is responsible for the management of the Legislature’s Data Center, Applications, Project Management, Network, Information Security, Systems Administration and Customer Support units.  The individual in this position will partner with Senate and House of Representative leadership to identify a technology vision and direction for the Office.   The CIO plans, organizes, and directs the implementation of administrative, fiscal, personnel, and technology activities for the organization. Duties include formulating and recommending policies, procedures, and strategic planning; conducting assignments of a specialized or technical nature; and providing cost-effective information technology services and solutions as required.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Serves as the Chief Information Officer for the Office of Legislative Information Technology Services (OLITS).
  • Fosters a culture of innovation, transparency and accountability by driving strategic direction, while working together with legislative leadership to establish a forward thinking vision.
  • Leads in the development of technology architecture, infrastructure planning, engineering, and deployment.
  • Provides leadership in planning and managing the provision of IT products and services.  
  • Integrates IT systems and services across the legislative landscape.
  • Oversees the planning and delivery of IT operations and product support, system and database administration, network operations, information security, PC/Desktop support, and customer services.  
  • Identifies and implements best practices for optimizing infrastructure and operations costs, improving system performance, and ensuring service-level requirements are met.
  • Promotes a “customer service” mentality at all levels of the organization.
  • Directs the strategic and tactical goals, policies, and procedures for OLITS.
  • Ensures appropriate allocation of resources for the office.
  • Performs budget analysis and produces budget recommendations.
  • Develops and maintains a plan that provides for the succession of critical resources to maintain the continuity of services.
  • Establishes key performance metrics (KPIs) for measuring and managing organizational effectiveness.
  • Establishes appropriate service levels and processes to ensure KPIs are met.
  • Consults with customer entities and organizations to gather information and determine requirements for business process transformation, including the implementation of modern, comprehensive management information systems.
  • Reviews operations with the presiding officers’ designees to identify problem areas, opportunities for business process transformation, specific information requirements, and to discuss findings and propose solutions.
  • Leads the administrative and technical work of project teams in systems planning, information needs assessments, systems analysis, and reviewing approaches and methods to assess effectiveness in meeting management objectives.
  • Prepares or reviews written and oral communication as initiated in response to inquiries.
  • Manages the selection, development, performance and retention of OLITS employees.
  • Directs the development of technical documentation to ensure implementation, operation, and management of information systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision and management.
  • Knowledge of server-side technologies such as Microsoft Windows Server, Exchange, Active Directory, etc.
  • Broad knowledge of current and emerging technologies and their strategic application to business needs.
  • Experience in, the concepts, disciplines, and technologies associated with leading the operations of a data center, relational database management systems, and open source platforms.
  • Knowledge of LAN and WAN technologies.
  • Experience with infrastructure planning and operations, design, and deployment, as well as system life cycle management.
  • Knowledge leading an organization in agile development methodologies.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of computer programming and systems design.
  • Knowledge of the budgetary process and fiscal control procedures.
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity concepts, operations, and cybersecurity tools. 
  • Ability to cost effectively manage budget.
  • Ability to lead people and prioritize workload.
  • Ability to think logically, solve problems and work independently.
  • Ability to evaluate and resolve customer problems.
  • Ability to direct feasibility and cost-analysis studies.
  • Ability to do short- and long-range program project planning.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct program activities.
  • Ability to evaluate results and develop alternative strategies.
  • Ability to communicate technical information verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to conduct meetings and to make presentations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to understand and apply rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in computer science, management information systems, business administration, or related field and ten years of progressively responsible information systems experience, four years of which have been in a managerial or supervisor capacity. 
Progressively responsible information systems experience can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education, or any combination of progressively responsible experience and post-secondary training in disciplines as described above totaling ten years.


Commensurate with experience.
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Application Deadline

Open until filled

Submission of Application

Qualified applicants should send a completed legislative application and detailed resume to:
Office of Legislative Services
Human Resources Office
111 W. Madison Street, Room 701
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1400

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.