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Chief Information Officer

Karras Consulting
Seattle, Washington
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King County Department of Information Technology

Chief Information Officer


King County, recognized nationally for its innovative approaches to public service delivery, is recruiting for a dynamic Chief Information Officer (CIO). This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to join King County and play a leadership role in Executive Constantine’s King County’s best-run government initiative.


The King County Department of Information Technology (KCIT) manages the County’s information technology (IT) infrastructure, resources, and investments to support 18 County departments and agencies in their provision of quality services to County residents. Specifically, KCIT develops and implements countywide IT standards, policies, and guidelines in line with industry standards and best practices. It advises all County elected officials, departments, and divisions on technology planning and project implementation. It also implements measures that ensure the security and integrity of County IT systems and data critical to the day-to-day operations of County departments.


King County is one of America's top 10 digital counties. As the first place recipient of the 15th Annual National Association of Counties (NACo) Digital Counties Survey, KCIT was recognized for its vision, strategy, innovation, and collaboration. Previously earning top 10 digital county honors in the last eleven years from the Center for Digital Government, KCIT has a focus of delivering smart technology solutions that support customers, building stronger communities through innovative information technology.  


The KCIT team technology experts are changing the way local government interacts with the public. KCIT is using the power of technology to digitally transform King County.  The County has a vision of communities that provide equitable access to opportunities and where the determinants of equity are available to all. Information technology has a role in realizing this vision by ensuring that all residents and employees can participate fully in the values and advantages available in the digital economy and digital society of the future. Building vibrant communities through digital equity and social justice, KCIT offers innovative solutions that engage, empower, and serve its residents, businesses, communities and interested stakeholders. 


The KCIT Strategic Plan 2016-2018 has been developed as a guide, roadmap and specific direction with five key objectives:


1.      Digital Civic Engagement– Leverage IT platforms and tools as a channel to increase the opportunities, convenience and audience engaging with government.

2.      Workforce Empowerment –Employees effectively using IT platforms and tools to drive business process improvements.

3.      Data Driven – Increased utilization of data to understand the current situation, analyze opportunities, measure results and make more informed initial and corrective decisions.

4.      IT Mobility Free residents and employees to interact and transact business when and where most appropriate and convenient.

5.      Effective Digital Systems Increase value to customers by providing high quality digital systems to better meet their needs using standard components and continuous process improvement.





The CIO is the principal technology leader for King County with overall responsibility for the vision and leadership of the information technology strategy. The CIO oversees the delivery of all technology services, leads an organization of 450 employees and manages an annual operating budget of $186 million.


The CIO serves as a visionary leader who provides management oversight of IT resources and who leads the development and ongoing updates of the KCIT strategic plan. The CIO works collaboratively with County leadership, staff, and stakeholders to continue to transform technology services and investment into highly visible, effective, and efficient assets.


Key priorities for the CIO:

  • The CIO will fulfill the IT mission and strategic plan by providing resources, products and services that departments, staff and citizens depend upon for their business needs while bringing a deep understanding of future technology trends and acting as a proactive advisor to help constituents anticipate problems and develop solutions.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the County’s priorities and set clear information technology goals that anticipate needs and are responsive to the County’s strategic plan and goals.
  • Create and identify and evaluate new technological tools and advise on their appropriateness for the County and their alignment with the KCIT strategy.
  • Provide the leadership and vision for IT strategic and tactical planning, including managing appropriate governance structures to address goals to foster innovation, prioritize initiatives, and manage current and future IT systems and resources that assure continued high-quality services provided on the county network, data centers, and systems.
  • Develop plans, policies, and standards for acquiring, implementing, and operating IT systems and other technology assets;
  • Have knowledge of trends and issues in the IT industry, including technologies and pricing, especially as they relate to government.
  • Recruit, hire, and retain talented division leaders.
  • Assure the security and integrity of all County information resources.
  • Assure that IT-related compliance requirements are met and that IT best practices are applied.
  • Identify opportunities for appropriate IT investments and funding strategies. Ensure ongoing operational costs and appropriate technology refreshes occur.
  • Develop and implement a framework and evaluation system of accountability that will not only promote diversity but also serve as an action plan for the County.
  • Foster and promote technology access to support a more diverse and equitable community.



