Friday, December 7, 2007

Typical job description for an IT Manager

I received an email from Career Builder today for an IT Manager position here in the LA area. It was posted by Gary from in NJ. It is so typical of what is expected of an IT Manager and so close to what I already do that I wanted to include excerpts here with a few comments.

Position Description: Provides support for hardware and software requirements for employees including coordination among multiple sites. Will supervise two IT professionals, but must also be a hands-on individual contributor. Will work closely with the ERP Manager to coordinate and optimize system interfaces. Serve as project lead for new technical initiatives. Position reports to the CFO.

Experience and Job Requirements: General Requirements and Responsibilities: Minimum 7 years experience as an Information Technology professional; Minimum 2 years of supervision; Strong leadership skills; Strong organizational, prioritizing and planning skills to work in a multi-task environment; Able to communicate technical explanations effectively at all levels within the company.

Server and Network Infrastructure Experience: Windows Server 2000 and 2003 including Active Directory, Group Policy, DNS, DHCP; Strong experience with LAN/WAN technologies such as TCP/IP, HTTP, VLAN, routing; Managing a multi-site environment including Active Directory replication and file sharing; Lotus Domino 7 with Lotus Notes database application and design; Knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server, Sharepoint services and data warehouse tools.

Client and Software Experience: Multi-vendor software installation and support; PC imaging with Windows Deployment Services; Skilled with Cisco wireless network design, security and management; Microsoft Office Applications; Provide hands-on management for all hardware and software technologies.

Technology Management & Planning: Must balance and meet project deadlines and ad hoc support requirements; Experience in project management utilizing Microsoft and network best practices; New employee orientation/setup; Evaluate new products to improve processes and solve issues; Manage everyday IT purchases and contribute to annual budgeting process.

Educational Requirements: Bachelor's degree in a business related field (preferably in Computer Information Systems or Management Information Systems).

Except for the Lotus Notes requirement you could almost take this job description and drop it into my current job. The position is in Gardena CA and pays between 70K and 100K depending on experience. Not a bad gig for Gardena where the median income is less than 40K. Gardena is home to several manufacturers and one of the largest printing companies in the United States.

What do you think? Are there only a dozen or perhaps hundreds of qualified individuals who could meet these job requirements? I wonder who the employer is?