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The Arizona Department of Education's mission is to advance equity and excellence for all students by serving school leaders, educators and staff, collaborating with communities, and leading with data-driven best practices. Our vision is equity for all students to achieve their full potential!

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Information Technology Division

Job Location:

Address:  Phoenix

Posting Details:

Salary: $150,000-$160,000 

Grade: 01

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

The Chief Information Officer reports to the Deputy Chief of Staff and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, along with all Chief of Staff led Associate Superintendents, plus regular engagement with the Superintendent. Provides vision and leadership for developing and implementing all Arizona Department of Education information technology initiatives. Directs the planning and implementation of organizational short and long-term information technology strategic plans. Works collaboratively with multiple constituent groups to build shared ownership of information technology service across the organization. Provides operational oversight for all hardware, software, and connectivity dedicated to the support of the department.

Job Duties:

ngage as Information Technology (IT) Champion with the external community at Superintendent, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), IT, and partner levels to convey the focus areas and successes of the recently established Office of Digital Teaching and Learning
• Lead IT strategic and operational planning to achieve business goals by fostering innovation, prioritizing IT initiatives, and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future IT systems across the organization
• Evaluate and provide guidance on IT and hardware and software evaluation and acquisitions, IT services, cloud-based solutions, mobility, open data portals, cybersecurity, disaster recovery, and other present and emerging dimensions of IT solutions and services
• Develop and implement short- and long-range strategic plans for technology to position the organization to take advantage of and financially plan for emerging technologies
• Promote the use of technology as a means for improved productivity and improved customer service
• Accomplish objectives through innovative management techniques and through the understanding of organizational issues, listening and communicating ideas, planning, setting, and meeting customer service levels
• Provide leadership and work closely with the IT personnel so they can meet their performance goals and plans by taking personal responsibility for overall team results
• Develop and manage the IT staff including hiring, education, training, and performance management
• Prepare and manage the agency-wide IT budget; identify technical needs; research technical specifications; devise solutions
• Effectively manage vendors and suppliers
• Prioritize timely communication to address the unexpected for all internal, external, and operational IT commitments
• Implement business continuity and disaster recovery plans
• Train, mentor and invest in staff; oversee and direct daily work activities; conduct regular one-on-one meetings; provide coaching, mentoring and discipline as necessary; administer performance evaluations
• Local and in-state travel is required (with occasional out-of-state travel as needed)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Ideal candidate is an effective leader and communicator who possesses broad experience with a background in high level technical information technology
• Communicates well with agency and IT leadership while fostering a collaborative and inclusive culture across multiple levels of the organization
• Sets and monitors long-term goals and keeps abreast of changing technologies
• Proactive in objective strategy discussions while setting realistic expectations for stakeholders
• Ensures the organization enhances and maintains its IT reliability and security to minimize operational downtime
• Inspires staff to continue to build their skill and craft in IT while keeping ahead of the curve for the future challenges
• Develops and fosters a team-based operational and collaborative environment for IT staff that ultimately facilitates trust and confidence
• Provides inspirational leadership in driving change while balancing technical practicality and agency goals
• Has insight into information on people, processes, and corporate culture throughout the agency and understands the importance of political navigation by thinking ahead of events and personalities
• Develops a strategic workforce model that distinguishes between agency stakeholder, IT employee, contractor, and vendor partner services that are tied to the right skills and competencies to optimize the economics and importance of corporate legacy knowhow and experience
• Ability to help align priority and technology to continue evolution from an agency program orientation to an enterprise orientation, one which data is an enterprise asset

Selective Preference(s):

Preference will be given to those applicants with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, or Management Information Systems from an accredited college or university and five years of increasingly responsible managerial experience in information technology system planning and development, database design, system architecture, customer technical support, network operating systems and administration.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
• Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.


ADE’s comprehensive benefits package includes:

• Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
• Tuition reimbursement program available for education/professional development advancement
• Hybrid schedule (combination of telework and in-office) may be available for some job roles
• Top ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
• Deferred compensation plan
• Accrued sick leave and vacation leave
• Ten paid holidays per year
• Wellness plans

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


You will be required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) upon your 27th week of employment, subject to waiting period. On or shortly after, your first day of employment you will be provided with enrollment instructions and effective date.

Contact Us:

The Arizona Department of Education is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADE Human Resources office at (602) 542-3186 or via e-mail at HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.