For this important role King County is seeking candidates with a combination of technical, business, and emotional intelligence. The successful candidate will possess a record of professional experience that demonstrates progressive responsibilities and significant senior-level management experience in a complex IT environment. The CIO should have experience providing an environment which facilitates and supports both intra and inter agency collaboration, using secure methodologies, providing access to resilient and fault tolerant systems, and promoting enterprise systems which support County government.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and will lead by example to gain the confidence of the public, elected officials and staff.


The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree with at least seven years experience in a senior IT leadership role within a substantial and complex government agency, a not-for-profit or a for-profit corporation that involves leading a diverse staff and management of significant funds. A master’s degree is preferred. Candidates should bring strengths in both external relations and high-level internal management, with an ability to balance the two. Critical to this role is the ability to use technology to translate client needs into workable business solutions. The successful candidate will report directly to the County Executive and serve on his cabinet. This position requires County Council confirmation.


The preferred candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in the following areas:

  • Large-scale leadership and management experience.
  • Ability to develop enterprise-based strategy for IT architecture.
  • Ability to make sound decisions about technology investments and strategies, the management of technology projects and the operation of technology services.
  • Ensure that technology solutions are implemented in ways that realize benefits and are within scope, schedule and budget.
  • Strategic leadership and planning skills in a large, multi-service organization.
  • Significant fiscal responsibility in a complex organization managing budgets, which include multiple sources of funds.
  • Cultural competency which enables effective working relationships in cross-cultural situations.
  • High level of integrity, ethics and transparency.
  • Successful experience working with labor unions in an interest-based bargaining environment.
  • Experience implementing LEAN management methods aimed at simplifying processes and reducing costs.
  • Ability to implement executive and legislative policies and make internal policy decisions with large-scale implications.
  • Successful experience working with business, labor, elected officials, tribes, community leaders and other stakeholders and partners.
  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing IT strategies.
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills.
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to manage by influence.
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position technology discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.



Persons interested in this position should submit the following information:

§  A cover letter.

§  Salary history.

§  A current resume.


If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call Marissa Karras at 360-956-1336. This position will remain open until filled but the screening process will move quickly. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application materials at www.karrasconsulting.net no later than January 16th, 2018.


King County is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce. We will provide assistance in the recruitment, application and selection process to applicants with disabilities who request such assistance.





The annual salary range for this position is $180K -$228K. Benefits are among the best in the region and include comprehensive medical, dental, vision and life insurance, public employee retirement system contributions, holiday, vacation and sick leave.



King County government, named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., provides regional and local services to two million residents, including 250,000 people living in unincorporated areas. Regional services include Metro transit, public health, wastewater treatment, courts, jails, prosecutors, public defenders, community and social services, and the King County International Airport. Local services include police protection, roads services, and permitting for the unincorporated area. King County also manages more than 26,000 acres of parks and natural lands, and 175 miles of regional trails. King County is the 13th largest county in the nation by population, 9th largest by employment, and covers 2,134 square miles, 39 cities, 760 lakes and reservoirs, and six major river systems with 3,000 miles of streams.


King County is an increasingly diverse and dynamic community with a global flavor. It has an economy that is growing, and an environment where people and businesses can thrive.  King County is a vibrant area and leading center for advances in aerospace, computer software, bioinformatics, genomics, telemedicine, electronics, and environmental engineering. One of the region’s leading employers is Boeing, which is the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world and consistently one of the top three exporters in the United States.


The Seattle area is also home to Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon.com, REI, Eddie Bauer, and Nintendo. Some of the world’s most dynamic new companies are spinning out of the Puget Sound area, which is naturally the nation’s leader in internet business start-ups, but also a leader in business and health start-ups in general. There is a palpable sense of entrepreneurship, innovation, and local governmental leadership that is receptive to effective new approaches to challenging issues. This area is also the home to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Washington and other outstanding institutions of higher learning.


King County is home to the city of Seattle, suburban cities, small towns and rural communities, as well as forests, bodies of water and farmlands. King County’s moderate climate combined with a contrasting geography of water and mountains encourage a wealth of year round outdoor activities such as sailing, kayaking, skiing and hiking. Seattle is known for its culture and art, with many cutting-edge restaurants and quality theaters. With excellent schooling, affordable health care and a low crime rate, King County offers a life that balances favorable working and living conditions.


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