The Vision Council, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry, and acts as the representative for vision care products and services. Our culture is represented through the Council’s five core values: teamwork, integrity, balance, drive and excellence. These values foster a culture of success, and hold each person to the highest standard of personal and professional integrity. Our values are the foundation of our mission to position our members to be successful in a competitive marketplace through education, advocacy, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums.
We are currently seeking a Director of Information Technology to join our team. The primary function of this position will be implementing and maintaining a stable in-house/cloud hybrid network to meet The Vision Council’s business and member needs. Additional responsibilities will include generation and maintenance of the technology budget; modification and enhancement of the network environment; implementation and oversight of web site initiatives; and ecommerce strategy. The ideal candidate will possess strong customer service skills; dedication to delivering an excellent user experience; and will work proactively to anticipate the technological needs of the organization.
Work with our MSP and its support staff to achieve the following:
Develop/implement annually a 3-year technology plan and manage implementation of same
Develop and administer annual technology and training budget
Responsible for design, implementation and maintenance of network infrastructures including monitoring server systems, Hyper-V Virtual hosts, Hyper-V Virtual servers.
Document and maintain network documentation and information on hardware and software warranties and processes.
Provide planning and support for network/system upgrades to meet emerging technology and business and member needs
Ensure that network systems are secure from internal and external security threats including configuration of Sonicwall firewall and file permissions structures
Network address registrars, DNS, and domain information.
Oversee configuration of new equipment, setup and removal of users from system
Annually review performance of network support vendor, internet provider and other technology vendors to develop budgets and award contracts
Ensure functionality of remote login systems including VPN & Outlook Web Access
Office 365 and Sharepoint cloud administration
Manage and ensure that network is protected from viruses
Manage and ensure Websites are protected from viruses
Manage computer equipment leases and maintain inventory and location records
Ensure integrity of network back-up systems
Develop and maintain in conjunction with Dataprise (MSP) and senior management team a Disaster Plan
Serve as a proactive resource to all staff on in-house computer programs and equipment
Primary liaison for all technology and data related vendors.
Assist on other projects as needed
Manage Shoretel Sky phone network
Web Site Services
Oversee overall web strategy including e-commerce, content and services offered to members, eyecare professionals and consumers in conjunction with other department heads
Oversee development of dynamic content from in-house association management database (iMIS) to various web sites including e-commerce capabilities
Manage hosting services for web site and recommend strategy (in-house hosting or outside vendors)
Implement security protocols to ensure that website data is not compromised.
Oversee Database Specialist projects including database information update schedules, database checks, input of new information, features and services
Oversee Database Administrator work in maintaining database integrity, programming and publishing information from database to website.
Bachelor’s Degree Required, MBA a plus.
5-10 years of information technology related management experience
Experience with developing and managing IT capital and operating budgets aligned with budget directives.
Prior management experience with direct reports, direction-setting and coaching.
Knowledge of security standards, security architectures, risk assessment and management, business continuity planning and disaster recovery planning.
MCSE, ASP, Cloud Computing, and iMIS experience desirable.
Previous management of web site services and strategies.
This position requires a self-motivated individual who is calm under pressure, organized, efficient, requires minimal supervision, is a team player and builder, and a good verbal and written communicator at all levels. The candidate will have a strong sense of customer service and works to ensure that the staff and members receive a positive interaction. This person will have the ability to differentiate and manage key issues, to plan and organize work, allocate priorities and manage time.
The incumbent may be required to work unusual hours. Consistent attendance required.
The Vision Council offers:
Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance
Flexible spending Account
Group life insurance
Short-term disability coverage
Long-term disability coverage
15 days of paid leave per year
11 paid holidays per year
1 day of paid Birthday leave per year
Employee assistance program
Reimbursement for educational and training expenses
Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry. We position our members to be successful in a competitive marketplace through education, advocacy, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums.