Head of Information Technology (IT)

Alexandria, Virginia

Purple Strategies is a corporate reputation and strategy firm that combines the creativity and discipline of brand communications with the speed and strategy of political campaigns to serve Fortune 500 companies, associations, nonprofits and some of the most recognizable brands in the world.

We operate in a highly collaborative environment and apply integrated team-based approaches to help clients:

  • ANTICIPATE reputation challenges and opportunities;
  • COMPEL change through business actions and transformation; and
  • NAVIGATE reputation issues, acute crises, key business choices and policy/regulatory changes to inform decision-making.

Purple helps the world’s most important organizations address their toughest challenges.

The Role:

Our Head of Information Technology will lead overall technical innovation and strategy to include the creation and execution of a technology roadmap and the development and oversight of technical solutions that support internal operations and external stakeholder needs.  As the head of technology for a rapidly scaling organization, this role will be responsible for digital modernization, software solutions, and support solutions that address the organization's current needs and long-term technology strategy.  The Head of Information Technology will drive cross-functional alignment and execution aligned with strategic initiatives to allow for innovation and growth.

This Hybrid workplace position will be based at our headquarters office located in Alexandria, Virginia.

What You’ll Do:

Technology Strategy + Development 

  • Provide thought leadership and hands-on support as the IT team and organization grow. Lead information technology (IT) operations, including infrastructure and architecture, applications development, re-engineering business processes, networks, sourcing alternatives, and computer and auxiliary operations and support.
  • As the senior most IT Business Partner, drive innovation to define technology strategy in support of current needs, growth objectives, and operational needs.  Drive delivery solutions through internal and external resource management. Responsible for “cradle to grave” design, deployment, integration, and life-cycle management of all IT related solutions.
  • Develops the firm’s IT operating plan for IT spending and develops the annual expense and capital expenditure budget. Rationalize technology decisions and demonstrate alignment with organizations strategic plan.
  • Ensure all IT assets, technology, applications, systems, infrastructure, and processes are protected throughout enterprise-wide operations.  Direct security risk protocols, compliance, and internal control programs.
  • Assess current technology catalog for applicability to current and future needs.  Ensure applications and technology are leveraged to their full potential.  Evaluate, select, implement, and drive change management tasks when new IT solutions are acquired.  Currently in use:  MAC Enterprise, Slack, Office 365, BlueJeans, Agiloft, Box, Tableau, 1Password, Logmein, Jamf
  • Oversee and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders responding to time sensitive compliance, risk, RFI and subpoena requests.
  • Develop documentation framework to ensure process efficiency, mitigate risk and provide a seamless user experience.
  • Plan and deliver IT strategies resulting in measurable efficiencies and improved services to both internal and external stakeholders.  Identify and implement solutions to ensure customer needs are met due to evolving organizational and technology needs. Integrate technology solutions for increased efficiency and ease of use.
  • Leverage relationships and in-depth knowledge of the technology landscape to secure technology partners and preferred contracts with vendors.
  • Assess internal and external IT talent resources to ensure alignment with organizational needs and expectations.  Build a service solution that provides transparent support to operations and customers.
  • Develop metrics and KPIs to measure technology efficacy and identify areas for improvement

Firm + Practice Management 

  • Reporting to the Managing Director of Operations and in collaboration with Human Resources, manage and cultivate a team of internal and external resources.
  • Set strategic direction for the Technology Team, in collaboration with the Managing Director of Operations.
  • Create a user-centric culture ensuring that technology solutions support operational goals.
  • In alignment with overall IT strategy, manage talent resources to include internal associates, external technology partners, and contract resources as needed.
  • Provide training and development solutions to ensure technology tools are fully leveraged and security risks are mitigated.

What We’re Looking For:

  • As an IT leader, you have 10+ years advancing technology solutions and utilization in an expanding organization and have overseen an internal IT team as well as external contributors.
  • You possess technical knowledge of scaling platforms and leading architectural, infrastructure, and strategic decisions.
  • Demonstrated success creating and driving a shared IT vision across an organization.  Develop and lead partnerships, internally and externally, to ensure focus and alignment to the IT strategy.
  • You have a strong track record of bringing IT solutions to life and have a “roll up your sleeves” mentality.

Purple Strategies is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness Champion.