County of Alameda

Chief Information Officer (#1849)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Senior Executive Mgmt (071)
$86.84-$116.41 Hourly / $6,947.20-$9,312.80 BiWeekly /
$15,052.27-$20,177.73 Monthly / $180,627.20-$242,132.80 Yearly


Under the general direction of the Board of Supervisors, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) serves as the Executive officer for the department. The CIO’s responsibilities are to direct and administer the activities of the Information Technology Department:  assist County departments and agencies in meeting their program responsibilities and, in conjunction with the County Administrator's Office, provide the management control necessary to guarantee the most effective use of information technology resources County-wide.    


This is the highest level class in the information systems series in the County service. It is a one-position department head classification, appointed by the Board of Supervisors.  Reporting directly to the CIO, are Assistant Directors and a Chief Technology Officer who have responsibility for providing the overall coordination and direction for Application Services and Infrastructure Services, as well as Finance and Human Resources.  


NOTE:   The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.  

1.  Monitors the performance of all centralized information technology systems to assure maximum cost effectiveness.

2.  Maintains regular contact with County department heads and serves as a technical resource to them as well as to the Board of Supervisors, County Administrator, and appropriate public entities.

3.  Directs, through subordinates, preparation of the annual budget for the department, and administers the resources to develop operate, maintain and modify existing centralized information technology systems.

4.  Prepares presentations for the Board of Supervisors when necessary.

5.  Oversees the recruitment, selection, evaluation and retention of department personnel.

6.  Provides, through subordinates, technical assistance to departments with decentralized or distributed systems and provides for project management of development activities for departments and agencies within the County, except where specifically exempted by the Board of Supervisors.     EXAMPLE OF DUTIES (Continued)    

7.  Through attendance at professional organizations, conferences and seminars, stays abreast of developments and future trends in technology.

8.  In conjunction with the County Purchasing Agent, provides for the acquisition of hardware, software, contracts, resources, and related services necessary to support the requirements of the County of Alameda.

9.  Prepare and update the Information Technology strategic plan for Alameda County.


Possession of the knowledge and abilities listed below.  

NOTE:  The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE:   The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.  

Knowledge of:  

·  Technology concepts including Infrastructure and Cloud Services, Application Development, Radio and Telephony Services, Web/Mobile Technologies, Network, Project/Portfolio Management, Open Data, Digital Services, Citizen Engagement and Strategic Planning.

·  Principles and techniques of management and administration of technical personnel.

·  Modern hardware and software technology from a systems management perspective.

·  Developments and trends in technology.

·  Principles and methods of project management for information systems development.

·  Finance and accounting as it relates to funding and billing for information services.  

Ability to:  

·  Manage a large, complex organization and coordinate activities with other departments.

·  Provide overall direction to a 24-hour-per-day-7-day-per-week computer installation such that uninterrupted, on-time service to end-users is maximized at a reasonable cost. 

·  Work effectively in County government.

·  Communicate in an articulate and dynamic manner.

·  Create and foster a service philosophy and inspire the same in others.


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Revised 7/80


DF:rf 9/12/2018


AM:jf Revised/Retitled 3/26/18

Old Title: Director, Information Technology Department

CSC Date: 4/25/18


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.