The Ideal Candidate
Executive success in the City culture is defined by an ability to sustain work that delivers on the City’s values: Quality and Excellent Customer Service; Empowerment and Accountability; Collaboration and Communication; Racial Equity; Community and Employee Engagement; and Championing Our Employees. To produce those outcomes, the next CIO must have exceptional political awareness and professionalism; understanding that Directors are representatives of the City Manager; a history of skillful budget management and stewardship; consistent policy adherence; a record of success and support of others; and effective focus and prioritization in coordination and facilitation with peers and partners.
The City of San José seeks experienced and passionate executive candidates who…
- Are fantastic articulators of and believers in the City’s vision, and a credible communicator within the City organization, with Mayor/Council, and with the public.
- Have proven ability to manage the strategic, tactical, and day-to-day needs of a complex organization.
- Are proven leaders with a passion for working in a fast-paced, high profile, and progressive environment.
- Define their leadership style in collaboration and integrity of the highest levels.
- Demonstrate a record of mentoring and developing a strong team.
- Exhibit proven resourcefulness and creativity in resource-constrained environments.
- Organize teams and resources toward meeting objectives that support organizational goals.
- Anticipate problems and proactively prevent and resolve challenges.
- Willingly assume responsibilities for outcomes, taking on initiatives as needed by the organization.
- Develop deep trust by communicating honestly, collaborating, and delivering equitable outcomes with all levels of the organization and with stakeholders in the community.
- Provide leadership, appreciation, and advocacy for innovation and technology to enhance organizational effectiveness to ensure the City is serving the community.
- Consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion, including the use of equity tools in the deployment of technology resources.
- Engage diverse teams and communities in a culturally competent manner.
- Act on the professional and political concerns of staff in a politically astute and capable manner, including regular interaction with the Mayor and Councilmembers.
- Build confidence and trust in the IT Department, nourishing and fostering relationships with other City departments, and with the community and key stakeholders.