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Chief Technology Officer


Virginia529 is the largest 529 plan in the nation and helps families save for higher education and disability expenses through a variety of investment programs.  As an independent state agency, we are focused on our mission to increase financial security and empowerment through accessible and affordable financial tools and programs.  We accomplish our mission by treating people with respect, embracing diverse perspectives, and recognizing the distinct talents and experiences of each person in order to serve our community.  If you want to make a difference with us, learn more about working for us by visiting our Careers page.

We are hiring a Chief Technology Officer who will lead technology strategy and initiatives for the agency.  If you have a passion for technology innovation, thrive on creating a seamless customer experience and are an approachable leader, then this role is for you.

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In this position, you will:

  • Lead the strategy and operations of information technology architecture, security, and application development by fostering a collaborative, mission-focused approach.
  • Promote a culture of information security across all lines of business.
  • Oversee strategic IT relationships with business leaders, outside vendors, government agencies, and partner organizations.
  • Develop customer-focused goals, objectives, performance metrics, and processes that drive modernization, create efficiencies, and deliver positive user experiences. 
  • Execute technology strategy by fostering team innovation, divisional collaboration, agile methodology, partnership with stakeholders, and effective resource allocation.
  • Lead the continuous delivery of IT services through excellence in meeting service level agreements, creating technology enhancements, and maintaining system performance.
  • Maintain a mission driven culture that encourages professional growth, creativity, and meaningful opportunities to accomplish goals.
  • Ensure quality assurance and data protection of technology assets and customer data.
  • Identify opportunities for new IT resources and recommend cost-effective solutions that enhance our mission and customer-focused outlook.
  • Oversee the IT disaster recovery plan including system redundancy and restoration.
  • Manage Technology incidents to include analysis, mitigation, and communication.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Business, Information Technology, or related field
  • Ten years of diversified Information Technology experience,  preferably with a combination of information security, software development, desktop support, server, and/or network support, and telecommunications; an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Ten years management and coaching experience in a professional environment
  • Ten years of experience in a leadership position developing and delivering technology strategy, processes, and resources
  • Proven success creating strategic plans, setting goals, meeting milestones, and delivering multiple large-scale projects through effective organization and management
  • Excellent communication skills sufficient to explain complex technological problems, handle sensitive and confidential situations, and deliver solutions to diverse audiences
  • Extensive industry knowledge with an eye towards the future trends to build strategy in the areas of software development, outsourcing, information security, project management, incident management, and business process improvement
  • Demonstrated acumen to partner with business leaders to understand and meet their technology needs
  • Ability to promote teamwork and collaboration between staff, peers, vendors, and customers
  • Demonstrated proficiency of using Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Salary and Benefits:

  • Generous healthcare benefits with multiple plans to choose from
  • Defined benefit and contribution retirement plans with cash match
  • 12+ holidays
  • PTO – new employees earn 25 days/full year
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Agency-paid continuing education
  • 529 match program
  • Relaxed work environment
  • Base salary for position ranges from $180,000 - $220,000 based on level of related experience

Work Environment

  • Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia529 employees are working remotely. Once the level of community transmission gets to a consistently safe level, this position will work in a typical office environment with considerable time in a sitting, stationary position.
  • Must be able to occasionally move about the office to retrieve files and documents
  • Constantly operate a computer and other office equipment including typing and keying
  • May occasionally lift up to 50 pounds unassisted
  • May occasionally work on hands and knees to install cables, wires, and computers
  • Travel required

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