Job Details

Requisition Number 17-0033
Title Vice President, Information Technology
Job Type Full Time Regular
Union Unaffiliated
Location Denny
City Seattle
Work Schedule Varies, Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Description

Overview:

The Seattle Times is an integral part of Seattle, one of America’s most vibrant, innovative and livable cities. The Times is one of the last independent metro news, advertising and information companies in the country. It is in its 120th year of continuous family stewardship. It is our family tradition to always be focused on the future and sustainability for future family and community generations. Consistent with our forward-looking vision, we are aggressively transforming into a digital-first, print, digital and social media business and journalistic model.

Driven by the quality of our content and guaranteed 5:30 a.m. home delivery, The Times has become the second largest newspaper on the West Coast. And the largest news and advertising web site and digital operation in the Pacific Northwest.

We are known for impact journalism (three Pulitzer Prizes since 2010), innovative funding of public service journalism and unique multi-product partnerships. Our unique partnership packages combine print, web, digital extension, events and institutional digital subscriptions, among other products and services.

General Summary of Responsibilities:

This position works with the Publisher and the Office of the Publisher executive team to develop and execute the information technology strategies, operations and financial goals.

The VP of IT provides strategic direction and has overall responsibility for the planning, advancement, delivery, and operation of all systems, applications, and technology. This leader reports to the Publisher, and will manage the entire IT department of approximately 50 people. The primary areas of responsibility include Infrastructure & Operations, Software Engineering and Enterprise Applications.

Primary Functions & Duties: 

  • Working with the Office of the Publisher to maximize all advertising and partnership revenue and enhance profitability. 
  • Manage and develop a strong IT management team. 
  • Ensure peak performance and professional development. Maximize synergies between sub-departments for optimum performance of each. 
  • Work closely with News, Circulation, Advertising, Product, and Marketing in developing new technology products and features for our readers and solutions for our employees.
  • Refine and execute on the technology roadmap, ensuring the delivery of planned solutions in a simplified and supportable environment. Build strong architecture, planning, portfolio, project, solution delivery and operational management practices and processes.
  • Manage the department budget to ensure maximum returns on technology resources and the balanced utilization of in-house and sourced IT services.
  • Coordinate with the business leadership team to confirm and prioritize the portfolio of IT work and services ensuring that IT is poised to deliver on its most critical initiatives and operations.
  • Develop, retain, & recruit staff with the right technical, functional and personal abilities to achieve the Information technology goals and initiatives.
Requirements

Key Qualifications:

Results-oriented; pragmatic; high level of vision/aspiration/passion/initiative; self-starter/team player; ability to work with diverse newspaper company community.

Proven ability to lead and coordinate cross-functional efforts and deliver successful outcomes.

Proven business relationship management and change management expertise.

IT leadership in environments with digital publishing technologies &digital products/assets a plus.

Strong IT teambuilding and organizational development experience.

Job Specifications:

Education: College degree required.

Experience: Minimum 5-10 years previous IT management experience with at least three years in a top-level position. Newspaper or media experience desirable, but not necessary.

Skill & Abilities: Demonstrated leadership, proven project management skills and oversight, solid strategic and analytical abilities are essential. Strong communication skills, judgment, and personal accountability are all essential. Requires experience with target audience marketing and audience demographics. Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others, at all levels, inside and outside the organization.

Supervision received: Minimal supervision. General, high level guidelines and expectations provided. Individual is expected to work independently, within company guidelines, to achieve goals established.

Pressure of work: Constant high level pressure to achieve IT goals.

Provisions: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work expected of individual in this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

Technology Experience:

It is desirable to have the following and/or similar application and technology stack management experience, with past hands-on background:

Business Applications – Salesforce (CRM, Customer Service, Subscriber billing, Advertising sales, etc.), Office 365 and SharePoint, Great Plains, CMS (Methode).

Infrastructure – AWS S3, Dell servers, Checkpoint Firewall, Windows and Apple desktops, Skype-based phone system and messaging.

Software Engineering - Microsoft development stack (business applications), LAMP development stack (digital product and solutions), Salesforce (cloud business applications), Wordpress, CSS, iOS and Android mobile application development.

Digital Offerings for Readers/Subscribers – seattletimes.com website and paywall, online subscriptions, mobile applications, Google Analytics, Double Click for Publishers, digital photo/video storage and serving.

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