VP of Technology Strategy & Operations
Location: Baltimore / DC Area
The company is a high profile well-funded startup that is supported by some of the top names in the media industry, including The Lenfest Institute, Mike Bloomberg and Stewart Bainum Jr. Solely focused on the Baltimore area, they are creating a new paradigm for digital first, cross-channel local media. Their content will extend across web, mobile (app), radio (terrestrial and satellite) and video (TV and digital). Their vision is to be the leading provider of news and lifestyle content in the Baltimore area.
The company is searching for a VP of Technology who will report to the CEO. This key role will be responsible for the strategy, implementation and support of all of the company’s systems and technical platforms.
The VP will build and lead a team that can support the hyper growth of the business. It will be critical for the VP to inform the company’s short and long-term strategies, ensuring that all IT offerings are working in synergy with the overarching business plans and objectives. He/she must manage the technical vision of the company and lead the implementation of that vision by continuing to build a well-defined technical plan that is achievable, including aspects that will be outsourced to vendors as well as select systems that will be developed in-house.
Engage with business leadership to understand business objectives and strategy and determine technology gaps.
Design & implement the organization’s technology stack including consumer facing applications and back office systems.
Design the technology stack to take the organization from a start-up to scale
Lead major initiatives that require a strong technology element for success
Work with business partners to ensure overall business goals are achieved
Develop and maintain architecture for security, performance, scalability, and reliability.
Build and maintain a comprehensive security program evaluating and implementing relevant tools and systems.
Lead an effective, high performance infrastructure and IT operations team, developing key talent ensuring continuous improvement in staff competencies, skills and knowledge.
Experience working with an outsource technology vendor(s) to develop and manage the technology solutions
Knowledge/familiarity with Content Management Systems for digital publishers
B2C experience preferred but not required, ideally in a subscription environment
Bachelor’s degree with a focus on Information Technology. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience in cloud services or Hybrid Cloud with in depth experience in cloud deployment architecture.
Strong knowledge in Cloud Networking, Firewalls and Security.
Ability to strike the right balance of onshore and offshore resources in these teams to maximize company ROI in this function.
Ability to multitask and handle multiple projects with tight deadlines.
Flexible style of working to be hands-on or/and strategic based on business needs.
Effective communication at all levels of the organization.
High ethics and integrity.