Business and IT Services Director (0284) (Remote Eligible Position)

Business and IT Services Director (0284) (Remote Eligible Position)
Southwest Florida Water Management District Business and IT Services
 Brooksville, Florida
Job Description

Work for Our Water Resources.

Help protect one of Florida’s most vital resources — water — with a career at the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District).

The District is a government agency whose mission is to protect water resources, minimize flood risks, and ensure the public’s water needs are met. We serve a population of nearly 6 million people in west-central Florida as directed by state law.  The District has 574 employees who provide services through five divisions.

Join our Business and IT Services Division

The District is searching for an exceptional leader to serve as its Business and IT Services Division Director. This is an executive level management position overseeing and directing the Information Technology and Finance bureaus as well as the Procurement Services Office. The ideal candidate will have a background in private and public sector finance, purchasing and contracting processes, and information technology services, and have leadership experience and excellent communication skills. This opportunity offers an ability to make an impact on the organization and provides flexibility and a true work-life balance. This position will work with a wide range of teams, each of which play a vital role in our efforts to preserve our most valuable natural resources.

The District supports employees who prefer a partially remote work schedule so they can enjoy their time outside of the District through work-life balance.

For helping to maintain our valuable water resources, we offer:

  • Florida retirement system/retirement benefits
  • Deferred compensation
  • Work-life balance
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Generous vacation and sick leave
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Supplemental insurance
  • Health savings & flexible spending accounts
  • Prescription drug coverage & mail order program
  • Employee assistance program 
  • Legal and identity theft protection
  • Wellness program
  • Public service loan forgiveness qualified employer
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • State adoption benefit program qualified employer
  • Training and development resources
  • Innovative projects
  • Advanced technologies

Essential Functions:

Division Director:

  • Participates as a member of a dynamic executive team of professionals that manages programs and initiatives consistent with the District's annual budget, Strategic Plan and policy direction set by the Governing Board and the Executive Director.
  • Serves as a liaison for the Division with executive, senior staff, the District Governing Board, legislators, state and local government entities and officials, community and civic organizations, interest groups and members of the public as directed.
  • Directs and oversees division staff activities; participates in selecting, rewarding, evaluating and developing direct and indirect reports; and makes decisions regarding disciplinary and discharge actions.  This position has three direct reports and division staff total 77.
  • Oversees the development of the District budget which totals $198 million for the current fiscal year.  Develops and administers the division budget for two bureaus and the Procurement Services Office, including multiple departments. 
  • Develops and implements business metrics to support management decisions.
  • Makes critical strategic decisions and resolves conflicts, problems or disputes within span of control.
  • Makes presentations to internal groups, the District’s Governing Board external constituency groups and local, state or federal government organizations as required by the job or otherwise needed.
  • Determines and formulates guidelines and provides overall direction for the work of the Business and IT Services Division. 
  • Implements new and innovative ideas to improve existing operations and processes, and to ensure excellent internal and external customer service. 
  • Actively participate in the District’s overall emergency management efforts.

Information Technology Bureau:

  • Oversees the Information Technology Bureau; including the Application Systems, Enterprise Infrastructure, Technology Services and ITB Administration sections.  
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of information systems to support the District’s mission and strategic initiatives.
    Oversees information technology services to ensure customer expectations are met.
  • Ensures that systems are financially and technically sustainable, secure from malicious threats, and meet the District’s business continuity requirements.

Finance Bureau:

  • Oversees the Finance Bureau; including Accounting and Financial Reporting, Budget and Financial Performance, and Financial Systems and Administration sections.
  • Oversees, with the assistance of an external Investment Manager, the District’s Investment Portfolios, maintaining liquidity, allocating resources to the short and long-term investment portfolios and reporting quarterly to the Board. 
  • Ensures all financial activities of the District remain in compliance with federal laws, Florida Statutes, rules and regulations, Board policies, District procedures and guidelines, and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Oversees the development and execution of the annual service budget.
  • Prepares long-term funding plan projections to assist the Governing Board in setting District priorities.

Procurement Services Office:

  • Oversees the Procurement Services Office through one direct report and seven staff. 
  • Oversees the procurement of all goods and services, vehicles and heavy equipment during all phases of the purchasing cycle including solicitation, contract negotiation, award and review of work products. 
  • Ensures the District establishes, maintains and follows appropriate procurement practices in accordance with state statutes, rules and District policies and procedures.

Working Conditions

This position works in a standard office environment out of the Brooksville, FL headquarters. Some remote work is also possible depending on scheduled responsibilities. This position is typically scheduled to work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.  Occasional travel is required, usually during the workday, including travel to other service offices. Occasionally required to drive automotive vehicle for 2 hours or more at a time within the District’s service area and to Tallahassee. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position may be subject to call-in outside of regularly scheduled work hours to respond to emergency management activities or other incidents requiring rapid response in support of District operations.

Required Credentials for Management Services Director Opportunities:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in finance, business, public administration or other related field
  • Experience with and understanding of private and public sector finance
  • Ten (10) years progressively responsible, related experience
  • Three (3) years of Senior Management experience 
  • Specific licensure or certifications in one or more areas to be supervised
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Preferred Credentials for Management Services Director Opportunities:
  • A Masters degree in finance, business, public administration or other related field
  • Five (5) years of Senior Management experience  
  • Certified Public Accountant licensure