Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Assistant Director of IT (#20004390)

General Statement

Under direction, assists in the management of the Information Technology Department.  Directs the preparation and administration of the departmental budget, and oversees the computer security function.  Develops plans and objectives with respect to departmental and District-wide information technology issues.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Assigns, supervises, and reviews work of subordinates. Recommends hiring, transfer, suspension, layoff, recall, promotion, and discharge.
  • Assists the Director in the management and administration of the Information Technology Department.
  • Manages the development and administration of the computer security function.  Oversees development and maintenance of the disaster recovery plan and compliance with software licensing terms and copyrights. 
  • Manages the development and administration of the departmental budget
  • Develops short- and long-term plans and objectives in coordination with the Information Technology Manager

Other Job Functions

  • Conducts special studies as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

Typical office environment.  May use standard office equipment and computer terminals.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of the role of information technology as applied to engineering, scientific and administrative issues and problems.
  • Extensive knowledge of computer security, application software, telecommunications software, proprietary programming products and data base management systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of the programming languages in current use by the District.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of office management and administrative organization. 
  • Thorough knowledge of the operating characteristics, adaptabilities and limitations of the computers in use by the District.
  • Thorough knowledge of recent developments, current literature and sources of information in information technology.
  • Ability to analyze complex information technology problems and issues and to recommend effective short and long-term solutions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinate staff members.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university majoring in computer science, public or business administration, mathematics, or engineering. Eight years of professional experience in information technology, of which three years must have been in an administrative capacity, including supervision of professional information technology staff.


Graduate study in computer science may be substituted for the non-specialized experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years.  Additional professional experience in information technology may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years.

Promotional Requirement

  • None

CLASS: 20004390; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 1/1/2019;